By tgardner on May 03, 2008
"Pyramids of Mars" is one of the best Doctor Who serials of the Tom Baker era, and in your humble author's opinion, one of the best Doctor Who serials ever. In "Pyramids of Mars", the Doctor - a traveling Time Lord from Gallifrey, or renegade, depending on whom you ask - encounters Sutekh, or Set, a tremendously powerful alien being who along with his kind were largely responsible for ancient Egyptian mythology.
As an aside, Time Lords were (they have since been destroyed, all but two) a powerful race with tremendous technological prowess, for example, command of time and space (the Doctor travels in a rickety, wheezing time capsule that can essentially go any place in any time). Yet for all their power and achievement, they were corrupt. Stagnant. Unfeeling. There's an allegory for you.
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