The Doctor attempts to return to UNIT HQ but the TARDIS is
thrown back in time to 1911 by a mystery force of immense
power. Worse still, there's something odd happening in the
old priory that once stood in the UNIT grounds, something
ancient and evil is starting to awake...
Marcus Scarman has been behaving strangely ever since he returned
from Egypt but even his brother Laurence can't seem to make
any headway - it's as if the elder sibling is in a deep trance.
The Doctor soon discovers that Marcus' fate is far worse than
hypnosis: he's become the walking, talking embodiment of Sutekh's
will and through him the last and most powerful of the Osiran
plans to escape from captivity and restart his reign of galactic
of Mars is one of the truly great Doctor Who stories
and this DVD does it proud. Returned to its original glory
by The Doctor Who Restoration Team, the story looks and sounds
as good, if not better, than it ever did. Yes, it's not as
sharp and slick looking as a modern production but considering
its age - almost 30 years old - the story looks fantastic.
as good is the package of extras. The Sutekh 'documentary',
Oh, Mummy, is very funny, the photo gallery is probably
the best yet [thanks Derek] and the interview footage with
director Paddy Russell is highly informative. The only slightly
unsatisfactory element of the disc is the commentary which
lurches from interesting to banal with alarming abandonment.
The Easter egg is also a bit of a disappointment.
what really shines through is Bob Holmes' script which is
perfectly paced and always intelligent. Perhaps the only weakness
is the way the Doctor dispatches Sutekh but even that is forgivable
when everything else works so well. And yes, the hand of Sutekh
is still visible...
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