The Pyramid at the End of the World was the seventh episode of series 10 of Doctor Who.

The episode is the second part of the Monks trilogy, which sees them arriving on Earth to take it over. It also saw Bill make a deal with the Monks to help the Doctor regain his eyesight, having been blind since TV: Oxygen, in which he was exposed to the vacuum of space.

Synopsis Edit

At a war zone in Turmezistan where American, Chinese, and Russian armies are about to meet, a 5,000-year-old pyramid stands. It's very strange, but one thing raises the suspicions of the United Nations: it just appeared overnight. The aliens inside claim that humans would cause the death of all life on Earth. Soon, the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole are facing an invasion the likes of which they have never seen before. Before they invade, the aliens need the permission of humanity.

Plot Edit

Bill brings a girl, Penny, to her flat while telling her about the Shadow World her friend, the Doctor, told her about. They sit at the kitchen table, discussing what their relationship actually is. During the conversation, the Secretary-General of the United Nations asks Bill to speak to the President, taking her from Penny. Confused by his question Bill asks what President, given she wouldn't have voted for America's president as he is 'orange'. However, he corrects her that he means the President of Earth; the Doctor.

Colonel Brabbit calls the Secretary General to tell him that a 5,000-year-old pyramid is dormant. When Bill asks for clarification, Brabbit tells her that it was not there yesterday.

Inside the TARDIS, The Doctor is 'meditating'. Bill is outside telling him he has been 'in there for hours' and that the UN are asking for him. He refuses to meet them and walks out the TARDIS to find it is on an aeroplane. Bill says they wouldn't take no for an answer.

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Food and beverages Edit

  • Bill and Penny are drinking wine; Bill drinks white wine, while Penny has rosé wine.
  • Erica and Douglas drink coffee.
  • Water is being drunk during the meetings in the base.
  • Nardole mentions air, water, food and beer, as basic necessities.

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Story notes Edit

Rachel Denning and Jamie Hill - The Aftershow - Doctor Who The Fan Show

Rachel Denning and Jamie Hill - The Aftershow - Doctor Who The Fan Show

This episode's Aftershow on Doctor Who: The Fan Show.

  • This title has the longest word count for a Doctor Who episode, with eight words. By character, however, it is not the longest. That title goes to The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, with 32 characters over Pyramid's 28. The spin-off series Class trumps them both, with 42 characters in The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did.
  • This episode featured a unique opening sequence in which it jumped back and forward between "Previously" and "Now".
  • A line of dialogue referring to terrorism was reportedly excised from the episode, out of respect for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, which occurred five days prior to broadcast.[1][2]
  • When the Secretary General asks about the President, Bill says she doesn't know him, and says he is "orange". While never stated in the narrative, this is a reference to Donald Trump.
  • The Doomsday Clock is maintained by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board. As the writing of the episode took place in 2016, the time shown in the beginning of the episode is three minutes to midnight. At the time of the broadcast, however, the clock was set at two and a half minutes to midnight.
  • The United Nations is featured throughout in lieu of UNIT. This marks the first time the UN has played a major role in Doctor Who since the real-life organization requested UNIT's name be changed from United Nations Intelligence Taskforce in the mid-2000s to Unified Intelligence Taskforce.
  • When the Doctor regains his sight, "The Doctor's Theme" can be heard.
  • The title of this episode is an homage to Douglas Adams' book "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", the sequel to the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Douglas Adams was a former script writer on Classic Who.
  • This is the last episode in which the Twelfth Doctor is seen playing an electric guitar.

Ratings Edit

  • 4.12 million (UK overnight figures)
  • 5.79 million (UK final)[3]
Pearl Takes Us To Tenerife - Doctor Who Series 10

Pearl Takes Us To Tenerife - Doctor Who Series 10

Pearl Mackie introduces Tenerife, Spain.

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Production errors Edit

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.
  • Although referred (and credited) to as a Colonel, Don Brabbit is seen wearing the insignia of a four star general.

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Home video releases Edit

DVD releases Edit

This episode was released as part of the Series 10 DVD box set on 13 November 2017.

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Footnotes Edit

  1. O'Connor, Roisin (26 May 2017). Manchester bombing: Doctor Who episode edited after terror attack at Ariana Grande concert. The Independent. Retrieved on 27 May 2017.
  2. Huw Fullerton and Paul Jones (27 May 2017). Doctor Who episode edited for Saturday airing following Manchester bombing. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 27 May 2017.
  3. Ratings DW
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