Rate & Discuss: The Pyramid at the End of the World

May 27th, 2017
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...


A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the centre of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…

Series 10 continued in spectacular style tonight as the second instalment of this year’s epic three-part adventure took our heroes to the end of the world itself…

They’ve been there before, of course, but definitely not like this. The Doomsday Clock was already a-tickin’ as our TARDIS Team unravelled the mystery of an ancient but brand new Pyramid, but it was what lay inside the tomb that had the potential to push the Doctor & Co – and the entire human race – to the brink of destruction. The Monks were back and they were ready to talk, as the truly Earth-shattering extent of their powers was revealed.

Meanwhile, Armageddon was nigh within the confines of a research laboratory (it’s always the last place you look…) and the consequences would have been catastrophic had it not been for Bill Pott’s final act of desperation. She has given her consent, but what did you think of The Pyramid at the End of the World? Are the modelling Monks a magnificent edition to the show’s menagerie of monsters, or were you left disappointed by the latest extra terrestrial escapade? Let us know by discussing tonight’s episode in the comments!

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments section if you haven’t seen The Pyramid at the End of the World. You have been warned!

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11 comments on this article
  1. Caroline Easthope
    May 27th, 2017 at 8.45pm | #1

    This series just gets better and better can’t wait for next week. Love Doctor Who

  2. Andrew Somers
    May 27th, 2017 at 8.51pm | #2

    What can I say oxygen was everything I want in a dr who episode, dark scary and a great story oh and making the doctor blind absolute genius

  3. JC
    May 27th, 2017 at 11.28pm | #3

    Well, The Pyramid At The End Of The World was better than Extremis, but I still wasn’t greatly enamoured. I know I’m enjoying an episode of Doctor Who when I’m completely immersed in the story, I don’t notice the time flying by and I leave the episode feeling satisfied. Whilst Oxygen came close, this hasn’t really happened since The Pilot for me. I’m not bored by the stories, I just … haven’t cared much.

    Having said that, the core concepts of TPATEOTW were interesting, involving one of the biggest theories about Aliens in real life. The theory speculates that the reason we haven’t detected any Alien radio signals yet, despite the theoritical number of planets out there capable of supporting life, is because all intelligent life ultimately destroys itself in some way or another, which is a fate that will befall us eventually. The episode also subtly touched on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, which could threaten to send medicine back centuries.

    I don’t know what to say about Series 10 so far. It started off so well in The Pilot, but I just haven’t been inspired by the stories since. I see other fans celebrating them each week and I wonder why, as a fan, I don’t feel that way too. I’m not even excited about the teaser of The Doctor seemingly regenerating at this point. I just hope that changes in the episodes to come.

  4. JoshRrr
    May 27th, 2017 at 11.55pm | #4

    A very good ep; I was left incredibly intrigued the whole way through!

    The plot was very good in my opinion though its clear its setting up for the more dramatic part 3. In true Moffat form he has created some really creepy, intruiging monsters this time in the form of The Monks. The concept of Aliens asking for permission to save and control humanity while the real threat comes from Scientists creating a biological weapon all because of mistakes caused by everyday problems was brilliant! Episode had good pacing to it with nice build up to the heart wrenching moment when the Doctor’s blindness finally causes a true problem and Bill risks humanity to save him because she knows he’s the only one who can help Earth! That’s going to be a fan favourite moment in the future I can tell! DW My one complaint is that i’m not a fan of “The Doctor is the President of the world when in danger” I never liked that idea since it’s first aperance couple years ago. It feels out of place for the Doctor’s character and with the whole worlds government backing him it makes things easier but not In an entertaining way. A epic cliffhanger and I was shocked by what I saw in the trailer for next ep, though I thinks it reveals a bit to much. And we see the same room in which the Doctor seemingly regenerates in those trailers months ago that made everyone else think he was actually regenerating. But the episode will probably end with Bill or the Doctor fixing the timeline so he doesn’t regenerate at all, meaning; I totally called it, it IS a fake out-Regeneration, I knew the BBC wouldn’t show of the real regeneration! So, so far this has been a great 3 part saga with plenty of atmosphere, can’t wait for part 3 to see a Monk controlled world and Missy! And we’re slowly nearing John Simms return…

  5. Dan Peters
    May 28th, 2017 at 7.41am | #5

    Yes, A global scale invasion. Although not without its confusing moments, I loved this episode. I hope next week wraps these stories up effectively

  6. Lewis Lee-Grant
    May 28th, 2017 at 2.13pm | #6

    For me Oxygen has been the best episode of the series so far. The monologue from the Doctor at the start created a brilliant atmosphere and introduction for the space zombies. Throughout the episode I was constantly fearful for Bills wellbeing and genuinely scared. The zombies were wonderful especially the prosthetics. I also loved the humour between Nardole and The Doctor. The idea that the real enemy was capitalism was a nice twist and overall I really enjoyed the episode. Not forgetting the huge WOW moment when we saw the Doctor blind. I felt so sorry for him as well as proud as he sacrificed his sight for Bill. The cliffhanger of the Doctor still being blind blew my mind as well. I’d definitely give this episode a 10/10. One of my all time favourites

  7. Richard Lloyd
    May 28th, 2017 at 5.22pm | #7

    Another phenomenal entry to Series 10, and a thrilling second instalment of “The Monk Trilogy”. Loved every second!

  8. Kim Jansen
    May 28th, 2017 at 5.42pm | #8

    this episode… where do I even start. It has a countdown, the world is supposedly ending. Some interesting aliens, great companions and there’s a discussion about real life issues that could actually happen today on earth. Next to that, the Doctor is blind! The combination of all these things makes it a great… even fantastic episode! Actually got nervous at the end when the Doctor couldn’t open the lock with the numbers and after that the emotional realization of Bill that the Doctor is still blind? Man this episode messed with my emotions and if that wasn’t enough we got the shocking next week trailer… Doctor Who is the best tv show ever

  9. Michael Clarke
    May 29th, 2017 at 12.09pm | #9

    Oxygen was dare i say it? Breathtaking! it felt like there was an actual danger and they managed to make Space Scary again, and I cannot believe what the Doctor did.. he paid the price to save Bill’s life.. I haven’t seen the Doctor that heroic since Caves of Androzani, where the Doctor sacrificed himself to save his companion, it was really heartwarming yet it made me really sad.. seeing the Doctor blind made me genuinely upset and worried for him and I admire what he did, it shows how much he really does care about Bill and would do anything to make sure she’s okay and that was incredibly sweet of him
    Nardole was brilliant, I really like his character, I like how he knows when to funny and when not to be
    as for the space zombies? they were awesome, I absolutely loved the space zombies, or well.. suits as they’re referred to
    but yeah.. the sense of danger really helped this story be so good, and it makes the viewer really invested and actually worry for the characters, because you don’t want them to be killed, I also liked the supporting cast, especially the blue guy, he was funny and definitely had the most personality out of them all!
    Brilliant Story 9/10
    Jamie Mathieson has impressed me once again, I hope he comes back to write for Chibnall!

  10. Chris neal
    May 29th, 2017 at 11.44pm | #10

    I love Peter calpaldi as the doctor and what he brings to the programme hes just brilliant.every week it’s just getting better and better fantastic tv.

  11. Andrew
    May 30th, 2017 at 11.50am | #11

    Personally I enjoyed The Pyramid at the end of the World a little bit more than Extremis. I liked learning more about the monks and their powers. The moment Bill learned that the Doctor was still blind was one of my favourite parts of the episode and it was accompanied by great music from Murray Gold. Excited for next weeks episode to see the Monks world and the dynamic between Bill and Missy.

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