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The Pyramid at the End of the World was the seventh episode of the tenth series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. The episode is the second part of the Monks story arc, which sees them arriving on Earth to take it over.

The episode saw Bill make a deal with the Monks to help the Twelfth 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

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Cast Edit

Uncredited Edit

Crew Edit

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Science Edit

Locations Edit

Technology Edit

Organisations Edit

Biology Edit

  • Bacteria are being researched in Agrofuel.
  • Xiaolian mentions flu and plague as possible ends to the world.
  • The Doctor mentions GM (genetically modified) bacteria.
  • Erica says the greenhouses at Agrofuel are full of Ethanol.

Species Edit

People Edit

Biological data Edit

  • According to the sonic sunglasses, Bill is female, 26 years old, 167.6cm tall, weighs 130.2 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 79BPM and a body temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius.
  • Nardole is male, 237 years old, 167.7cm tall, weighs 216.1 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 78BPM and a temperature of 30.3 degrees Celsius. Discounting River Song, whose status as a companion is a matter of debate, this data makes Nardole the oldest known companion to date.
  • The Secretary General is male, 70 years old, 165.2cm tall, weighs 140.1 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 68BPM and a temperature of 37.9 degrees Celsius.
  • Xiaolian is female, 41 years old, 167.0cm tall, weighs 126.7 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 76BPM and a temperature of 37.7 degrees Celsius.
  • Don Brabbit is male, 59 years old, 177.6cm tall, weighs 141.0 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 69BPM and a temperature of 38.0 degrees Celsius.
  • Ilya Svyatoslavovich is male, 70 years old, 186.7cm tall, weighs 176.4 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 72BPM and a temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius.
  • The Commander is male, 63 years old, 176.7cm tall, weighs 176.3 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 75BPM and a temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius.
  • One Monk has a height of 204.6cm and a weight of 93.5 pounds. Another has a height of 214.3cm. The glasses are unable to detect their ages.

Food and beverages Edit

  • Bill and Penny are drinking 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.

Events Edit

Story notes Edit

Rachel Denning and Jamie Hill - The Aftershow - Doctor Who The Fan Show15:46

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

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

  • Filming on The Pyramid at the End of the World began on 28 November 2016, took a break for Christmas with Extremis, and then wrapped up on 17 January 2017.
  • This title has the longest word count for a Doctor Who episode, with eight words. By character, however, that would go 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 – and some of the filming – of the episode took place in 2016, the time shown in the beginning of the episode is three minutes to midnight. As of January 2017 – and so at the time of broadcast – however, the clock is 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 (it became Unified Intelligence Taskforce).
  • When the Doctor regains his sight, "The Doctor's Theme" can be heard.

Ratings Edit

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Pearl Takes Us To Tenerife - Doctor Who Series 1001:24

Pearl Takes Us To Tenerife - Doctor Who Series 10

Pearl Mackie introduces Tenerife, Spain.

Filming locations Edit

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.

Continuity Edit

Home video releases Edit

DVD releases Edit

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Digital releases Edit

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External links Edit

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.

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