There's a reason why I haven't really talked about the plot to Pyramids. It's rubbish, you see. I mean, why did the Osirans bury Sutekh next to the tools he needed to escape. How stupid is that? It's the sort of thing you'd expect to see from Blofeld.
And then there's the whole 1980 thing. What a palaver that turned out to be (UNIT dating for starters) and the "what if we leave now?" thing just ends up making your head hurt if you bother to think about it on any level at all.
But worst of all is Episode 4. It's got more padding than the Mummies!
At least when Pertwee got an episode of padding it involved high-speed action-packed car chases. Here we get dull, corridor-based riddles. It like you are watching a completely different story.
So, how come Pyramids is still my second favourite story in the whole history of Doctor Who?
Well, it's all been said before on this blog: the acting, the characterisation, the atmospherics - they are all superb. But for me it has to be that confrontation between Sutekh and the Doctor. I honestly believe that it's the most disturbing and terrifying image in the whole series. It both scared and scarred me for life.
For the first time (for me at least) the Doctor appeared to be both frightened and powerless. For once I thought the baddie was going to win. And there isn't any gurning in sight.
The Doctor's agonised scream coupled with the velvety sadism of Sutekh was simply too much for my six year old mind to take.
I will be gobsmacked if the new series comes anywhere close to the terror produced by this episode - even if it is going out 90 minutes later.
You know, Mary Whitehouse may have had a point, you know. As with everything else associated with Doctor Who, perhaps she is due a re-evaluation too?