During the latest series of Doctor Who Blogtor Who will look at all the nods and references to adventures which have gone before. So even if you are not already a Mastermind expert on all things in the Whoniverse you can appreciate the little detail as well. Perhaps you are a very knowledgeable Whovian already but did you spot them all?
President of Earth
In the event of global threat a President of all the Earth is immediately appointed. They effectively become Commander-in-Chief of all military personnel on the planet, with complete authority over all world leaders and every nation. The only practical candidate for such a vital role is of course The Doctor during his Twelfth incarnation. This induction took place during the events of ‘Death in Heaven’ (2014) and was reinforced during ‘The Zygon Invasion’ (2015) where The Doctor referred to himself as the ‘President of the World’.
The Third Doctor had previously met a President of Earth during the events of ‘Frontier in Space’ (1973). Escalating tensions between Earth and Draconia brought the two planets to the brink of war, not helped by The Master’s influence. With assistance from The Doctor conflict was avoided and the President of Earth managed to maintain peace.
Pyramids are a common sight in Doctor Who. These three dimensional structures seem to be a favourite design choice for various alien creatures. For instance, the Great Intelligence constructed a three-sided pyramid structure from control spheres (The Abominable Snowman, 1967) and used a similar shaped machine to try to absorb the Second Doctor’s mind (The Web of Fear, 1968). When the Fourth Doctor tried to explain the TARDIS chameleon circuit he used an example of a pyramid (Logopolis, 1981). The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa landed the TARDIS on a vast pyramid floating in space during the Big Finish story ‘Tomb Ship’. A pyramid shaped temple was also located on an asteroid orbiting Akhaten (The Rings of Akhaten, 2013).
Egypt is of course associated with pyramids on planet Earth. The First Doctor and the Daleks visited the Egyptian pyramids during ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ (1965/66). The Great Pyramid of Giza was then the location for the exchange of the Taranium core in the episode titled ‘Escape Switch’. The Eleventh Doctor also visited the pyramids of Egypt with Kazran Sardick and Abigail Pettigrew (A Christmas Carol, 2010). In a timeline where all of human history happened simultaneously Area 52 was also found in an ancient pyramid (The Wedding of River Song, 2011). Construction of these pyramids was attributed to a splinter of Scaroth the Jagaroth (City of Death, 1979). Previously it had been implied that the Osirans had been influential in their construction.
Pyramids of Mars
Perhaps the most famous Doctor Who inclusion of pyramids comes from the classic 1976 story ‘Pyramids of Mars’. The Osiran war rocket which was constructed in the grounds of the gothic mansion was pyramidal in shape. On the planet Mars the Osirans had also constructed pyramids. The last of the Osirans, Sutekh, was kept imprisoned in one of these pyramids but was defeated by the Fourth Doctor and his companion. Sarah Jane Smith would use this knowledge many years later, sabotaging a NASA probe on the planet Mars to prevent the discovery of the Osiran pyramids (The Vault of Secrets, 2010). The Seventh Doctor would also battle Sutekh on Mars in the Big Finish story ‘The Pyramid of Sutekh’.