Pyramids of Mars
 

No. 3 of 145 in the BBC classic series videos series
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Starring: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Bernard Archard & Gabriel Woolf
By:Robert Holmes & Lewis Greifer
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Editions:  UK UK (edited VHS) | Australia Australia (VHS) | Japan Japan (VHS) | Norway Norway (VHS) | Finland Finland (VHS) | US US (original VHS) | UK UK (unedited VHS) | US US (repackaged VHS)

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Edition: UK UK (edited VHS)
When:  February 1985
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Movie format. Released on VHS and Betamax. There are two versions of the VHS release: the original 1985 release had the catalogue no. BBCV 2014, while the second (BBCV 4055) followed in July 1987 after video certification was made mandatory in the UK. The contents, cover blurb and cover design are identical — the only difference being that the latter version features the "U" video certificate, as shown in picture.

Cover blurb:
The future of the cosmos is at stake as the Doctor faces his most fearsome adversary in another thrilling feature-length space adventure.

Returning to Unit HQ on earth, the Tardis is thrown violently about by a mysterious force and Sarah and the Doctor arrive instead at an old priory in the year 1911. The owner, Marcus Scarman, has been excavating ancient tombs and is possessed by the spirit of Sutekh, bringer of 'the gift of death to all mankind'. Sutekh has lain for thousands of years in his pyramid prison and Scarman and his robot mummies plan to release this ancient and evil power. Will Sutekh the all-powerful be freed from his bonds and destroy the world, or will the Doctor manage to bring about his destruction?

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Edition: Australia Australia (VHS)
When:  November 1985
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Movie format.

Cover blurb:
Same as UK edited edition.

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Edition: Japan Japan (VHS)
When:  December 1985
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Movie format.

Cover blurb:
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Edition: Norway Norway (VHS)
Title:  Pyramidene På Mars
When:  December 1985 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  English audio with Norwegian subtitles. This was the only Doctor Who video ever released in Norway.

Cover blurb:
Her er den forste av filmene om Doctor Who, som i skikkelsen til Tom Barker [sic] er blitt den mest populaere science fiction serie noengang i England.

Serien er laget for moden ungdom, men kan med fordel sees av alle som har en forkjaerlighet for science fiction.

Det er hele verdensrommets fremtid so står på spill denne gangen, og det er bare Doctor Who som kan redde sivisasjonen! Hvis han feiler, går verden mot sin sikre undergang ...

English translation as follows:

Here is the first of the films on Doctor Who, as the figure of Tom Barker [sic] has become the most popular science fiction series ever in England.

The series is designed for mature adolescents, but may also be seen by anyone with a love of science fiction.

It is the outer space so future is at stake this time, and it's only Doctor Who can save civilisation! If he fails, the world will turn against their doom ...

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Edition: Finland Finland (VHS)
When:  January 1986
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Movie format. The Finnish title is Dr. Who - Marsin Pyramidit, although the English title is more prominently displayed on the cover, as you can see from the photo. Contains English audio with Finnish subtitles. This was the only Doctor Who video ever released in Finland.

Cover blurb:
Tässä ensimmäinen filmi DOCTOR WHO — sarjasta, jossa Tom Baker esittää pääroolia. DOCTOR WHO on Englannin tähän asti kaikkein suosituin science fiction-sarja.

Sarja on tarkoitettu nuorisolle, mutta sitä katsovat mielellään kaikenikäiset science fictionin ihailijat.

Koko maailmankaikkeuden tulevaisuus on tällä kertaa vaakalaudalla, ja ainoastaan DOCTOR WHO voi pelastaa sivilisaatiomme! Jos hän epäonnistuu, sivilisaatiomme kulkee kohti varmaa tuhoa...

English translation as follows:

Here you have the first release of the series DOCTOR WHO, starring Tom Baker. DOCTOR WHO is so far the most popular science fiction series in England.

The series is targeted for the young, but science fiction fans of all ages enjoy watching it.

This time the future of the whole universe is in jeopardy and only DOCTOR WHO can save our civilization! If he fails, our civilization is doomed...

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Edition: US US (original VHS)
When:  February 1988
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Movie format.

Cover blurb:
THE DOCTOR BATTLES AN ANCIENT EVIL TO SAVE MANKIND!

Get set for another journey with Doctor Who, the sci-fi hero extraordinaire who's been thrilling TV audiences around the world for years.

A Time Lord, the Doctor meanders through time and space in his vessel, the Tardis, which appears to be simply a police phone booth. The Doctor himself seems quite ordinary, yet has the power to transform himself into other bodies. He's had five incarnations so far, each played by a new actor.

In this installment of the immensely popular series, Dr. Who (Tom Baker) and Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) are diverted back to the year 1911, where they encounter one Marcus Scarman, a professor who's possessed by an ancient Egyptian god of darkness. Helped by robot mummies, Scarman intends to release his master, "the bringer of death to all mankind".

Will the Doctor stop Scarman from realizing his horrible goal, or will the mechanized mummies triumph and wrap the human race in a cloak of permanent darkness?

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Edition: UK UK (unedited VHS)
When:  February 1994
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Unedited episodic format.

Cover blurb:
Same as UK edited edition, except for the first sentence, which reads The future of the cosmos is at stake as the Doctor faces his most fearsome adversary in this four part adventure.

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Edition: US US (repackaged VHS)
When:  March 1998
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Movie format. Re-released in updated "Gateway Collection" cover at a discounted price. (The other stories repackaged in this way were The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Stones of Blood and City of Death.)

Cover blurb:
Get set for another journey with the Doctor, the sci-fi hero extraordinaire who's been thrilling TV audiences around the world for years.

A Time Lord, the Doctor meanders through time and space in his vessel, the Tardis, which appears to be simply a police booth. Though human in appearance, the Doctor is not of this earth, as proven by his ability to regenerate himself after death. Tom Baker was the fourth and longest running of the eight actors who have played the Doctor since 1963.

In this installment of the immensely popular series, Dr. Who (Tom Baker) and Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) are diverted back to the year 1911, where they encounter one Marcus Scarman, a professor who's possessed by an ancient Egyptian god of darkness. Helped by robot mummies, Scarman intends to release his master, "the bringer of death to all mankind".

Will the Doctor stop Scarman from realizing his horrible goal, or will the mechanized mummies triumph and wrap the human race in a cloak of permanent darkness?



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