While the last of the Osirans, Sutekh, was defeated in 1911, a plan that
stretches over 7000 years aims to resurrect another - Nephthys. With Nyssa
converted into a Mummy, the Doctor, Tegan and a butler called Atkins travel
across continents and time zones to stop Nephthys and save Nyssa.
Nyssa and Tegan.
Pg 14 The Egyptian Room of the British Museum, November 9th, 1896
Pg 78 The banks of the River Nile, Ancient Egypt, somewhere between 2000BC
and 1000BC (see Continuity Cock-Ups)
Pg 97 The TARDIS materializes in Giza, Egypt, September, 1896
Pg 117 A brief visit to The British Museum in 1996 (although this happens
out of sequence with the main narrative)
Pg 177 The TARDIS materializes in London, 1996
Pg 217 The TARDIS arrives near Nephthys' tomb in 1996
Pg 231 The Great Pyramid, Egypt, 1996
Pg 243 Norris' cottage, Cornwall, 1996
Pg 251 The Basement of Kenilworth House, 1996
Pyramids of Mars is always a fun watch, and it is helpful, though not vital.
All references to Osirans and Phaester Osiris refer to Pyramids of Mars. I
have not noted every single reference, but have included the more detailed
Pg 1 Some of the original Osirans - Anubis and Horus - appear. They were
mentioned in Pyramids of Mars.
Pgs 7-9 The Doctor briefly attends Cranleigh Hall and revisits some of the
cast of Black Orchid.
Pg 8 Ann Cranleigh mentions Adric, last seen redecorating Planet Earth for
the dinosaurs at high speed in Earthshock.
Pg 15 "'Where are we then?' Nyssa asked him before they could start
arguing over the exact percentage of accurate landings the Doctor had
recently accomplished." The Doctor had been trying to get Tegan home for
much of the previous season, failing miserably.
Pg 15-16 "'We need to know where we are, so we can work out how to get
back on course.'" This is what the First Doctor told Ian and Barbara in The
Daleks, a long time ago.
Pg 16 "'Where's your sense of adventure?' 'Mine died a long and lingering
death somewhere in Amsterdam.' In Arc of Infinity.
Pg 18 Tegan's clothing makes it clear that this story takes place
immediately after Arc of Infinity.
Pg 41 This is a mythological retelling of a section of Osiran history
(accurately told on Pgs 157-158)
Pgs 43-44 Tegan contemplates the repercussions of Adric's death, from
Pg 50 "'My father's dead.' And for the first time Nyssa found she really
believed that." He was taken over by the Master in The Keeper of Traken (but
see Continuity Cock-Ups)
Pg 51 Reference to Traken, as in The Keeper of Traken.
Pg 52 "A phrase of Tegan's lingered in the back of her memory; 'Cross my
heart.'" I can hear Janet Fielding saying the line, but I can't remember in
which story. It might be Castrovalva.
Pg 55 "'If good old Blinovitch could see me now.'" Blinovitch is mentioned
frequently throughout The Sands of Time. The Blinovitch Limitation effect is
first mentioned in Day of the Daleks and is a vital part of the plot of
Mawdryn Undead. The Doctor is also very worried about it in The Eleventh
Pgs 57-58 "A faint glow suffused the air around the ornate pupil, a
reflection perhaps of the torches above it as they clustered in the doorway.
Then Massud stepped tentatively over the threshold. And the eye at his feet
flashed brilliant red." The glowing Eye of Horus was also prominent in
Pyramids of Mars.
Pg 63 "'Ironic really: four thousand years asleep and she'll be tired.'"
Given the events of Kinda, it turns out that Nyssa must really like her
Pg 64 "He returned his attention to the picture. 'More like a century,' he
muttered. 'Just look at the brushwork on that.'" Not strictly continuity,
but Richard's characterization of the Fifth Doctor is spot-on, right down to
this glorious little change of subject when he's embarrassed.
Pg 76 More Osiran history disguised as Egyptian myth (accurately told on
Pg 82 "'That's not what you said when we wanted to go back and save
Adric.'" Adric, as we know by now, died in Earthshock. Nyssa and Tegan
demanded to go back and save him in the opening moments of Time-Flight.
Pg 85 "'Always meant to pop back and see. But the trouble with being a
Time Lord is that you never seem to have the time.'" This is almost
word-for-word what the Doctor says about the Dinosaurs in Earthshock. Given
that Earthshock also ended up with a companion dead, you'd think he'd be
more careful about what he was quoting.
Pg 86 "Her last thought as she lost consciousness, her last thought for
millennia, was that, wherever she was going, she might find her father."
Tremas, from The Keeper of Traken.
Pg 106 "'A religious problem, sir.'" Similar religious problems occurred
at Marcus Scarman's opening of Sutekh's tomb in Pyramids of Mars.
Pg 110 The twin guardians of Horus pose a riddle, just as they did in
Pyramids of Mars. This one's a little more complicated, however.
Pg 135 The Doctor gives Tegan a potted summary the story of Sutekh, ending
with the line "He was cornered on Earth by Horus and seven hundred and forty of his fellow Osirans [the Egyptian Pantheon] and imprisoned for all
eternity beneath a pyramid." This line is an almost direct quote of Pyramids
Pg 136 "'Till he [Sutekh] escapes in nineteen eleven, it is, yes.' The
Doctor waved away her worried expression. 'But that's all sorted out now.'"
In Pyramids of Mars.
Pg 162 Not continuity, but, as the Doctor and Tegan return to London just
before they first arrived, the time travel loop starts snapping shut with
the same satisfaction you feel at the end of The Shawshank Redemption.
Pg 171 "Tegan frowned. 'So we can't change anything?' 'Well, I have seen
it done. But never without immense cost, and always so that history returns
to its original track.'" The Doctor's experience with alternate timelines
include Inferno (the obvious one) and The Man in the Velvet Mask among
others I haven't read yet (probably). In later years, the Doctor would have
much more problems with them as not one but two alternative universe arcs in
the NAs (Blood Heat to No Future) and the 8DAs (Time Zero to Timeless),
Pg 175 "As Rassul watched, Simons's body slowly crumbled away until only a
fine dust remained. A sudden, impossible breeze cleaned it from the stone
floor." The sudden, impossible (great adjective!) breeze has been a staple
of anything in Who that dissolves to dust, particularly anything that gets
aged to death (Sara Kingdom, the Vampires in State of Decay etc.)
Pg 185 The presence of an organ in Kenilworth house is a nod to what I had
assumed was incidental music in Pyramids of Mars. But see below.
Pgs 187-189 include a pretty thorough synopsis of Pyramids of Mars and the
background from Phaester Osiris.
Pg 211 "The Doctor did not sleep that night. This was not unusual." As he
once remarked (Talons of Weng-Chiang), "sleep is for tortoises".
"He read every word of each of the books at lightning speed." As he was
clearly capable of doing in City of Death.
Pg 234 "On Mars they either did the building themselves, or found another
religiously fanatical people to do it for them. I can think of a couple of
candidates." So can I, the Ice Warriors (The Ice Warriors, The Seeds of
Death, The Curse of Peladon, The Monster of Peladon, GodEngine) are number one on my list.
Pg 235 "The original face of the Sphinx was the face of Horus" According
to the audio adventure The Eye of the Scorpion, the Sphinx's face was at one
time modeled on Elvis Presley.
Pg 241 "Then [the Doctor] would peer through his half-moon spectacles,
frown, make a hurried annotation in the margin, and push the document away
again." The Fifth Doctor seems to suffer from short-sightedness; these same
spectacles were seen in Four to Doomsday.
Pgs 241-242 "'Of course,' he said on one such occasion, smacking his palm
to his forehead. 'They actually convinced Scaroth that building the pyramids
would help human evolution in the way he needed.'" City of Death. This is
glorious use of continuity, simultaneously matching up two disparate stories
and making them work together.
Pg 246 neatly combines the backstory of Pyramids of Mars with this tale.
Pg 247 "She appeared in the appointed place at the time foretold. And she
was without sin or blemish." Yup. Nyssa's a virgin. We all knew that. She
has rectified this by the time of her appearance in Asylum.
Pg 249 "'Which probably excluded external influence and energy rather as
the Zero Room here in the TARDIS.'" The Zero Room was seen in Castrovalva.
"'Think of it. Nyssa is from the Traken Union. For all her life the Keeper
and the Source ruled such that there was no concept even of evil. What more
pure mind could one hope to find anywhere in the universe?'" All of this
comes from The Keeper of Traken. Probably a good job that Nephthys didn't
try to gain her release when the Doctor was traveling with Ace and Benny.
Pg 254 "Rassul smiled, his face cracked across with satisfaction as from
behind him a loud swell of discordant music rose from the organ." Turns out
it wasn't incidental music in Pyramids of Mars, but the organ was really
playing. This keeps happening as the book continues and actually never fails
to raise a smile.
Pg 264 "No.' The voice rang across the chamber like a chord from a giant
organ." You see? Even Vanessa's voice sounds like an organ.
Pg 266 Prior's death echoes exactly what happened to Lawrence Scarman.
Pg 277 "'Abase yourselves,' she ordered. 'You are as nothing before the
power of Nephthys.'" This again reflects a similar sequence in Pyramids of
Pg 285 The thermal balance effect of the time corridor again echoes
Pyramids of Mars.
"'The sands of time wash us all clean,' he said quietly." The Doctor almost
repeats this phrase in Timelash (it's 'the Waves of time' in that story).
Pg 286 "'That's the delta wave augmenter, isn't it Doctor?'" Previously
seen in Kinda.
"Yes. Though I had to rig up another delta source to replace the sonic
screwdriver, of course." It was destroyed in The Visitation.
Pg 288 "'Sometimes, Tegan,' the Doctor said, 'you take my breath away.'"
I'm pretty sure the Doctor repeats this exact phrase in The Five Doctors,
but it might be another adventure. Any thoughts?
Pg 289 When Nyssa wakes up, she says 'I've had the strangest dream,' which
is pretty much what Tegan said after she had been possessed by the Mara in
Pg 292 The arrival of Professor Marcus Scarman, wraps the story back to
Pyramids of Mars again.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
Lord and Lady Cranleigh, Smutty Thomas, Ann Cranleigh (formerly Talbot) from Black Orchid.
The Mummies Return! (On Pg 139) From Pyramids of Mars.
Napoleon Bonaparte, one-time ruler of France and invader of numerous other
countries, came to power following the Terror (as orchestrated by
Robespierre among others) and is probably the one of the most important
people on the European historical stage. He has cameo roles in this story,
The Reign of Terror and Emotional Chemistry.
Professor Marcus Scarman makes a cameo appearance.
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
In 1896, Professor Kenilworth, his butler, Atkins, Russell Evans, Margaret
Evans, Nicholas Simons, James Macready, Menet Nebka.
In 1996, England, Aubrey Prior, his daughter (genetically engineered),
Vanessa and James Norris, her fiance.
In Ancient Egypt, Amosis, Priest of Nephthys, Sitamun, handmaiden to same.
In 1996, Egypt, Kamose, a beggar who catches a lift in the TARDIS
London, a few days in early November, 1896. Specific locations include the
Egyptian Room of the British Museum, The Savoy Hotel and Kenilworth House
Ancient Egypt, near Nyssa's/Nephthys' tomb. Much dialogue suggests that this
around 2000BC, but this is contradicted in other dialogue, and could be as
late as 1000BC. (See Continuity Cock-ups)
Egypt - the above hotel, Nyssa's/Nephthys' tomb and traveling between the
two, from September, 1896.
London, 1996, once again touring to Kenilworth House and environs, as well
as a swift car trip to Cornwall.
St. Helena, the island of Napoleon's incarceration, 1821