May 24th, 2023

24 mins 36 secs

Season 4

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Season 4 of The Moment is on its way! But it is not quite ready yet.

In the meantime, we're revisiting some episodes from previous seasons of The Moment.

This week, we revisit episode 2.07 with Houman Sadri, to discuss a moment from Part two of the 1975 serial Pyramids of Mars, from Tom Baker's second season of Doctor Who. We discuss how sound can terrify us, the impact of opening and closing credits on a viewing experience, and the role that fear and tension and cliffhangers have in making Doctor Who what it is.

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  • Pyramids of Mars - Wikipedia — Pyramids of Mars is the third serial of the 13th season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts on BBC1 from 25 October to 15 November 1975. The serial is set in England and Egypt and on Mars in 1911. In the serial, the burial chamber of the alien Osiran Sutekh (Gabriel Woolf), the inspiration for the Egyptian god Set, is unearthed by the archaeology professor Marcus Scarman (Bernard Archard). Alive but immobilised, Sutekh seeks his freedom by using Professor Scarman as his servant to destroy the jewel on a pyramid on Mars which is keeping him prisoner.
  • Houman Sadri - Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge — Associate Professor. My research has focused on the continued impact and relevance of myth-based narrative frameworks on modern texts and media, with an emphasis on graphic novels, YA literature and film. I have an extensive teaching background in English literature, culture and language.
  • MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture — MAI offers its readers intersectional feminist criticism of global visual culture. We publish creative and academic research on women in art and media. We are a collective of scholars, artists, writers, activists and thinkers who challenge patriarchy while celebrating women’s creativity and achievements.