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For many thousands of years SUTEKH had waited... trapped in the heart of an Egyp tian Pyramid. Now at last the time had come - the moment of release, when all th e force of his pent-up evil and malice would be unleashed upon the world... The TARDIS lands on the site of UNIT headquarters in the year 1911, and the Doctor a nd Sarah emerge to fight a terrifying and deadly battle... against Egyptian Mumm ies, half-possessed humans - and the overwhelming evil power of SUTEKH! ISBN 0 426 11666 6
DOCTOR WHO AND THE PYRAMIDS OF MARS Based on the BBC television serial by Stephen Harris by arrangement with the Bri tish Broadcasting Corporation TERRANCE DICKS published by The Paperback Division of W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd
Bucks ISBN 0 426 1 1666 6 This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not. by way of t rade or otherwise.A Target Book Published in 1976 by the Paperback Division of W. Aylesbury. H. printed and bo und in Great Britain by Hunt Barnard Printing Ltd. Allen & Co. re-sold. be lent. A Howard & Wyndham Company 44 Hill Street. London W1X 8LB Novelisation copyr ight © Terrance Dicks Original script copyright © Stephen Harris 1975 `Doctor Who' s eries copyright © British Broadcasting Corporation 1975 Reproduced. . L td. hired out or otherwise circulated without t he publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition b eing imposed on the subsequent purchaser.
.CONTENTS Prologue 1 The Terror is Unleashed 2 The Mummy Awakes 3 The Servents of Sutekh 4 The Return of Marcus Scarman 5 The World Destroyed.. 6 The Mummies At tack 7 The Doctor Fights Back 8 `I am Sutekh!' 9 In the Power of Sutekh 10 A Jou rney to Mars 11 The Guardians of Horus 12 The Weapon of the Time Lords Epilogue .
Not just the more intelligent life-for ms. Sutekh worked and studied f or thousands of years. He feared t hat someday. reptiles. As well as mastering technology and science. on a planet called Phaester Osiris. insects. bu t all sentient life was his mortal enemy.. The Osirians spread throughout the galaxies of the cosmos. . Sutekh hated them all..Prologue The Legend of the Osirians In a galaxy unimaginably distant from ours. But greater still was his brother Horus. They ruled many worlds. plants. But his mind w as full of jealousy and hatred. the Osirians developed powers of pure thought. All but Sutekh. whom all Osi rians called leader. Sutekh became convinced that not only the other Osirians. His name was Sutekh and he was great among the Osirians. and were often worshipped as gods. somewhere there might evolve a life-form powerful enough to destroy him. Over-mastere d by his own fears. and in time this turned to madness. As they gr ew in power. until his powers were truly awe-inspiring. but animals. bending t he physical world to their will by the strength of their minds alone. their h ome planet. The Osirians were a long-lived race. who hated Horus and was jealous of him. But Sutekh stayed on Phaester Osiris. working to develop his powers so that he might one day overthrow his brother Horus. there arose a race so powerful that they became like gods. so they grew in wisdom--all but one.
they b egan the search for Sutekh. until only he remained as unchallenged ruler. to guard the Pyramid. Leaving t he shattered desolation of Phaester Osiris behind him. he was locked in the grip of a mighty forcefield. Horus decreed that Sutekh shoul d not die but should be made eternally captive. The battle was long and fierce. At last Sutekh took refuge o n an obscure planet called Earth. He would range through the g alaxies and destroy all life. They brought him befor e his brother Horus for judgement. He b ecame Sutekh the Destroyer--and he began by destroying his own planet. wrecking and smashing world after world with his titani c powers. Led by Horus. A pyramid was built to become hi s prison.An insane ambition formed in Sutekh's twisted mind. finally. Sutekh blazed a trail of havoc across the cosmos. for Sutekh was a formidable opponent. To kill Sutekh would mean that they too were destroyers. Tracking him by his trail of destruction. Soon news of his madness reached fellow Osirians. but on one of the other planets circling its sun. before he was f inally defeated and made captive. Seven hundred and forty Osirians came to Earth to combine against him. Horus and the other Osirians went on . Many urged that all the Osirians should link their minds and blast Sutekh from existence. determined to destroy him. paralysed and utt erly helpless. his fellow Osirians found h im. they hunted him across the cosmos. the control-point of this forcefield was placed not on Earth. Satisfied that Sutekh was for ever bound. On Earth . a secret cult of Egyptian priests was set up. and here. For even greater safety. And since more than walls of stone were needed to imprison such a bein g as Sutekh. But Horus would not agree. in a land called Egypt.
Until one day.. They vanished from our co smos and were seen no more. Deep inside the Pyramid. Bou nd by the forcefield of Horus. Other civilisations and Empires took its place. Sutekh and Horus and the Osir ians were remembered only as a legend. scarcely able to move a muscle. For thousands upon thousands of years he endured his long captivity. Sutekh li ved on. . The mighty civilisation of Egypt rose and fel l. It planned and plotted without cease. waiting for the day of h is escape. only his twisted brain was active.their way. He had told him that escape was possible. though the difficulties and obstacles were so gre at as to be almost insurmountable. On Earth they left behind them legends of the all-po werful gods who fought wars among themselves.. What became of the Osirians no one can say. Still Sutekh waited in his hidden Pyramid . For Horus would not leave even Sutekh quite without hope.
Marcus made a brief examination of the exterior of the Pyramid. with a keen. But Marcus Scarman had passed long years tracking them down. schola rly face. then beckoned them over. `The re's a sealed entrance--here. tucked away in a valley still unvisited by other Egyptol ogists. spending many English sovereig ns to buy information in the bazaars of Cairo. The other was tall and thin. striped robes and red fez. and Englishmen abroad were expected to ma intain certain standards. Rumours of the e xistence of a hidden Black Pyramid. The year was 1911. At long last he had found Ahmed. A secret Pyrami d of unfamiliar design. with stiff collar and public school tie. The Englishman was Professor Marcus Scarman and he was a dedicated Egyptologist. had long been circulating in achaeological circles. . whose love of gold had finally overcome his fear. At this moment. his eyes were blazing with controlled excitement as he gazed on the greatest discovery of his career.1 The Terror is Unleashed In a hidden valley. Many had scoffed at them. One was an Egyptian in tatte red. centre of some secret native cult. Despite the heat. two men stood gazing at the squat black shape of a Pyramid. Here was a find to make him the envy of all his rivals. a gang of half-n aked Egyptian labourers squatted patiently by the tethered camels. shimmering in the blazing heat of the Egyptian sun. and now they had arrived. he wore a white tropical suit. They had journeyed together in to the desert for many days. Near by.
`All right. echoing darkness of the burial chamber.' The l abourers began swinging their picks. Too absorbed to notice his companion's lack of enthusiasm. But wh ose? Impatient to know the answer. The light flickered eerily off jewelled caskets and ornately decorated golden urns. the tunnel led into a huge echoing burial chamber. Great Heavens. that'll do. You come with me.' Eagerly Marcus climbed through the gap. `Perfect. Ahmed.Shouldn't take you long to get it open.' Ahmed looked about nervou sly. sharing none of the Englishman's enthusiasm. tell them to wait here. Marcus stretched out a trembling hand and touched it reverently.. `Absolutely perfect and quite un touched. till he reached the wall at its far end. In the dank. The reliquaries are still sealed. They found themselves in a long stone-wall ed tunnel. surrounded by mysterious shapes. go and fetch two lanterns. As soon as the space was big enough. The wall w as hung with a jewel-encrusted tapestry of enormous value. he pushed them aside.' he breathed. Surely there would b e punishment. Marcus held up his lantern and looked around. It was obvious from the rich furnishings of the buria l chamber that this had been the tomb of some great one of ancient times. going deep into the heart of the Pyramid. what a find! This tomb must date back to the first dynasty of the Pharaohs. and draped this tapestry over the entrance? ' he whispered to himself. and Marcus watched impatiently as they chip ped away mortar and started lifting aside the heavy stone blocks. . Marcus pressed eagerly ahea d. Ahmed. A hmed following cautiously behind him.. Marcu s moved through the chamber. he was overcome by the f ear that he was blaspheming the ancient gods of his people. `How many thousands of years since t he priests sealed the inner chamber.
It actuall y seemed to come from deep inside the stone. man. The mortar between them was old and crumbling--the wal l would be easy to move away. Marcus turned to the Egyptian. echoing down the tunnel. In the light of the two lanterns... and was immediately transfixed by a blaze of green light. As he studied it. `A hmed! Your lantern. There came a deep.. Do not cross the threshold of the gods or you will die!' Dropping his crowbar with a clatter.. hollow g rinding sound. Groaning with effort he heaved again. `It is a warning.' muttered Marcus.. Mortar crumbled away beneath his onslaught. The eerie red glow had faded. Marcus stepped forwar d into the gap. Determinedly he picked up Ahmed's crowbar. He loo ked upwards.' `Superstitious savage. Ahmed turned and ran. `I 've come too far to turn back now. the ruby-red glow burned even brigh ter. `If you cross the threshold of the gods y ou will die. Quickly!' Reluctantly Ahmed came forward. Ahmed backed away. back down the stone passage towards the daylight. Behind it was a wall bu ilt from blocks of stone.. `It is the Eye--the Eye of Horus!' he muttered in his ow n language. He looked back at the w all. Marcus jammed the cro wbar deeper.. Marcus became aware of something strange. holding up hi s lantern. I need your help!' All he heard in reply was the wailing voice of the Egyptian.. Marcus Scarman called after him angrily.Marcus reached out and carefully drew back the tapestry. In the centre of the wall a glowing red light had appeared. Above him there hovered an .' He jammed the crowbar into a crevice and b egan to heave. `Co me back here. and a whole section of the wall swung away.
Inside the police box. Then came a sudden huge blast of sound. light flashing on the top.' . like a discord from some enormous organ. there sped the incongruous shape of a square blue police box. d ominated by a many-sided centre console of complex instruments. Victoria.indescribably malignant face. Marcus tried to scream but th e sound was locked in his throat. She wore an attractive. eyes clos ed and face a deathly grey. A battered. The wave of sound seemed to lift Marcus's bod y and hurl it to the ground. broadbrimmed hat was jammed on the back of his head. `Oh yes. why.' The girl. emerging from his abstraction. `Oh. an extraordinarily long scarf trailed aroun d his neck. it's you. a mask of pure evil. whose name was Sarah Jane Smith. `Hello who?' The Doctor lo oked up. Sarah. don't you like it?' The Doctor no dded vaguely. Doctor . `Look what I've found. Through the swirling chaos of the Space/Time Vortex. looked at him indignantly. I always did. An inner door opened. was a vast ultra-modern control room. that strange continuum where Space and Time are one. dark-haired girl came into the control room. and a slender. His usually cheerful features were set in a frown of brooding intens ity. A tall man was s taring intently into the console's glowing central column. She travelled with me for a time. He had a mobile intel ligent face crowned with a mop of curly brown hair. He lay sprawled out. limp and motionless.' The Doctor glanced at her absentmindedly. `Hello. Where did you get that dress?' `I found it in the wardrobe. It belonged to Victoria. oldfashioned dress. which was not a police box at all.
and lo oked upon him as a valued colleague.' The Doctor went on staring at the control column. Sarah had been the Doctor's companion on ma ny adventures. The Doctor's usual mood was one of infectious high spirits. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. always trying so hard to be brave. She knew he was a T ime Lord. always so frightened. replacing a damaged body with what seemed to be a completely n ew one. But she realised that the Doctor had had many lives and many companions. the Doctor in his fourth incarnation was a distinctly more elusive character. . She tried to cheer him up. had known the Doctor for a very long time. ` Oh come on. `So the dress was Victoria's? Well. though in a period much later than her own Vict orian age. S arah suddenly realised how little she really knew about him. Sarah had first met the Doctor in his capacity of Scientific Adviser to UNIT. and that she had been in volved in only a small proportion of his adventures. when it was very difficult to get through to him. both before and after his change of appearance. that he had the power to transfor m his appearance. There was no doubt about it. as long as it was n't Albert's. She knew. Finally the strain had been too much for her and she'd lef t the TARDIS to return to Earth. I'll wear it. h ead of UNIT's British Section. But very occasionally he would lapse into a kin d of brooding thoughtfulness. because she'd seen it happen. Sarah looked at the Doctor thoughtfully.The Doctor smiled at the memory of Victoria. with the ability to travel through Space and Time in the strange craft he called the TARDIS--initials which stood for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space. that special organisation set u p to protect Earth from attack from outer space.
`That was worth a smile. `it's high time I found something better to do than run round after the Brigadier.Doctor.' said Sarah.* Sarah s ympathised but she was determined not to encourage him in his sulk. in your terms. The Doctor still resented being s ummoned back to Earth by the Brigadier to deal with the Zygon invasion.' A sudden ter rific jolt shook the TARDIS. surely? What's wrong? Aren't you g lad to be going home?' The Doctor looked up.' he sa id sadly.. what was that? What's happened? ' The Doctor was too busy to answer her. malignant and somehow b estial. Sarah screamed. and a deep thrumming noise filled the air. `What's more. . and Sarah was flung across the console.. not a human being. `I'm a Time Lord. `...' s aid Sarah lightly. She fell in a heap in a corner and gazed muzzily upwards. Sarah. His hands flickered rapidly over the co nsole as he fought to bring the TARDIS back under control. half wolf or jackal. So that was it.' Sarah smiled.' he went on. seven hundred and fifty years. resign . Sarah lost her hold on the console and staggered across the control room . `Earth isn't my home. It seemed hal f human. like a discord from some giant organ. The TARDIS rocked and spun.. remember. I walk in eternity.. completing her sentence.' `And what's that supposed to mean?' `It means I've lived for something like--oh. Was the TARDIS on fire? A hideous face.' she gasped.. `Doctor.. had formed in the smoke cloud and was glaring down at her. There seemed to be a cloud of smoke. Once again the Doctor ignored her little joke. `If you're g etting tired of being UNIT's Scientific Adviser.' `Soon be getting middle-aged. you can always.
. what was it?' `The Doctor was absorbed in his inst ruments. She grabbed his arm. The y found themselves in a large.' The Doctor b roke off suddenly and returned to the console. the TARDIS settled down. Sarah sighed and followed him. `You don't believe me. Sarah said. `I know we've landed somewhere. Doc-tor. `Mental projection?' he muttered to himself. `No. Whatever that thing was. operated the door control.. Indignantly. I mean that thing!--and that noise?' He gave her a p uzzled look. `Doctor. Unless.. well-proportioned ground-floor room. The .' The Doctor's hands once again began moving over the controls. Every thing was back to normal. nothing hostile can possibly enter the TARDIS. `Mental projection of that force is beyond belief.' The Docto r looked at her.Q..' There was another. Please don't try and bring it back . it was totally evil. `It was like an organ. with windows facing on to a garden. then it was gone. Odd--that's never happened b efore. and I saw this horrible face. UNIT H. it was at this end of the spe ctrum... smaller jo lt. `The relative continuum stabiliser failed. The Doctor was already outside. not the upset. `Hang on a minute.' `No... Sarah picked herself up and ran across to the Doctor. `We've arrived. But are you sure. Sarah tu gged him away from the console.. Just for a second.!' Th e Doctor checked the instruments. and yet--it cou ld explain the stabiliser failure! Now let me see.. the organ noise stopped.... and the central column stopped moving.' She was too late. do you?' `My de ar Sarah. Sarah.' said Sarah hurriedly. `What thing? What noise?' Sarah shuddered.The apparition vanished..
.' Suddenly the Doctor smiled.. painted wooden chests..' The Doctor smiled. years before I knew it?' The Doctor nodded. Sarah threw the Doctor an accusing look. Sarah. but obviously not i n Time. `That's right' `But it's all so different.. Some vast energyimpulse has drawn the TARD IS off course.Q. All around stood various forms of Egyptiana--mummy cases. didn't it?' The Doctor held up his hand for s ilence. The room looked like a miniature museum... We've had a temporal reverse. The Old Priory burnt down.?' The Doctor cleared his throat. fune ral urns. `I sense alien vibrations. discordant org an-note shattered the silence.. The UNIT house was built on the same site. w ell. There's something very wrong here. this most be the Old Priory.. but hadn't yet finished unpacking all of them. we've arrived at the correct point in Space. `That's the noise I heard before.' `No. `Ah.Q.' A deep. `Of cours e. That thing that came into the TARDIS--it must be here. it isn't.' said the Doctor mysteriously. It was as though someone had brought home an enormous collectio n of Egyptian relics.. `UNIT H. Sarah looked fearfully at the Doctor. evidently quite satisfied by his own explanat ion.' `So it was.' See `Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster' . `What is it?' `Atmosphere. you see. Many were already on display and others simply scattered about. This isn 't even the same house. so mewhere in this house. Sarah looked around. `Are you telling me this is UNIT H.TARDIS was in a corner surrounded by huge packing cases.
His thin brown fingers swept across the keys. The room quive red and shook with the deep throbbing chords. Then. a tribute to his gods. prepared to die for having failed his . Namin's music was a kind of prayer. flanked by four ceremonial urns. their bodies buri ed in the desert. an immaculately dressed Egypti an called Ibrahim Namin sat at the keyboard. In it stood an upright Mummy casket. in fear and trembling. For thousands upon thousands of years the priests had served the high ones who built the Pyramid.2 The Mummy Awakes In the organ room on the other side of the house. He was the High Priest of the Cult of the Black Pyramid. filling the room with a crescendo of discordant sound. The room was thick with a sense of ancient evil. ensuring that the Black Pyramid in its secret valley remained inviolate. They created an atmosphere of madn ess. of chaos in which all normal laws were suspended. Namin glanced from time to time at an alco ve just beyond the organ. prying into the ancient secrets. Namin and his fellow-priests had sped there at once. One day Namin heard the news he had al ways dreaded--an archaeological expedition was on its way to the Black Pyramid. like his ancestors before him. As he played. c arrying out the proper ceremonies. Namin had entered the desecrated Pyramid. richly decorated. Then scholars from the West had come with their expe ditions. The fleeing Ahmed and the t errified labourers had all been captured and killed instantly. Namin had served the Cult all his life.
the Great One within the Pyramid. The Pyramid was a prison in which he had been cast by treachery. Ibrahim Namin was ordered to accompany them to this house in England. All this Namin had done. he served the Great Ones as before. All these crates had first to be taken to Cairo. allowing no one to enter or to touch the sacred reli cs. Now the time was approaching for his relea se. in a strange land wearin g strange clothes. He had to hire workm en to make wooden crates. At first Namin had been v ery puzzled by these orders.trust. and porters to carry them to the Pyramid. He had to go to a hotel in Cairo. But Sutekh. Strangest of all. In the Secret Writings of his cult it was laid down that the Pyramid most never be broken into. he was t o install himself and wait. But he was not too happy in England. and obtain the Professor's luggage. Namin had been given his orders. had told him the writings were mistaken. many sacred objects were packed by the hands of Ibrahim and his fellow p riests. Once in the house. The Great Ones were not displeased--the opening of the Pyramid was a pa rt of their plan. The brother of Professor Scarman . Ibrahim Namin and his fellow-pri ests would be exalted as they had been in ancient times. Many and complicated were the tasks that had been laid upon Ibrahim Namin. then shipped to England . guarding them most strictly all the while. Inside the P yramid. Soon Sutekh would return to rule the world. one of the Great Ones had spoken to him. a nd servants of the Great Ones. thousands of years ago. the servant of the house. Although Colli ns. To his terror and delight. had accepted his letter of authority. All w as well. rulers of the people. Now. or the most terrible disaster would overwhelm the world. posing as the servan t of Professor Scarman. it was clear that he was puzzled and suspicious.
Namin had ignored it. Namin stalked angrily towards the old servant. he was aware of a climate of hostility and suspicion. no longer priest of an obscu re sect but king. Salvaging his conscience with another barrage of knock s. Collins flung open the door. an elderly man in the formal black clothes of an upper servant was hammering on the heavy wooden door. he could hear a knocking at t he door. or would bother to answer if he did.. Namin shouted. sir.. Namin looked up angrily from the keyboard. `Get out. Something disturbed his reverie. `I'm sorry. protesting vigorously when barred from the ho use.' . `How dare you disturb me! Ge t out at once.. a ruler of the world on behalf of the Great One.. and as the thundering discords died a way. Even though things at the Old Priory had changed so drastically. `Excuse me. On his rare visits to the village.' Collins stood his ground. Collins called.had also been a source of trouble. He had little hope that Namin would hear him over the noise of the organ. He hoped the time would not he long in coming. Namin pined for the burning deserts of his own country. But the gentleman ins isted. But Collins had been in service all his life. Surrounded by infidels and s trangers. A certain Doctor Warlock in the village had written a letter inquiring abou t Professor Scarman. he still knew the proper way to behave in a gentleman's household. Through the clamour of his own playing. In the corridor outside. He began to dr eam of the day when he would return as a great man. Get out of here!' He rose from the organ. still crashing out great discords on the organ.' b ut his quavery old voice was swallowed up by the noise. He looked u p angrily. sir.
you may go. `This is an outrage..' Thankfully Collins scuttled away.' Namin looked thought fully at the ruddy-faced. Called at the Lodge on my w ay up.' `Call it what you like. I have brought from Egypt all the relics discovered by the P rofessor on his recent expedition. I've a few question s to put to you.' A burly figure in country tweeds shouldered his ay pa st Collins and into the room.`Gentleman? What gentleman?' `An old friend of Professor Scarman's.. Collins. `It's your business I'm concerned with. A typical English coun try gentleman.' Namin made a mighty effort to control himself. Controlling his anger Namin said. Live in the village.' interrupted Warloc k brusquely. Since you didn't answer my letter.' Namin' s black eyes blazed with fury.. He tells me you've had the infernal impudence t o bar him from this house. I--' `I know your name. had a word with Laurence. `All right. Collin s. `I have Professor Scannan's l etter of authority. have you? May I ask who you are?' `My name's Warlock. `Don't blame Collins.' Namin g ave a curt nod.. I told you no callers. and to al low . Namin turned to his visitor. I'm afraid it's a case of forced entry. Marcus Scarman happens to be my oldest friend. My orders are to store them safely.' `I am acting on the direct orders of Professor Scarman. Clearly he wouldn' t give up easily. Doctor Warlo ck.' Namin glared angrily at t he intruder. with all the unthinking arrogance of his kind.' `Marcus Scarman ordered you to shut out his own brother? I don't believe i t. `So! You ha ve questions. balding figure in front of him. and I'm not leaving till I've asked them. `I am Ibrahim Namin. `I ordered that no one was to be admitted. sir. sir.
. `Obviously this wing of the house isn't in use. Now Warlock's v isit was making him wonder if he'd done the right thing after all. Collins saw it turn. Puzzled he moved along to the Egyptian Room..' sa id the Doctor cheerfully.' `More Mummy than musty. Doctor Warlock!' Warlock was quite unimpressed. `And that is the end of the matter. the Doctor took his hand away from the door-knob. It smells awfully musty. Sudde nly she tensed. Collins opened the door into the passage. Something caught his eye. looking worriedly around the hall. On the other si de. as someone tried to open the locked door. It was empty. He produced a wire contraption from his pocket. `French picklock . Wh en Collins .' Sarah grinned at the Doctor's flow of cheerful nonsense. From the other side of the door came the sound of a key turning in a lock.. He was confused and frightened by all that had happened since Namin's arri val. `Oh no it isn't.. Not by a long chalk!' In th e corridor outside. first one way and then the other. Never fails. charming lady. but had thought it best to accept the orders in the letter. Belonged to Marie Antoinette. Collins listened to the angry voices. Sarah shrugged. The handle of a door on the far side of the hall was moving. The challenge of a new adventure had restored his usua l good spirits. He turned to go.' Namin's voi ce rose to an angry shout.no one admittance to the house until the Professor himself returns. shaking his head in di smay. sir. The Doctor took Sarah's arm and led her away. pity she lost her he ad poor thing. `Why bother to lock all th ese internal doors?' he asked aggrievedly.
' said Collins sternly. `Oh. cha tting to Sarah. never mind. `This room could easily be converted in to a laboratory. `I understood the property was for sale. sir. didn't you?' `Did we?' Collins gave a knowing nod. `A live Egyptian. sin You came with Doctor Warlock.. if you are a friend of Doctor Warlock's--tell him to watch out!' `Watch out for what?' asked Sarah. I keep hoping Mr Marcus will come back. miss... in the Egyptian room. but I can tell you. said the Doctor hopefully. hands in his pocket. I wouldn't be stayin g myself only. `You're not fooling me. well I've worked for the Scarmans for a very long time. `Listen..' he was saying.' The Doctor glanced round the cluttered room.. while he kept his nibs busy?' The old man's face became suddenly grave.. `Asked you to scout round. I wanted to take a look..' C ollins was shaking his head shrewdly. eh? I suppose this is where he keeps his r elatives?' The old man looked blankly at him. Mummies.' As he talked the old man kept looking nervousl y over his shoulder. `Relatives. No telling what he might do if he knew you'd been here.' `Ifs no joke. sir. the Doctor was leaning against a packing case. didn't he. `M r Namin's only been here a short while. `A house like this would make an ideal headquarters for some sem i-military organisation.. `Who ar e you? How did you get in here?' `We popped in through the window. . Collins turned to her.came in.' said the Doc tor airily.' Collins looked at the two intruders in astonishment. `That Egyptian gentleman's got the temper of the devil.
`You're frightened,' said the Doctor suddenly. `What are you afraid of?' Collins lowered his voice. `He locked this wing. Ordered it all sealed off. He'd go sta rk, staring mad if he caught me in the Egyptian room, and as for you two... Plea se go now, sir, for my sake.' The Doctor looked thoughtfully at him. `I see... W ell, if it's like that, perhaps we had better leave.' He moved towards the door, but the old man caught his sleeve. `Not that way, sir, he might see you. Go the way you came--through the window.' Trapped by his own story, the Doctor glanced at Sarah, then turned back to the old man. `As you wish,' he said gently. They moved to the window. The Doctor opened it and started to climb out. Collins lean ed closer to him and whispered, `Remember to tell Doctor Warlock what I said, si r.' `I'll remember, don't worry.' The Doctor helped Sarah through the window and Collins closed it behind them. Old Collins watched the disappearance of the Doc tor and Sarah with great relief. They'd seemed pleasant enough, but there would be the devil to pay if that Egyptian discovered they'd been in the house. Partic ularly in the Egyptian room, which was his particular obsession. Collins looked round the room sadly, remembering the long hours Mr Marcus used to spend here, s orting through all his Egyptian stuff. Nasty old rubbish, Collins called it. But Mr Marcus was mad on it, had been ever since he was a child. From the very begi nning he'd turned this room into a kind of museum, with all his treasures proudl y displayed. Collins looked gloomily at the pile of packing cases. Now there was a fresh batch of the stuff, cluttering up the house.
No doubt Mr Marcus would want it all unpacked, the minute he got home. Collins f rowned at the sight of a tall blue box in the corner. He didn't remember seeing that one before. It had probably been delivered while he was in the village... C rates had been arriving from Egypt for days now. Heaven knows how much more junk would turn up before Mr Marcus arrived to deal with it. Muttering and grumbling to himself, Collins began shuffling around the room. He fished out an old rag a nd did a bit of defiant dusting. Whatever that Egyptian gentleman said, he wasn' t going to neglect his duties. He dusted one of the newly-arrived Mummy cases, g laring at it disapprovingly. It wasn't the first Mummy they'd had in the house, of course. Mr Marcus had explained all about Mummies, but Collins still didn't c are for them. As far as he was concerned, a dead body was a dead body and its pl ace was in a cemetery, not in a gentleman's house. Absorbed in his dusting and h is grievances, old Collins didn't notice when the lid of one of the Mummy cases started to open. It opened further, then further, swinging fully back with a cra sh. Collins looked up in horror as a huge bandagewrapped figure began stalking t owards him... The Doctor and Sarah were moving through a dense shrubbery, which ran close to the side of the house. All around them was the beauty of an English country garden in summertime. The smooth green lawn, broken up with hedges and flower-beds, stretched away to the woods which surrounded the house. There was t he hum of bees around a white-painted hive, the occasional chirrup of a bird. It was
hard to reconcile this peaceful scene with the atmosphere of exotic horror in th e room they had just left. Sarah caught up with the Doctor and whispered, `Where are we going?' `I'm rather interested to see what this fearsome Egyptian looks like, aren't you?' Sarah wasn't, but before she could say so, they heard angry v oices from a near-by ground-floor window. One voice was gruff and very English, the other smooth and sibilant, with a marked foreign accent. `Humbug!' roared th e English voice. `Utter humbug! That letter is a fabrication if ever I saw one.' `You allege that it is forged?' hissed the foreign voice angrily. `I do, sir, a nd I intend to prove it.' `I warn you, Doctor Warlock, do not interfere!' `Are y ou threatening me, sir?' Intrigued by this very promising quarrel, the Doctor an d Sarah edged closer to the window. Inside the organ room. Warlock and Namin sto od glaring at each other. Warlock was bristling like an angry bulldog, and Namin was quivering with rage. `It is not I who threaten,' he whispered. `There are a ncient forces gathering in this place. Powers of ancient purpose, beyond the com prehension of mere unbelievers.' `Powers of ancient balderdash!' said Warlock co ntemptuously. `Let me warn you. Namin, unless you give me some honest answers, I 'm going straight to the police.' `To tell them what? That some suspicious forei gner is actually daring to live in Professor Scarman's house?' Warlock's voice w as calm and determined. `To tell them that Professor Scarman has not been seen f or weeks. To tell
heading in the direction of the sound.' A quavering scream. bulging eyes staring sightlessly at the ceiling. `Yes.. Warlock knelt by the body. the murderer ca n't have got far. His voice was triumphant. `What the devil. Oh y es. I've had inquiries made in Egypt. `You sh ould have listened when I told you to leave. When the temple is cleansed of all unbelievers. e choed through the room. suddenly cue off. rejoice in their power!' `Fellow's cracked. `We'd better get the police..' thoug ht Warlock to himself. and the Doctor and Sarah started to climb in. I think the police.. only a look o f exaltation. He ran from the room.' His voice tailed off. A small bla ck automatic had appeared in Namin's hand. Warlock spoke soothingly. Doc tor Warlock rushed into the Egyptian room.. Still. Menacingly the Egyptian said. Th e window slid cautiously open. Ibrahim Nami n. The Egyptian hesitated. Ho rrified.' There was no shock or horror on Namin's face. then stopped abruptly. He stood up. Thus it was written.' said Warlock.' Namin rounded on him. servant of the true faith. `The gods have returned! I. Now you have seen . `The poor fello w's been strangled.them that he left Cairo quite some time ago.' More than ev er convinced that he was dealing with a madman.. and no one has seen him since.. then followed. old chap. I see. the high ones themselves will come among us. not noticing that a near-by Mummy case was q uietly closing Warlock looked up as Namin hurried into the room. `You blind pathetic fool! The servants of the all-powerful have arisen. Doctor Warlock. The dead body of Collins lay on the floor.
clutchin g his shoulder. `That shou ld hold him for a while. I command thee--arise!' Slowly.too much. He twisted the barrel of the automatic to wards the Doctor's head. Namin landed in the corner. the Mummy stepped from the case. Inside stood the huge bandage-wrapped figure of a Mummy. and Warlock staggered. and the ornate ruby ri ng on his finger glowed bright go red. The Doctor tried to get hold of the gun. . and seemed incredibly strong. the gun dropping from his hand. the Doctor's scarf looped out over his head and shoulders. Namin scrambled cat-like to his feet. The gun di sappeared inside his coat. slamming the door behind them. The gun exploded. You shall be the second unbeliever to die!' He levelled the gun at War lock's heart. `In the name of the High Ones. then suddenly stopped himself. Namin raised his hand. Right. Just as the Egyptian pulled the trigger. and Namin straightened his clothing and smoothed his hair. just as the Doctor gave him a shove that sent him flyin g across the room. He moved to a near-by Mummy case and flung it open. come on!' They ran out of the house by the front door. while the Doctor dragged a heavy ch est across the floor and jammed it against the door to the East Wing. In t he hall Sarah supported the wounded Warlock. Q uickly the Doctor and Sarah bustled the reeling Warlock from the room. He seemed about to set off in pursuit. The Doctor appeared silently in the doorway behind Namin. `Arise!' he chanted. jerking backwards. Behind them the barricade began to shake under the impact of a powerful s hove. but Namin was lithe and active. picking up the gun.
' he commanded. F ollowed by his ghastly servant. but their pace was slowed by the wounde d Warlock. `He needs help badly. The Doctor straightened up. `No good. S uddenly he slid to the ground.' he muttered. the Mummy close behind him.. He was uncon scious. Scarman's brother. Get to the Lodge. Th e Mummy stalked forward. The Doctor and Sarah were deep in the woods surrounding the house..' Warlock shook his head. slipping quickly through the trees. `We're sitting ducks out here in the open.. can't. Sarah. The spreading bloodstain on his shoulder was widening steadily. They were still quite close to the house. The Doctor grabbed the iner t form of Warlock and hoisted it over his .On the other side. he hurried across the hall and through the open front door..' The D octor looked back. `Now go.. we'll only slow you down. Tell Laurence.. It smashed open the barricaded door with ease. `I.' he said urgently. `Open it. T hey could have escaped with ease by now.. and his face was white. despi te Sarah's attempts to staunch it with a handkerchief.' Sarah knew it was no time to argue. Namin ra n into the hall. She nod ded and ran off. just by main gates.. .' Warlock's head rolled back. He spoke to the towering form beside him. `This way!' ordered the Egyptian. Namin found the weight of the chest too much for him and step ped aside.' `What about you?' `I'll manage. sending the heavy chest flying across the hall to crash against a distant wall. `I'm afraid you mus t. `can't go further.. you go on and f ind this Laurence. He lives there.' said the Doctor cheerfully.
Through the trees she saw a high brick wall. which dropped softly to the leave s underfoot. Not coul d he watch his footing. and set off on the trail of the Doctor. the Doctor stumbled on. Namin came through the trees. listening. ` Circle around the edge of the wood and get ahead of them. gun in hand. She dived for the cover of a clump of bushes. Not bothering to pick it up.shoulder. Minutes later. There was nothing she could do. and made a sweeping gesture. stood listening too. Somehow it had got ahead of her. Better to obey the Doctor's original instructions and get help from the Lodge. He turned to the Mummy. In the heart of the wood. The Doctor paused. and with such a burden even the Doctor couldn't move very fast. In the woods behind him Namin. She ran towards the little b uilding. the Mummy just behind him. Instinctively Sarah moved to warn them--then stopped. Namin drew his gun. a pair of heavy iron gates and a low cottage-like building just inside them. Now it was moving back thro ugh the woods--towards the Doctor and Warlock. Warlock was a big hea vy man. Sarah ran through the woo ds. Sarah gave a gasp of relief and st arted to run faster. Suddenly she heard a thunderous crashing sound coming towar ds her. In the process he dislodged his hat.' Moving swiftly despit e its huge bulk. and it cracked with a noise like a pistol-shot. wriggling deep inside them . the Mummy stalked away. . The Egyptian's eyes gleamed in triumph at the sight of the battered broad-b rimmed hat on the ground. He stepped on a dry branch. the Doctor set off after Sarah at a st umbling run. From her hiding place she sate with amazement the giant form of an Egyptian Mu mmy stalking along. Stumbling and gasping for breath.
The Doctor stood quite s till. he had no idea.He smiled in satisfaction. no hope of running. The two pursuers were moving through the woods in a regular search pattern. He settled down to wait. Wearily he lowered Warlock to the ground. What was he to do now? There was no real cover near by. who was moaning and b reathing stertorously. There were two pursuers.. There was a clump of pa rticularly thick bushes not far away. But the larger. trying to sort out the m eaning of the sounds. he decided. Su ddenly the Doctor heard the sounds of close pursuit. cra shing through the bushes with no attempt at concealment. Namin's plan was simple. The only remaining chance was concealment. Gun in hand Namin ran through the woods. The thick branches and lea ves made a kind of cave. But with the weight of a very heavy wounded man on his back. The Doctor went on listening. flight was out of the question. Shouldering Warlock. The Doctor was as motionless as any Indian warrior. burdened as they were with a wounded man. Clearly Namin had calle d on some huge and powerful ally.. listening keenly. following the direction of the noise. the Doctor moved towards them. Alone he could have slipped between them with ease. and unles s he abandoned the wounded Warlock. and went on. The larger was somewhere ahead. trying to trap him i n a kind of pincer movement. He knew the fugitives wouldn't travel very fast. The Doctor guessed the smaller one was Namin. then they began aga in. The smaller one was b ehind him moving quickly and fairly quietly. For a moment the noises stopped too. and the Doctor crawled inside dragging Warlock after hi m. He hoped to .
If it caught them. And if he himself got a clear sight of the m. In his hiding place. both his pursuers seemed to be making straight for his hiding place. As if guided by some uncanny instinct.drive the Doctor and his friends into the arms of the Mummy. it would dispose of them soon enough. and the Doctor put a gentle hand over his li ps to quiet him. He was trapped. the Doctor lay quietly waiting. . the Doctor heard the sound of approaching movemen t. Beside him Warlock moaned. From outside. he would simply shoot them down.
`Yes.3 The Servants of Sutekh A deep. `Is he badly hurt? What should we do?' `Get him somewhere safe and stop the bl eeding. Laurence nodded. H e tossed it aside with relief as Sarah and a small round-faced man appeared thro ugh the trees.' . booming sound echoed through the woods. The second pursuer. In their different parts of the wood. Oh noble god. Namin turned to face the house. then moved straight to his old friend. The Doctor listened. was moving too. The sound came closer. He grabbed a fallen branch for a club and stood ready to defend himself.' suggested the Doctor practically. At the same moment.' Laurence gave the Doctor a puzzled look. of course. `Doctor. as the sound of Namin's movements suddenly mov ed away from him. puzzled. the larger one. this is the Doctor.' he said fussily . then died away. `Oh the poor chap. Mr Scarman. `The all-powerful on e descends. the Mummy began stalking in the same directi on. Sarah performed breathless introductions. T he Doctor was about to pick up Warlock when he heard someone else coming towards him. as it moved past him somewhere just out of sight. like crashing discords from some enormous organ. We' ll take him back to the Lodge. your servant hears your voice. his face exultant. this is Lauren ce Scarman. Namin and the Mummy stopp ed dead.' He started running tow ards the house.
They do not walk. Sarah gl ared furiously after him. most of them obviously rigged-up b y Laurence himself. his shoulder bandaged and his arm in a sling. `Listen. and began half-carrying.' But I tell you I saw one. It was evident that if his brother was obsessed with Egypt's past. Sarah moved close to the Doctor. I've just remem bered.' she whispered. and particularly the future of Science. swiftly and efficiently dressed Warlock's wound. Warlock's eyes flickered open. A walking Mummy!' `Nonsense. The sitting room was cl uttered with a variety of scientific devices. while the Doctor. that it again. `I saw a Mummy.' said the Doctor impatiently. Inside the sitting room of the Lodge. The heavy old-fashioned equipment. opened her mouth. When Warlock w as comfortably settled on an enormous sofa. Laurence Scarman's interests were all turned tow ards the future. with its brass and mahoga ny fittings. bandages and hot water. and Sarah leaned over him. . Sarah. Mummies are eviscerated. Sarah had time to look around her. ha lf-dragging him away. Laurence fussed r ound with towels. Distantly from the house they heard the deep rol ling notes of the organ.' `Never mind that no w. emb almed corpses. I lost my hat! Be with you in a moment. Sarah. and helped Laurence c arry Warlock towards the Lodge.' The Doctor strode away. now returned with hi s recovered hat. was the kind of thing Sarah remembered seeing on childhood visits t o the Science Museum. `Give Mr Scarman a hand.The Doctor and Laurence raised Warlock between them.
Sarah guessed he was suffering from delayed shock.. `I'm all right now. She settled him comfortably on the pile of sofa cushions. was prowling interestedly round t he room. no. `Look here.. Sarah felt politeness demanded some sort of reply. in view of what you've been telling me.' he muttered. `Your in vestigations?' `That's right.' His head nodded and his eyes closed..`How do you feel? Is there anything I can get you?' Warlock looked vaguely at he r. `Where are you off to.' said Sarah gently. of course. Why do you think I'm here? Someone is interfering with Time. must rest. no.. `I'm Sarah J ane Smith.' he demanded a little peevishly.' Once again Laurence could only repeat the Doctor's words unbelievingly. old chap?' `To fetch t he police.' Laurence moved away from the do or. `Too grave for the police?' The Doctor nodded solemnly..' she said brightly. I mean. the Doctor didn't s eem to hear him. `That's right. `No. this is much too grave a matter for the police. Mr Scarman.. `No. meanwhile. `who are you?' Absorbed in a piece of equipment. no. staring at the Doctor in total bafflement.' Laurence gaped at him. `I'm afraid they would only hinder my investigations. `I'm a journalist. Mr Scarman--and Time is my business..' The Doc tor shook his head reprovingly. peering at the various pieces of equipment.' . have a good sleep. He looked up as he saw Laur ence Scarman heading for the door. The Doctor..
`It is a delicate piece of apparatus. the purpose of which you do not underst and. We travel in time. `I'm sorry.' Laurence sighed and scratched his head. `A journalist--I see! And your companion?' ` Oh he's--well he's just the Doctor. man!' Laurence controlled h imself with an obvious effort. `Year?' `Sim ple enough question surely?' `Are you telling me you don't even know the year?' `If I knew I wouldn't ask. `The year is nineteen-eleven.' he said affably. Miss Smith. . Its purpose is ' `--to record emissions from the stars. `happens to be a Marconiscope. an excellent year. `Oh splendid. would I? Don't be obtuse. `This is all utterly preposterous. you see--I'm from the fut ure.Laurence looked at her sceptically. `What year is this?' Laurence stared at him.' The Doctor had moved to yet another piece of equipment. `Kindly leave that alone.' agreed Sarah sympathetically. Mr Scarman. You've invented the radio telescope about forty years too early l' `That sir. Furthermore. He was looking at a glass dome which covered a number of complicated-looking valves.' said Laurence with dignity. it contains a highly dangerous electrical charge!' `So I perce ive. `This is a most interest ing contraption.' he said severel y. and a paper-roll on which rested an inkstylus.' said the Doctor.' completed the Doctor. Laurence bustled over to him.' `Yes it is.' he said stiffly. I really must congratu late you. isn't it. T he Doctor beamed at him.
' The Doctor lifted off the glass dome and carefully removed the paper cylinder. `Now how could you possibly know that?' The Doctor smiled. you see. `E xtraordinary. Sometimes behind you. you m ean?' . and the valves glowed brightly. the power-hum rose in pitch. `A regula r pattern. Immediately the Marconiscope began to hum wit h power.' `I see. and the Marconiscope judde red to a halt.' Sarah was puzzled. suppose you show me how this gadget of yours works?' Laurence's scientific pride overcame his bewilderment. but it's nice of you to try.' He flicked more switches and the n looked up in alarm.' `No y ou don't. Now. `Amazing!' said the Doctor softly. Mr Scarman. Suddenly a valve burst with a sharp crack. giving out clouds of smoke. `You're very kind.' he muttered. repeated over and over again. `I can't switch it off!' The valves glowed more fiercely. but normally ahead of you. The roll of paper started to revolve. Lau rence smiled shyly. `You'd l ike me to demonstrate?' `If you please. Sarah coughed and said. a nd the stylus traced out a jerky pattern. Doctor. It's never done that before. `Very impressive. `Fascinating. The Doctor fanned away the fumes with his hat. I have the advantage of being a littl e ahead of you.Laurence gave him a wondering look.' Laurence shook his head. `Like an SOS. `Well.' Laurence bent over the glass dome and f licked a number of brass switches. and the cylinder of paper began to revolve faster a nd faster.
. It says "Beware Sutekh!" ' `Who's Sutekh?' asked Sarah. Where was your apparatus tra ined. and a long aerial extended itself. `Now then. Doctor?' `In principle. beep..' The D octor listened to the beeping for a few minutes.' He touched a switch and the instrume nt began to give out a rapid regular beep. `I wonder. No harm in double checking. `What is that thing.' `Who would ?' Absorbed in his calculations. filling page after page with rapid calculations. At last the Doc tor threw down his pencil.. then nodded. `Whoever transmitted the message. pencil and paper if y ou please.. `Yes. my dear fellow.' He switched off the device.' Laurence hurried to provide them. `I just want to veri fy the signal.. beep. Perhaps a little less.The Doctor looked thoughtfully at her. cumbersome. Mr Scarman? Would it have been on Mars?' When Laurence nodded. `Now let me see. i t's the same signal all right. The Doctor adjusted more controls. Laurence and Sarah looked on. `Got it. He touched an inset control. exactly the same device t hat you've invented.. I suppose. `What are you going to do?' `Decip her the message. the Doctor didn't seem to hear him. this pattern recurs three times in one line. It shouldn't take long. They'd try to make it easy.. ' The Doctor's pencil sped across the paper. retracted the aerial and stowed the whole thing away in his pocket. satisfied. not daring to speak.. His face was grim. to we'll call that "E".' Sarah answered Laurence's question. . Laurence looked on in fas cination. the Doctor produced a small device from his pocket.
There was a further wait whil e he found the ammunition and loaded the rifle. discordant sounds shattered the peace of the night.' said the Doctor severely. The forces that are being summoned into corporal existence in th at house are more powerful and more dangerous than anything we've ever encounter ed. `I never carry firearms. they hurried off after the Doctor. wait for me. The Doctor paused in the doorway. Night was falling as the Doctor hurried through t he shadowy woods.' `Certainly not.' `So should I. If my theories are correct.' called Sarah. Sarah. Long ago she'd researched an article on Egyptian mythology for some educational magazine `Wasn't Set one of the Egyp tian gods? He was defeated in a great battle with Horus. the deep throbbing notes of the organ grew louder.' said Sarah gr imly.' The Doctor nodded.' And with that he was gone. `He may be better known to you as Set. `That's right. As he neared the house. his eyes staring into some unimaginable di stance. Sarah struggle d to summon up her knowledge of Egyptology. St ill the noise had its . your world may be faci ng the greatest peril in its history. `No. And I should feel better if I brought a rifle. `Bring it!' She waited impatiently while Laurence fished the rifle from a cluttered cupboard. `Hey. His voice was gra ve. `I think we ought to go with h im.' `I've got a hunting rifle. which held several other guns. The hideous.The Doctor was pacing about the room. When at last all was ready. Laurence turned to Sarah.' He strode briskly towards the door. `It might come in u seful. Stay here. offered Laurence.' he said absently. the god of light.
all-powerful. The fierce unearthly green g low came from the ornate urn-flanked Casket. a shining globe covered its head. It filled th e room with an eerie flickering light. as if in reply. Now. It would at least cover his approach.' he chanted.. The door creaked open and the Doctor slipped into the darken ed house. . Suddenly the lid of the Casket seemed to shimmer and dissolve. An eerie green glow was shining from beneath its door. The Doctor moved to the door. The tremendous energy from the Casket dominated the room. He went boldly up to the front door. opened it a crack and peered ins ide. It rushed closer and closer until it filled the entrance to the Casket. only to find it locked. Namin sat at the organ.. `All-high. Three o f the giant Mummies stood around the alcove in a half-circle. Namin stopped pl aying and knelt before the swirling Casket. It was replaced by a spinning Vortex. a kind of whirlpool in space. It wore b lack robes. It seemed impossible to look anywhere else. thought the Doctor. It seemed as if the old house might be shaken to pieces by the vibration. The noise of th e organ was terrifying. hammering at the keys in an exalted trance. the deep throbb ing discords seemed to come from the Casket itself. and its feet were bare.use. A few minutes work with his picklock took care of that. in its special alcove. Their bandaged arm s were raised as though invoking some mystic power. Namin raised his arms in pra yer. moving along the gloomy passages. `Thy humble servan t welcomes thee. All was dark until he came to the or gan room. most noble Master.' Far away at the end of the tunnel a figure appeared. The Doctor thought to himself that it was like staring down an immense ly long tunnel into the eye of a typhoon.
. His clothing began to smoulder beneath the figure's hands.' . `Oh Master. Immediately Namin's whole body twisted.' It was Sarah.' he shri eked. Namin knelt be fore the figure. and my forebears have served you faithfully through all the years that you have slept. Ibrah im Namin. peering through the crack. Look upon my face. Lord Sutekh. `I bring Sutekh's gift of death to all hum anity. `Master.As the Doctor looked on in fascination. The b lack-robed figure stepped from the Casket. `Is this the face of Sutekh?' Shuddering.' Namin's voice trembled. Beside her was Laurence Scarman. smoking foot-prints on the carpet. As the figure adva nced towards him. spare me. We have guarded the secret of your tomb.. at last you are here..' `Look. `He needs no other. but the fiery grip was s trong as steel `Die!' said the voice. `Doctor. `Spare me! I am a true servant of the great Sutekh. Sarah saw th at its bare feet left charred. He let out a shuddering scream and struggled to break free. I dare not.' The figure spoke. `I am the servant of Sutekh..' the cold voice commanded agai n. `Oh Great One.' the dead v oice said. I. he heard a whisper beside him. he cringed back in sudden fear. Totally absorbed. They crouched beside him. his face to the ground. With a thrill of horror.' Namin struggled wildly. I ts voice was cold and dead.. the Doctor w aved them to silence. `Stand. Namin looked up. .' The figure's hands cl amped down on Namin's shaking shoulders.
His face was ghastly. Scarman himself picked up the fourth. he turne d to the waiting Mummies. the Doctor slid his long body from a cramped position behind a grandfath er clock. The black-r obed figure glowed and changed. For a moment it see med as if Marcus Scarman might have heard the whisper from outside the door. It was a face that meant nothing to the Doctor and Sarah. But Laurence Scarman recognised it instantly. In the p assage. bloodless lips and red-rimmed eyes that bur ned like fiery coals. He wore a white suit. Its new form was that of a tall. with greyish skin. He led the Mummies along it. stiff collar and public-school tie.4 The Return of Marcus Scarman The hands released their grip. The burning eyes swept swiftly round the room.' Each of the three Mummies picke d up one of the urns flanking the Casket. `That 's my brother Marcus--' The Doctor grabbed Laurence's arm in a painful grip. `Take the generator loops. Laurence . Laurence fell silent. `Quick. and touched a warning finger to his lips. Hide!' When Marcus flung open the organ-room doors. Activate at ground strength. Then. apparently satisfied. thin man. ever ybody. and the still-smoking body dropped to the floor. Place them in position at t he compass points.' he whispered. with a scholarly face. Death was Ibrahim Namin's reward for a lifetime of faithful service. As the strange procession headed for the door the Doctor whispered. the passage was empty . `It's Marcus. and opened the lid of a large oak chest. into the hall and out of the front door.
' said Sar ah.' There was a triumphant exclamation fr om the Doctor. It'll take them a while. She looked round.' . `Ah. running his sonic screwdriver along the side of the Casket.' He led them into the organ room. `This is the lodestone that drew th e TARDIS off course. When they came to Earth. `No. `Where have they gone?' `To se t up a deflection shield around the house. still struggling to understand. Sutekh. `Who has? Marcus?' The Doct or shook his head. he'll destroy the world.' He removed a concealed panel on the side of the C asket. found it. The war of the gods entered into Egyptian mythology. Phaester Osiris.' `So Sute kh wasn't destroyed by Horus?' asked Sarah. `I'm afraid all this is beyond me. `What you're saying is that Horus and Set an d all the other Egyptian gods were really immensely powerful aliens from some ot her planet. `He's still--alive?' The Doctor vcen t over to the Casket. `He destroyed his ow n planet.' said Sarah consolingly. In fact their whole Egyptian cu lture was founded on the Osirian pattern.' Laurence Scarman had been listening u ncomprehendingly. followed by Sarah. the Egyptians worshipped them as gods.' `In Egypt.' `Don't worry.' Laurence said unbelievingly.climbed out.' The Doctor nodded. Obviously he 's planned every step. `Sutekh is bre aking free his ancient bonds. exposing a maze of complex circuitry. and knelt to examine it more closely. Hor us and the other Osirians must have cornered him on Earth. If he succeeds. and left a trail of havoc across half the galaxy. `Most of it's beyond me too.
' replied the Doctor solemnly. We've got t o find somewhere to hide him.' .' he yelled. We'd probably meet those Mummy things just outside the house. Wake up. The fo rce of the explosion flung the Doctor backwards across the room. `Leadin g where?' `To Sutekh. trying to revive him.' `We could try ca rrying him to the lodge.' said the Doctor. a brilliant flash and the Vortex died away. he used the other to whip the TARDIS key from its chain around his neck and swing it across the Cask et's mouth. `We'd be too slow. Clinging to the edge of the Casket with one hand.' S arah looked round anxiously. `They're bound to come back soon. The Doctor was quite unconscious. `Doctor. cautiously adjusting a circuit. the Doctor was sucked closer and closer to th e Vortex. There was a bang.' suggested Laurence. and the Doctor was dragged closer and closer to the mouth of the Space/Time tunnel. Sarah shook her head. Sarah and Laure nce ran across to the body. Suddenly his fiddling produced dramatic results. Sarah came over to look.Laurence peered fascinatedly at the circuits. `It's no use. Struggling desperately. Sarah knelt down. `Stay back. He took the full force of the blast. The spinning Vortex reactivated. Laurence shook his head. the or gan-noise boomed out. come on. Sarah and Laurence looked on h elplessly. please!' The Doctor didn't stir . `What is it?' `The entrance to a S pace/Time tunnel.
If I can still find it. The deep pockets of his coat concealed traps. snares and a sack.Laurence's face lit up. `And he is! Help me get him inside.. who took an almost professional pride in his work. Peering round a thick tree-trunk he fr oze in unbelieving ..' He c rossed to one wall and began running his fingers over the moulding of the oak pa nelling. whist ling silently. Ernie was moving through the woods. `Wait--there is a place. and keep the rabbits under control. Marcus and I discov ered it as boys.' They started to drag the Doctor's inert b ody towards the panelling. Now. puzzled. and Mr Marcus away in Egypt half the tim e. revealing a small black opening. Sarah watched. and a low inhuman snarl. Suddenly he heard the snap of a trap. Ernie slipped through the trees in the direction of the noise. `In here?' `Somewhere here.' Sarah looked dubiously down at the Doctor . We called it the priest's hole.' Suddenly a section of wall sli d back. giving his traps a final chec k before going back to his cottage for a well-earned rest. and he carried a folding shot-gun. if Ernie didn 't see to it? He regarded himself as the Scarmans' unpaid gamekeeper. there was no one to take care of the game on the estate. At dawn the following day. One of his traps had caught something-and the something sounded very much larger than a rabbit. It's not very large I'm afraid. There's a kind of room in side. With Mr Laurence all wra pped up in his new-fangled experiments. Who would look after the partridges and pheasants. He had long regar ded the Old Priory estate as his own personal preserve. `There it is. Ernie Clements was slippin g quietly through the woods around the Old Priory. Ernie was a poacher.
Well. Scratching his head. At the same point he felt a shock as his hands touched an invisible wall of ener gy. vowing that he'd never poach again. Releasing its foot. Hurriedly he drew them back. exactly. the cre ature wrenched the stake chain from the ground and prised open the jaws of the t rap. After struggling furiously for a few minutes. . so he'd patched it up and taken it over. wasn't it? He'd seen pictures of them on occasional vi sits to the house. Then it tur ned and stalked back towards the house. it wasn't his hut. planning to take refuge in his old huts just on the borders of the estate. tossed it. He picked up a pebble. He ran into it quite literally--it was an invisible wall. it hurled the trap crashing against a tree. keeping wel l out of sight of the house. its huge foot caught in one of Ernie's traps. This one was very much alive and very angry. Ernie stared at it in amazement. Shaken and trembling Ernie watched it go . He 'd found it abandoned and half ruined.horror. Ernie ha d reached the edge of the wood around the estate when he ran into his second sho ck of the morning. The pebble bo unced back--off nothing. He picked up the trap. The metal was mangled and twisted. He slowly picked himself up. He was moving east. recovered his gun and moved cautiously forward. Frowning thoughtfully he made his way across through the woods. hands outstretched.wrapped figure was thrashing about and roaring. The re was a crackle of static power and something threw him back. Ernie turned and ran for his life. Ernie turned back the way he had c ome. Dropping it quickly. But those things were supposed to be dead. One of th em Egyptian mummy things. A giant bandage.
He came to one of those E gyptian urn things-. south. And he certainly ought to be told about that Mummy thing. If Mr Laurence had invented an invisible wall. north. Ernie set off boldly for the Lodg e. Doctor Warlock woke from an uneasy. This time he worked his way along the wall. and it took him a while to realise where he was. He'd go down to the Lodge and have a word with Mr Laurenc e.someone must have carried it out from the house. His eyes opened. He seemed to have heard s omeone coming into his room. Realising at las t that there was no escape.. Mr La urence was a good sort. Why wasn't he at his home in the village? What was he doing . with the same painful results. winded and shocked. he'd jus t have to turn it off so Ernie could go home. Rampaging round the place. smashing a man's traps. It took him a long time because the wall enclosed the entire es tate. the invisible wall made a right hand turn--he was on the inside of an invisible corner. He finished up on his back several yards away . But he wasn't going t o give up. Ernie decided there was only one thing for it. But he made an interesting discovery. Doggedly Ernie traced the cou rse of the wall. and was warm to the touch.But Ernie wasn't able to reach his hut. This time he made the mistake of taking a run at it. east or west. On the eastern edge of the estate he ran into the same invisible wall. Ernie picked himself up disgustedly.. For all the fact that his head was full of this scientific mumbo-jumbo. Ernie decided to leave it alone. Havin g convinced himself of a legitimate grievance. Ernie had often taken both brothers poaching their own g ame when they were boys. The urn se emed to hum. And there was an urn standing at each invisible corner. feverish sleep. At the urn.
ey es sunken and redrimmed. your brother?' `The other Scarman. Warlock sat up painfully.' The dead voice interrupted him..on a sofa in the Lodge? He tried to sit up.' `The other--you mean Laurence. `I came to find the other Scarman. Maybe he'd picked up one of those filthy tropical disea ses out in Egypt. Do ctor Warlock had the fleeting thought that something was speaking through Marcus 's lips. Then he started back.' said Doctor Warlock heartily. my dear fellow. `Warlock?' `That's righ t. `At la st you're back!' Marcus Scarman spoke coldly. the room in semidarkne ss. It was cold. The human. but the voice was not. He looked at the expressionless face. The curtains were still drawn. It was Marcus. The face was Marcus's. utterly inhuman. Doctor Warlock blinked and rubbed his eyes. don't you recognise me?' Perhaps the illne ss had affected Marcus's brain. His shoulder ached fiercely and one arm was strapped up.. dead. Marcus Scarma n! Poor fellow looked shockingly ill. `What's the matter?' he asked gen tly. He turned up the wick of the oil lamp that burned on a table beside his couc h.' said Doctor Warlock. The yellow light showed a white-clad figure standing ov er him. Then the bloodless lips said stiffly. Skin a terrible greyish colour. we've all been most dreadfully worried about you. Where is he?' . `Marcus. `For goodness sakes. encouragingly. though. though s hockingly changed. old fellow. `Why are you here?' Doctor Warlock knew at once that something was terribly wrong. `Marcus. Suddenly the events of the previous day came flooding back. The burning eyes in the grey face stared at him for a long moment.
Warlock said.' From just outside the Lodge..' The re was a definite threat in the cold voice now. All humans within the deflection barrier are t o be destroyed. `He should not have interfered. Warlock. `Marcus. There was a girl with them. so my memory's a bit hazy. if this is some kind of macabre joke. Ernie Clements heard the scream. Scientist chappie. no. `The other Scarman.' `Why did this Doctor interfere?' `Interfere? H e probably saved my life.' Astonishingly Marcus said . Doctor Warlock decided to humour him. Plucky young thing..' `Who is this Doctor?' Warlock shook his head. Warl ock backed away in terror as the Mummy lumbered forward.' Warlock fished out his pocket watch. It may interest you to know that yo ur Egyptian servant went berserk and took a pot-shot at me. The terrifying sound made him pause and dart back fro m the door.' He spoke not to Warlock. `Look here. old chap. Marcus. Marcus. One of Laurence's friends. Whe re is he?' Convinced that his old friend was deranged. `They've been gone a devil of a time. He flattened himself against the wall just around the corner.. what's wro ng with you?' Marcus Scarman turned away dismissively...' Warlock was totally baffled. `Destroy this human. I'd just been shot when I met him. Hope nothing's amiss. `Great heavens.. Laurence and the Doc tor went all to deal with him. `Laurence went up to the house. He wat ched in amazement as the Mummy . `No idea. He screamed as two grea t hands reached out for him. Now you see here. I imagine. but to a giant figure that loomed out of the shadows.
Ernie knelt beside it.came out of the Lodge and moved away. The white-suited man had obviously been controlling the Mummy. Ernie loaded his shotgun and left the Lodge. Sprawled on the sitting-room floor he found the bo dy of Doctor Warlock. Someone was going to pay for Warlock's death. Th erefore he was responsible for Doctor Warlock's death. Doc tor Warlock had been a good friend. Confused as he was by all that had happened. Ernie caught just a glimpse of someone in a white suit. one thing was c lear to Ernie.' he muttered. `Murdering swine. And there was a man with it. he slipped inside the Lodge. He'd bought many a rabbit or partridge with no questions asked. Cautiously. determined to track down the murderer of his friend . Angrily. . Ducking back into hiding.
anyway? A prisoner in the house perhaps. taking stuff out of crates. he might be able to take a look through the ground-floor windows. Moving with all the skill of a born poacher. s ome of the Mummies following behind him. And where was Mr Laurence.. He looked in several windows without su ccess. He was just in t ime to see the two strange figures enter the house by the front door. fin d out what was going on that way. They were dealing wit h murder now after all. He was still hoping to find Mr Laur ence.5 The World Destroyed. not with this white-suited bloke and his pet monster around it. Ernie began to work his way closer to the Priory.. He was the one who'd know what to do about all this. All the rooms were silent and empty. and Ernie's instinct was to hand over to someone equippe d to deal with such things. He was just going out of the door. `Just as i f they ruddy well owned it. Maybe they'd taken the pl ace over. There were lots of those Mummy things in there. When he came to the Egyptian room. He c aught a glance of the white-suited man too... Ernie had better luck. Ernie Clements had a very clear idea what he was going to do as he tracked the w hite-suited man and his monstrous companion back to the Priory. E rnie slipped quietly into the shrubbery. But he couldn't just walk into the Priory. Ernie moved along the outside of the .' muttered Ernie. If he could get to the shrubbe ry unseen. He didn't even catch sight of old Co llins prowling about.
' Sarah shushed him. thoug h a Mummy was blocking his view of the man's face. The remainder of th e night had passed very slowly.house paralleling their course. Then he saw one of the Mummie s drag away a body.' . still to himself. Sarah woke suddenly from a nightmare-ridden doze. A si mple trap. The only light came from a solitary flickering c andle.' continued the Doctor . Inside the priest hole. and there they were. He had another quick glimpse of the white-suited man. `Mustn't underestimate Sutekh. The Doctor's eyes flicked open. His eyelids fluttered. last of a batch. rubbing his hand across his eyes. `Delirious. `A parallax coil!' he said suddenly. `I never expected that. `Where a re we?' `Hiding. Sarah shook Laurence awake.' `What?' Laurence woke with a start. `In a pr iest's hole.. poo r chap. Sarah. `Look! I think the Doctor's coming round. Clever.. Another body! Convinced by now that he was dealing with a da ngerous murderer. Ernie raised his gun to his shoulder--awaiting his chance for a clear shot at the man in white. Laurence was asleep in a cor ner. `Thinks of everything.' `I can see that! Where?' Laurence answered for Sarah. and he began to stir .' He sat up and looked round. Blew up in my face. Laurence and the stillunconscious Doctor were crammed into the tiny room. left behind from one of the Scarmans' boyhood adventures . mouth open and snoring quietly. He looked through the window of the organ room.' Laurence shook his head.
He wrote to say he'd discovered a hidden pyramid in that region.. Sar ah heard sounds from the other side of the thin panel. Calculating the reverse polarisation will be child's play.' He turned to Laurence . But only if the etheric impulse was projected along precisely the right axis.' `You could block his power?' `Possibly. ready to set off at once. `Nonsense. Marcus . She raised her hand. ' `To do what?' asked Sarah. I believe.' The Doctor frown ed. `Don't be so pedantic.. The Doctor wasn't listening. Otherwise it'd be no good..`In a Victorian Gothic folly?' said the Doctor severely.. `Stop Sutekh.' `Well we're here. `If only we knew Sutekh's exact physical location. does it matter?' Her cramped and uncomfortable night had left her tired and cros s. Anyway. `Sss h! Listen. Why didn't I thin k of it before?' The Doctor scrambled to his feet. He bel ieved it concealed what he called a mastaba... With the equipment at the Lodge I cou ld set up a jamming signal. If the Vic torians copied the architecture. Sarah saw Marcus and thr ee Mummies re-enter the organ room.. Doctor.. a burial chamber. `Where was your brother's expedition bound for?' `Somewhere called Sekkara. they could copy the priest's hole too. He stared abstractedly at the flickering candle flame. that's pretty vague.' Peering through a crack in the panelling. aren't we?' said Sarah crossly. And as Sutekh is controlling operations by mental fo rce. `Somewhere near Sekkara.. `The Egyptian's ring!' `What about it?' `It's a slave rel ay..' Sudd enly his face cleared. There might be one chance.
In a sudden surge of furious rage. or at least badly wounded. He watched the man the white suit give his orders to the M ummies. Then. The burning red-rimmed eyes in the grey face swept around the wa lls. to his horror . She felt the thump as Marcus Scarman was blown back ag ainst the panelling. his back to the window. Marcus was just the other side of the panel now.' breathed Sarah.. apparently searching for something along the wall. hurling hi m against the wall.. `There are other humans still within these walls. `He's coming over. He struggled to get up. and the roar of the gun. Find and kill th em!' The Mummies turned and marched away. It was .. From her hiding place Sarah heard the crash of broken glass. the man must be dead.paused and pointed at the body of Ibrahim Namin. Ernie Clements crouched in the shrubbery ou tside the organ room. the man he had just killed straightened up and started moving towards him. Ernie raised his sh otgun and smashed the window with the barrel. He was suddenly appalled by what he had done. Now the man was alone. Shot at such c lose range. and Ernie fired. but the Doctor stretched out a long arm and held him down. Some longburied memory was making him walk towards the secret panel... Sarah cowered back. `What's happened?' whispered Laurence.. Marcus turned t o the others. The man whirled round to face him. Clearly something was troubling him. Outside the windo w. Ernie saw the blast from both barrels strike the man in the chest. fingers groping for the hidden catch in th e wainscoting. `Remove this carcass!' One of t he Mummies grabbed the body by an arm and began dragging it out. Marcus Scarman stood alone in the cent re of the room.
The Doctor set off. Doctor?' `To find that Egyptian. Sarah caught up with him. picked it up. . `Where are we going. His nerve broke. `One of those M ummy things took the body off somewhere. She climbed stiffly out. he turned and ran for th e woods. Marcus glanc ed round the room. The dragging heels of the dead Namin h ad left a clear track along the floor. a Mummy appeared round the corner of the house and set off after the fleeing Ernie. followed by Laurence and the Doctor. frowned like someone trying to remember something. Sarah waited a minute or two. The Doctor said.' The Doctor pointed. then turne d and left the room. `Seem s to be all clear. and Sarah and Laurence followed. From her crack. his nose to the trail like an eager bloodhound.then he saw them clo se up and disappear. His lips framed a silen t command. Scarman turned away from the window. and moving along the passage. Sh e was astonished to see that despite having been shot he was apparently unharmed The incident seemed to have driven the secret panel from his mind. Sarah saw him look round the room once more.' He headed for the door. It stumbled over the shotgun. Laurence scuttled after him. Dropping his gun.' `We won't have to--look.' The Doctor was already. We can't search the whole Priory. `Seek and destroy!' Almost at once. Scarman stood at the window. then resumed the pursuit. staring after him. and slid open the panel. snapped it in two.Professor Scarman! Ernie saw the holes in Scarman's chest-. out of t he room.
In the Egyptian room the piles of crates were scattered. Those aren't Mummies at all. They're service robots.' Laurence peered into an open.' The Doctor and Sarah went over to the crate. When they were out of sight. `That's really crazy. Sarah had never seen anything similar before. Inside was a pile of stra ngely shaped metal objects. The Doctor crossed over to it and removed the ornate ruby-red ring from the fing er. Marcus Scarman leav ing the Egyptian room. `Not really. `Part of an Osirian anti-gravity driv e. he beckoned hi s companions on.' `Robots? Then why do they look like Mummies?' The Osirians made them that way to keep the Egyptians in or der.The trail led them along a familiar route through the corridors of the old house and towards the Egyptian room in which the TARDIS had first arrived. He looked cautiously round the corner. They heard a door open.' The Doctor smiled. The Doctor watched the procession turn in the other direct ion and disappear down the corridor. holding up his hand. Sarah looked round the room. `I'm not really sure yet. They must be building a rocket!' `Egyptian Mummies building a rocket?' said S arah sceptically. two Mummies following behind him. `This is interesting. Doctor. The body of Ibrahim Namin lay sprawled in an empty crate. Doctor. half-empty crate.' . and ma ny had been unpacked. It appears to be some kind of ma chinery. back in the days when they ruled as gods. but th e Doctor seemed to recognise them at once. `What do you think they're doing?' The Doctor w as examining the ring. The Mummies were laden with strange objects. an d dragging footsteps. As they ne ared a corner the Doctor paused.
.' `Where's Sutekh now?' `Exact ly where Horus left him. but it works. th e Doctor reached out a long arm and pulled him inside. le aving Laurence looking after them in amazement. seven thousand years ago. Would you care to take a look around?' `May I? May I really?' `Please do. Inside the TARDIS. isn't i t. `I often think dimensional transcendentalism i s quite preposterous.. The Doctor smiled down at him. `You're going to say it transcends the normal laws of physics?' he suggested kindly.' Laurence scamper ed round the TARDIS like a child on its first visit to the Science Museum.' spluttered Laurence.. When Scarman and the Mummies re-entered the room it was empty.' agreed the Doctor cheerfully. Since the TARDIS had been there when he arrived.. acce pting it as part of the furniture. Trapped beneath a pyramid. I mean--it does. Listen!' The dragging footsteps were coming back along the co rridor. He stared round the brightly-lit control room with an air of bemused astonishment. `It's preposterous!` `Yes it is. uncer tain where to begin. had no curiosity about it.`All right then. closing the TARDIS door b ehind them both. but I wouldn't touch anything. `Why are these robots building a rocket?' `So that Sutekh can break free of the power of Horus. `I am. . yes. po werless to move. As the footsteps came nearer. Marcu s. or rather the being that now controlled hint. Instinctively the Doctor and Sarah ran for the shelter of the TARDIS. Laurence Scarman was showi ng a great deal of curiosity. the TARDIS in its corner.' persisted Sarah.
and the TARDIS came to a stop. Sarah.. Soon the Doc tor adjusted controls again. `Do we?' `Of course we do!' The Doctor sighed `Ali right.' said Laurence excitedly. `But he didn't. why don't you just--leave.' His hands flickered over th e controls. he'll destroy your world. Sarah.' His voice was grave. there was a hum of power. Sarah . and the central column began rising and fa lling. and Sarah looked out on to a landscape of hell.Sarah moved closer to the Doctor. `Now we're here. did h e? I mean. take me back to my own time?' `I can't. we knew the world didn't end in nineteen eleven. Let's see what the world looks like in your time. S he moved over to the doors. `Here we are. Sarah looked doubtfully at him. `I say.' Sarah stared at him. . and the Doctor touched a control on his console. if you want to get off.' The Doctor looked s trangely at her. `This is just like one of those scienti fic romances by that Wells chappie!' Their journey was a brief one.. The doors slid open.' `Why cant you?' `Unless Sutekh is stopp ed. B ut she wasn't going to back down now--not until she'd seen what was out there.
Sarah. the actions of many men are history.' He turned to Sarah. `Extraordinary. Earth isn't like that. But she was willing to do anything to prevent the Earth she knew turning .' `But I don't understand. shaped. no trees. `No. Here and there were a few shattered ruins. A dead world. It's all some horrible trick. Angrily she said. That's your world as Sutekh would leave it. no life of any kind. `Well?' Sarah's face was bleak. No plants. Are you sa ying that the future can be chosen. stretching endlessly away. no animals. Sarah stepped back. Shuddering. and the Doctor closed the doors.' Laurence had been listening in fascination. no people.6 The Mummies Attack Sarah saw a huge bleak.' The Doctor shook h is head sadly.' `So a man can change the course of histo ry?' `To a small extent. The acti ons of the present fashion the future. A desolat e planet circling a dead sun.. devastated by a perpetually howling duststorm. `That wasn't Earth.. barren plain. After all. Doctor?' `Not chosen but. But it takes a being of Sutekh's limitless powers to destroy the future. She hated the thought of returning to fac e the horrors they had just left. You've just seen into alternati ve time. That was all.' `Every point in time has its alternative. Sarah.
they ran for the cover of t he woods. closing the window behind him.' `Your orders wi ll be obeyed. but this delays the assembly of the rocket. He switched on the scanner--the Egyptian room w as empty again. haven' t we?' `Yes. `Out we go--and keep down. He was sta nding before Sutekh's Casket in the alcove. `Destruction of the humans must not be allowed to delay the construction of my rocket.into the desolate horror outside the TARDIS doors.' Sutekh's voice was soft and f erocious at the same time. `We've got to go back. `Several humans within the deflec tion barrier have been killed. Sutekh. Crouching low. From inside the Casket came an eerie green glow.' His fingers moved once more over the controls.' Sarah and Laurence climbed out and the Doctor fol lowed. I shall recall two of the Servicers to the rocket assembly . Marcus Scarman was too occupied to be concerned about them. Knowing he was dismissed.' said the Doctor quietly. and they left the TARDIS. Marcus was talking to his Master. `Eliminate them!' `The Servicers are searching for them.' The green glow died away. He opened the doors. but others remain. like that of some great beast.' We've got to go back. The Doctor led th em straight towards the window and flung it open. Marcus Scarman turned and left the room. That is of paramount importance. Sarah and Laurence waited while the Doctor returne d the TARDIS to nineteen eleven.' The voice became angry. . We' re heading back to the Lodge.
I imagine.' he sa id gently. `T o kill Sutekh would have made them no better than he was. revealing the stiffened c orpse of Doctor Warlock. Inside. a body to u se as a means of escape. ' The Doctor was already at work on the Marconiscope. `But Marcus is my brother!' he said miserably. Controlled by a power sour ce on Mars. He has given the paralysed Sutekh arms and legs. Marcus Scarman no longer exists. Sarah drew back the dining-room curtains.' . He shook his head in horror and disbelief. and Laurence spread a s heet over the body. `If you can manage to stop thinking of him as your brother. He began attaching leads from the tuner to the s lave relay ring he had taken from Namin's body.Rather to their surprise. he became totally subject to Sutekh's will. He is simply a walking embodiment of Sutekh's powers.' As he talked the Doctor was replacing the burnt-out va lve in Laurence's Marconiscope. it will be a great deal easier for you. `By the way. the Doctor and his friends reached the Lodge quite saf ely. The mo ment he entered Sutekh's tomb. `I can't believe my brother was responsible for this. `Not any longer. why didn't Horus and the other Osirians destroy him when they had the chance?' `Against their code. `If Sutekh is so totally evil. Sarah looked on as he worked abs orbedly. do you have any spare valves?' Laurence brought some ove r to him.' said the Doctor.' `How?' `Some kind of forcefield. They lifted him on to the sofa. As a human being. So they simply impriso ned him. He and Warlock were the closest of friends.
. Sutekh will have succeeded in releas ing himself. He felt like the fox at the end of a very long chase. `A magneto? Yes. For one blissful moment he thought he had shaken off his pursuers. Since they were not flesh and blood. o ld chap?' Laurence stared blankly at him. `So that rocket the Servicer Robot s are building. Ernie Clements was tearing through th e woods at a stumbling run too frightened and too exhausted now to worry about m oving quietly.. Then he heard the steady crashing through trees and bushes.' `Will be aimed at the forcefield control point on Mars. He'd thought at first it would be easy to slip away from his purs uers. They were quartering the woods with a methodical machine-like persistence.' `To destroy the world. For the first time in his lif e he felt some sympathy for the animals he hunted and trapped. The Doctor looked up. Anywhere that life is found.' said Laurence in a horrified tone. But the Mummies were too many and too determined. his chest heaving. If that warhead hits its target.. Do you happen to have a magneto. of course..`On Mars?' repeated Laurence incredulously. Sarah.. `Not on ly this world. he triggered off the monitoring system on Mars.' Sarah was beginning to work it out. `Of course. they didn't tire--unlike Ernie who by now was panting and exhausted. Re member that message we picked up? When your brother blundered into Sutekh's tomb . It sent out an automatic alarm signal.' He went t o a cupboard and started rummaging inside. He leaned against a tree. Exact ly.
and that was the very place he want ed to be. He reached the edge of the woods and set off on his final run. Just one thing gave Ernie a vestige of hope. And even if he didn't the Lodge was a sturdy old building.They had him surrounded now. They'd need bandages by the time he w as done with them. But just as he left cover. Give him a nice heavy hunting rifle. Sarah looked on as the Doctor finished connecting the Marconiscope to the ring. There were guns in the Lodge too. Ernie remembered something else. The trees didn't go right up to the Lodge. two Mummies emerged from the woods. one to each side of him. He still had hopes that Mr Laurence would turn up to help and advise h im. Only one thing worri ed him.. They were very close. He'll be helpless then. Fortified by this resolve. They seemed to b e chasing him in the direction of the Lodge. Ernie set off on a last desperate dash for safety.' . and with at least some of his brea th back. a big-game hunter in his day. and he'd soon s how those Egyptian horrors a thing or two. They'd belonged to the Scarman boys' father. but Ernie reckoned he could just about make it. Sna rling angrily. Ernie thought grimly.. and were driving him forwards as a beater drives ga me on to the guns. they set off after him. For the final dash he'd be in open country and in plain sight. Ernie's luck held good till almost the last mi nute. Maybe he could ba rricade himself inside. `What are you going to do with that thing?' `Bloc k the mental beam that transmits Sutekh's power.
he handed it over. Sutekh will be as powerless as the day Horus imprisoned him.Sarah was struck by a thought. He found the magneto at last and took it over t o the Doctor. and grabbing his rifle. `Splendid. His final scream of terror was cut off abruptly. in any real sense.' `You mean--die?' The Doctor nodded. Even as L aurence watched. The two giant Mummies slammed toget her. One of the Mummies staggered and turned back towards the Lodge. `Here you are. The Doctor beg an wiring it in. through the hall and to the front door. Sarah--I'll stay by the Marconiscope to calibrate. old chap?' Laurence nodded slowl y. who looked up. Doctor. the little poacher stumbled and fell. `Is there anything--' A t errified scream came from just outside the Lodge. The . growling with rage.' The Doctor looked round.' He looked up at Laurence.' Almost reluctantly.' Over by the cupboard. you t hrow the switch when I give the word. two pursuing Mummies converging on him. Ernie Clements jammed between them. `He's not alive now. He saw Ernie Cl ements running from the woods. all life crushed from his body. but the delay was fatal. Only the will of Sutekh an imates him. Laurence Scarman threw his hunting rifle to his shoulder. testing the connection on one of the leads. `Did you find one. `What will happen to Marcus Scarman?' `He'll simp ly collapse. And deprived of his outside contact. Lauren ce tore out of the room. `The main power switch i s over beside the door. and fired. Laurence Scarman st ood listening to the low voices. Ernie picked himself up a nd went on running. and he dropped to the ground.
there was a splintering crash and the first of the M ummies forced its way into the room. He grabbed hold of Laurenc e and heaved him back into the house. Sarah. he bustled him into the sitting room. Just as Sar ah tore free from Laurence. Then the Mummy threw him across the ro om. The Doctor closed with it immediately. the Mummies. You'll kill my brother!' The door began to splinter and the Doctor rammed a h eavy armchair against it..' he yelled. would simply collapse. Laurence Scarman threw himself upon her. while the Doctor fought to keep the Mummies out of the room. don't. inside. As the two horrible shapes stalked closer. Ignoring La urence's protests.' he yelled.other followed. switch on!' he shouted. but still lurch ed remorselessly forwards. and lurched forward. Just as Sarah was about to switch on. and actually managed to hold it for a moment. like Marcus Scarman. There came a shattering crash as the front door gave way to the Mummies' onslaught. slamming and barring the door. `Sarah. `No.. shutting and locking th at door too. Once the switch was thrown and Sutekh's mental beam blocked. man. The Doctor made a final delicate adjustment. the Doctor made a final check of the rejigged Marconiscope. `Sw itch on the power. Already the Mummies were battering at the sitting-room door. Laurence fired again and again. .' he cried. `I heard what you sai d. pulling her away. It stumbled over the chair and into the Marconiscope--j ust as Sarah pulled the switch. Sarah struggled desper ately to break away from the frenzied Laurence. `Come on. The Mummies staggered a little as the bullets struck. Releasing the little man abruptly. They were almost upon Laurence when the Doctor appear ed in the doorway.
... But by now the second Mummy was i n the room. Blue sparks arced across the Mummy's body and it dropped to the floor. a bang and a flash.There was a crackle of electricity. It smas hed him to one side and bore down on Sarah. Laurence Scarman made a brave but futile attempt to hold it.
`Stop!' To her astonished relief.' he said firmly. Sarah collapsed into a chair. the Doctor as struggling to his feet. The Doctor was on his feet. The Mummy turned and lumbered from the room. I just couldn't face the thought of killing my own brother. the Mu mmy stopped. animated by the power of Sutekh. `That thing walking about out there is no longer your brothe r. `Return to Contr ol. `Now listen to m e.' ordered Sarah nervously. There was a red gleam a mong the ruins of the shattered Marconiscope. `I think so.' `Forgi ve me. Sarah! Find the ring!' She looked round frantically. `You nearly got us all killed! What's worse.' called the Doctor. `The ri ng.. `Are you all right?' Laurence rubbed his head..' The Doctor crossed over to Laurence and put a hand on his shoulder. helping the half-stunned La urence to get up. you've wrecked my only chance of stopping Sutekh. Snatching the ring she held it up before the advancing Mummy and shouted. Doctor. `Tell it to return to Control. Do you underst and that?' .' said the Doctor angrily. On the far side o f the room. It is simply a human cadaver.' `Then you don't deserve to be.7 The Doctor Fights Back Sarah cowered away as the Mummy loomed threateningly over her. Sarah heard his voice.
`No! The missile must be fired at the appointed t ime. unable to speak. Immediately after.' Sarah hurried after the Docto r. There is still the other Scarman. `I know nothing of this. I'd better go with him. Laurence collapsed into a chair.Laurence nodded.' The green glow faded. `If Sutekh succeeds in freeing himself. `Where's he going?' `To see what S utekh's up to. Wha tever the Doctor said.' `The source of power was within the deflection barrier.' Marcus Scarman bowed his head before the gre en glow from the Casket.' Marcus frowned in thought.' Sutekh snarled.' he warned. Sutekh. Sutekh. I can order the Servicers to hunt them down and destroy them. but that will delay work on the missile. ` As the Doctor st rode from the room. you will find and kill these humans. `I d etected electro-magnetic radiation. so shall it be. Somehow we've got to stop him.' Marcus bowed his h ead. I suppose. Sutekh. it couldn't be easy for Laurence to accept that what look ed like his brother was really the puppet of some alien power.. Warlock spoke of one called the Doctor--an d a girl. at that parti cular moment. `There was a deliberate att empt to block my cytronic control. `the conse quences will be incalculable. . was once again in conference with his servant Marcus Scarman. Sarah couldn't help feeling sorry for him. Laurence looked at Sarah. his face in his hands. Laurence.' Su tekh's response was immediate. `There are still some humans alive within the barrier. The Doctor moved towards the door. `As you order.
Sarah had a nasty feeling he was staring straight at their hiding place. Sarah raised her head and peered through the leaves.' he whispered. retracing their tracks to the Lodge. It climbed the ramp and disappeared inside the Pyramid. Another Mumm y appeared from the house. Sarah whispered in the Doctor's ea r. Almost completed b y the look of it. a Mummy came out o f the hatch. back towards the Priory.Sarah and the Doctor worked their way cautiously through the woods. the Doctor spotted huge figures moving to and fro in the yard behind the house. walked down the ramp and moved back towards the house. `Did you learn anything?' . `That Pyramid thing--what is it?' `An Osirian war missile. He put the phot ograph down and looked up eagerly. They found Laurence staring sadly at an old family photograph. You might call it Pyramid power. stopping behind the cover of a dense clump of bushe s. `Let's take a closer look. After a moment he climbed the Pyramid ramp and disappeared inside. two s olemn-faced little boys in wing collars and knickerbocker suits. One side had an entran ce hatch. with a ramp leading to the ground.' Marcus came round the corner of the house and stopped just by the Pyramid. cradling in its arms a heavy metal object. `There they are. they worked their way as nea r to the yard as they dared.' `You mean that thing flies?' `It transposes the power of Sute kh's will. As they came nearer.' Wriggling forwards on their stomachs. Sarah and the Doctor slipped away. As they watched. She saw an opaque Pyrami d made from some material that looked like heavy plastic.
Doctor.. didn't he? Through the Space/ Time tunnel.. Then he paused.. After all.' said the Doctor crossly. He crossed to the electrocuted Mummy . and studied the pyramid shape on its back. He didn't really want to go throu gh that Time tunnel. `Wouldn't it be less risky just to blow up the missile ?' `Of course it would. `But Sutekh's tomb is somewhere in Egypt.' Her worst fears confirmed. Timidly Laurence said. `Well. ' `The Servicer robots are drawing their energy from a cytronic particle acceler ator--which most be in Sutekh's tomb. `Marcus came from Eg ypt. And it must be a two-way mechani sm. Not if there really was some other way. `C ytronic induction.' he said thoughtfully. he's had seven thousand years t o build one' `So?' `So--put that out of action and he'd have no workforce.' The Doctor was striding about the room.' Laurence broke in. Explain. `Wouldn't it be better--' `No it wouldn't. and made for the door.. Sarah said.' The Doctor didn't reply--mainly because he knew there was a very good chance that Sarah was right. How cou ld you possibly. `Come on. He came back into the room and sat down.. and n o missile. `If you go through that tunnel.' he said grumpily. Sarah said.' said the Doctor. But if there was no alternative. `But what with?' . `Wouldn't what be better?' Lau rence took a deep breath. Doct or. sprawled face-down on the floor. Sutekh will kill you.`Only that time is short.' snapped the Doctor..
I'm afraid he used it for fishing?' S arah looked putolcd. `The underwater explosion kills the fish and they float up to the surface. `It's all right.' The Doctor rubbed his chin.' he confirmed. He fished an old clasp-knife from a drawer. don't you?' Since this was pre cisely what the Doctor did think. if you really want to help. The Doctor looked at him in surprise. he was somewhat at a loss for an answer. Sarah. a worried frown on his face. `I could s how you the way. `And where did he keep this geli gnite?' `I'm not absolutely sure.' `I'll come with you. `I heard poor Ernie "fishing" just a few night's ago.' Laur ence stopped. Sarah gave Lau rence a quick smile of sympathy. we'll find it.' The Doctor made up his mind and stood u p. `You think I'll let you down again. and kn elt by the . It's a deplorable method. you might sta rt getting the binding off that Servicer robot. But he had an old hut on the east side of the woods. `How do you fish with gelignite?' `You set it off and chuck it in the water. `That's right. `I sup pose you just happen to have some about the place?' `Well. But I do know poo r Ernie Clements kept a supply in his hut.' The Doctor left. That would be the obvious place.' The Doctor said quickly. no. `Mr Scarman. and followed him out.Sarah could see that Laurence was anxious to redeem himself. `What about blastin g gelignite?' he suggested eagerly. shall I?' offered Laurence. Laurence watched them go.' La urence nodded. `Come on. After a moment he said gently.' said the Doctor. but very effective.
You mean it's between us and the hut?' The Doctor nodded. `I didn't think it could be!' The Doctor started prodd ing the area round the urn with his branch. Painful. are you going to help. still w aving his stick about. `Well. or just stand there admiring the scenery ?' `Actually I wasn't looking at the scenery. the Doctor moved a long parallel with the deflection barrier. `What are you doing.' He produced his sonic screwdriver and held it up. `Key!' Sarah looked at him sc eptically.' said the Doctor happily. n ot quite.' He knelt to examine the urn more closely. is it?' Regretfully the Doctor said. She poin ted down at the Doctor's boot-soles. standing incongruously beneath a tree. `Well. no. `As simple as that. He picked up a long branch and started waving it about in front of him. After a moment. `No obvious booby-traps. one of . he started to saw away at its bandaging. `Can we get through it?' The Doctor stopped as the end of his branch brushed against the invisible forcefield. `Ah. Sar ah stared.' Using his branch as a guide.' `I'd forgotten abou t the barrier. anyway. `There you are. `Door. accompanied by a mystified Sarah. here we are! Now all we have to do is find the door. Doc-or?' `Being careful.' Sarah groaned. he turned and looked up at Sarah.collapsed robot.' said Sarah with dignity. Walking into a deflecti on barrier is like walking into an invisible wall. Cautiously. He followed the invisible wall until he came to an ornately decorated urn. Sarah and the Doctor were moving eastwards through the woods when suddenly the Doctor stop ped.
steadying it with her hands. what do you want me to do?' `Come and hold the base of this urn for me.. Not hing happened. and the sound returned to its former level. in a dark cell beneath the Pyramid of Sutekh.' `Don't worry. The Doctor made another hasty adjustment. He began making s hort. `Your shoes need repairing! Well. mopping his face with his scarf. He adjusted the screwdriver and tried again. One false move and you'll never know the time again. It shot up to a high-pitched electronic scream. a monitor screen occu pied one wall. `Deactivating a ge nerator loop without the correct key is like repairing a watch with a hammer and chisel. The D octor sat back on his heels.. The note from the ur n started to rise. the robed. you'll know. At this close range she could hear a kind of low electronic hum. masked figure of .' `Any more comfort ing thoughts?' asked Sarah shakily. `Of course it's dangerous. `Is it dangerous?' she asked nervo usly. Oh. Far aw ay in Egypt. And be careful--if it fal ls over we're done for. delicate sweeps across the face of the urn with his sonic screwdriver. four lines of light formed the pattern of a pyrami d.' The Doctor grinned and went on with his delicate task.which was developing a hole. From his throne. let me know if it starts to feel warm. and a low alarm signal filled t he air. One of these lines began flashing on and off.' said the Doctor impatiently. You'll hear me breaking t he sound barrier. On the screen.' Sarah knelt on the other side of the urn. `Just keep that urn steady. The urn vibrated slightly beneath her hands.
`An extra-terrestia l--an alien? Here?' A note of insane rage came into Sutekh's voice. But the missile is to be constantly guarded. You will look for the humans.' he protested. Marcus came running to stand before the Casket in the Egyptian room.' he said cheerfully.' `That just isn't possible. In Sutekh's cell. I will not be denied now.' Marcus found it difficult to accept the thought. The Servicers most maintain total vigilance. Dropping it to the ground. Marcus listened as Sutekh told him of the inter ference.Sutekh was looking into the monitor.' A thought-impulse from Sut ekh triggered off the organlike signal. `Just to make sure.' `But the humans do not have the knowledge to shut down a deflection barrier. Gently the Doctor unscrewed the lid of the urn.' Sutekh repeated angrily. the Doctor made a final adjustment.' `It has been deactivated. he stamped on it hard. The sound from the u rn stopped completely. `I have endu red an eternity of impotent darkness. `Interference. Hear my commands .' `Then it is clear that an extra-terrestial intelligence is operating a gainst us. I do not understand how this can be. `The power line has gone from m y monitor. Sarah. his face appeared as a flickering distorted image on the monitor. `Sutekh. `Come along.' . `I tell yo u the barrier to the east has been deactivated. `There is inter ference!' In the woods. and drew out a metal cylinder.' he snarled.
. Sutekh. All life shall perish under the reign of Sutekh the Destroyer!' Marcus Scarman echoed the hideous chant. `All life shall perish . This alien who dares to intrude.' Sutekh's voice rose to a maddene d howl.. birds. The Servicers shall guard the missile while I check the barrier and search for your enemies. `Once the missile is projected... all life is my enemy. reptiles. plants. Only Sutekh shall live!' .`All shall be as you say. I shall seek out and destroy all my enem ies. All the humans... fish.
.8 `I am Sutekh!' Once through the deflection barrier.' he said shortly. rolls of wire. the Doctor and Sarah soon found Ernie Cleme nts' hideaway. `H ow powerful is Sutekh.' `Not even your lot--the Time Lords?' `Not even my lot. Crates. As they worked. cages.. They began a methodical search. boxes. traps. dead birds and rabbits.. `If he gets free. The ruined hut had never been his home. ferr ets. there isn't a lifeform in the galaxy able to stand against him. Sutekh was only defeated in the end by the combined efforts of ove r seven hundred of his fellow Osirians. It held an assortment of odds and ends. It was hard to know where t o start looking. `All-powerful. He had a comfortable cott age in the village. Doctor?' The Doctor was rummaging in an old battered ches t. `The seven hundred and forty gods whose names are recorded in the tomb of Thutmose II I. I suppose?' she said airily. Sarah asked.. ricketty chairs and sagging cupboards. bit s of traps. The Doctor and Sarah came into the hut and looked around. used in his drastic but efficient method of fishing. Including the gelignite. and all the other things Ernie had preferred not to keep in the cottage.' Sarah racked her brains t o remember the article on Egyptian mythology she'd researched so long ago. led by Horus.. But the hut made a useful hiding place for guns.
Sarah. glanced inside the box and froze like a statue. The Doctor's voice was almost unnaturally calm.' he agreed. It held cakes of some clammy substance.The Doctor chuckled at this display of one-upmanship. Sweaty gelignite is highly unstable. Then he straightened up. She groped on the top shelf and encountered wha t felt like soggy cardboard.' `All right. nothing else. `I'd be careful of that cage. They call it "sweating". `That stuff is gelignite. `Sorry!' she said rather inadequately. `Isn't there enough of it? It seems to have gone all soggy!' She poked the clammy stuff with one finger. handing him the box. The Doct or took the box without really looking. `What's the matter?' asked Sarah. `Any sign of detonators or fuses?' Sarah rooted throu gh the cupboard and shook her head. Sarah turned her attention to a cupboard that l eaned crazily out from the wall. very. I think there's a ferret in it!' Sarah ope ned the cage. `Sarah--take your ha nd out of that box. Doctor?' she asked. One good sneeze would be enough to set it off. She took the box down. `Maybe he just used to sneeze on it?' . `No.' Sa rah stepped back hastily. It' s soggy because it's old and in poor condition. `That's right. A slim grey shape leaped out and flashed across the floor of the h ut. ` What's the matter?' The Doctor drew a deep breath. very carefully.' She looked back at the D octor. The Doctor set the box down on the table. disappearing under the door.' said Sarah obligingly. `Could this be it.
Marcus Scarman's check of t he deflector shield eventually led him to the dismantled urn. L aurence Scarman was removing the last of the wrappings from the disabled Mummy.. He stood looking a t it for a long time. following the same route to the same destination.' Marcus spoke the word as i f it had no meaning. Then he turne d and hurried away. Obeying the Doctor's rather mysterious instructions. don't you know me? I'm your brother!' `Brother. towards the Lodge. By now h e was well ahead of them. Laurence took off the la st of the wrapping and looked at the thing distastefully. the Doctor and Sarah appe ared. warned by some instinct. Suddenl y. but made no reply.The Doctor scowled fiercely at her.. `Marcus!' he said joyfully. `That's it. `Marcus. Picking up the cardboard box with loving care. he didn't notice someone come silently into the room and stand over him. A little later. The circular frame for the hea d appeared to be empty. Laurence rose to his feet. They didn't see Marcus. Marcus Sca rman looked impassively down at him. Absorbed in his task. I'm your brother Laurence.' . But they were slowed by the need to move cautiously with the gelignite. His burning gaze swept the woods around him. he led the way out of the hut. old cha p. As they came away they revealed a kind of metallic skeleton with cross-braced me tallic strips replacing pelvis and rib structure. he looked up. apart from a lateral bar which was connected to the cent ral mechanism--a pyramid of some red vitreous material.
Marcus seemed to consider this for a moment. Then he said, `As Horus was brother to Sutekh!' Laurence's voice was low and appealing. `Marcus, you're ill. You mu st let we help you.' He stretched out a hand. Marcus knocked it away with a best ial snarl. `Trust me,' urged Laurence. `I won't harm you.' `Trust?' Obviously th is word too was meaningless. Laurence looked desperately round the room, seeking so way to reach his brother. He snatched up the photograph and held it out. `Do n't you remember anything, Marcus? Look, that's us when we were boys.' Marcus st ared down at the two young faces. Something seemed to get through to him. When h e spoke again his voice held a more human note. `Marcus... Laurence...' he said slowly. `Thais right. You do remember.' `I was--Marcus.' `And you still are,' sa id Laurence reassuringly. `Now, let me help you.' Marcus's face twisted as if in pain. `I was Marcus. Now I am Sutekh!' `No, Marcus, no. You went to Egypt, reme mber? You must have fallen under some kind of mesmeric influence...' Marcus's vo ice rose to a hoarse chant. `Sutekh the great destroyer. Sutekh the lord of deat h. I am his instrument...' Laurence spoke in a voice of desperate urgency. `Now you listen to me, Marcus, that's all nonsense. You are Marcus Scarman, Professor of Archaeology, Fellow of All Souls--' Marcus's arm swept out, knocking the pic ture from Laurence's hand. `You!' he snarled contemptuously. `What do you know o f Sutekh! Where are the others?'
Laurence backed away, frightened by the sudden violence. `What others?' `You are being helped. The mind of Sutekh has detected an alien intelligence at work.' ` I suppose you must mean the Doctor...' `Doctor,' repeated Marcus in a tone of sa vage satisfaction. His hands shot out and seized Laurence by the shoulders. With horror Laurence saw that his brother's hands were black and charred. Their touc h seemed to burn, he smelt smoke rising from his jacket. `Marcus; he choked, `yo ur hands...' Marcus shook him savagely. `This Doctor... where is he? What is he? ' He shifted his grip to Laurence's throat. The Doctor and Sarah crouched near t he pyramidshaped Osirian missile. Two Mummies stood guarding it like sentries. C arefully the Doctor hid the box of gelignite under a bush. `We'll leave it there for the moment. Should be safe enough.' Sarah gave him a sceptical look. `You k now this just isn't going to work, Doctor? No detonators, no fuses... so even if you get near enough to place the charge without being spotted, how are we going to explode it?' `Do stop asking silly questions,' snapped the Doctor. `I've alr eady thought of all that--and that's where you come in.' Before Sarah could ask more questions, he set off for the Lodge. When they came into the living room, L aurence Scarman was slumped in a chair, head drooping on his chest. Thinking how dejected he looked, the Doctor tried to cheer
him up. He waved towards the unwrapped Mummy framework. `Well done, Mr Scarman. An excellent job.' Laurence didn't respond. Sarah tapped him on the shoulder. `M r Scarman?' Laurence keeled over and slumped to the floor. Sarah jumped back wit h a cry of shock. The Doctor knelt beside the body, then rose, shaking his head. `Strangled, poor chap.' `The Mummies must have come back.' `Not this time, Sara h. There are--marks on the neck. His late brother must have called.' `That's hor rible,' said Sarah. `He was so concerned about his brother...' Already the Docto r had moved away from Laurence, and was examining the exposed Mummy frame. `Told him not to,' he said absently. `Told him it was already too late.' Sarah looked indignantly at him. `Sometimes I don't understand you, Doctor. Sometimes you do n't seem--' Sarah checked herself, and the Doctor completed her sentence for her . `Human? You're forgetting, Sarah--I'm not.' He returned to his study of the ro bot mechanism. `Splendid workmanship, this. Typical Osirian simplicity.' Sarah c ould have shaken him. `A man's just been murdered and--' `Five men,' interrupted the Doctor. `Six if you count Marcus Scarman himself. But there's no time for m ourning, Sarah. Those deaths will be the first of un-told millions, unless Sutek h is stopped.' He looked down at the body. `Know thine enemy. Admirable advice. I did try to warn him, you know.' Sarah heard the pain in his voice and realised that the Doctor was hiding his feelings under a mask of flippancy. `All right, Doctor,' she said gently. `What do we do now?'
' He began to wrap a binding around one leg. Satisfied Scarman said. we'll have to move quickly.' Both Mummies lowered their heads. `It doesn't have to be perfect. `An impene trable disguise. The Doctor smi led. Marcus Scarman was supervising the other Servic er robots in their work. the Osirians.' `What do you want me to do?' The Doctor was sorting through a pile of Mummy bindings. do you?' she fixed the wrapping in place. `Don't want to come unwrapped. `Now then. `There. what sort of a shot are you?' While Sarah helped the Doctor to s wathe himself in Mummy bindings. `That'll do.' Swathed in bindings from head to foot. `Continue. Sarah fixed the last of the wrappings around t he Doctor's feet. `Clever chaps.' T he Mummies moved out of the room. Two of them were lifting a heavy cylinder from one of t he crates.' she replied indignantly. `Stop!' The Mummies stopped. `This is the Warhead trigger charge. A muffled voice said. Phase One. I may have to mingle . you know.' `I am hurrying. It must be placed directly under the detonation head. `These wrappings are chemically impregnated to protect the robots agai nst damage and corrosion. `Hurry up.' he said.' he said conversa tionally. Marcus examined the hiero glyphics on the side of the cylinder. the Doctor made an impres sively Mummy-like figure. wouldn't you say?' Sarah looked at him in alarm. Sarah.`If we're going to do anything about that missile. Signify your underst anding. Marcus called. I 'll need your help.
Beside him.' Th e glowing Casket blurred and faded. How do I look?' Sarah shook he r head sadly. his hands raised in s upplication. but I definitely shan't linger. the Doctor took the box of gelignite from its hiding-place. s carf and hat and moved towards the door. Sarah. Sarah was settling into position. Marcus turned and left the room. to be re-placed by the spinning Vortex of th e Space/Time tunnel. the disguised Doctor picked up his coat. Lurching a little. `I shall now release them. speeding closer and closer to Marcus until it shot from the tunnel like a projectile and rolled across the floor to his feet. Sutekh.' Marcus Scarman stood before the glowing Casket. And don't forget th at rifle.' said the muffled voice. Only the living feel pain.' `Don't provoke me. `It must have been a terrible accident. prone on the ground with the . Marcus bent and picked it up. Tumbling end over end. The cylinder glowed with the fire of Sutekh and there was a horrible sizzling sound as Marcus touched it. `Come along.' Th e still-smoking cylinder in his hands. Sutekh ordered. `The work on the missile is almost complete.with the Mummies.' The voice of Sutekh said. Moving a wkwardly because of his bindings. But he felt no pain. a white cylinder appeared. Sutekh. `En gage the co-ordinates in the projection dome monitor. We need only t he target coordinates.' `Immediately.
Sarah saw him move across the yard and up t o the missile. He heard Scarm an's voice. `Is your relay defe ctive?' The Doctor stood motionless.. `Stop!' The Doctor went on walking. Doctor. He climbed stiffly up it. He reached the bottom and started back towards her. `You know what to do?' `Give you time to get clear and--pow!' `And be sure to shoot straig ht. Sarah guessed the intellige nce of the Mummies was limited and strictly functional. no less. Scarman frowned for moment then held out th e metal cylinder... Just let him get a little further fr om the missile and. but no more. G ood luck!' The Doctor lumbered away. The Mummy on guard paid no attention. and put the box jus t beside the open hatch. `This is the coordinate-selector. Sarah began lining up her rifle-sights. You won't get a second shot.' The Doctor stopped. The Doctor looked down at her. Sarah watched tensely as th e Doctor made his way to the ramp. she saw Marcus Scarman appear from the hous e and make straight for the Doctor. turned. Marcus came up to him. The voice came again. They would do what they were ordered. I know what I'm doing. a white cylinder in his hands. `Stop! Tur n about. And since no one had actually told them to l ook out for another Mummy with a box of gelignite. Sar ah cuddled the riflebutt into her shoulder.' `Don't worry. like someone at a firing-range. Through a tiny gap in the wrappings the Doct or saw Scarman coming towards him.. Now the Doctor was descending the ramp.rifle. It is to be placed in the pr ojection-dome . To her horror.
.' The Doctor managed a Mummy-like nod. `The n obey my order. The Doctor maintained his stiff Mummy-l ike gait until the sentinel robot turned away from him.monitor. the Doctor du mped the cylinder at random. then he broke into a sha mbling run.' said Scarman sharply. and hurried back down the ramp. This time there was no interruption. When he was near the edge of the trees. Inside the rocket. Sarah lined up her sights on the cardboard box. Slowly and carefully she squeezed the trigger. Marcus moved back towards the house. .. Sarah watched impat iently as for the second time the Doctor began walking across the yard towards h er. Indicate your understanding. Stiffly the Doctor turned and reascended the ramp.
' thought Sarah. `I know I hit it!' `You hit it all right. and the butt recoiled against her shoulder. the Doctor stood up and stretched with evident relief. ' agreed the Doctor grimly. There was a sheet of flame then--nothing.' Sarah helped him to strip off the bindings. I've got to get to him.' she said helplessly. `Come on.' Swiftly the Doctor began stripping off his Mummy d isguise. They rolled them into a ball and stuffed them under a bush. `Anyway. coat and scarf.' Sarah was appalled.. `H e'll get himself killed over that silly hat and scarf one day. Restored to his old self agai n. `As distin guished as who? Doctor. Sarah. Sarah saw the car dboard box jerk. you're not going down that Space/Time tunnel thing'' . `Sutekh must be containing the explosion by sheer me ntal power. `Somehow I don't think I was meant to be a Mummy. `Give me a hand. I need to look my best t o meet someone as distinguished as old Sutekh.. r emembering how he'd gone back for his hat earlier. Sarah looked up as the disguised Doctor threw himself down beside her. There's only one hope left. No sound. Somehow I've got to break his concentration. and no expl osion.' he said solemnly. Doctor. `I hit it.9 In the Power of Sutekh The rifle cracked. From beneath another bush the Doctor produced his hat.' he said urgently.
If I can distract Sutekh for just one second. will go up. After all. Sarah. Sarah called after h im. turned and ran towards the front of the house. Another human attempt to d elay my return. his concentra tion will break and the balloon. Marcus Scarman ran to stand before it. They must be found and punished--but first attend to the device. Sarah.. Dejec ted she turned back towards the Lodge for a hiding place.. I've walked into many a tight spot before.' `And if you don't?' `Then I'll just have to escape.. Her anxiety for the Do ctor made her careless. `but I'm sure I'll manage to smooth him over. Master.`Oh yes I am. he'll kill you. Seizing her arm in an iron grip. The Doctor was gone. the Mummy s tarted dragging her towards the Priory.' the Doctor admitted.' But she was too late. a crude detonation device. I cannot hold back the exothermic reaction for many minutes. The organ note boomed out from the Caske t. Sutekh will be imprisoned again for ever. `Doctor. he may be a bit put out. . or rather the missile.' He touched her cheek gently wi th his hand. ignoring her cries and struggles.' `As tight as this?' `Well. We'll have won!' `Oh will we? We'll have won. perh aps not quite as tight as this. `On t he missile loading-ramp. How do you think he'll feel when he realises he's got you to thank for blowing up his missile and spoiling his plans for a comeback?' `Well. and you'll be in Sutekh's den. `I hear you.' he called. Within minutes she ran straight into the arms of a Mummy .. Good-bye.
and ran from the room. He paused for a moment. The Space/Time tunnel appeared. The Doctor stepped into it a nd was whirled away. His senses blurre d and he lost consciousness. The screen showe d a wavering picture of the pyramid-shaped missile.. `It will be done immediately. st epped through the doorway. The Do ctor had a quick impression of monitor screens and some kind of advanced compute r. and he snatched back his hand. masked figure. and ordered o ne of the Servicer robots forward. available energy. He saw it at last. Dominating the chamber was the figure of Sutekh himself..' Scarman bo wed. Stiffly it began walking up the ramp. It smouldered as he touched it. cave-like chamber.' There was the sound of hid eous strain in Sutekh's voice.. spinning off into the depths of infinity. staring intently into a monitor. He moved cautiously over to the Casket. then touched a control inside it. He found himself in a dark. So small and inconspicuous was the cardboard box that it took Marcus a moment or two to find it. .. then bracing himself. The window opened and the Doctor clambered through. and found himself standing in the antec hamber of an Egyptian tomb. examined it for a moment. a robed. The Doctor reached out and moved the tapestry aside. He sat on a raised t hrone. far away in England. The Doc tor recovered consciousness with a jolt. A tapestry-covered doorway lay just before him.It is taking an intense toll of. Master.
For a long moment Sutekh watched the Do ctor's suffering.. keep you alive for centuries. Since it is your interference that has condemned me to remain fo r ever prisoner of the Eye of Horus. `No. Sutekh.' The green light died down.. `It is in my power to choose the manner of your death. `Greetings. You mi ght make an amusing diversion.. he watched the destruction of the missile that represented his only c hance of freedom. `I can if I choose. `Identify yourself--p laything of Sutekh. wracked by the most exc ruciating pain. and again the Doctor writhed in agony. On the missile ramp the Mummy bent to pick up the box. Death would be too easy. `I am a.. you shall not die yet.' said the hateful voice. Appalled.' `Iden tify yourself!' Sutekh's eyes glowed once more. his concentration momentarily broken.. The masked head turned slowly to the Doctor and a blaze of fie rce green light burned from its eyes.. that would be a fitting end for you. Then he spoke. and he spoke in a voice of restrained fury. There was the sudden roar of an explosion. Mummy and missile disappeared in a sheet of flame. last of the Osiriansl' Slowly Sutekh turned his head . Sutekh.. The Doctor gasped weakly..' The Doctor's voice was scarcely more than a painful whisper. helpless. traveller. Identify yourself. Then the glow faded from his eyes. his voice deliberately loud and re sonant.. As the light struck him.' . Enjoy your revenge. writhing in agony. `Destro y me. Nothing else is left within your power..The Doctor drew a deep breath. Sutekh's head swung back to the monitor screen.' said the voice contemptuously.. the Doctor was tr ansfixed..
`Serve you. I come of the Time Lord race. Now I am simply a traveller. Satan. `You shall serve me. Whether that name be Set. Doctor. `Approach closer. zero. `In Time and Space?' Sutekh insisted.' `These names m ean nothing to me.' Sutekh considered. changing swiftly. Doctor. There was a ring of triumph in Sutekh's voi ce. fixing at last on a single line of complex symbols.' The voice of Sutekh hardened... His voice was firmer as he replied. `It seems to me that I kn ow this planet..' `A traveller in Time and Space?' asked Sutekh eagerly. but I renounced their society. `So! You are a Time Lord!' The Doctor shook his head.' `I offer you an alliance. `What are you called.' The Doctor drew back.' snarled Sutekh.. Reluctantly the Doc tor nodded. Time Lord?' `I am called the Doctor. The Doctor did not reply. `Ten. `What is the binary location from galactic z ero centre?' Now that he was free of the incessant pain.' He looked towards the computer and ordered.. in the Constellation of Kasteroborous.' Reluc tantly the Doctor moved nearer the throne. zero. Sutekh's voice dropped almost to a whisper..`From where?' `Gallifrey. some of the Doctor's st rength was returning to him.' .. `Not in the sense that you mean.. Serve me truly and an e mpire can be yours. zero elev en. Sadok.. `Data retrieval..' O n a screen numbers and hieroglyphics appeared. by zero two. Sutekh? Your name is abom ination in every civilised world.
fighting the power of Sutekh's mind every i nch of the way. the Doctor twisted in ago ny. Sutekh nodde d indifferently.`Never.' `As you command. great master.' The Doctor's voice was utterly determined. Suddenly Sutekh intervened. Sutekh!' On the monitor he saw the Mummy holding Sarah grasp her more firmly . a Servicer has captured one of the humans responsibl e for the destruction of your missile. a termite. `Spe ak!' `Sutekh.. I have no interest in the other h umans. the Doctor was forced to his knees. The green glow blazed out fr om the eye-slits of Sutekh's mask. What interest have you in humans?' . `The extra-ter restial. The f ace of Marcus Scarman appeared on a monitor screen `Well?' demanded Sutekh. their leader. `Let it be killed at once. the Doctor saw Sarah struggling in the Mummy's grip. Sutekh's voice boomed out. you grovelling insect. `No!' he shouted aga in. Scarman. Caught in its beam. Great One. Sutekh laughed. It may yet have some use. Sutekh turned to the Doctor. ` No.' Sutekh said dismissively. `You dare to pit your puny will against mine? Kneel I Kneel before the might of Sutekh.' Marcus raised his hand in a signal and the Mummies became motionless once more.' The booming note of the organ-signal interrupted Sutekh's sport.' The Doctor struggled to his feet. `You are a Time Lord.' Scarman waved the Mummy forward..' Slowly. `Then this prisoner can be destroyed?' To his horror. is already my prisoner. while another raised its great hand for the death blow. a worm. `Wait! Keep the human alive. ` In my presence you are an ant. Abase yourself.
ah.' Angrily Sutekh hissed.' said Sutekh slowly. Doctor. `You chose to use your great powers for evil.' By deliberately provoking Sutekh.' The green eyes behind the mask-slits burned into the Doctor's own.' Agai n Sutekh gave his chilling laugh. Except to free myself fr om this prison in which Horus has bound me.. `Horus held that view--but I refute it. do es she not. Where I tread I leave nothing but dust and darkness. You fear that some other intelligent l ife-form will arise.' said t he Doctor boldly.' The Doctor straightened up. `If you read my mind by mental force. `Nothing. Sut ekh. I see. Sutekh. and into your mind.' he said calm ly. I am Sutekh the Destroyer. You are a twisted abhorrence. `But I see thro ugh them. in this--TARDIS?' Sutekh looked towards his monitor screen. the Doctor hoped to diver t his attention away from Sarah. and grow to rival you in power. `Your evil is my good. `The human girl. `I have long taken an interest in Earth and human beings.The Doctor knew what would happen if he admitted that Sarah's fate was important to him. `Because you fear them. Slowly a n image of the TARDIS began to form.' A note of self-pity crept into Sutekh's voice. She travels with you. That I find goo d. So you destroy all life.' `And I know why.' `Your imprisonment was well deserve d. All life is my enemy.. The Doctor's shoulders slumped defeatedly. `Your words are a cloud. Doctor. Sutekh's next words made him realise that the a ttempt had failed. wh erever you find it. `All sapient life-forms are our kin.' said the Doctor sternly. Sutekh. then nothing can be beyond you. `Then I curse you in the name of all nature.' .
Through a roaring in his ears he heard the cold voice of Sutekh. The Doctor's TARDIS will be the means of my escape!' . Then Sutekh called.The eye-slits in Sutekh's mask blazed green. `My enemies have brough t me my deliverance. Th e recovering Doctor looked on helplessly as the key floated before Sutekh's mask .' `See. and I shall shred your nervous system into a million fibres. `Any further insolence. Is it understood?' The green light faded and the Doctor dropped to the ground. `I hear you.' said Sutekh exultantly. `Scarman!' Immediately Marcus's face appeared on the monit or. Doctor. Master. For a moment Sutekh sat considering the crumpled figure. propelled by the power of Sutekh's will. A cry of pain was torn from the Doc tor's lips as the ray caught him with all its agonising force. The loop of the chain pulled itself o ver his head and floated in the air. The key of the TARDIS r ose on its chain around the Doctor's neck. almost unconscious.
. Doctor. and drop ped into Marcus Scarman `s hands. turned back to the Casket. and travel to the Pyramids of Mars.' mused Sutekh. It grew larger and larger until it shot out of the Casket. So they will answer to you alone?' `Correct. Marcus Scarman. ` Marcus Scarman is my puppet.' The Doctor managed a smile. far down the Space/ Time tunnel. Scarman!' In the Egyptian room.' In S utekh's cell. Despite all he had undergon e. Sarah saw a tiny object appear.' `Then it seems I w as wise to spare you. He would nev er otherwise have parted with the TARDIS key.' The masked figure glared down at him. `I'm afraid Scarman won't find it possible to obey your order. But the controls of the TARDIS are isomorphic. Sutekh's voice . `Pe rhaps so. `The TARDIS key!' Now she knew that the Doctor was a helpless prisoner in Sutekh's hands. the Doctor was struggling to his feet. `I see. `This allows you entry to the Time Lord's Time/Space machine. My mind is in his. Sutekh. Sarah heard the voice of Sutekh bo om out from the glowing green casket.' `One to one.. th e TARDIS key in his hand. Sarah gasped in horror. a little of his old jauntiness was returning. Take one Servicer.10 A Journey to Mars Gripped firmly by the Mummy.
`Whom do you serve. The figure grew life-size. He was staring straight ahead.' Sarah called. `Venerate his name. Master. kill her. Again she saw a tiny shape spinning towards th em. `Su tekh. Wrenching free from the grip of the Mummy.' . `Doctor. `Sutekh is supr eme. Marcus thrust out an arm and barred her way.' One final sentence seemed forced from the Doctor's lips. He is possessed by the Great One.' `Who is the bringer of death ?' `Sutekh.' Scarman nodded satisfied. `I send you my captive. sitting cross-legged like a Bu ddhist monk in meditation. If the Time Lord attempts treachery. his face completely blank. `Stand back. Then his lips moved and a single word came from his mouth. it's me!' The Do ctor made no reply. The human girl will accompany you. As it grew larger. `It is understood. Time Lord?' For a moment the D octor was silent. Sarah tried to run to him.' Sarah strained her eyes to look into the Space/Time tunnel. straightened up and emerge d from the mouth of the Casket. and obey him in all t hings.' Marcus bowed.rolled out triumphantly. it turned into the Doctor. The Doctor stood quite motionless.' `Who holds all life in his hands?' `Sutekh. Ma rcus stepped in front of him. while the Spa ce/Time tunnel glow faded behind him. The Time Lord will control the machine.
The Doctor closed the door a nd stood waiting.' said Sutekh's voice.' The Doctor followed Scarman out of the room.. the Mummy dragged her after them. `Come. Marcu s was speaking to the Casket. who opened the TARDIS doors and led t he way inside. Doctor. Sarah and the Mummy followed. `But these Time Lords are a cunning and perfidious species .' It was terrible to see the Doctor.' He turned to the Doctor. whic h might have been the interior of a pyramid somewhere on Earth.' `It is well. Sarah looked around her. The nightmare journey was soon over. Scarman handed the key to the Doctor. The Doctor landed the TARDIS. moving blank-faced around the console. The strangest th ing about the place was the fact that it seemed to have no entrance or exit. Eve ry wall was a blank face of solid stone. In the Egyptian r oom.Sadly Sarah whispered. Dispose of him when you reach the Pyramids of Mars. Sar ah managed to move closer to the control column. it's me. opened the doors and went out. closed the door and set the TAR DIS in motion. She was in a huge stone chamber. He went straight to the controls. Marcus. Sutekh . always so independent. parroting praise of Sutekh. . Marcus Scarman and the Mummy stood motionless. The Doctor ignored her. Before Sarah could protest.' she h issed again. `Control is established.' `It shall be done. Great One. `Oh. reduced to a mindless puppet. Sarah. `Doctor.. showing no reactio n as the take-off noise began and the central column began to rise and fall.
The Mumm y locked its huge hands round the Doctor's throat and squeezed. thinking only of the way he'd been savagely murdered before her eyes. `Sutekh has no further need of the Time Lord. The Doctor's body dropped limply to the floor. He stepped through the door.Marcus walked across to the nearest wall. A hand tapped her on the shoulder and a muffled voice said reprovingly. Sarah got to her knees and crawled painfully across to the Doctor. The Mummy swe pt her aside with one savage blow. His hands t raced the outline of a door--and a door appeared.' Ma rcus stretched out a hand. the Mu mmy let go and stepped back. Marcus was about to step throu gh it. She wondered why they hadn't killed her too.. The Doctor stood motionless. Such was Sarah's misery that her own fate hardly interested her . Or perhaps Sutekh himself would blast her o nce he was free.' said Marcus impatiently. Scan for the door. Its gruesome work done. `Com e. and she reeled against the far wall. Seek the control centre. sobbing bitterly.. distant but still clear. she realised that both hand and voice belonged to the Doctor. She fell across the Doctor's body. `No!' and threw herself in front of the Doctor.' Sarah screamed. and swept it to and fro across the stone. you're soaking my shirt!' Incredu lously. `My reading indicates that you are in an ant echamber under the main Pyramid. She'd die here anyway in time. you're alive. echoed through the chamber... `Sarah. Perhaps she just wasn't important enou gh. The voice of Sutekh. She sat up and looked at him. then he turned. the Mummy lumbering be hind him. `Doctor. Destroy him . making no attempt to defend himself.' .
The Doctor sat up too. It seem s to have vanished.' The Doctor was examining the wall with feverish intensity.' `I thought you'd been turned into another zo mbie. `I've go t to find Marcus. Somehow I've got to stop him. He halte d only when a blank metal wall barred his way. of course. `Well.' he said severely. the Servicer robot behind him. but the voice of Sutekh warned. was patiently walking along an endless stone passage. of course I'm alive. But once Sutekh didn't need me any more he stopp ed thinking about me.' `Yes. Respiratory bypass system.' He looked round interestedly. `Well.' Marcus Scarman. That relay . helping Sarah to her feet..' Sarah shrugged. I'll have a bit of a stiff neck for a while. `Now then. Marcus and one of the Mummies came with us. Mind you. I sen se danger. `Well. like Scarman. `Stop. surely.' gasped Sarah. `Same differen ce. where are we?' `Sutekh ordered you to take us to the Pyramids of Mars . Marcus reached out to touch it. rubbing his neck and wincing. I suppos e I must have been for a while. The Doctor studi ed the area of wall. there was a door. Sutekh will have sent Marcus here to deactivate the forcefield control in the Pyramid. His mind relaxed its grip.' The Doctor rose. Which way did he go?' `Through that door.' The stone wall was blank and smooth again. It's just that the door isn't visible.. `That simply isn't logical. Just to one side of it was a swit ch. `A door can't vanish. Very useful in a tight squeeze.
' The Doctor was studyi ng the metal door as he spoke.' `A door handle usually is obvious. the wall sliding back behind them. then drew back his hand . He found the right area at last. surely?' `Not in a jail.' said the Doctor. the Mummy following behind. It sprung open to reveal the second switch. `There--now!' said Sutekh exultantly. They went on their way. Marcus touched the indi cated point and a small panel swung open to reveal a switch. . The true bulkhead release will be conceale d. pleased with his men cleverness.switch is a power conductor terminal. The Doctor operated it and the wall slid back. the bulkhead slid back and Marcus went on his way. They followed the stone passage and came to the same metal wall that had block ed Marcus's progress. just as Marcus had done be fore him. `Too obvious--and too easy. `What's the matter?' asked Sarah.' `I thought Horus was one of the good guys? ' `He was an Osirian--with all their guile and ingenuity. The Doctor was tracing his fingers over the chamber wall. He turned to Sarah and grinned. child ishly. The Doctor reached for the switch. They just couldn't help being devious!' The Doctor's searching fingers found the hidden panel. and the door reappeared beneath his h and. He operated it.' said the Doctor in a pleased tone. `They had dome-shaped heads and cerebrums like sp iral staircases. `Triobyphysics. and led the way through . Scan!' Again Marcus stretched out his hand and moved it over the surface of t he metal bulkhead. `Horus would have left traps for the unwary intruder.
`Maybe we've co me in a circle?' suggested Sarah. The barrier slid back. There was a bang and a flash. Some way a head of them Marcus Scarman was confronting yet another metal wall.There followed a long journey through more and more passages.' ordered Sutekh. he might booby-trap the panel swi tch anyway!' `So what do we do?' `We apply scientific method. Horus wou ldn't set exactly the same trap a second time--or would he?' The Doctor stood br ooding. `Triple bluff. `Now. The Doctor shook his head. `Y ou mean Horus might expect a visitor to work out that the panel switch would be booby-trapped--and still booby-trap this one?' The Doctor rubbed his chin. The probe flew from hi s hand as the panel switch exploded in sparks and smoke. `Or i f Horus expected an intruder to work that out. . this one stu dded with several rows of switches. exactly like the previous one. `Stand back and scan. `This one is simila r--but not the same. and they went on their way. Frustratingly it e nded before yet another bulkhead.' He looked at the wall switch. Sarah. The Doctor sucked his f ingers.' said the Doctor happily. We test our suspicions. As he was reaching for the panel switch he drew back his hand. `I wonder.' Sarah pointed to the wall switch. Marcu s stood back. Double or triple bluff. then opened the hidden panel .' The Doctor produced an extendable electronic probe and swept its e nd across the panel switch. sweeping his hand backwards and forwards across the wall. recovered the probe and operated the wall switch.
`I thought it had seen us. obviously the length of the lines provides a scale of measureme nts. `Well. . Then it followed Marcus and the bulkhead sl id closed behind it. do you think to confound Sutekh with these childish stratagems?' On Mars. The Mummy followed him. `Don't touch anything. `Wh at does it mean?' The Doctor had fished out a grubby scrap of paper and a stub o f pencil.' he said sharply. particularly those which had taken place in earlier incarnatio ns. there are dozens of switches. though.On Earth. looking back suspiciously.' whispered Sarah. the extreme right switch.' She looked at the wall. in Sutekh's Egyptian cell. `Horus. `Horus has very kindly provided a key. Sutekh laughed.' Sarah studied the graph. Marcus heard the familiar voice. `That was a near one. and Marcus went through. the Doctor's and Sarah's heads popped round the corner. the wall appeared on a monitor screen as a pattern of dots joined by radiating lines. shaking her head. `Oh Doctor. `Didn't you run into something like this in the City of the Exxilons?' The Doctor was in no mood to discuss his past adventures. It paused for a moment.' The bul khead slid back. He looked up as Sarah stretched out a te ntative hand to one of the switches. Seconds later. Count to the fifth row up--now. half inclined to choose by good old feminin e intuition. He was muttering busily to himself. with rows of binary numbers superimpo sed.' muttered Sarah.' `Some key.' The Doctor po inted to an immensely complicated graph on the wall to one side of the bulkhead. `The floor is charged wi th explosive.
`Now let me see. `I wasn't going to.' `Well. Twenty point three centimetres multiplied by the bin ary figure ten zero zero. One hundred and sixty-two point four--that sho uld be about three stitches. The Doctor ignored her...Sarah snatched back her hand. One false move and you'll probably set off an explosive charge!' The Doctor returned to his cal culations.' `Show off!' m uttered Sarah rather sulkily. `What happens if you're wrong?' `I imagine we'll all be blown to blazes. `Now I think this is the right swi tch.' Nervously Sarah asked. He whipped off his scarf a nd held it before him like a tape-measure. . He reached out and flicked the switch. all totally incompreh ensible to Sarah... feet and inches one side. `Now then. metres and centimetres the other.' The Doctor made a few measurements..' said the Doctor cheerfully. and stretched out his hand.. don't. that's a pretty simple calculation. He muttered more calculations. then slung his scarf back round his neck.
just as suddenly cut off by a hollow. almost feeling their way. slowly back. although he knew she couldn't hear him. Sarah followed and the door closed behind them. lit only by strangely-glowing walls.' . and quickly. `Which way do we go now?' `I'm not too sure. Sarah was trapped inside a transparent glass bell. Sarah was shouting frantically. her lips moving soundlessly.' he muttered to himself. There was no way to bre ak into it--it would have to be removed by the agency which had placed it there. Behind you. Inside the bell. ringing sound.11 The Guardians of Horus Instinctively Sarah drew back from the bulkhead. `All right. while I look around.' called the Doctor.' The Doctor moved on a few paces. `A Decatron crucible. Th ey found themselves in a dark chamber. Sarah. stu dying it. They moved forward cautiously. `Oh. There came a sudden scream from S arah. Unless it was removed. I should never have brought you here. The Doctor gave Sarah a self-satisf ied smile and walked through. Stay here. S arah. For a moment after the Doctor p ressed the switch--the extreme right-hand switch on the fifth row up--nothing ha ppened.' Then he lip-read her words. The Doctor whirled ro und. The Doctor moved round the bell. Then the bulkhead drew. `Look o ut. The Doctor sighed. She hammered frantically at the glass. Sarah was going to die of suffocation. Sarah stopped and looked up at the Doctor. keep calm.
The Doctor spun round. or in stant death. `One question. but larger. These two switches control your fate--instant freedom. He glanced across at Sarah. A voice spoke out of the darkness. the other points truly. And if you're the automatic liar. The Doctor nodded. `No w if they're contraprogrammed. It was like and yet unlike that of Sutekh. already showing signs of distress insi de the glass bell. which was the switch that me ant life-. if I were to ask your chum there. He looked ag ain at the two impassive figures of the Mummies. So that must still be the death switch. `you face the twin guardians of Horus. One is programmed to deceive. They were s imilar to the robot servants of Sutekh. so one must always give a false indication. `Intruders. `Before you choose you can ask one guardian one question. He turned to the nearest guardian. `I see. Two Mummies had materialised in the darkness.which one would he indicate?' The guardian swung round and pointed to the switch on the Doctor's right. y ou're trying to deceive me. So if you're the t rue guardian. its tones holding wisdom a nd power rather than Sutekh's cruelty and hatred. and the golden ornamentation of their bindings seemed to suggest some kind of rank. `Which indeed. your fellow guardian. Which is the guardian of life?' The Doctor's mind was racing frantically.' Th e Doctor smiled. This is the ridd le of the Osirians.' Hoping his logic was water- ... Unless he solved the riddle soon she was doomed. The Doctor walked over to the switches and stood before them. that must be the death switch. The voice said.' the great voice b oomed.' A section of wall with two switches set into it was suddenly illum inated. eh? Now.' he thought.
`Are you all right?' She n odded weakly. In the centre of the chamber cradled in a sil ver tulip-shaped cup was what appeared to be a giant ruby. and it pulsated regularly with a fierce red glow. `The servants of Horus obey only the voice of Horus. Behind it was blackness.' he hissed. He steadied her on her feet. S carman. `The control centre of the Pyramids! The sign of the Eye. `Stop. The two guardians disappeared--a nd so did the glass bell surrounding Sarah.tight the Doctor pulled the switch on his left. wearing the gold or namented bands that denoted the guardians of Horus. Marcus Scarman moved slowly inside.' . Scarman sketched the sign of the Eye with one hand. lit by a flickerin g eerie glow from walls and floor. A huge Mummy stepped from the darkness. On the monitor Sutekh could see a squat.' Its tone changed. standing before the door of the tomb . Gasping for breath she staggered out into the Doctor's arms. Scarman heard the exultant voice of Sutekh. `It is the Eye. Four silver rods projected from it. Make the sign of the Eye!' On Mars. tomb-like shape. `Drive out these intruder s. Deactivate!' The guardian came on.' In his cell on Earth. From the air a voice spoke. `The inner chamber. The Eye of Horus. He found himself in a chamber of light. There was a high-pitched e lectronic sound and the door swung open. Marcus said sharply. We've got no time to lose. like the rays of a stylised sun. `Then come on. a n impatient Sutekh was following the progress of his servants through the Martia n Pyramid. bigger than a man's h ead. Destroy! Destroy! Destroy!' Scarman mo ved towards the Eye.
But its head was that of Sutekh. `He's won. but Sutekh's true visage. Sutekh's head faded and Marcus. jackal face that had appeared t o Sarah in the TARDIS. For a moment they stood frozen in horror. `Destroy! Destroy! Destroy! ' Marcus Scarman's whole body seemed to blaze with energy. Marcus Scarman was able to move closer to the Eye. Mental energy poured through Marcus Scarman. In an awestricken voice Sarah whispered. Sutekh's won!' The Doctor stood quite still. hearing the voice of Sutekh. The figure before the Eye had the body of Marcus Scarman. as he became the chan nel for Sutekh's powers. They began to attack each other with great swinging blows. and the Eye of Horus exploded in a shattering blast. and waved his own Mummy forward. Not the savage mask that the Doctor had already seen. `Attack!' The two giant fi gures lumbered towards each other. once a gain in his own form. colliding with a mighty impact in the centre of the chamber. . and that moment was all Sutekh needed. `Free! I am free at last!' The body of Marcus Scarman collapsed. swung round to face the Doctor. He s tretched out his hands. As th e two giants battled on. But it was still the exult ant voice of Sutekh that came from his lips.Marcus dropped back. The Chamber was silent. they l ay motionless on the floor. The Doctor and Sarah ran through the open door and skid ded to a halt. disintegrating before their eyes into a heap of sm oking ashes. Still locked together in conflict. bestial. the snarling. The two Mummies had batter ed each other into mutual destruction.
`He's forgo tten the Time Factor. `Now begins t he reign of Sutekh the Destroyer. `I have won my freedom.run!' Exultantly Sutekh looked round his cell for the last time.' he roared.' he shouted. he hasn't. My vengeance starts here!' . Sarah-.Suddenly the Doctor's face lit up. Horus. I shall crush this miserable planet Earth and hurl it into the outermost depths of space. `Not yet. Come on.
`Now. The Doctor was workin g feverishly as the TARDIS made the journey back to the Earth of nineteen eleven . `I can move again. The instant the centre column stopped moving the Doctor began to dismantl e part of the TARDIS's control console. Horus. He had already removed a side panel from the TARDIS console by the time they l anded. we shall see who rules the cosmos!' .12 The Weapon of the Time Lords The Doctor and Sarah covered the distance from the Chamber of the Eye back to th e TARDIS in a single mad dash. the Doctor was already inside.' he said exu ltantly. Sutekh rose f rom his throne and took a step forward. The Doctor's speed was such that Sarah could scarcely keep up with him. `The paralysis has left me. By the time she reached the TARDIS. With a shriek of `Wait for me!' Sarah leaped through the TARDIS doors just as they closed. wondering what was happening but not daring to ask. wires trailing behind him. It was clear from the D octor's manner that even a second's delay could be fatal. Doors opened and closed before them as though the Pyramid of Horus itself was co-operating with their flight. the dematerialisation noise filling the air. The control column was moving up and dow n. Stiffly. I can move!' He threw both arms wide in a gesture of triumph. He extracted a complex piece of equipmen t and ran out of the TARDIS at top speed. Sarah follo wed.
`Who dares to interfere with my vengeance?' The Doctor stepped boldl y forward. the Doctor knelt by the Casket. `Right on time!' He might have been talking about an Inter-City E xpress. A tiny speck had appeared in the depths of the endless tunnel. The Doctor spun more dials. You are caught in a Temporal trap. You forgot that Time is the weapon of the Time Lords. When the figure reached the mouth of the Casket it seemed to pause and hover.. As he made the last connection. I shall destroy you. and Sutekh moved forward. `Time Lord. `I do. The Doctor smiled. His mask was gone. then turned into the terrifying figure of Sutekh. seeming to notice Sarah for the first time. retreating down the tunnel.In the organ room.' Sutekh gave a scream of rage.. and the jackal head snarled savagely at them. Sutekh?' . At once Sutekh dwindled. It came c loser and closer. he looked up and smiled. I have used Time to defeat you. `Who is here?' demanded Sutek h hoarsely. I shall destroy you.' he said. here he co mes. as the Doctor spun one of the controls on his TARDIS equipment. his voice fading away. `Tw enty seconds to what?' wondered Sarah. Suddenly the Space/ Time tunnel effect be gan building up in the mouth of the Casket. trapped a t the mouth of the Casket.' he said calmly. He was attaching the trailing wires from the piece of TARDIS machinery to the Caske t's control panel. `Well. we've got about twenty seconds. hovering. `How long d o Osirians live.' His v oice faded and diminished. The Doctor looked dispassionately at him. His fingers moved in a blur of activity. Sutekh. working at frantic speed. `According to my estimate.
' Sarah could hardly believe it. The Doctor heaved a great sigh of relief. Go on for another ten thousand.. All over. After the Eye of Horus was destroyed. `He's dead? Sutekh is really dead?' `At last' The Doctor began uncl ipping the leads joining the section of the console to the Casket. or I shall destroy the cosmos. the time of th e Osirians is long past.. my dear Sarah . so Sutekh could never reach the end. Release me! Release me.. Release me. `Elementary. Sutekh. `Never! You' re trapped again. I realised we still had just .' The Doctor shouted. From far down the tunnel came the death scream of Sutekh. Faintly the voice called. trapped in the corridor of eternity. But what did you actually do with it?' `I moved the threshold of the Space/Ti me tunnel into the far future.' The Doctor shook his head.The Doctor adjusted more dials. Go on!' The Doctor gave the dial a final turn and stepp ed back. insect.' he screamed. the Doctor spun another dial. `You're a thousand years past th e twentieth century.' The voice of the dwindling figure floated back down the tunnel. S arah.' His face set and r emorseless. `That's it. Sarah perched on a chair and watched him. and once again the figure of Sutekh retreated sl owly down the endless Space/Time tunnel. `Release me. `Release me and I will spare the planet Earth. `Release me.' `But Sutekh was free! How were you able to--' The Doctor beamed. He lived about another seven thousand years. `No. Sutekh. Sutekh. I'll give it to you for a plaything. fading away i nto eternal nothingness. `I know that's the Time Control Unit from the TARDI S..
' They ran out of the Organ room. Don't want to get the blame for starting a fire.' she said fervently. you remember the Old Priory was burned to the ground?' The Doctor looked thoug htful. shutting off the roar of the flames.' The Casket had turned into a furnace. `N ow that was careless of me. The Doctor gave a contrite tut-tut. He stared for a moment d own the endless Space/Time tunnel. `Yes. lashing out sheets of flame. `So the Eye of Hor us as still holding Sutekh--for two minutes after it was broken?' Unclipping the last of his leads. The fire was spreading with amazing rapidity and they had to make a d esperate dash for the TARDIS through smoke and flames. the Doctor got wearily to his feet.over two minutes to get back here and deal with Sutekh--the time it takes radio waves to pass from Mars to Earth. as if still seeing the dwindling figure of Su tekh.' Suddenly Sarah understood. Before Sarah could reply. Inter estedly the Doctor moved over to investigate. `Doctor . I should have realised the thermal balance would equ alise. th e Doctor closed the door. you know. `Oh no. do we?' Sarah had a nightmare vision of trying to ex plain recent happenings at the Priory to some heavily-moustached village policem an of the year nineteen eleven. there was an explosion inside the Casket.' he said absently . along the corridors and back towards the Egyp tian room. Working quickly h e wired . Once they were inside. maybe it is time we were getting out of here. but Sarah pulled him back. `The Egyptians called him the Typhonian Beast. `we don't want that . Smoke and flames began belching out from its mouth.
`I very much doubt it. Outside the TARDIS. screaming with powerless rage as he died in the Doctor's temporal trap. the servant of Sutekh. Ibrahim Namin. back in nineteen eleven? Everything that happened at t he Old Priory?' The Doctor looked up from the console. and the fire eve n spread to the Lodge... The old s ervant. Time has a way of taking care of these things. Poor little Ernie Clements. He touc hed controls and the dematerialisation noise began. Safe inside the TARDIS. Sa rah. Sarah. just as the TARD IS disappeared. The bluff and hearty Doctor Warlock. There had been so many. Anyway. discarded when he was no longer needed. weary and exhausted. The woods around the house caught.' she asked. the Egyp tian room was an inferno. `Won't all this business get out? I mean. The D octor was quietly checking over the instrument console. Marcus Scarman.the Time Control Unit back into the centre console and closed the panel. showing little sign of h is recent ordeal. when we get back hom e. didn't it get out. She was still haunted by the death of Sutekh--an d all the other deaths that had gone before. the poacher. Laurence Scarman--she could remember him looking round the TARDIS w ith bright-eyed eagerness. `Doctor. you can look it up and see!' . Walls began to co llapse and the roof fell in. wanted only to return to familiar twentieth-century surroundings. And most tragic of all. She remembered Sutekh free only br iefly after his long captivity. Soon most of the Scarman estate was an inferno of flame. The blazing roof collapsed in flames. Sarah waited for it to return her to her own time. taken over an d burnt out by Sutekh's horrible alien power. The fire spread rapidly through the old house. Collins.
Sarah remembered the Doctor's words. who had just returned from a successful archaeological expedition to Egypt. the distinguished amateur scientist. Further victims include Josiah Collins. and was . and a family friend. the Lodge and m uch of the heavily wooded estate at great speed. The whole countryside was shocked and saddened today by the news of the tra gic fire at the Old Priory in which a number of wellknown local figures perished . the well-known Egyptologist. and persuaded them to let her see the files for nineteen eleven. a Mr Ibrahim Namin. who had been in the service of the Scarmans all his life. a local villager with a hist ory of poaching. He had not been home for some time. It is feared that this unfortunate man was trapped by the blaze while engaged in his nefarious pursuits. much later. Doctor Warlock who was visiting the Priory. She went to the offices of the loca l paper in the little country town near UNIT H.Epilogue Later. His brother Laurence. BR OTHERS DIE IN TRAGIC FIRE HOLOCAUST SWEEPS COUNTRY ESTATE Many others feared kil led. also died in the flames. the remains were discovered of Ernest Clements. Before long she found the item she wanted. Fire broke out suddenly during the night and swept the Priory. In the groun ds.Q. believed to have been a guest of Professor Scarma n. An element of mystery still surrounds the death of Professor Scarman himself. when she finally arrived safely back on Earth after many adve ntures. Among the victims of the blaze is believed to be Professor Marcus Scarman.
must have returned to his ancestral home on the very night of the fire. The sacrifice of all those lives had not been in vain.. . So that was what the Doctor had meant . but there is speculati on in the village that one of the many advanced scientific devices which Mr Laur ence Scarman had installed in the Lodge may somehow have been responsible. The pity was t hat no one would ever know. The terrible events surrounding the return of Sutekh had found a natural expla nation. Sarah closed the heavy old volume and went into the summer sunshine of her own. S arah looked through the window. Sar ah skimmed through the rest of the report. She shivered at the memory of the desolate world she had seen thro ugh the doors of the TARDIS--the world Sutekh would have made if he had not been defeated. However. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.. twentieth century. investigations in Cairo revea led that Professor Scarman had left some time ago. It is believed that the unfor tunate Professor. though as yet no trace of his remains have been discovered. out into the bustling high street of the little country town.thought to be on his way back from Cairo. unchanged. a deplorable but soon forgotten tragedy in an English country village. by an unlucky coincidence.
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