The Pyramid at the End of the World was an episode that could have gone either way, considering the circumstances under which it was written - with Peter Harness basically only doing the first draft and Steven Moffat having to complete it while sat beside his mother’s hospital bed before she sadly passed away.
I was fully prepared for an episode that could have very understandably been a bit of a mess…
But what we got was absolutely fantastic! Flawed in parts, but still fantastic.
It was like a mix of Doctor Who, Captain Scarlet, and Arrival. From its opening callout of Donald Trump during Bill and Penny’s hilarious date, through the mystery of how the two major plot threads with the Monks and the lab would converge, to the ultimate resolution and set-up for The Lie of the Land… I was on the edge of my seat all the way through it. Nothing seemed certain, and the Monks’ plan to take over the Earth was a really unconventional take on the typical alien invasion plot.
Y’know, when we got The Zygon Invasion in Series 9, which was the first of a two-parter, I felt that it was a story that really relied on its resolution in The Zygon Inversion to consolidate its quality.
I really don’t feel that with Series 10′s ‘Monk trilogy’.
Extremis and Pyramid obviously set up the next episode in its overarching story, but what makes this three-parter stand out is that they stand absolutely beautifully on their own as contained stories with their own unique drama.