The new season of Doctor Who continues as a 5,000 year-old pyramid appears overnight and an alien army stands ready to invade Earth.
Last week’s episode of Doctor Who left us with a lot of questions. “Extremis” introduced us to extremely creepy new villains the Monks, but we have no idea what they want. (Besides world domination, but isn’t that what every bad guy wants in the end?) And since a major plot point of the episode involved it basically erasing itself after the bulk of the story turned out to be a digital simulation, we’re basically starting from scratch.
The official BBC synopsis sounds pretty dire, but does offer a clue about how the Monks manage to kick off their whole “take over the Earth” plan:
"An ‘ancient’ pyramid appears overnight. Every clock in the world begins counting down to the Earth’s destruction. Three opposing armies lie ready to annihilate each other. An alien race stands ready to offer humanity a deal that could save them, but also enslave them. It’s a terrifying race against time to save the world. Will the Doctor be forced to accept their help?"
The synopsis over at Doctor Who TV focuses more on the mysterious pyramid than the impending alien invasion.
"A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the centre of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday.The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…"
Neither of these descriptions mention that “The Pyramid at the End of the World” is the bridge in the middle of a three-part story. And neither of them explicitly mention the Monks. Even though they were the focus of last week’s installment and explicitly featured in the trailer for this week’s episode.
Watch the trailer for “The Pyramid at the End of the World” for yourself:
In other exciting news, you can clearly hear the Doctor confess his blindness to someone. That has to be Bill, right? I mean, Twelve can’t possibly expect to keep his secret just by wearing those sunglasses around forever. Even if they are in a desert this time. (Where at least his wearing them makes sense.)
Doctor Who Season 10 continues Saturday, May 27 on BBC One and BBC America.