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The Pyramid at the End of the World

How can a 5,000-year-old pyramid just appear overnight? Could it be aliens? Monks? Whatever the explanation, it seems to spell the end of everything…

Humanity has not been this close to oblivion since the darkest early days of the Cold War, a team of scientists concluded yesterday. The scholars who control the Doomsday Clock, a 70-year-old device warning of impending apocalypse, nudged it forward 30 seconds. The hands now stand at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight.

The Times, 27 January 2017

Anyone who remembers 2015’s The Zygon Inversion will know that Peter Harness and showrunner Steven Moffat are one of twenty-first-century Doctor Who’s most formidable scriptwriting partnerships. So be excited – very excited, and a little bit frightened – for The Pyramid at the End of the World, the pair’s most exhilarating collaboration yet. And it all began with some Kung Fu fighting. (Just without the Kung Fu. Or the fighting.)

“Peter wanted to do a story about monks,” explains Steven. “We kept calling them Kung Fu Monks – not in the dialogue, just in the directions – but we ended up removing the words ‘Kung Fu’ when Toby [Whithouse, writer of Episode 8, The Lie of the Land], at the very last minute, pointed out that they did absolutely no Kung Fu at any point – which was a bit of a relief,” he laughs. “We’d managed not to notice, for several months!”

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Contents include: • Previews of the new episodes Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis and The Pyramid at the End of the World • Knock Knock guest star David Suchet is interviewed • An in-depth interview with Doctor Who the director of the first two episodes of the new series, The Pilot and Smile: Lawrence Gough • Doctor Who writers Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Smile) and Sarah Dollard (Thin Ice) reveal the stories behind their scripts • Bill Potts makes her comic strip début in the first part of the new comic strip adventure The Soul Garden, by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty. • It's the end of the world as we know it as The Fact of Fiction delves into the 1966 story The Ark. • DWM reviews of the first three episodes of the new series: The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice. • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!