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"The Pyramid at the End of the World" manages to fill the middle gap of a three-episode arc with thoughtful monologues and needed cliffhanger.
This week's episode is the second part of a three-episode arc and felt like a bit of a filler episode, although it had its fun bits.
We're just past the midpoint of the season, which makes this a very interesting time for the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole (sniffle) to go through this sort of arc -- something we usually tend to see come season finale time.
The stakes on Doctor Who are at an excruciating high, with the Monks seemingly unstoppable. It's as if demons from the mind of Clive Barker were suddenly in charge of Earth. Next week's episode should be pure madness.
Beyond the fact that there should have been an easier solve ... there is no way the Monks and Bill should have been able to come to this agreement at all.
Showing just how conniving the monks are, this episode is a reminder of how much power humans have.
The politics present within the overall narrative, which deals with ruling over people, are increasingly relevant to the world in which we're actually living.
"The Pyramid at the End of the World"'s escalation in its last fifteen minutes more than made up for the fact that two thirds of its run time was a bit ponderous getting there.
Even if you jumped right over episode 6, you can come right into this week's story and get all the build up to the cliffhanger that you need.
[It] is an engaging middle chapter, confidently told, that glides over its sillier aspects in the pursuit of portents of doom. It chimes with me.
The Doctor regaining his sight comes at a price; one that brings the hour to a close on a cliffhanger that surprisingly feels like a welcome change for the season.
It's another enjoyable outing for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat's final season, and one that looks to have set up a pretty cool premise for next week's finale.
There were a number of great lines; the Doctor seems to have picked up an affinity for monologuing at the start of episodes.