"The gods' ways are not mine to question. I'm only a soldier."
"Whoever lived here didn't have much faith in their prayers."
"Sometimes the TARDIS moves things about. Still, a little redecorating never hurt anybody."/"redecorating? You've got a lake in there!"/"yes, I know. I much preferred it where it was."
Sassy Fifth Doctor, after correctly identifying the year as 1400 BC and Peri doubting he could tell that from the air: "True, but the hieroglyphics on the wall of the house behind the TARDIS are a bit of a giveaway."
The opening chariot race is a corker of a sequence, and a thrilling listen with Darlington's score accompanying it perfectly. Great to see the Doctor and Peri get stuck in so immediately, and what a way to induct the newbie!
Peri enjoying smashing the pots over the charioteer's head :D
"I must be getting old. I thought I knew the names of all Egypt's pharaohs...I can name every pharaoh Egypt ever had and I'm certain there was never a Pharaoh Erimem!"
Five can be beautifully, subversively sarcastic sometimes: "I was under the impression that Divine Pharaoh is always right."
The Doctor "handled the chariot like a true warrior". Nice to know he's got a few practical skills up his sleeve!
"Good luck like this makes me suspicious."
The Doctor has great impatience over Peri's delay getting changed: "it's considered bad form to keep the ruler of the known world waiting in her own palace!"
Peri seems quite willing to accept slaves waiting on her!
Erimem’s full titles: "The Great and Mighty Queen, Daughter of the Stars, Pharaoh in the Eyes of the Gods and soon to be crowned, Erimemushinteperem, Divine Eternal, the Living God."
The scarab beetle... Someone's been watching The Mummy.
Five's unfazedness regarding the topless dancers, but he retains his somewhat British reserve when describing prostitutes: "They're a different kind of entertainment *cough*..." That said, he does get uncharacteristically carried away showing off to Erimem about his travels in space and time late into the night.
Great - and rather unexpected - episode 1 cliffhanger. Similarly, the cliff-hanger to part 3 is very nicely constructed, coming as it does as a complete surprise. The revelation later on that Peri is the host of the creature is itself another big twist.
"Even the flies feel the unrest."
"I'm allergic to decapitation; it's bad for the circulation." Nice one, Peri.
Erimem's wife/slave/concubine faux pas regarding Peri and the Doctor is a great little moment.
"I think a god would not have needed the Doctor to save her life twice in one day, and a god would not feel as afraid as I do now." Erimem has a wonderful humility and vulnerability about her.
The scorpion attack in part 2 is pretty well done given the limitations of the medium.
"That would be sacrilege!"/"better than the last rites!"
"The royal court is a viper's nest." Great line. Reminds one of Wolf Hall.
The Doctor: "by now, you've probably worked out that I'm a pretty unusual fellow, Fayum."
"Give me the word and my men will cut the cabal of weasels into feed for the palace dogs!"
"Wouldn't it be wiser to fetch help?"/"Undoubtedly."
"You move like a spirit, Doctor."
"Did I give you leave to speak? Did I give you leave to bleed?"
"You know a great deal more than you should."/"So I've been told."
"The Nile will run scarlet as Thebes drowns in torrents of its own blood..."
Five: "I've tried death a few times, can't say I care for it too much."
"I'm someone seeking the truth! Who are you?" - a great, vehement Fifth Doctor moment.
"You lie!"/"I'll leave that to the experts."
The Doctor using the TARDIS to eclipse the sun for a brief time is so bonkers it's the kind of thing I'd normally expect to find in a new series finale.
"The beetles will eat you alive for this."
"You have fought off fatal poison and turned the sky black...yet I do not believe you are a god any more than I am. For I don't believe in any of our gods...I believe in real things. I have heard of men who study the stars and claim we travel round the sun, not it round us. One of these men even claims the earth is round like the ball. There are other men who study plants or animals or fivers and make extraordinary devices with wood or metals. You are like them, but not exactly the same... I can't explain it."
"I'm just a traveller."/"then tell me of your travels!"
"Even if I knew exactly what happens today, I couldn't change it." This is an excellent scene between Davison and Caroline Morris, as the Doctor's godlike knowledge of the future is challenged. The obvious Big Finish reference is The Fires of Vulcan.
The Sphinx built by refugees from Atlantis? How random!
"This is a dishonourable enemy... One that hides out of sight within others."
"This door hasn't been opened in over 8000 years. It's not the sort of thing you want to rush."
"We must have his mind!"/"actually I'm using it at the moment."
"You want to learn, you say? Oh, I suppose there are a few university chancellors around the galaxy who owe me favours."
"I'll have you know that the TARDIS and I are in perfect harmony."
The gag that the Sphinx's face is that of Elvis for several thousand years, until being destroyed by Napoleon's forces in the 1790s, is astoundingly cheeky. Like the revelation a couple of stories ago that man ultimately evolved out of Silurian experiments, I'm a big fan of these outrageous plot points. Big, bold and bonkers.