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The Lie of the Land 

Earth is invaded and Bill is living alone in occupied Britain. The Doctor appears to be on the side of the enemy, flooding the airwaves with fake news. Bill and Nardole embark on a deadly ... See full summary »


Wayne Yip


Toby Whithouse, Chris Chibnall (showrunner)




Episode cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Pearl Mackie ... Bill
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Emma Handy Emma Handy ... Mother
Beatrice Curnew Beatrice Curnew ... Group Commander
Stewart Wright ... Alan
Solomon Israel Solomon Israel ... Richard
Jamie Hill Jamie Hill ... Monk
Rosie Jane ... Bill's Mum


Earth is invaded and Bill is living alone in occupied Britain. The Doctor appears to be on the side of the enemy, flooding the airwaves with fake news. Bill and Nardole embark on a deadly mission to rescue the Doctor and lead the resistance against the new regime, whatever the cost. Written by BBC UK

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The Doctor: Human society is... stagnating. You've stopped moving forward. In fact, you're regressing.
Bill: Well, this isn't exactly much better.
The Doctor: It's safer.
Bill: Not so much for the people the Monks are killing.
The Doctor: The Romans killed people and saved billions more from disease, war, famine, and barbarism.
Bill: No, wait. What about free will? You believe in free will. Your whole thing is... You made me write a 3000-word essay on free will!
The Doctor: Yes, well, you had free will, and look at what you did with it. Worse than that, you had ...
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Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Michelle Gomez
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The Lie of the Land
3 June 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This loosely structured three parter certainly came across as uneven as story strands were discarded from the previous episodes. What did the Monks learn from that Earth simulation they have been conducting for centuries?

As Bill did a deal with the Monks we learn that Earth's history has been rewritten with the Monks always having been there as a benevolent presence since the start of humanity guiding them each step of the way. (It seems the Silence have been forgotten.) Indeed the Doctor pops up on television screens telling us so. Each town has many statues of the Monks that have been erected.

The Memory Crimes Act 1975 punishes those who dispute this version of history. Yet this is all fake news, riffing George Orwell's novel 1984, the Monks have only been control for six months and in that time turned humanity into obedient slaves through mind control.

Bill however needs to find the Doctor and with Nardol's help she finds him off the coast of Scotland. Once they escape, the Doctor turns to Missy for help and she has dealt with the Monks in the past. The solution it seems may lie with Bill and he own set of fake memories.

A political subtext from writer Toby Whithouse with elements borrowed from Series 3 'The last of the Timelords' we even get music cues from that episode.

The episode was lavishly shot but lacked coherence because of the different writers being involved in the three story arc. We got to know so little about the Monks and whatever their motivation was to invade the planet in this way.

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