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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


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Episode cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Pearl Mackie ... Bill
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Emma Handy ... Mother
Beatrice Curnew ... Group Commander
Stewart Wright ... Alan
Solomon Israel Solomon Israel ... Richard
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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3 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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The Ministry of Truth van and the aliens' pyramid in the middle of London are references to Orwell's 1984, where the ministries were huge, pyramid-shaped buildings. See more »


The Doctor: Humanity's doomed to never learn from its mistakes.
Bill: Well... I guess that's part of our charm.
The Doctor: No. It's really quite annoying.
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References Celebrity Love Island (2005) See more »


Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Michelle Gomez
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An Anti-Climax
5 June 2017 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Hey the Earth is under an alien jackboot and the Doctor is absolutely powerless to overthrow the oppressors! Haven't I seen this before ? Yes I have ten years ago in a three episode story that climaxed in The Last Of The Time Lords which didn't set the world alight

The Monks trilogy is similarly weak in that it doesn't really feel like a cohesive three part story . Worst of all is the final episode that sets the scene but you're left with feeling of time having passed. For example the Monks have ruled over humanity for several months but you feel the story has jumped in to another adventure in the space of the week . I know it's very difficult to portray a convincing time-frame in a weekly episodic drama but even so you'd think the production would have tried better

In my comments of the previous episode I said I was reminded of The Claws Of Axos and the homage continues in that the Doctor might have joined the other side. Again this doesn't really work because we know the Doctor so well and he'd rather die than compromise. The main subtext revolves around fake news and media propaganda but it's done in such an obvious manner it doesn't qualify as latent in anyway . On top of that everything is resolved far too easily in a NuWho manner we have seen too often which means that despite the season getting off to a fairly impressive start the last three weeks has been something of a waste

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