Doctor Who: The Lie of the Land

While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:

Here be spoilers!

OK, you might recall that last time, Bill agreed to let the Monks take over in exchange for restoring the Doctor’s sight, and so saving his life. This was guaranteed to lead to trouble, and so it has. Six months have passed, and err, it seems the Monks have always been here, guiding and shaping humanity’s progress, and only killing awkward people who maintain the ridiculous idea that the version of history that everyone agrees on is a lie.

Bill knows the truth, though she’s struggling to suppress the false reality. And she really would like to know what the Doctor’s up to – he keeps appearing in TV broadcasts in which he reminds everyone how nice the Monks are, and how lucky we are to have had them all this time.

All of which is a bit worrying, really, so it’s a relief for Bill when Nardole turns up and tells her that he knows where the Doctor is and arranges to take her to him. But when they get to the ship where he’s being held, it looks like he really has gone over to the side of the Monks, which leads her to take very drastic action.

And lots of fun follows, with the Vault being opened, Missy offering helpful[1] advice, Bill’s imagination proving very useful, fun with another large pyramid which has presumably always been occupying a prime London location, and much more.

All good fun, with some topical observations

Fake News Central

and Missy showing some interesting developments for Missy…

After these three interlinked episodes (not a three-parter, a trilogy, apparently), it’s back to something a little more singular next time, featuring Ice Warriors. Fun. ðŸ˜„