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Doctor Who 10.8 The Lie of the land

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[{"spoiler":"Medium"},{"text":""The Lie of the Land" does a great job in creating the atmosphere of an Orwellian dictatorship, where your very thoughts can get you sent to an internment camp. The whole world appears to be under their control, even the Doctor! Can Bill reveal the truth? "},{"image":[{"src":"tru852297truth.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The rule of the Monks is based on lies and deception, with glimpses of them on the moon, and defeating Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels.#NL##NL##NL#The symbolism of "fake news" keeping a dictatorship in power was fairly blatant, and the use of truth to overthrow them."},{"image":[{"src":"mil812916military.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#After being invited by Bill, the Monks have taken over the Earth - and almost everyone believes that they have always been here, working alongside humanity.  #NL##NL##NL#There are a handful of people (like Bill) who can still remember that the aliens only arrived a few months ago. They are being rounded up for "memory crimes" and taken to brutal prison camps. "},{"image":[{"src":"pri30075prison-s.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The Doctor does not appear to be at all effective in this episode. He spends six months stuck in a white room on a prison ship, while making videos that actually support the Monks. #NL##NL#He does nothing until Bill turns up, and even then the only thing that he can think of is to ask for help - which have could have done without waiting for Bill."},{"image":[{"src":"reg765450regen.png"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The much-discussed regeneration was visually impressive, but scene appeared to have been featured just so that it could be included in the series trailers; even the Doctor admitted that it was "a bit much".#NL##NL#Supposedly the Doctor was testing Bill's loyalty by getting her to shoot him with fake bullets, which seems rather self-defeating! #NL##NL#It was previously established that Bill has never heard of regeneration, so putting on the display for her benefit was pointless. "},{"image":[{"src":"mon47675monk-in-.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The highlight of the episode was finally seeing the Doctor enter the Vault to meet Missy, and her seemingly genuine desire to rehabilitate herself. #NL##NL#She had encountered the Monks before, who apparently travel from planet to planet enslaving the populace for a time before moving on. #NL##NL#The episode was worth watching just for the interaction between the two Time Lords. "},{"image":[{"src":"cre366952creature.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The story had other highlights, and the scenes with Bill's mum were touching, especially how it linked back to Episode 1. #NL##NL#Bill's willingness to sacrifice herself was moving, but far too rushed to have any emotional impact. "},{"image":[{"src":"mis892677missy-an.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#Personally I found the climax of the story to be disappointing, especially as it had the potential to be a three part epic.#NL##NL#Everything was resolved in a few minutes, with humanity "waking up". It would also be easy to draw comparisons with the superior three-part Tenth Doctor "Utopia" story, which had a similar resolution of a year-that-never-was."},{"text":"#NL#Overall this was a disappointing episode, but it did have some strengths. There was a nice nod to Magpie Electricals for long-time fans, and Nardole was excellent as ever. #NL##NL#The highlight for me was Missy, and her emotional journey - setting up the potential for a really explosive encounter between her and John Simm as the Master at the end of the Season. #NL##NL#How did you rate this episode? #NL#Let me know in the comments. "}]

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