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What did You Think of The Lie Of The Land?

Now that the Eighth episode of series 10 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected.

The world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth.

When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’s up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can’t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend…

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Peter Capaldi returns as Doctor Who for twelve thrilling adventures. He is joined by new companion, Bill (played by Pearl Mackie), along with returning loveable alien, Nardole (played by Matt Lucas).



  • Harold Saxon

    June 6th, 2017 - 7:53pm

    I wonder how the Master will appear at a guess episode 10 or 11?

    • Doctor Stu

      June 6th, 2017 - 8:45pm

      I really hope he’s not underused and he’s used well I’m so nervous about what moffatts going to do with him or turn him into to

    • Harold Saxon

      June 7th, 2017 - 1:17pm

      Write ups suggest simm will be on it quite a bit my guess is 11/12 and maybe even part of episode 10, he was filming in Cardiff for several weeks I read .

    • prototype dalek

      June 10th, 2017 - 6:31pm

      Most likely 11 and 12, I suppose it can lead in from 10

  • Harold Saxon

    June 6th, 2017 - 7:51pm

    It was a good episode enjoyed how it was wrapped up, I’m not convinced of the sincerity of missy’s remorse over her killing people she will be up to no good soon ! But where is the master?

  • Dan23

    June 6th, 2017 - 3:11pm

    How was the doctor able to fake regeneration?

    • Doctor Stu

      June 6th, 2017 - 5:07pm

      Because Steven Moffat cares not about already established lore and time lord abilities

    • prototype dalek

      June 10th, 2017 - 6:33pm

      Things might get back to normal after he has gone

  • Dan23

    June 6th, 2017 - 3:09pm

    Why does he say last of the Time Lords.
    (End of series 9 Gallifrey did return. And the doctor did leave again) I’m not sure Missy knows about that. Maybe the doctor doesn’t want her to know.

  • Exterminator

    June 5th, 2017 - 10:37am

    I voted this episode as much better than I expected. I loved the Missy bit, she’s just mental, the fact that the dr makes her stand inside a containment field shows he still doesn’t trust her. Those were fake tears for her victims, I think she’s waiting for the right time to make her move. I can’t wait.

    The monks were good villains but I would’ve liked to see them put up more of a fight, they just took off in their pyramid (reminded me of Stargate) when I think they should’ve destroyed a few cities before going. Maybe all of the monk statues could’ve self destructed as a sort of monks revenge.

    The doctors fake regeneration was a bit of a letdown. If he can use the energy whenever he wants (he gave Davros some of it) why then didn’t he use some of it to repair his blindness?

    I loved Peter Capaldi’s opening monologue and him laughing madly as the prison ship was about to crash into the harbour. He would make a fantastic baddie, the doctor should go crazy every now and then. Maybe they should do an alternate universe story with an evil doctor and Missy could be the good time lord?

    Bill narrating to her mum throughout this episode was a little annoying after a while. I don’t think it worked. But I do still really like Bill. Pearl is fantastic, a real breath of fresh air and just what the show needed.

    Can’t wait till next week.

  • Weeping Angel

    June 5th, 2017 - 8:52am

    So far, in this series I have only disliked a few episodes. These are my opinions.

    The Pilot: 6/10 I thought it was OK but I felt it needed to get to the story a bit quicker and gradually give Bill more character development, instead of just in one go.

    Smile: 9/10 Absolutely loved this episode. Probably my second favourite after Blink.

    Thin Ice: 2/10 I’m sorry, but I hated this episode, in my opinion weakest of the series by far. It was basically a rehash of The Beast Below with a few changes. I relay didn’t like that long tedious scene with Bill asking the Doctor if he ever killed anyone.

    Knock Knock: 7/10 I thought this episode was OK although K would have liked it if Eliza was actually evil and she was controlling the woodlice because otherwise it just reminds me of Hide, where the monsters were good.

    Oxygen: 6.5/10 I thought the story was good, but what spoilt it for me was the whole Doctor being blind as I felt that that was just used for the next episodes and that Oxygen was just an extra beginning part of Extremis and not a story by itself.

    Extremis 6.5/10 Well, first time I watched it I didn’t get it but I watched it again and I kind of got it. I didn’t like the cut back to Missy all the time because I didn’t see how it was relevant to the actual story. Also when the Missy scenes were on I kept wishing that it went back to the Doctor and Bill because I wanted to find out what was happening with them. Finally I found the last bit with The Doctor when hes like ‘IM EMAILED!’ with all the dramatic music really cringy!

    The Pyramid At The End Of The World: 8/10 I really enjoyed this episode, it was really gripping and enjoyable. I still don’t understand why they cut out a price of dialogue because of the Manchester bombing because 1. It has nothing to do with Doctor Who which is a sci-fi programme and 2. That’s letting the terrorists win. Anyway I’m glad that the missing dialogue didn’t ruin the story like it did in Robots Of Sherwood.

    The Lie Of The Land: 7.5/10 I had to rematch it again to understand it fully but it was a good story. I’m not a fan of the fake regeneration though, because of all of those fans who were SCREAMING IN SHOCK in the trailer when they showed that part being let down. It was quite funny seeing Bills reaction though. I’m sad that we didn’t see much or the orange/yellow monks as I really liked that costume for them.

    Thank you for reading this, and this is just my opinion. 🙂

    • Weeping Angel

      June 5th, 2017 - 8:53am

      *’I’VE EMAILED!’

    • Weeping Angel

      June 5th, 2017 - 8:55am

      * piece of dialogue (stupid auto-correct!)

    • Weeping Angel

      June 5th, 2017 - 8:56am

      * I would have like it if Eliza was evil.

    • Weeping Angel

      June 5th, 2017 - 8:57am

      *was really cringy

  • Sandra

    June 5th, 2017 - 1:48am

    Too reminiscent of the Clara and her mother story! A waste of 3 episodes!

  • Mithrandir

    June 5th, 2017 - 1:04am

    Poor directing and dare I say an almost lazy script! Not the culmination you would expect after the brilliant buildups the two previous episodes were. I liked the fake regeneration scene… and when that soldier says “couldn’t resist it” I think that’s the writers (Whithouse wrote this episode but I have this feeling that this idea came from Moffat… you know Moffat!) saying it to the fans. The music in that scene was also brilliant.

  • The Living Shadow

    June 4th, 2017 - 8:37pm

    I detestested the ‘regeneration’ scene. Possibly one of my least favourite moments in Doctor Who. I just hate being tricked! It’s like the writers are telling a joke and I’m not in on it. It’s that feeling for me. A good episode can flip my expectations without having to trick me.

    I can overlook this moment, as apart from that I thought the episode was pretty good.

    • Doctor Stu

      June 5th, 2017 - 11:41am

      They’re twisting and warping the science of the show and the previous rules that we’ve been told and have been established just to make cheap jokes with the audience. I’m so glad he’s leaving

  • Alex Who?

    June 4th, 2017 - 7:16pm

    Lame conclusion to the Monks trilogy. VERITAS was a strong start and to have it end like that is really disappointing.
    The only bright spot in LOTL is its portrait of the Monks’ 1984 world.

    • The Living Shadow

      June 4th, 2017 - 8:43pm

      I agree. I would’ve loved to have seen more of the Monk’s world, rather than being tricked by ‘evil’ Doctor and his ‘regeneration’

  • 47

    June 4th, 2017 - 4:29pm

    Whilst the narration was a link to the ending of the story, I did find it quite irritating and a poor substitute for drama.

    Irritating = Nardole. Badly acted and not one bit funny. Terrible. The character is there for nothing more than getting the Doctor to A-to-B, whether it be in concious, action, or anything else the writers want gap bridging. And it is a shame, as Capaldi is excellent and Pearl Mackie is doing a good job, and having Nardole/Lucas littering the show gets in the way of developing the Doctor/Bill on screen dynamic & development.

    I enjoyed last weeks show, and thought it was an excellent bridge to a finale, which was a rather limp affair in the end. No real drama, no real threat, the Monks did nothing and with the reset button pressed at the end, it makes me wonder what the point of this trilogy was.

    An episode that was not too good.

    • Gordon Tolland

      June 4th, 2017 - 4:43pm

      I would certainly agree with all 47 above has said


      June 4th, 2017 - 7:20pm

      I enjoyed it
      but agree with you totally 47

      and Nardole! I don’t get why people like him! If he wasn’t there, the show would be no different

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