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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).



  • The Outcast

    June 4th, 2017 - 2:14pm

    *Roasted* not roasted.

  • The Outcast

    June 4th, 2017 - 2:13pm

    Yeah, his face melting off was awesome. BBC would get roosted for doing the same thing today sadly. 🙁

  • Pats86

    June 4th, 2017 - 1:33pm

    Off course it’s Moffat’s fault! He’s the showrunner.

  • Pats86

    June 4th, 2017 - 1:31pm

    It doesn’t matter how long it took to write, all valid points and I for one fully agree.

  • The Outcast

    June 4th, 2017 - 1:03pm

    Bit of a let down and quite forgettable, yeah. Still, there’s still time for a cracker.

  • The Outcast

    June 4th, 2017 - 1:01pm

    Calling it! The Series will end with Bill or the Doctor or someone beginning to swear, only to be cut off by the closing titles. 😛

  • The Outcast

    June 4th, 2017 - 12:55pm

    I think it was fake regeneration energy.

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    June 4th, 2017 - 12:28pm

    Yeah, Bill shooting the Doctor did seem out of character. Doesn’t bug me massively though. But, excluding the fake regeneration scene, when was he callous against Bill? I actually quite like this side of Missy and her character development here, though just like Davros in The Witch’s Familiar, I think she’s faking it. As for the vault, I suspect that story arc is unfinished.

    I’m more concerned with the weak resolution to the episode and the missed potential which the episode had so much of and, my my opinion, did not fulfil.

    Overall, a slightly disappointing finale to the Monk trilogy.

  • Tim M

    June 4th, 2017 - 12:14pm

    Also, what was the point of the vault. As most of us presumed it would be Missy anyway…it was too obvious. So not only did this 3 parter of sorts NOT have a satisfactory pay off at the end…neither did the ‘what is in the vault’ story arc. These are of course only my opinions, but I’m sure many share them.

  • Tim M

    June 4th, 2017 - 12:10pm

    I didn’t like the way the Doctor seemed so callous against Bill. That was unlike the Doctor and out of character. Bill actually shooting the Doctor was out of character. I think she just would have felt broken and defeated. Missy getting all emotional was out of character. The Master/Missy is a cold hearted villain. All the main characters, although acted well, were not written well.

  • Spamella

    June 4th, 2017 - 12:01pm

    I thought that this espiode was excellent and the doctor was on top form, it was good to see Missy inside the vault for she looked like that she shows much remorse over the deaths of people that she has killed over the years

  • Jordan Scott

    June 4th, 2017 - 11:47am

    Enjoyed while I was watching it, but looking back the three parter was a bit flat overall. I just hope that the finale is outstanding, and if it’s any less than that I’ll be disappointed.

  • Mr. J

    June 4th, 2017 - 11:46am

    This is gettin a lot bad reviews, but I absolutely loved it!! It’s one of my favourite Series 10 eps definitely!! I loved the whole oppressed feeling and the music, I literally had chills! If this was the series finale, it would be the most I’ve enjoyed a finale in years!! Brilliant piece of Doctor Who, all this is my OPINION of course!

  • D0CT0R WH0

    June 4th, 2017 - 11:38am

    It’s great. Watch it!

  • D0CT0R WH0

    June 4th, 2017 - 11:36am

    How long did that take to write!?

  • Stop that TARDIS

    June 4th, 2017 - 11:06am

    I completely agree! He has an effect, every episode he’s helped has been ruint for me

  • Techruyc

    June 4th, 2017 - 11:04am

    Yea, quite flat after all the build up. I don’t understand why this took 3 episodes. I hope this is season 10’s lowest point and it continues to be as good as the earlier episodes of the season. Ew and the false regeneration, which really turned out to be nothing more than ‘click bait’ for the season 10 trailer.


    June 4th, 2017 - 11:04am

    This was such a copy of Orwell’s 1984! I still enjoyed it though
    But they put themselves in a corner, as surely the monks would’ve seen this coming…

    I still don’t know why they wanted to enslave anyone either, did they say?

  • doctor no more

    June 4th, 2017 - 10:58am

    part 3 like parts 1&2 very boring,only bit i enjoyed and felt part of Dr who was when the Dr and bill were talking to Missy and the galifrey theme was playing apart from that theres slight hope next week as it looks OK-possibly!

  • Random Critic

    June 4th, 2017 - 10:49am

    In previous episodes, they’ve shown how technologically-advanced the monks are, and what they are capable of, even going as far as
    somehow restoring the Doctor’s sight. We now have this episode that rests entirely on holes in the monk brain-washing. This is something
    the monks would have perfected yonks ago, given its importance in ruling over populations. But here, time and time again, simple plot
    convenience controls when and where this brain washing gets applied.

    At least the episode was good for a few laughs, mostly in disbelief.
    The family getting raided at the beginning was hilarious. The super-advanced monks using a militarized “Memory Police” force to kick down doors and seize people, with no evidence, in broad daylight. Lol! To maintain the pretense, would they not have a more covert way of doing things? The super-advanced monks then puts such people into labor camps for 10 years, instead of just using deeper brainwashing. Are these monks even trying? To top it off, it appears that no-one has collected the bins for at least a couple of weeks. Terrible.

    What was the point of that monk visiting the ship holding the Doctor? It served absolutely no purpose at all other than to tell us the
    super-advanced monks are now very stupid. Mr monk walks on, looks at Bill and Nardole, who are strangely not on any watch-list, and then
    walks off. Totally pointless.

    They really were flogging the bones of a long dead horse with this monk thing, and I still don’t know what the monks actually want.
    It was rather pathetic to see them just run away with the slightest bit of resistance. On all the other worlds they supposedly rule over,
    for some reason, do they seriously have no experience of dealing with resistance? What about all those simulations they ran using all
    that advanced technology? Nope. The ep is almost over, so we’ll have them just run away. OK then!

    I suspect that this episode was really part of a cunning plan to sell monk merchandise. In the coming months, I’m sure we’ll start to
    see framed monk portraits pop up in the oddest of places. Although there are likely very few locations in which those particular portraits
    won’t look odd.

  • Doctor Stu

    June 4th, 2017 - 10:11am

    Did the monks even have any dialogue. I hate Steve on Moffatt for doing yet another fake regeneration scene. If regeneration energy is so sparse and so important why is he able to control and waste half of it by pretending he’s gong to die. They were only able to defeat the monks because Missy had had a previous encounter with them before that was unseen and conveniently had all the information they needed, that was a flop, that’s the only reason Missy is here. They relied too much on the statues to give us an idea of the oppression the Monks were causing rather than actually showing us the monks in action. I’d have much rather the Doctor dragged simulation bill over and used her to fix the problem then whatever the hell happened yesterday. I probably need to rewatch to make sense of it all.

  • The Surgeon

    June 4th, 2017 - 9:07am

    I don’t think this was Moffat’s fault at all. He only played a part in the first two parts and they were excellent. I think the Moffat-influenced parts of this were the best bits.

  • Doctor Stu

    June 4th, 2017 - 1:07am

    It wasn’t really worth blowing up another Dalek or cyberman for just a couple of seconds of footage though

  • 100,000BC

    June 4th, 2017 - 12:17am

    Not sure that I was too keen on the whole regeneration scene, it felt a bit wasted and we could have seen more of the monks’ oppression and dominance over humanity instead?
    The rest was brilliant though. Lovely ending.

  • pats86

    June 3rd, 2017 - 11:53pm

    Don’t bother watching it, it’s not worth it.

  • pats86

    June 3rd, 2017 - 11:51pm

    2.5? That’s very generous of you, I agree with wanting Moffat’s reign is over

  • pats86

    June 3rd, 2017 - 11:47pm

    Oh dear oh dear, how much more can Moffat drag this once great show down? He might not have wrote the whole episode but his influence is certainly there! Very poor, not as poor as Hell Bent but not far off.
    Moffat has been around 5 seasons too long and I am desperate for him to go.
    This episode was dreadful, I am scared of what the rest of the season and the Christmas special has in store for us!
    I feel so sorry for Capaldi, a brilliant Doctor but with dire scripts from a dire showrunner.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    June 3rd, 2017 - 11:20pm

    I can’t decide if I liked this one or not. Though it felt good at the time, on reflection, I dunno, felt a little underwhelming. Three part stories are hard to pull off. I really enjoyed Extremis and the Pyramid at the End of the World, while fillerish, was on the whole good but not sure what went wrong here.

  • Anonymous

    June 3rd, 2017 - 10:55pm

    Oh dear, what happened here? The episode felt like 10 minutes had gone by & not in a good way!

  • r1ch1e

    June 3rd, 2017 - 10:40pm

    Sorry I mean she is playing him up! The Master has never regretted anything. I think it’s just a ploy to escape the Vault. Even if she thinks she can escape so easily. I just think there is much more to her story this series than meets the eye!

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