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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).



  • 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 - 8:57am

    *was really cringy

  • Weeping Angel

    June 5th, 2017 - 8:56am

    * I would have like it if Eliza was evil.

  • Weeping Angel

    June 5th, 2017 - 8:55am

    * piece of dialogue (stupid auto-correct!)

  • Weeping Angel

    June 5th, 2017 - 8:53am

    *’I’VE EMAILED!’

  • 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. 🙂

  • Pats86

    June 5th, 2017 - 6:56am

    Good point The Outcast, that is something we can look forward to.

  • The Outcast

    June 5th, 2017 - 6:06am

    Atleast Big Finish will give 12 good scripts when they get hold of Peter.

  • The Outcast

    June 5th, 2017 - 6:05am

    A plot device hidden beneath his clothes?

  • The Outcast

    June 5th, 2017 - 6:04am

    I think I agree with this as well.

  • The Outcast

    June 5th, 2017 - 6:02am

    The remorse stuff is probably an act.

  • The Outcast

    June 5th, 2017 - 5:59am

    The Hartnell era is not tripe. Without the Hartnell era, there would not be a show today. I personally have found this era to be my less favourite, with my least favourite companion (Clara I’m-A-Plot-Device Oswald) and my least favourite story arcs (Hell Bent, Name of the Doctor). While I’m happy with this Series so far, I can’t wait for Chibbers to take over.

  • Sandra

    June 5th, 2017 - 1:56am


  • 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 - 8:43pm

    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’

  • 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.

  • Whorules

    June 4th, 2017 - 8:19pm

    Tim m, that was my point, it didn’t matter that it was obvious, whoever was in the vault fans would complain either way. Yes it was obvious, but it rather begs the question of what is moffat keeping secret?

  • Tim M

    June 4th, 2017 - 7:56pm

    But ‘Whorules’, Missy WAS the most obvious person to be in the Vault by some considerable margin. Had it been anyone else, John Simm’s Master, Rassilon, the Valeyard…even the Doctor himself! Any one of those would have been a brilliant reveal and truly unexpected. But the Doctor might as well have said Missy was in the Vault in ‘ The Pilot’.

  • Tim M

    June 4th, 2017 - 7:50pm

    Next week looks like normal service resumed. A great series back on form. I will try and forget the last three episodes, which were a miss step in my view. Started well, but didn’t live up to expectations. But that’s typical Moffat as show runner. He had more successful stories during the RTD era than as show runner.


    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

  • 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.

  • pats86

    June 4th, 2017 - 6:49pm

    It’s really not, don’t bother.

  • DannyTheNerd

    June 4th, 2017 - 6:19pm

    Moffats era is great. As are all the eras ive seen in Doctor Who. Except the Hartnell era. Thats tripe

  • Gordon Tolland

    June 4th, 2017 - 4:43pm

    I would certainly agree with all 47 above has said

  • Whorules

    June 4th, 2017 - 4:36pm

    Agree, great episode. Also people are complaining it was obvious missy was in the vault, I guarantee if it hadn’t been missy people would have complained about that as well.I can’t wait for chibnall to be in charge and see how long it takes for the moffat-bashers to start demanded chibnall be replaced because he’s the worst thing that has happened to who since the last worst thing. Me, I love moffat’s era, it featured my favourite doctor and companion and I’m 47 so have watched since robot. Previous favourite doctor – Troughton, companion – Sarah Jane. Not saying who my new favourites are as I can’t be bothered with all the nasty comments that will follow…

  • 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.

  • DannyTheNerd

    June 4th, 2017 - 3:28pm

    Why is it, every episode I’ve enjoyed this series, everyone seems to hate, and the ones I hate everyone seems to love! I thought last nights episode was great

  • D0CT0R WH0

    June 4th, 2017 - 3:23pm

    I agree. A very enjoyable episode.

  • Anonymous

    June 4th, 2017 - 2:53pm

    Yeh but where do you get fake regeneration energy from

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