Some Thoughts on “Doctor Who: The Lie of the Land” *Contains Spoilers*

Last week, Bill made it possible for the Monks to invade Earth through a well-meant desire to restore the Doctor’s sight and allow him to escape from a laboratory that was about to explode. This week, we see the consequences of her agreement with the Monks–they’ve tricked the entire human race into thinking they’ve always been there (when it’s really only been about six months), and life is basically 1984 with aliens. To make matters worse, the Doctor is siding with the Monks, releasing videos to encourage the humans to keep submitting to the Monks’ authority and turn in anyone who dares to suggest the Monks are unfriendly invaders. It’s bleak, to be sure, but Bill and Nardole are able to save the Doctor, who now must seek help from the only person in the universe who’s as clever as he is–Missy.

It’s difficult to gauge for certain just how sincere Missy is in her declarations of wanting to be good because if there’s one thing we’ve learned in 53 years of Doctor Who, it’s that you can never trust the Master. Never. No matter how sincere the words or actions, you always have to assume the Master is looking out for numero uno. Considering all this, it will be interesting to see how long Missy’s intentions of being good will last once she crosses paths with Simm Master later in the season.

I must say that was a brilliant fakeout with the regeneration scene. Way to freak us all out with the threat of a surprise regeneration halfway through the series, BBC–which reminds me, there’s still been no word on who will replace Peter Capaldi, and I kind of hope it stays that way. I’d love for the next Doctor to be a completely unexpected surprise.

Next week, we’re off to Mars in “Empress of Mars”! Yay, Ice Warriors! I’m so glad Moffat decided not just to bring them back but to make them recurring villains as well. Classic Who had so many good monsters that it’s nice to go back and revisit. Admittedly there were a few duds, but there were also some good ones, and the Ice Warriors were one of those good ones.

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