his blog contains SPOILERS and theories on what maybe the outcome of what is being called The Monk Trilogy, so if you’re not currently up to date with Doctor Who please avoid reading this. That is however you want to be spoilt or even you ARE up to date then READ ON!
Over the last two weeks Doctor Who has been home of the mysterious and grotesque aliens who are only known as the Monks. We don’t know where they’re from, who they are or why they’re so eager to have full domination over humanity. Upon researching this week’s episode The Lie of the Land the Monks have always been with us. Toby Whithouse stated in his interview with DWM (Doctor Who Magazine) the Monks have been manipulating the events of past stories, it’s just we haven’t been made aware of this. Furthermore the Monks have supposedly been our Lords and saviours since 1975, but only now we know of them.
The Lie of the Land promises to have the feel of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Upon closer inspection of the ‘Next Time’ trailer and the publicity images that we’ve been presented with, it certainly looks like a “what if” story. My partner stated that it looks like the Germans won the Second World War, for me it does look rather like Doctor Who’s interpretation of 1984. It certainly seems apparent that they’ve gone for a 1984 vibe due to the information videos the Doctor has been broadcasting out to humanity. It also seems that humanity have become slaves to the Monks and they need to be in line and obey their apparent “saviours.” It always fascinates me whenever there’s a story centred around a dystopian Britain and with the direction that Doctor Who is currently going down it certainly seems political. It certainly seems that some of the writers are laughing over the fact of what may happen if we have another five years with the Tories. Doctor Who has certainly become left-wing, can’t complain.
Episode Eight looks interesting and I’m eager to see the story’s outcome. These three stories are supposedly three separate stories, the only reason that they’re linked is the monsters for these three episodes. However, many of us are classing it as a three-part story, Four-parts if you class Oxygen as Part One due to the Doctor being blind. Last week we saw the Monks repair the Doctor’s eyesight, but it depends how you interpret it. It certainly seems as well that the Doctor has gone over to the dark side. Whilst Bill and Nardole have become activists and are the only people on Earth who’re aware of the truth about the Monks.
The Lie of the Land also promises to the return of Michelle Gomez as Missy. It also seems that Missy has become good and that her and the Doctor have swapped roles, let’s just hope that our beloved Time Lord doesn’t stay bad for long. Not to mention we may see at least a regeneration in this story as the trailers have been teasing for the last few months. I’m eager to see the story’s outcome, where is the BBC going with the Monks? Will the Doctor reason with them and put them on a deserted planet so they can live their own lives of being the superior beings of another world or do the Monks actually feed off the love that humanity currently has for their captors?
So many questions and I think half of them are going to be answered in tomorrow’s episode of Doctor Who. Doctor Who: The Lie of the Land airs on BBC One at 07:35pm on Saturday 3rd June.