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Over the past three weeks the Monks have been gracing us with an audience in our homes, Praise the Monks! Our Lords and Masters! The Saviours of mankind! They defeated the Daleks and other forms of evil from the depths of space, or have they?
I thoroughly enjoyed this concluding part of what is now known as The Monk Trilogy. The story’s outcome was sentimental, and it seems that is the ongoing theme when Steven Moffat has taken over as showrunner in 2010. Sometimes I’ve found the idea of “love conquers all” does get tiring after a while, however this week I thought it worked beautifully and it certainly gave a good in-depth look at Bill’s life and how she imagines her mother is still after the photographs the Doctor had secretly gifted her at the end of Episode One: The Pilot.
We also saw a side of Bill that wasn’t particularly expected. She shoots the Doctor without hesitation, she just grabs the gun and pulls the trigger. Now many are claiming that she’s not loyal to her time travelling/university lecturer, but in a fit of rage and with humanity being enslaved by “zombie monks” from outer-space she was blinded by hatred and anger. Her retaliation towards what was believed (at the time) the Doctor under the influence of Earth’s captors was expected from someone who is part of a resistance. However, with the Doctor being the Doctor it was all a trap. Like the 7th Doctor era of the show, he always had a plan even his companions weren’t aware of. The episode had the feel of George Orwell’s 1984, this was promised the week leading up to the episode and it stuck to its word.
It also certainly seems that Missy is beginning to change her ways, the last we see of her is remorseful of all the people she’s killed throughout her life. It’s not every day you see the Doctor’s enemy regretting the crimes he/she has committed since they’ve wanted total domination of the cosmos. Will going cold turkey do the Master/Missy any good? Or is Missy even the Master?! I’m still questioning that, could she have been the Rani the whole time and we were being misled since 2014? Gomez’s character is still shrouded in mystery and I think we’re not far from getting the answers to the questions that have been occurring over the past eight weeks. I’m still disappointed that Missy was the occupant of the Vault. I was certainly hoping that it would’ve been someone else taken up residence in the dreaded and mysterious Vault. It was however about time that Bill gained entrance to the Vault that is being hidden under the paving stones of Bristol.
The Lie of the Land was an enjoyable dystopian story, shame though that the story’s main threat hardly made an appearance and had the chance to shine. The last two episodes they were frightening, creepy and was a proper threat. It felt that Episode Eight was there to show humanity standing up to the fascist Monks. Again it certainly feels like what if the Conservative Party remains in power for a further five years and it is obvious that Doctor Who has become very left-wing and it makes perfect sense for the Doctor to be a socialist.
Overall I enjoyed The Lie of the Land, I just wanted to see more of the Monks. It felt lie the Monks hardly did anything, I liked the in-depth look into Bill’s life at home, how even more badass Nardole has become, the Doctor going back to his old ways of being secretive and how Missy is started to regret the murders she’s committed. Overall 9/10. Roll on next week where we see the return of the Ice Warriors in The Empress of Mars.