Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 12/14/17 6:13 am
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Lie of the Land is a flawed episode, but it's even more flawed because it comes at the end of a trilogy. After two parts of mysteries and questions, this is the episode where we should get answers...but we don't. From why the Monks ventured out to the Stars, where they come from, why they spent thousands of years studying Earth history and setting up simulations...why they required consent powered by love to take over...all these are among the questions that won't be satisfactorily answered in this episode. It's tough to think of an alien whose motives were so vague. Even if the monster's motives were just to be evil, that's more than we get from this episode.
In addition, you see one of the biggest emotional betrayals by a Doctor of a companion that the series has shown. Unlike with the Seventh Doctor and Ace, the explanation for the Doctor pushing Bill this far is weak. And unlike in Kill the Moon, there are no consequences for the Doctor as a result of this. The ending is a cop out and been done before in the Moffat era about a dozen times.
What does work about the episode? Missy returns and has the best moments in the show. Bill has a few good moments in the midst of the carnage.
Otherwise, this episode's a shallow a disappointing end to what began as an interesting trilogy.