The Lie of the Land rounded off the series 10 trilogy of the
Monks in controversial fashion, with some viewers feeling cheated by the much
publicised faux regeneration and others worried that the ending was all a
little bit sentimental. Thankfully though, the resolution didn’t play out as
many fans were speculating and this dystopian Earth ruled by the Monks was the
real deal and not another simulation.
Instead humans were being brainwashed (1984 fashion) into believing that the Monks had been a benevolent force from the beginning of history, and it was up to Bill, Nardole, and the Doctor to break the illusion - thereby forcing the Monks to do a runner. The reset button was of a very different kind, one that didn’t bring back the lives of those already killed by the Monks
The plot was straightforward, allowing plenty of opportunity for Whithouse to add some truly laugh out loud lines of dialogue and well as perhaps an overindulgent section on the Doctor’s clever but not-so-nice method of testing Bill, and the subsequent reaction when she passes.
But ending such a major threat so quickly nevertheless left many unanswered questions. From the Doctor’s actions to the tantalising possibility that Missy might just be succumbing to his own form of manipulation there is plenty of room for some good old-fashioned speculation.