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Doctor Who: Lie of the Land review

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This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: Lie of the Land. River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first. Doctor Who, season 10, airs on Saturdays at 7:35pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America.

After last week’s lumpen middle, I was really hoping that Lie of the Land would tie up this trilogy of episodes in a neat bow. Instead, the storyline feels like an incoherent mess even as Pearl Mackie’s performance as Bill continues to shine.

The narration and lack of action are jarring, and while the BBC producers behind Doctor Who are generally pretty good at this sci-fi on a shoestring budget thing, Lie of the Land really deserves a bit more investment—particularly in development of the script, penned by Toby Whithouse (whose previous eps include Before the Flood, Under the Lake, and A Town Called Mercy).

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