The Lie of the Land


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The Lie of the Land

First Transmitted

3 June 2017

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Regular Cast
Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts), Matt Lucas (Nardole)

Guest Cast

Michelle Gomez (Missy), Emma Handy (Emma), Beatrice Curnew (Group Commander), Stewart Wright (Alan), Solomon Israel (Richard), Jamie Hill (Giant Monk), Rosie Jane (Bill’s Mum)


Written by Toby Whithouse
Directed by Wayne Yip
Produced by Nikki Wilson


The world is gripped by a mass delusedition and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even The Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’ up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can&rsquo,t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend


  • The Lie of the Land is episode 8
  • Time Lords can apparently “fake” a regeneration.
  • Nardole won his current left hand gambling.
  • Missy plays the Gnossienne No. 1 by Erik Satie and “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin.
  • The read-through for The Lie of the Land took place on 11 January 2017, and filming took place between 16 January and 22 February.
  • Archive material from Blink, Nightmare In Silver, Into The Dalek, and The Pilot is shown. By extension, Weeping Angels, Cybermen, Daleks and photos of Mrs Potts are shown in this capacity.
  • Citizens watch The Doctor’s broadcasts in a Magpie Electricals shop. (The Idiot’s Lantern)
  • To gain Bill’s trust, Nardole tells her they went to Australia on the run from “the Heather creature” (The Pilot) and that space doors should go “shuck shuck”. (Oxygen)
  • Nardole mentions being contaminated by Raoultella planticola (The Pyramid At The End of the World) and states it laid him up for six weeks.
  • The Doctor tells Bill about the creature under the Thames. (Thin Ice)
  • The Doctor fakes a regeneration. (The Impossible Astronaut, The Wedding of River Song)
  • Missy previously scoffed at the idea that she had “turned good” when questioned by Clara Oswald. (The Magician’s Apprentice) As early as his seventh incarnation, The Doctor had vowed to one day save his friend after The Master was forced to revert following a temporary spell as the kindly John Smith. (Master)
  • Nardole continues to hint at a cybernetic nature (The Return of Doctor Mysterio, The Pilot, The Pyramid At The End of the World) when he tells the group invading the pyramid that his left hand isn’t his original hand but is one that he won in a game of some sort.
  • The Vaultis dimensionally transcendental, like some other Time Lord technology.
  • Missy asks for “toys” like a particle accelerator, a 3D printer and a pony, in return for her help.
  • The Monk statues around the world act as beacons for false propaganda.
  • The Monks propagate falsehoods through Bill, and have injected themselves into all of human history.
  • The Monks take cr for humanity’s achievements.
  • The Doctor suggests he’d make some modifications to history, like ending racism, and people who talk in cinemas.
  • Bill references Heather.
  • Nardole once had an imaginary friend.
  • Nardole won his current left hand gambling.
  • The boat captain has an identity card for the Sea Ranger IV which includes his fingerprint and the Truth logo.
  • When Bill attempts to drown out the propaganda, images of her childhood appear on the screens. (archive images of Bill from The Pilot, Thin Ice and Knock Knock also appear)
  • Missy had previously defeated The Monks by pushing the girl, who was the lynchpin back then, into a volcano.
  • Missy plays the Gnossienne No. 1 by Erik Satie and “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin.
  • The Lie of the Land iis written by Toby Whithouse who also wrote School Reunedition, The Vampires of Venice, The God Complex, A Town Called Mercy and Under the Lake / Before the Flood. This is the first time he’ written for a returning enemy.
  • It’ the return of Magpie Electricals! Just after the opening titles we see a shop called Magpie Electricals displaying several televisions. It has similar (but not quite identical) branding as we&rsquo,ve seen on Magpie Electricals goods – such as the guitar amp in The Magician’ Apprentice and Martha‘ in The Sound of Drums – and on Magpie Electrical outlets, including the store in The Beast Below and the business which apparently started it all – Mr Magpie’ corner shop in London, as introduced in 2006′ The Idiot’ Lantern.
  • The Doctor has a change of costume, reverting to the ensemble first seen during the flashback sequences in Extremis. This was designed by Hayley Nebauer
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