Critic Consensus: "The Lie of the Land" closes a significant chapter for Doctor Who's tenth season -- yet leaves some major characters' fates tantalizingly open.
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Forming a beautiful contrast at episode's end, as Missy reveals her real struggle as she tries to become good: the memories.
It appears that Twelve will remain intact midseason after all, which is a relief since his and Bill's relationship has been such a joy, and we only have them together for a few more episodes.
Pearl Mackie put in another marvellous performance here: authentic but controlled, never histrionic, equally convincing whether she was threatening to "beat the s--t" out of Nardole or saying a fond farewell when she thought she was sacrificing herself.
The monk storyline ends on a strong note, giving us SJW food for thought, a couple of exciting set pieces, and some great if tantalizing Missy scenes.
"The Lie of the Land" brings the biggest story arc of the season to a close with mostly satisfying results, opening the door for more involvement from Missy, and proving that Bill can determine the course of the narrative in more ways than one.
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