Last week’s The Pyramid at the End of the World steered DOCTOR WHO S10 into supremely Moffaty territory, with a discussion worthy, introspection provoking installment which more or less appears to act as a parable to how humanity interacts with its various religions.
What prices are extracted from us by ‘higher powers’ as a levy for our receiving the nurturing or absolution we may desperately need? And what happens when the price we pay is not justified by what we actually receive back in this transaction? These are lofty explorations for any show, and atypically sweeping thematics for even DOCTOR WHO, which has never shied away from social commentary, or expirations of the human condition in the past.
The ‘Monk’ arc of S10 represents an admirable, ambitious effort to be sure, but it is in the landing/payoff of bigger conceits like these that (some feel) the Moffat era has been most challenged. Will S10 break this trend? We’ll come one step closer to finding out this weekend with The Lie of the Land.
The Lie of the Land marks the first DOCTOR WHO directorial assignment for Wayne Yip, although he previously brought us two episodes of the WHOverse DW spinoff CLASS. Thus, he’s not entirely unfamiliar with what he's stepping into here.
TLotL marks the seventh DW script from Toby Whithouse. His last writing for the show was S9’s Under the Lake and Before the Flood, neither of which did much for me (in an <I>‘I remember that they existed, but could tell you nothing about them…’</I> sorta way. Wasn’t there something about Russians in one of them?)
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