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The Lie of the Land

Since civilisation began, humanity has been enriched by the guidance and benevolent rule of the Monks. With the Doctor as their chief propagandist, it seems the creatures’ power over mankind is unassailable…

Among their many other achievements – the light bulb, the telephone, the internet – the Monks inspired Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Why? Because if the Monks’ psychic link is passed on from the ‘lynchpin’ they use to gain control of a planet, Missy tells the Doctor and Bill, then the Monks stay in charge – “through, they think, their ruthlessness and efficiency.” “Ruthless efficiency” was, of course, the third of the three – sorry, four – chief weapons of the Pythons’ Spanish Inquisition, along with fear, surprise, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope… whom the Monks involved themselves with in Extremis… and nice red cowls. (Five chief weapons!)

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At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who drew to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat... before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme. The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique souvenir of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who.