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Well, that was interesting.

Another President of Earth storyline, which honestly, is a concept I hope gets retired by the incoming regime -- the Doctor shouldn't be in charge, he should be railing against the people in charge. And in practice, that's all he does when he's President of Earth, so what's the point? Also, despite a single mention of UNIT, these seemed to be regular UN Peacekeepers, which was unusual.

Poor Bill; her real first date with Penny and it goes much the same as the simulated version.

The jumping back and forth from the pyramid to the lab was a neat way of ratcheting up the tension; we know the lab must be where it's all going down, but we don't know how, and we know the Doctor and co don't know this.

I'm not sure the whole "consent" thing actually works, but it's an interesting idea -- I don't think it's the first time even in Doctor Who that alien invaders have wanted or needed to be invited, but I'm pretty sure they're the first ones who insist we have to mean it.

I'm not at all sure about the thing with the security cameras -- surely the whole point is that the Monks don't need to piggyback on security cameras, because they've got the simulation machine?

I'm not sure what the point is of Nardole dying, since the Next Time reveals it's just going to be undone. For a moment I thought we were going for some bitterly ironic thing where the Doctor saves the day, and then the TARDIS doors open and the bacteria gets released anyway.

Ultimately, there were a lot of moments in this I liked, and I don't think there was anything actually wrong with it, but it just didn't quite click for me.
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