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Date: 3 June 2017 11:30 am (UTC)
promethia_tenk: (twelve pensive)
I think basically what Elisi said: that we go into this thinking that this is some kind of realpolitik logic about how to most efficiently rule, but it's really a fairytale magic kind of deal: that the power of love is what they need to cast whatever spell has rewritten the world in the next episode.

Also possibly they are able to leverage Bill's love for the Doctor to infect the general populace with a devotion they direct towards themselves.

Something I haven't seen many people asking is why, exactly, the Monks want to rule the world? What are they getting out of it? Possibly devotion is an energy source they are able to live off of. Which would explain why they show up as monks. Would also be an obvious vein for Toby Whithouse to mine, as he's already written The God Complex. This whole episode, actually, gave me hard-core God Complex vibes. I think where all this is going is that the mirroring of the Doctor with the Monks here will be similar to the mirroring of Eleven with the minotaur in that episode.
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