Spyfall, Part 1
Doctor Who Season 12

93%

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Critic Ratings: 27
Critics Consensus

A fresh suit, new faces, and some exciting espionage are fun enough, but "Spyfall, Part 1's" final moments inspire hope for an absolutely epic new season of Doctor Who.

Episode Info

Intelligence agents around the world are under attack from alien forces, so MI6 turn to the only people who can help: the Doctor and friends. As they travel the globe looking for answers, attacks come from all sides.

Cast

Critic Reviews for Spyfall, Part 1

It was a stodgy episode of little importance, with Lenny Henry's baddy signalled as a baddy from the get-go and therefore not very interesting.

Jan 6, 2020 | Full Review…

In a gluttonous attempt to court multiple fandoms, Spyfall was a smart James Bond pastiche.

Jan 6, 2020 | Full Review…

The Doctor is obviously shocked, but for the audience, it's not a particularly satisfying discovery... Still, it's fun to watch Dhawan flip the switch from mild-mannered alien enthusiast to preening intergalactic criminal.

Jan 3, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It is incredibly fun to watch.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

The season premiere sucked me right back in & I remembered immediately why I loved season 11 so much. The chemistry between the main characters is off the charts.

Jan 2, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The episode goes from a fun mess of the Doctor's companions trying to be spies into a twisty-turny episode that had us all screaming by the end.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Doctor Who is back after a whole year off our screens - and it was definitely worth the wait.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a fun, fast, edge-of-your-seat story, capturing the excitement that Who whipped up under the writing of Russell T Davies and (at his best) Steven Moffat.

Jan 21, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Spyfall's other Big C - Mr Chibnall - keeps the intrigue flowing. It was a pleasure to watch Part One at the BFI launch in early December with an excited throng - many of them children, given plenty to gawp and gasp at.

Jan 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A few of the familiar problems do crop up, most notably a companion with nothing to do, but there are also plenty of moments to praise.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Chibnall has brought lots of big ideas this year and instilled a confidence in the cast and crew that should make it possible to realize them.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

You can feel Chibnall and the rest trying to fix the last season's issues - no returning villains, a lack of serialization - and here's hoping they pull it off.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…