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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.
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.
In a gluttonous attempt to court multiple fandoms, Spyfall was a smart James Bond pastiche.
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.
It is incredibly fun to watch.
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.
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.
Doctor Who is back after a whole year off our screens - and it was definitely worth the wait.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.