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While definitely a welcome showcase of all that Whittaker's Doctor has to offer, "Spyfall, Part 2's" descent into well-trodden Doctor Who lore can't help but feel like a step back.
In an episode stuffed with laser shoes, light aliens, and historical cameos, it's a testament to Whittaker and Sacha Dhawan that the conversations between the Doctor and the Master feel thrilling.
In some ways, "Spyfall, Part Two" exceeded my expectations for what a follow-up to the fun spy pastiche of "Part One" could be. In other ways, however, it fell short of the potential of what that episode promised.
Part one of Spyfall sagged in places, but this was better. The second series of showrunner Chibnall's reign already feels more assured than the lacklustre 2018 series.
"Spyfall, Part Two" falls well short of its predecessor, wrapping up the first two-parter of the Chris Chibnall era with an episode that's narratively all over the place, but which promises an intriguing overarching story for the remainder of the season.
"Spyfall: Part 2" is arguably the most accomplished episode of Chibnall's tenure we've yet seen.
Despite my qualms with Chibnall's increasing determination to wipe the slate clean and start anew, this was a promising and energetic premiere for season 12 that actually hints at a return to the cheesy, silly, heartwrenching Doctor Who we know and love.
Still, that's the delightfully winging-it nature of Who continuity, and this serves to set up a story arc that could take us right back into the history of the Time Lords. Count us intrigued.
"Spyfall: Part Two" matches the opener in terms of action and chase, and expands on it with some time espionage. It's a thoroughly enjoyable episode, yet despite all the thrilling adventures, some parts of the episode just don't hold up on close analysis.
"Spyfall Part 2" lacks the Bond-ness of its predecessor but makes up for it in historical female heroes, the Master chewing up every bit of scenery he passes through, and Graham fancy dancing in his laser shoes.
What's Chris Chibnall's vision for Doctor Who? The answer, it seems, is to tell exactly the same stories Russell T Davies was telling a decade ago.
A well-written two-parter with a fun new version of a classic foe at the centre of it all. A fine debut story for Series 11!
Having an episode revolve around the Doctor meeting two incredible women of the past and forming a brief superteam with them is beautiful.