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Spyfall, Part 1



Critic 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.


Jodie Whittaker
as The Doctor
Pearl Mackie
as Bill Potts
Matt Lucas
as Nardole
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Critic reviews for Spyfall, Part 1

Shocking revelations, great villains in The Master and the Cybermen and some nice dialogue to go with it. This two-parter was a triumph.

March 8, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | 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.

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

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

January 2, 2020 | 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.

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

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.

January 6, 2020 | Full Review…

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

January 6, 2020 | Full Review…

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