In Review: Doctor Who – Spyfall – Part Two

A terrifying plan to destroy humanity is about to reach fruition. Can The Doctor and her friends escape multiple traps and defeat a deadly alliance?

Synopsis: A terrifying plan to destroy humanity is about to reach fruition. Can The Doctor and her friends escape multiple traps and defeat a deadly alliance?

Review: Having been separated in last week’s episode. The Doctor and her friends go all out to save the Earth from the Master and the Alien thread he has brought with him.

The Story

The Master is back and don’t we know it. In just one episode he managed to isolate The Doctor from her friends and now he plans to wipe out the whole of humanity with help from his Alien allies and Daniel Barton.

While Ryan, Graham, and Yaz manage to narrowly escape from Barton’s plane, with help from some forward planning on the Doctor’s part. They must do what they can to stop Barton from executing his side of the Master’s plans.

Meanwhile. Having broken out of the trap that The Master had set for her. The Doctor finds herself picking up a few allies in the 19th and 20th centuries as she takes on The Master with some help from Noor Inayat Khan and Aida Lovelace.

What ensues is a pretty epic adventure with some pretty important historic figures helping the Doctor defeat The Master, but it proves to be a hollow victory when The Doctor finds out what The Master has done to Gallifrey.

The Acting

Sacha Dhawan proves to be excellent as The Master. I only hope he gets more than a few stories to develop his take on the villain.

Aurora Marion puts in a solid performance as Noor Inayat Khan and Sylvie Briggs made for a pretty good Ada Gordon, who would eventually go onto become Ada Lovelace. Meanwhile, Sacha Dhawan plays a wonderfully evil Master who it seems is just being bad for the sake of it. But by the end of the episode, we learn that he has a reason this time out and it is to do with the fact that the elders of Gallifrey lied to both him and The Doctor. Which might well be the set up for this season’s arc.

For her part, Jodie Whittaker puts in a pretty solid performance and pitted against Dhawan’s Master made her seem a bit more Doctorish, which might well be down to the fact that she was facing real danger for the first time ever in her run. We still haven’t heard the big speech as yet, but I suspect we’ll not get to given that I feel that Chibnall is looking to explore more of The Doctor’s character as opposed to giving grand gestures.

Overall

This second episode seemed a little rushed in parts, but managed to scrape by with a satisfying conclusion and some pretty interesting set up for the story arc, which might well involve the timeless child and the fate of Gallifrey. Granted the timeless child was referenced in the last series and never got paid off, which leads me to suspect that Chibnall has been playing the long game insofar as setting his stall out.

I really enjoyed the fact that The Doctor got separated from her fam and was forced to make a few new friends too help her out. And what brilliant friends she makes. Ada Gordon aka Ada Lovelace who pretty much known for the work she did with Charles Babbage’s mechanical general-purpose computer in that she figured out that he had wider applications than its original intent. And Noor Inayat Khan who was a British wartime hero in her role as a communications officer with the Special Operations Executive. The first woman to operate behind enemy lines in occupied Paris. This proves what I and other fans have been saying all along. That Doctor Who is often more fun when the Doctor is traveling with people from different historical time periods.

Overall. Although this felt a little rushed in parts. I really enjoyed this episode and the things that it has set up for the rest of the season. No sign of any Judoon though, but my guess is they might pop up in the next couple of episodes.

9.5
Doctor Who - Spyfall - Part Two
  • Story
    9.3
  • Acting
    9.1
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.7
  • Incidental Music
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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