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What did you think?
James Bond - Fantastic! 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
James Pond - Good 50%  50%  [ 3 ]
James Cameron - OK 33%  33%  [ 2 ]
James Galway - Poor 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
James Last - Terrible 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:02 pm 
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Since nobody else has been moved to start a thread, I thought I'd set it rolling.
At first when I saw the glowing ghostly aliens, I thought 'Cybermen', but then when the trapped one told the Doctor they were from a different universe, that seems to have scrubbed that idea. New Master... too early to tell if I like him or not. Lenny Henry was OK as cold, detached mogul, but what is he doing shooting at people himself? Surely he can afford his own private security. Also, if you're chasing someone in a car and you've got a Tardis, why would you use bikes?
The simplistic way the Doctor just confronts the bad guys and asks them lots of questions they obviously aren't going to answer seems like badly thought out dialogue.
And, I'm sorry, I've gone with it for a season, but how can you take anyone seriously who's wearing trousers that stop at the shin?!


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I was popping on to start the thread so you just beat me to it. It's traditional to have a 5 point poll on Doctor Who threads, I can do that if you don't want to bother?

I did like the new Master, rather a lot actually, the sudden reveal really lifted what was, for me, a rather mediocre Bond rip-off episode. I thought nearly all the dialogue was clunky, badly written and badly delivered in some cases.

Not the most auspicious start but we'll see I suppose.

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As I don't know how to put the star rating on a thread, by all means do it, Tao.
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Done! The names don't necessarily reflect the score, I was just trying to think of different Jamses.

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Written by showrunner Chris Chibnall.
Spyfall has a James Bond theme to it with Spyfall being a play on the Bond film Skyfall.
Spyfall Part One is the first episode of the Whittaker/Chibnall era to have a cold opening and the first since Twice Upon A Time.
Spies have been attacked and the Doctor and her friends are brought in to see C, the head of MI6 as he asked the Doctor for her help on this.
C is played by Stephen Fry and Fry got referenced in The Husbands of River Song.


C mentioned UNIT and Torchwood but the Doctor says they are both gone. It is revealed in the previous episode Resolution, which like Spyfall Part One came on a New Year's Day, that UNIT UK branch had its operations suspended.
As for Torchwood, this fits in well with what happened to Torchwood at the end of its most recent season God Among Us.
Shocking that C. got assassinated and in front of our friends.
The agents were attacked or killed because they were investigating Daniel Barton played by Lenny Henry.
Henry had played the Doctor in a sketch of his self-titled show in the 1980s.
At the Great Victoria Desert, I was surprised to see that playing O is Sacha Dhawan as he had been first Doctor Who director Waris Hussein in An Adventure In Space and Time.
The aliens that have been killing spies are the Kasaavin and Team TARDIS finds out that multiple Earths are part of their plan.
Multiple Earths is now present in DC fans’ minds with Crisis On Infinite Earths.
At Barton's birthday party, the Doctor, in the style of James Bond, introduced herself as Doctor, The Doctor.
So does that mean her first name is The! Hi The.
Funny seeing the Doctor playing snap at a gambling table. Then again not really a good image seeing the Doctor gambling.
Although not the first Doctor to do so, it was cool to see Jodie on a motorbike as they chased after Barton.

Bold on the Doctor and friends getting on Barton's moving plane.

This is where the revelation of who O really is and that he is the Master, the first clue when he said spymaster or to be more precise Spy Master.
Presumably this one, chronologically, comes straight after Missy.
So for Dhawan it is from first Doctor Who director to the Master!

In fact long before he became the Master he was in the Big Finish episode Dark Eyes 3: The Reviled, a Master episode with the Master played by Alex Macqueen.

It is revealed that the Doctor as one of her previous male incarnations had met O once before.
Wonder which one and how far back as the last time we saw Missy was in The Doctor Falls just before the Twelfth Doctor's swansong Twice Upon A Time.

Very good cliffhanger with Team TARDIS hanging on to the crashing plane and the Doctor being in the same environment that Yaz was in.

The end credits has a dedication to the Masterful Terrance Dicks who as script editor co-created with then producer Barry Letts, the Master when he was introduced in 1971.

Dicks had died on August 29 2019 just months before this episode.
Sad that he didn't live long enough to see the new Master.

This new Master revealed that he used the tissue compression eliminator which had not made its return when Russell T. Davies brought back the Master with Davies giving him the laser screwdriver instead.

Just before Spyfall Part One saw the movies Jumanji: The Next Level & Spies In Disguise featuring former companion Karen Gillan and coincidentally I found them to have things in common with Spyfall Part 1 as both it and Jumanji: The Next Level featured a desert while Spyfall and Spies In Disguise are about spies, the clue being in their names.

Spyfall Part 1 came on New Year's Day 2020 exactly ten years after The End of Time Part 2 which also featured the Master then played by John Simm.
As Spyfall has a James Bond theme, The End of Time coincidentally has a James Bond in Timothy Dalton who had played Rassilon.

Another fact is that Spyfall is the first two-parter with one overall title since The End of Time.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:58 am 
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Creating the Sheffield Car Chase in Spyfall Part 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OPY9nm ... Y3__GkadfU

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Quite enjoyed part 1 although it is still a little juvenile and thought the Master reveal was great, he is a little Panto but then he always was

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