Spyfall Part 1
1 January 2020
Lennie Henry (Daniel Barton), Steven Fry (C), Buom Tihngang (Tibo), Andrew Bone (Mr Collins), Shobna Gulati (Sonya Khan), Bhavnisha Parmar (Najia Khan), Ravin J Ganatra (Hakim Khan), Christopher McArthur (Ethan), Darron Meyer (Seesay), Dominique Maher Browning (Australian intelligence agent), Melissa De Vries (Sniper), William Ely (Older Passenger), Brian Law (US Operative), Ronan Summers (Rendition Man)
|Written by||Chris Chibnall|
|Directed by||Wayne Yip|
|Produced by||Nikki Wilson, Adam Friedlander & Alex Mercer|
The time traveller returns for a fresh set of adventures. When intelligence agents around the world come under attack from alien forces, MI6 turns to the only people who can help – a certain Doctor and her companions. As they travel the globe in pursuit of answers, threats arrive from all sides, leaving Earth’s security resting on the team’s shoulders. But where will this planet-threatening conspiracy lead them?
Hakim tries and fails to use Alexa.
Hakim asks Alexa to play Rubber Soul.
Ryan decides that his spy name would be “Logan”, and starts panicking upon realising he looks “nothing like Hugh Jackman”.
The Doctor introduces herself to the party receptionist as “[the name’s] Doctor, The Doctor” in James Bond style.
The Doctor once lived in the Australian outback for 123 years.
This was the first multi-part television story to be given one overarching title since 2009-10’s The End of Time, and only the second such story in the BBC Wales era.
Incidentally, both stories aired in part on New Year’s Day, and both featured The Master.
Part one of Spyfall was, in fact, broadcast on the 10th anniversary of 1 January 2010’s The End of Time: Part Two. Each aired on the first day of their respective decade, according to one outlook on the bounds of such a measurement, which this wiki follows.
The first part of this story was dedicated to the memory of the “Masterful” Terrance Dicks. Dicks was script editor for The Master’s debut story, Terror of the Autons.
Some scenes in this story were filmed in South Africa.
This story’s title is a play on the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.
According to one news source, the story also pays homage to Casino Royale, the first novel in the Bond series, centered on gambling and aristocracy which has been adapted twice in 1967 and 2006.
The concept of MI6 members being known by a single letter, namely “C” and “O”, may also be in reference to a similar feature (“M” and “Q”) seen throughout the James Bond franchise, introduced in the original novels by Ian Fleming.
This is the first episode since Twice Upon a Time to include a “cold opening”.
The Master has used his Tissue Compression Eliminator to shrink the original O. (Terror of the Autons)