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Though "Orphan55" suffers from too muchness, it's climate activist's heart is definitely in the right place.
There are fantastically wobbly sets, a pitched-battle clearly filmed in a quarry outside Who's Cardiff HQ and, best of all, people in rubber monster suits menacing the Doctor and her trio of sidekicks, Yaz, Ryan and Graham.
This week might just raise the bar to its highest. Orphan 55 is not exactly subtle about its climate crisis message, but writer Ed Hime has a blast getting there.
Sometimes it's okay to strip the show back and watch the Doctor and her friends try to outrun - and outsmart - some monsters.
Doctor Who has always had a tendency towards corridor chases and the Doctor spouting exposition, but here it reached preposterous proportions due to a plot which was so overcomplicated when it should have been straightforward.
"Orphan 55" exemplifies something I love about science fiction, the ability to present social commentary.
The pacing is relentless, and it feels like so much happens in the space of an episode that's actually ten minutes shorter than virtually every other episode in the Chris Chibnall era.
It's overstuffed, and though the message is admirable its delivery is flat and tepid. On the plus side, though, Tosin Cole is brilliant - his best performance yet.
The message was good. Climate change = bad. We should = doing whatever we can to stop it, lest we = xenomorphs with overbites. But everything else? Weak, dull, tropey, and with a hair-and-makeup budget that most of us exceed in an average Halloween.
There was a lot of good in it really, it's just the writer needs to learn about subtly when trying to relay a message inside a story...
Ultimately, then, while we want to commend Orphan 55 for attempting to take on the issue of climate change, it's a theme loosely tacked on to a wonky plot and an irritating set of characters, and a step down in quality for Series 12.
It smacks of Benidorm meets Aliens with perhaps a tiny touch of The Truman Show.
That's "Orphan 55" in a nutshell: a workmanlike episode that's big on action but struggles to make us really care about the people who are in danger.