Orphan 55
Doctor Who Season 12

47%

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Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

Though "Orphan55" suffers from too muchness, it's climate activist's heart is definitely in the right place.

Episode Info

Following the adventures of a time-traveling alien called "The Doctor" and his human companions as they deal with crises set on Earth and other worlds.

Cast

Critic Reviews for Orphan 55

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.

Jan 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 12, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sometimes it's okay to strip the show back and watch the Doctor and her friends try to outrun - and outsmart - some monsters.

Jan 12, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

Jan 12, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"Orphan 55" exemplifies something I love about science fiction, the ability to present social commentary.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 18, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 23, 2020 | Full Review…

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...

Jan 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

It smacks of Benidorm meets Aliens with perhaps a tiny touch of The Truman Show.

Jan 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 12, 2020 | Full Review…