While Spyfall Part Two never came close to rising to the clarity, confidence, energy or overall competence of Part One, it nonetheless ranked above a majority of S11 entries. Representing a tenuous (but not altogether satisfying) overall uptick in quality over Whittaker's introductory year. So far, at least.
Will this uncomfortably rickety restorative trend continue with this week's Orphan 55? The episode is described thusly by BBC:
Having decided that everyone could do with a holiday, the Doctor takes Graham, Yasmin, Ryan to a luxury resort for a spot of rest and relaxation. However, they discover the place where they are having a break is hiding a number of deadly secrets. What are the ferocious monsters that are attacking Tranquillity Spa?
Is it feasible said 'ferocious monsters' may turn out to be a Chib Era revisitation of classic DOCTOR WHO nemeses? The Doctor has, in the past, grappled with the completely sucky Zygons...
(see what I did there?)
...and we know that S12 will feature a number of 'classic' DOCTOR WHO baddies...and promo images for this week's story feature what, to my eyes, may well be a Zygon Dong (perhaps abbreviated as Zydong?)
I'm not sure how seriously I actually am when positing this theory. And the fact that I'm not sure how serious I am is likely troubling in itself when weighed objectively.
Lee Haven Jones, whose workmanlike mediocrity dragged down Spyfall Part Two a bit, returns to helm Orphan 55. This week's adventure is scripted by Ed Hime, wrote It Takes You Away back in S11.
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COMING SUNDAY JANUARY 12:
Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror