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Demons of the Punjab 

Yasmin travels in time to visit her grandmother during her youth in the partition of India, but everyone gets caught up in the tragic bloodshed of that era.


Jamie Childs


Vinay Patel




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Whittaker ... The Doctor
Bradley Walsh ... Graham O'Brien
Tosin Cole ... Ryan Sinclair
Mandip Gill ... Yasmin Khan
Leena Dhingra Leena Dhingra ... Nani Umbreen
Amita Suman ... Umbreen
Shane Zaza ... Prem
Hamza Jeetooa ... Manish
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Hasna
Shobna Gulati ... Najia Khan
Ravin J. Ganatra ... Hakim Khan
Bhavnisha Parmar ... Sonya Khan
Emma Fielding ... Voice of Kisar (voice)
Nathalie Cuzner ... Performance of Kisar
Isobel Middleton Isobel Middleton ... Voice of Almak (voice)


India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother's hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want?

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Release Date:

11 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Aldeire, Granada, Spain See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Doctor's request for a long list of items with a biscuit added at the end just because she loves biscuits is reminiscent of the Eleventh Doctor's request to Canton Everett Delaware III in Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut (2011) for a long list of items ending with "twelve Jammie Dodgers and a fez." See more »


Yaz's Grandmother doesn't want the watch fixed so she obviously remembers what happened on her wedding day in 1947 but at no time does she question how the Tardis crew were there or mention the fact that the Doctor officiated at her wedding. See more »


The Doctor: I need oil, water, tree bark, a saucepan, nine containers, an old newspaper, a touch of ox spit, a chicken poo, and a biscuit.
Ryan Sinclair: Bagsy, not chicken poo!
Graham O'Brien: And why a biscuit?
The Doctor: I love biscuits!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits have the theme track composed in an Indian style, to fit with the episode's Indian setting. See more »

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Zero threat
11 November 2018 | by charlestonanickSee all my reviews

A very nicely written and executed story, but for the wrong programme. Once again, there's no alien threat and we're given another history lesson instead.

The show seriously needs to be more Doctor Who. After six episodes I'm still not convinced by the showrunner. There's so much good acting talent on a timeless institution like who, but it's currently going to waste

I really hope it picks up in the second half. Whilst the stories have been good, there's just no threat at all.

It shows that the story arcs used previously are what makes the show so great

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