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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

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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 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 »


The position of Prem's rifle varies when they are in the spaceship - sometimes it is over his right shoulder and upright, but in other shots it is lying diagonally across his back. See more »


Graham O'Brien: I am never, ever, getting spit from an ox ever again no matter how much you need it!
Ryan Sinclair: The ox took a bit of a shine to you.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits have the theme track composed in an Indian style. See more »

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At last some depth
11 November 2018 | by dhensonukSee all my reviews

This is the episode I've enojyed most so far. Perhaps it's no coincidence it wasn't written by Chris Chibnall who has been a sore disappointment. This had a story of relevance to one of the companions. It had interesting aliens. It also had good and affective acting, with a strong moral that didn't feel too forced. It showed the inhumanity of man and the humanity of aliens. This new version of the francise still has some way to go, and needs stronger stories - and stronger aliens. But I feel this episode is a step in the right direction.

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