Doc­tor Who

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Fol­low­ing the re­cent Rosa Parks episode, the show ex­plores an­other piv­otal event in 20th-cen­tury his­tory when the Doc­tor ar­rives in In­dia in 1947 just ahead of Par­ti­tion.

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doc­tor who

Sun­day, BBC1 hd, 7pm

THE DOC­TOR FLEW into a tur­bu­lent time for world his­tory when she and the gang met rosa Parks dur­ing the amer­i­can civil-rights strug­gles of the1950s in a pre­vi­ous ad­ven­ture.

now the Tardis goes back a fur­ther decade for more po­lit­i­cal tur­moil when it ar­rives in the Pun­jab, In­dia, in1947. It’s a time when in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain has been achieved but the coun­try is riven with vi­o­lence as it un­der­goes Par­ti­tion, with forced re­set­tle­ments cre­at­ing both In­dia and Pak­istan.

NANNI STATE

For one of the doc­tor’s time­trav­el­ling pals, the re­gion’s his­tory is of huge in­ter­est – and has ma­jor con­se­quences.

The doc­tor’s feisty com­pan­ion Yaz, played by for­mer Hol­lyoaks star mandip Gill, wanted to take the Tardis to this par­tic­u­lar time as she’s de­ter­mined to seek out her grand­mother – aka ‘nanni’ – who was liv­ing in the Pun­jab and who had a few se­crets when she was young.

Inevitably, as the gang goes back in his­tory, things be­come cos­mi­cally com­pli­cated. as Yaz is dis­cov­er­ing her fam­ily roots, the doc­tor finds out that demons are haunt­ing the land, too. who are they and what do they want?

TROU­BLED TIMES

‘we didn’t want to sugar-coat the vi­o­lence and sheer ter­ror of the era, but at the same time we wanted to make it pos­si­ble for par­ents to watch the episode with their chil­dren,’ ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Chris Chib­nall says.

‘Those times were dan­ger­ous and scary to live through, but you don’t need graphic vi­o­lence to con­vey that. arguably the great­est tragedy of Par­ti­tion was the frac­tur­ing of fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. The wounds still linger to­day.’

For Gill, this glimpse into In­dia’s past is im­por­tant for show­ing cul­tural di­ver­sity on tele­vi­sion to­day – es­pe­cially as she didn’t feel she was rep­re­sented in pop­u­lar cul­ture when she was younger.

‘You couldn’t get a brown doll in the shops and you didn’t see many brown peo­ple on TV,’ she ex­plains. ‘But now there are mil­lions watch­ing me and re­lat­ing to my

char­ac­ter.’

YAZ WITH THE DOC­TOR (JODIE WHIT­TAKER) MANDIP GILL AS YAZ AND AMITA SU­MAN AS NANNI

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