SCI-FI BBC1 HD, 7pm
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.
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.
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?
‘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
YAZ WITH THE DOCTOR (JODIE WHITTAKER) MANDIP GILL AS YAZ AND AMITA SUMAN AS NANNI