Doc­tor Who

Can Yaz dis­cover fam­ily se­crets from Pun­jab in 1947?

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The Doc­tor and pals ar­rive in the Pun­jab in 1947 as In­dia is be­ing torn apart around in­de­pen­dence. Yaz (Mandip Gill) is at­tempt­ing to dis­cover her grand­mother’s hid­den his­tory but there are demons run­ning riot, which means the Doc­tor is on the case, try­ing to learn who they are and what it is they want…

The Doc­tor med­dled in a tur­bu­lent time for world his­tory when she and the gang met Rosa Parks dur­ing the Amer­i­can civil-rights strug­gles of the 1950s. Now the TARDIS goes back a fur­ther decade for more po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in Pun­jab, In­dia.

It’s 1947, and while the re­gion was gain­ing in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain, the area was riven with vi­o­lence as it un­der­went Par­ti­tion, with forced re­set­tle­ments, to cre­ate both In­dia and Pak­istan.

For one time-trav­eller, the era is of huge in­ter­est. Yas­min Khan, played by for­mer Hol­lyoaks star Mandip Gill, wants to take the TARDIS to this time to seek out her grand­mother, who was liv­ing in Pun­jab then. Will there be some heart­break­ing rev­e­la­tions for Yaz?

Mak­ing his­tory

Mean­while, the Doc­tor dis­cov­ers demons haunt­ing the land. Who are they and what do they want?

Mandip thinks this glimpse into In­dia’s past shows the cul­tural di­ver­sity that was miss­ing when she was grow­ing up. ‘You didn’t see many brown peo­ple on the TV,’ she says. ‘But now there are mil­lions of peo­ple watch­ing me and re­lat­ing to my char­ac­ter.’

Cu­ri­ous… The Doc­tor (left), Yaz and Gra­ham (inset) go back in time

Lead­ing ladies... The Doc­tor andYas­min

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