The Tsuranga Conundrum

Doctor WhoA visit to a salvage planet in the Seffilun 27 galaxy goes wrong when Graham happens upon a sonic mine, which detonates seconds later. The time travelers awaken aboard an automated hospital ship, staffed by only two medics, which makes routine runs between the planets Tsuranga and Resus One, near the planet where the TARDIS team tripped the mine. Only now they don’t have the TARDIS, and they do have a problem: a life form capable of surviving the vacuum of space manages to sneak aboard and begans literally chewing its way through the ship’s systems, starting with the life pods. Other patients aboard the hospital ship have useful skills in this crisis, but are suffering from their own conditions and weaknesses. The Doctor, still recovering from the point-blank sonic mine detonation, tries to rally everyone aboard to deal with the alien creature and keep themselves alive.

Order the DVDwritten by Chris Chibnall
directed by Jennifer Perrott
music by Segun Akinola

Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Brett Goldstein (Astos), Lois Chimimba (Mabli), Suzanne Packer (General Eve Cicero), Ben Bailey-Smith (Durkas Cicero), David Shields (Ronan), Jack Shalloo (Yoss)

Chris Noth as Robertson in Doctor WhoNotes: Brett Goldstein co-starred with David Hasselhoff in the surreal UK reality show Hoff The Record, and has appeared on Derek, Undercover, Drunk History UK, Drifters, and Uncle. Lois Chimimba is no stranger to hospital dramas, having appeared in Trust Me and Holby City, and the same can certainly be said of Suzanne Packer, who starred as Tess on Casualty. Ben Bailey-Smith has voiced characters on the 21st century revival Thunderbirds Are Go, while David Shields appeared in episodes of The Crown alongside former Doctor Who star Matt Smith. Ironically, given Graham’s Call The Midwife addiction (except for the squeamish bits), guest star Jack Shalloo had just appeared on that show’s 2018 Christmas special.

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Calypso

Star Trek: Short TreksStardate not given: His stolen escape pod failing, an Alcorian soldier who identified himself only as Craft is brought aboard Discovery. But the crew didn’t rescue him, because the ship has no crew – Discovery is unoccupied, and has been for a thousand years. The ship’s onboard computer, in that millennium alone, has evolved to sentience, and relishes having humanoid company again. Unsure if he can ever return home to his wife and child, Craft is willing to provide that companionship…up to a certain point.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Michael Chabon
story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon
directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
music by Jeff Russo

Cast: Aldis Hodge (Craft), Annabelle Wallis (Zora voice), Sash Striga (Zora holo-dancer)

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Demons Of The Punjab

Doctor WhoYaz returns home for her grandmother’s birthday, and finds herself receiving a gift rather than giving one: a broken watch which is said to have belonged to her grandfather, whom she never met, though Yaz is disappointed when her grandmother refuses to explain why the watch has never been repaired. But Yaz has something that most family researchers don’t – access to a time machine – and convinces the Doctor to journey back to the events surrounding the breaking of the watch. But since Yaz has no idea what events transpired, she’s unwittingly bringing the TARDIS and her fellow time travelers into danger: her grandmother was married on the day that British-ruled India was divided into sovereign India and Pakistan, with tensions between soon-to-be-displaced Hindus and Muslims about to explode into widespread violence. Two aliens, whom the Doctor assumes to be assassins interfering in the timeline, appear repeatedly, though not for the reason that the Doctor expects. The grandfather Yaz never met will die on this day, and if Yaz is too careless with her own intervention in her family’s history, she could cease to exist as well.

Order the DVDwritten by Vinay Patel
directed by Jamie Childs
music by Segun Akinola

Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Leena Dhingra (Nani Umbreen), Amita Suran (Umbreen), Shane Zaza (Prem), Hamza Jeetooa (Manish), Shaheen Khan (Hasna), Shobna Gulati (Najia), Ravin J. Ganatra Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab(Hakim), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya), Emma Fielding (voice of Kisar), Nathalie Cuzner (performance of Kisar), Isobel Middleton (voice of Almak), Barbara Fadden (performance of Almak)

Notes: In additional to appearances on Coronation Street and EastEnders, Leena Dhingra has a prior Doctor Who appearance (as Miss Chandrakala in 2008’s The Unicorn And The Wasp). Shane Zaza appears in TNT’s Will, and appeared in the Nosedive episode of Black Mirror, while Hamza Jeetooa appeared in two episodes of the original BBC version of Being Human.

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We Are Not Alone

Mars2042: Mars has been occupied by human scientists and engineers for nine years, working toward the dual goals of finding out more about past microbial life native to the planet and making Mars habitable for human colonists. The original Mars colony has blossomed into a city-like outpost called Olympus Town, another ship from the International Mars Science Foundation is en route, and China has put a crewed space station in orbit of the red planet. But company is coming: Lukrum, a mining corporation from Earth with enough money to go interplanetary, is sending the crew and equipment for its own colony on Mars, devoted not to scientific research but to strip-mining for profit. Their ship’s arrival is explosive, to say the least, with its jettisoned heat shield raining debris down on Olympus Town. Worse yet, Lukrum’s workers arrive on Mars with a demand to connect to Olympus Town’s water supply, citing international treaties requiring the IMSF outpost to assist astronauts in distress. But Hana Seung, still in command of Olympus Town, is skeptical since Lukrum’s “distress” is by design, not by accident. A pipeline is approved by the IMSF, but what isn’t approved is the breakneck pace of construction – putting Lukrum’s employees and the IMSF colonists at risk – or the shortcut that Lukrum Base commander Kurt Hurrelle decides to take through an area that the IMSF has set aside for research.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Dee Johnson
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Stephen Cragg
music by Brian Reitzell

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Gunnar Cauthery (Lt. Michael Glenn), Roxy Sternberg (Jen Carson), Evan Hall (Shep Marster), Jeff Hephner (Kurt Hurrelle), Levi Fiehler (Cameron Pate), Esai Morales (Roland St. John), Martin Angerbauer (Danny), Naomi Christie (Zhen Zhen Yow), Nicholas Goh (Gan Chen), Shea Hephner (Chelsea Hurelle), Timea Kasa (Clerk), David Miller (Assistant), Nicholas Wittman (Oliver Lee)

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Kerblam!

Doctor WhoThe TARDIS is boarded by a robot delivery man from Kerblam, the largest mail-order retailer in the galaxy, with a package that the Doctor ordered some time back. But while the Doctor is delighted to once again have a fez, the packing slip is even more important – bearing the words “help me” on the back. The Doctor pilots the TARDIS to Kerblam headquarters, where the time travelers go undercover as new hires in a warehouse populated by 90% robots and 10% people (in accordance with local law). Workers have been disappearing from Kerblam, and the Doctor immediately suspects the company’s small management staff, especially when Slade, the warehouse manager, is revealed to have known about the disappearances without telling anyone. But the Doctor soon discovers that Kerblam itself sent out the distress call…and that one of the “organics” on the premises is planning to start a planet-wide spree of death and destruction with super saver shipping.

Order the DVDwritten by Pete McTighe
directed by Jennifer Perrott
music by Segun Akinola

Doctor WhoCast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Judy Maddox), Lee Mack (Dan Cooper), Callum Dixon (Jarva Slade), Claudia Jessie (Kira Arlo), Leo Flanagan (Charlie Duffy), Matthew Gravelle (voice of Kerblam)

Doctor WhoNotes: Odds are good that the eleventh Doctor purchased the fez, a piece of headwear whose coolness he was fond of declaring (though it could have been the seventh Doctor, who had some affection for fezzes, as seen in 1988’s Silver Nemesis). This episode also isn’t the first time that mail has been delivered directly into the TARDIS, as a similar special delivery initiated the seventh Doctor’s investigation of the Psychic Circus in 1988’s The Greatest Show In The Galaxy.

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Worlds Apart

MarsMay 2042: Commander Seung is annoyed when the Lukrum mining colony begins drawing more water from Olympus Town’s supply than previously agreed, and she is even more annoyed when it appears that the IMSF’s Secretary General, former Mars expedition member Leslie Richardson, is caving in to Lukrum’s every demand and considers Seung’s complaints to be “petty”. Seung’s sister, the former Secretary General of the IMSF, is en route to Mars on the next IMSF spacecraft, a reunion anticipated by both. Amelie Durand, one of the original Mars landing party, is shocked to discover from her own preflight physical that she is pregnant, opening up a vast number of questions: should she return to Earth as she had already planned to, or remain on Mars to have her baby? Marta Kamen, who has yet to discover further evidence of microbial life on Mars, is enraged to discover that Lukrum has apparently found liquid subsurface water and plans to tap into it, contaminating any samples that could be gained from it, sparking a brawl between the IMSF and Lukrum colonists. Commander Seung is devastated when she learns that her sister, who had been concealing a malignant tumor during the screening process from both the IMSF and her family, will never reach Mars alive.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Dee Johnson
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Brian Reitzell

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Gunnar Cauthery (Lt. Michael Glenn), Roxy Sternberg (Jen Carson), Evan Hall (Shep Marster), Akbar Kurtha (Dr. Jay Johar), Jeff Hephner (Kurt Hurrelle), Levi Fiehler (Cameron Pate), Attila Arpa (Volkov), Caroline Boulton (Nurse), Naomi Christie (Zhen Zhen Yow), Emily Corcoran (Ms. Wilson), Nicholas Goh (Gan Chen), Sonia Kaur (Anika Chandra), Laurence Poidatz (Amelie’s Mother), Alexandria Szucs (Abby), Nick Waring (E.U. Rep Davies), Nicholas Wittman (Oliver Lee)

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The Witchfinders

Doctor WhoThe TARDIS goes a bit off course, depositing the time travelers in 17th century English village of Bilehurst Cragg, ruled over by Becka Savage, the widow of the local landowner… just as Becka is about to have an accused witch drowned before the entire assembled population of the village. The Doctor interferes, but is too late to save the woman accused of witchcraft. When Becka Savage promises to try the time travelers as witches themselves, the Doctor (with a little help from the psychic paper) tries to take control of the situation by assuming the guise of the “Witchfinder General”, only to be upstaged when King James himself shows up. He promises to help Becka Savage drive Satan (and anyone she thinks might be a witch) from Bilehurst Cragg. Yaz helps the granddaughter of the executed woman bury her body, only to see tentacle-like appendages emerge from the grave. When she tells the Doctor, the hunt is on for whatever alien influence is causing even the King himself to suspect that witches are widespread among the villagers…as well as the hunt for the answer of why there’s no historical record of Bilehurst Cragg.

Order the DVDwritten by Joy Wilkinson
directed by Sallie Aprahamian
music by Segun Akinola

Doctor WhoCast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Alan Cumming (King James), Siobhan Finneran (Becka Savage), Tilly Steele (Willa Twiston), Tricia Kelly (Old Mother Twiston), Arthur Kay (Smithy), Stavros Demetraki (Alfonso)

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Darkness Falls

MarsAugust 2042: After the death of her sister Joon, Commander Hana Seung withdraws into her duties in Olympus Town, but even then she seems distracted and distanced from the colony’s day-to-day problems. Still fuming over the discovery that Lukrum Industries is actively drilling into liquid water that may contain samples of active microbial life, Marta Kamen takes it upon herself to “borrow” one of the colony’s rovers to trespass on Lukrum’s land claim and collect water samples herself. A powerful solar flare disrupts power and communications planetwide, plunging both Olympus Town and Lukrum, as well as the Chinese orbital station, into darkness. With satellites and other systems silenced, Marta has no contact with Olympus Town, as well as no navigational aid to keep her headed in the right direction. Unless she can be located, she won’t last the night on the Martian plains.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by David Gould
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Brian Reitzell

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Gunnar Cauthery (Lt. Michael Glenn), Roxy Sternberg (Jen Carson), Evan Hall (Shep Marster), Akbar Kurtha (Dr. Jay Johar), Jeff Hephner (Kurt Hurrelle), Levi Fiehler (Cameron Pate), Naomi Christie (Zhen Zhen Yow), Nicholas Goh (Gan Chen), Adam Lannon (Man), Nicholas Wittman (Oliver Lee)

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