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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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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