A 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.
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)
Notes: 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.
LogBook entry by Earl Green