Dr Who's partition episode attracts rave reviews for covering a sensitive subject
By Barfi Culture Team
11th November 2018

The Dr Who episode on Partition this week has attracted largely positive reviews on social media, with most saying it tackled the issue very sensitively.

The 'Demons Of The Punjab' episode focused on the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.

Doctor Who's companion Yaz, played by Mandip Gill (pictured above) wants to discover more about her grandmother's hidden history and takes the team to Punjab.

It was written by Vinay Patel, creator of Murdered By My Father, and featured actors including Shane Zaza, Amita Suman and Hamza Jeetooa.

How South Asian viewers received the episode

On Twitter, we found largely positive reactions to the episode from desis.

But author Kal Singh was disappointed

Journalist Nadene Ghouri told Barfi Culture: "It was handled sensitively but it was also a WW1, partition mash up with an underlying Brexit theme. Clever writing. I was expecting to be annoyed but I wasn't because I think they pulled it off and I hope that children watching it learned something or were made to think. It focused one one family of four. No attempt to do big epic scenes."

What white audiences said

Many non-Desis said they learnt from the episode

The episode will also be available on BBC iPlayer if you missed it.

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