19th October 2018   •   article
BBC's Doctor Who will explore Partition history and visit Punjab 1947 in upcoming episode

by Barfi Culture Team | @barfi_culture.
Image: BBC
The BBC's top-rated show Doctor Who will delve into South Asian history in its latest series with an episode set in Punjab in 1947.

The episode, Called Demons Of The Punjab, will feature the Tardis jumping to 1947 after Doctor Who's companion Yaz looks to discover more about her grandmother’s hidden history. Yaz is played by Mandip Gill (pictured above).

It will be broadcast on Sunday 11th November.

It was written by Vinay Patel, creator of Murdered By My Father, and features actors Shane Zaza (Happy Valley), Amita Suman (Ackley Bridge) and Hamza Jeetooa (Our Girl).

The BBC is not saying much more on the episode yet, but its likely to feature demons, perhaps as metaphors, terrorising local people.

Vinay Patel said it was the first idea he pitched with and felt Doctor Who was the right show to do it for.

There was a lot of positive reaction on Twitter

The Partition was among the largest mass migration of humans in history, with some estimating that around 2 million people died during that time.

Earlier this year, lung doctor Binita Kane launched a campaign to teach Partition history in UK schools. The campaign, supported by MPs and personalities from across the spectrum, is also calling for a national Partition Commemoration day.
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