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Doctor Who Thread of Space and Time: Discussing S11E06 Demons of the Punjab


#5095

I think you’re right. It seems to be a common theme (and next week’s episode looks to feature more of it).

I think this episode struggled to juggle the threat with all the different family issues playing out - maybe cutting one of the subplots would have helped - but at its heart it feels like those are the issues Chibnall is exploring.

Which I guess fits with his attempts to drag the show back to being something with broad appeal across entire families.


#5096

Does that mean the finale will be about the Doctor’s family, or lack of it?


#5097

This can only lead to more fan-theories that Susan is coming back.


#5098

What if Susan Who, was a younger Doctor Who - like before they graduated?

If so then Susan has been there all the time…


#5099

They’re presumably going to do something with Ryan’s dad for the end of the series.


#5100

Did you forget the point about the alien’s skin being toxic to humans?


#5101

He wasn’t a human.


#5102

An animated recon of Wheel in Space (episode 1) has been announced and will premiere at Missing Believed Wiped, ahead of a DVD release next year. It’s only 10 minutes though, which is a little odd and it’s not said whether the rest of the missing bits of the serial have been animated too.

Clarification of the extent of the animation from one of the producers.

Which is really weird. Why would you only animate 10 minutes of one episode from a mostly missing story just to show at an event and then lob on a DVD as a special feature? They’re practically inviting people to speculate that the everything but that 10 minutes has been found and returned to the archive, because that’s the only explanation for paying out to animate only 10 minutes that isn’t totally odd.


#5103

I liked this week’s episode. There was nothing particularly special about it, being another bog-standard base/ship under siege type story. But the character work was pretty good, Graham and Ryan’s relationship continues to be a highlight - I’m down for the refused fist bump being a running gag, and the return of the future humans getting 21st century Earth details wrong is always a laugh.

Plus, the ptang had a cute butt.


#5104

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#5105

Details of episodes seven and eight:


#5106

So are there no returning writers from previous series this year?


#5107

Pretty sure Chibnall said that was a specific choice that was made.


#5108

By him or by the writers?

It’s a pretty damn arrogant one if by him.


#5109

By him, if I remember correctly. I believe the idea was to bring in new blood and perspectives. I could be misremembering though.

EDIT: So I kind of misremembered, he made an effort to hire as many female and POC writers as possible. Since Doctor Who had never had any POC writers before that didn’t leave a lot of room for previous writers.


#5110

Another season, another fuck about with transmission times.


#5111

Wasn’t the main argument for moving to Sundays that it would give it a stable timeslot again?


#5112

To be fair I think that was mainly our argument than an official one given.


#5113

Some interesting data on viewing figures that I just stumbled across.


#5114

For context, that was Peter Davidson’s first season, in 1982.

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