Written by Ollie C.
This review does NOT contain spoilers for 'Demons of the Punjab'
The first Chibnall free episode of Series 11 arrived today, with 'Demons of the Punjab' written by the wonderful Vinay Patel ('Murdered By My Father') and this is quite possibly one of the strongest episodes of the series so far, rivaling the likes of Episode 3's 'Rosa' and arguably 'The Woman Who Fell To Earth'. Patel's take on the partition of India is beautiful, solemn and poetic, bringing in not only other-worldly threats, but the threats that are created and forged from humans themselves.
Jodie has firmly cemented herself into the role here, giving perhaps her best performance to date, showing more sides to her character than we've seen in all 5 episodes prior. The episode also takes keen focus on Yaz (Mandip Gill) who gives, also, her best performance, dealing with some rather emotional scenes that could have got catastrophically wrong if acted incorrectly.
Ryan and Graham take a bit of a back seat in this episode, however it is perhaps for the better, considering the past 5 episodes have focused quite heavily on their plot line. Patel also perfectly balances the science-fiction aspects of Doctor Who, with the more educational and historical aspects prevalent in this year's series- something I can really get behind.
And Segun Akinola. Again... Wow! What an incredible score for this episode, using instrumentals and vocals from India itself, Akinola places the audience directly in the moment. And those end-credits...
Overall, Patel gives us what we've needed, an episode that stands out for all the right reasons. An episode showing us the demons that not only haunt the worlds of fiction, but the demons within us. Series 11 is finally kicking into gear.
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