164 Demons of the Punjab

This is the one where the Doctor and her companions do nothing and the story just unfolds around them. There aren't demons, there aren't assassins, and the only real conflict is between brothers.

Live from Master Closet Studios, you’re listening to the only podcast on the internet hosted by demon assassins from the future! It’s the Noobs and the Whovian! 

My name is Austin and I’m the Whovian, and these are my sons Corbin and Tripp and we’re the noobs! 

This is the podcast that introduces a whole new generation to Doctor Who by watching an episode each week and discussing it from the perspective of a dad who’s seen it before, and two sons who haven’t. 

Welcome to Episode 164 covering season 11 episode 6: Demons of the Punjab

Super-short Recap 

This is the one where the Doctor and her companions do nothing and the story just unfolds around them. There aren’t demons, there aren’t assassins, and the only real conflict is between brothers. 

Production notes

  • Story #282
  • Originally aired November 11, 2018 to 7.48 million viewers
  • Written by: Vinay Patel
    • Apparently I was wrong that Chibs wrote or co-wrote every episode this season!
    • He was the second writer of color, alongside Malorie Blackman that we mentioned when we covered Rosa
    • He came up with the name Arachnids in the UK
    • He said it was very important to tell this story of Partition while being respectful of the seriousness of the events and themes
      • Well, Vinay, ya nailed it!
  • Directed by: Jamie Childs
    • Did The Woman Who Fell to Earth, and a a few more this season
    • Also directed 6 episodes of His Dark Materials on HBO

Misc Trivia

  • This story was nominate for a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
  • The wikia often cites specific episodes, comics, books, audio dramas, etc. when mentioning this or that fact. In this one, under Continuity, it says that the Doctor recalls being a man and cites An Unearthly Child THROUGH Twice Upon a Time


  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • Nope!
    • Another double-meaning, like The Woman Who Fell to Earth
    • The demons were inside us all along… 
  • Creature of the week – Thijarians
    • an ancient species that evolved themselves into the deadliest assassins in the universe.
    • They changed after they returned from assassinating to find their homeworld destroyed. Countless dead, unwitnessed, unmourned
    • Aliens with compassion
    • There is something incredibly beautiful about them. The idea that no matter when or where you die, you never truly die alone. The Thijarians are there to watch over you and bear witness to your death.
    • Kind of similar to the Testimony in Twice Upon a Time
    • How come the doctor doesn’t know about them?
    • It has telepathic navigation… sort of… 
    • The little finger things bob up and down with the center column
  • Sonic
    • Demon tracker?
  • Jibberty Jabberty
    • Accordion waves, which could mean the presence of an octonic engine nearby
  • Name Dropping
    • I’ll give your notes to Lord Mountbatten if I ever bump into him again
    • Haven’t officiated a wedding since Einstein’s. His parents didn’t approve either… 
  • The Doctor Apologises 
    • I’ve apologized for the death-eye turtle army. Profusely!
  • Adventures in closed captioning!

Other stuff we noticed 

  • I don’t know if any of us know the truth of our lives cuz we’re too busy living it from the inside. Just enjoy the moment and figure it out later!
  • Nothing worse than when normal people lose their minds. 

Who’s Who? 

  • Who is Ryan Sinclair?
    • Who is Graham O’Brien?
      • Ta very much, I only hang around here to be insulted.
      • Do you need a singer? I know all the classics, or latest hits to you lot.
      • All we can strive to be is good men.
    • Who is Yasmin “Yaz” Khan?
      • What’s the good of having a mate with a time machine if you can’t nip back and see your gran when she were young?!
      • No Yaz! We can’t have a universe with no Yaz!
    • Who is the Doctor?
      • I’m too nice. This is what happens when you’re too nice!
      • I’m talking to to confront my latent worry
      • My references to body and gender regeneration are all in jest.
      • The Doctor of Hope
        • Something I believe in MY faith – love, in all its forms, is the most powerful weapon we have. Because love is a form of hope, and like hope, love abides.

    Classic Who Connections

    Overall impressions

    • Overall rating out of 10
      • Jared – 
      • Austin – 10 witness bears
      • Corbin – 8 deadly assassins
      • Tripp – 8.5 mururmzzzzsz
    • Creep Level – out of 500
      • Jared – 
      • Austin – 200
      • Corbin – 10
      • Tripp – 20


    • Will they or won’t they?
      • Corbin – I hope not, but probably
      • Tripp – yes they will, but it’s gonna take till the end of the season

    The Game Plan 

    • Next week, we’re covering season 11 episode 7, Kerblam!