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Last updated 23 November 2019
Broadcast: Sunday 11th November 2018
7:00pm-7:50pm GMT < > « » Premiere < > « »
(actually broadcast at 19:01:10)
Featuring: Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Hamza Jeetooa, Amita Suman, Shane Zaza

The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab in 1947, as India is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to uncover her grandmother's history, the Doctor discovers sinister demons haunting the land.

Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC

Ratings Information:

Initial figures: 5.770m viewers (overnight), 27.5% audience share, 3rd place day, 11th place week
Consolidated figures: 7.484m viewers (+7 days), 31.4% audience share, 8th place - BARB Week (Four Screen), AI 80
Additional figures: 7.999m viewers (+28 days) (5th place)

Overnights: Highest for the day was the Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show which had 8.92 million viewers, while Dynasties, the new David Attenborough had 5.90 million. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 2.77 million.ITV peaked with 3.93 million watching The X Factor while, against Doctor Who, The Chase: Celebrity Special had 3.77 million viewers.Saturdays Strictly Come Dancing topped the week with 9.91 million, while the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance came third for the week with 6.78 million watching. Four editions of Coronation Street and two Emmerdales pushed Doctor Who into 11th place, although a top ten place is likely when final figures are released. [source: Doctor Who News]

Consolidated ratings: Top for the week was Saturdays edition of Strictly Come Dancing getting 11.55 million watching. The new David Attenborough narrated series Dynasties had 7.63 million viewers. Demons Of The Punjab had an Appreciation Index score of 80, again scoring higher with female viewers. [source: Doctor Who News]


BARB Reports

BARB TV: Live: 4.004m*timeslot)/4.03m(actual); Timeshift+7: 3.229m(ts)/3.20m(a) (7.233m total); Timeshift+28: tbc
[first week breakdown: 1.765m(VOSDAL), 0.776m(Mo), 0.191m(Tu), 0.094m(We),0.082m(Th), 0.027m(Fr),0.197m(Sa) estimated]

4 Screen +7 breakdown:
Initial: 7,233,100(TV set), 138,623(PC/laptop), 61,134(Tablet), 51.061(Smartphone); 4 Screen total: 7,483,918
8 Dec 18: 138,625(PC/laptop), 61,136(Tablet), 51,061 (Smartphone); 4 Screen total: 7,483,922

4 Screen +28 breakdown:
7,698,800(TV set), 159,040(PC/laptop), 76,973(Tablet), 63,852(Smartphone); 4 Screen total: 7,998,665


DRAMA OF THE WEEK An episode from Vinay Patel (Murdered by My Father) combines elements of Back to the Future and Who Do You Think You Are? as the Doctor takes Yaz to see her gran.

Granny is on the verge of marrying, in the Punjab of 1947, on the day that Lord Mountbatten declares Partition - the catalyst for tumult, the displacement of millions of people and violent struggles that would last for years.

It's a deeply sombre and tragic story that takes on big issues - the notion of homeland and loss - as the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her friends become burdened with a dreadful foreknowledge. There are monsters - demons - who might not be what they seem.

Credit: Radio Times, p62