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PRODUCTIONINFO

Name

TheTsurangaConundrum

SerialCode

E

FirstTransmitted

4November2018

Finalratings

7.78m

BLURAYRELEASE

DVD

DVDRELEASE

DVD

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CAST

RegularCast

JodieWhittaker(TheDoctor),MandipGill(Yasmin),ToshinCole(Ryan),BradleyWalsh(Graham) GuestCast

LoisChimimba(Mabli),SuzannePacker(EveCicero),BrettGoldstein(Astos),BenBailey-Smith(DurkasCicero),DavidShields(Ronan),JackShalloo(YossInkl)

CREW

Writtenby ChrisChibnall Directedby SallieAprahamian Producedby NikkiWilson,AdamFriedlander&AlexMercer

sypnosis

Injuredandstrandedinthewildsofafar-flunggalaxy,TheDoctor,Yaz,GrahamandRyanmustbandtogetherwithagroupofstrangerstosurviveagainstoneoftheuniverse’smostdeadly-andunusual-creatures.

plot

Whilescavengingonanalienjunkyardplanet,TheDoctor,Graham,YasminandRyanarecaughtinasonicmine’sdetonation.TheywakeaboardtheTsuranga,anautomatedshiptravellingtoamedicalspace-station.Exploringtheship,TheDoctormeetssomeofthepatientsbeingtransported-EveCicero,arenownedgeneral;herbrotherDurkas;Eve’ssynthrobotpartnerRonan;andYoss,apregnantman.Aftergainingaccesstotheship’ssystems,TheDoctor,alongsideheadnurseAstos,noticesomethingheadingfortheship.Theyrealiseitisanalienentity,whichgainsaccesstotheshipandstartsdamagingtheit’sescapepods.Astosbecomestrappedinonethatheisinspecting,anddieswhenthepodisjettisonedintospaceandexplodes.

HelpedbyMabli,Astos’colleague,TheDoctorlearnsthattheentityisaP’Ting,acreaturethateatsnon-organicmaterialandisclassedashighlydangerous.Learningthattheshipwillberemotelydetonatedifthespace-stationdetectsthecreatureaboard,TheDoctorworkstopreventthishappening.WhileYasminandRonandefendtheship’spowersourcefromtheP’Ting,RyanandGrahamoffertohelpMabliwithYossasheenterslabour.Meanwhile,TheDoctor,EveandRonanfocusongainingmanualcontroloftheship.Duringthistime,TheDoctorlearnsthatEvehasacriticalheartconditionthatcouldkillherifsheinterfaceswiththeship.Despitethis,Evesacrificesherselftoprotecteveryoneaboardtheshipbykeepingitsafe,beforeDurkasassumescontrolinherplace.

TheDoctorsuddenlydeducesthattheP’Tingwasattractedtotheshiplookingforenergysources,itstruefoodsource.Withthisknowledge,shereturnstotheship’spowersourcewheresherationalisesithasabuilt-infailsafebomb.Removingit,sheprimesthedeviceandfeedsittotheP’Ting,givingitampleenergybeforeshejettisonsitintospace.DurkassafelybringstheTsurangatothespace-station,whileRyanandGrahamhelpYossproduceahealthybaby.BeforeleavingtorecoverherTARDISwiththeothers,TheDoctorjoinsMabliandthepatientsinhonouringthedeathofEveforhercourageinprotectingthem.

references


TheDoctor


TheDoctorclaimssheisadoctorofmedicine,science,engineering,candyfloss,LEGO,philosophy,music,problems,peopleandhope,butmostlyhope.


Culture


GrahammentionshowhehaswatchedeveryepisodeofCalltheMidwife,althoughhelooksawayatthesqueamishparts.


Species


Gifftanmalesandfemalescanbecomepregnant,withmalesonlybirthingmalechildrenandvice-versa.Gifftanyoungaregestatedforaweekinapregnancysacbeforethesacispainlesslycutopenduringbirth.
Gifftanbabiesarebornwithtwoumbilicalcords.
ImagesofaCyberman,anOod,aWeepingAngel,aRaxacoricofallapatorian,aSontaran,aSilent,aSilurian,andaZygonappearonaconsolescreeninrapidsuccessionbeforeMabliselectsabriefingonthePting.
TimeLordspossessanorgancalledanexo-spleen.

NOTES

  • TheTsurangaConundrumwasthefifthepisodeintheeleventhseriesofDoctorWhoproducedbyBBCWales.
  • TheDoctornotesthatshehas”onlyjust”recoveredherTARDIS.(TheGhostMonument)
  • TheDoctorsays”snap”whenherandthegeneralsaythesamething.Shehassaidthisinhersecond,sixth,(TheTwoDoctors)tenth(TimeCrash)andtwelfth(TwiceUponaTime)incarnations.
  • RyanmentionshowhisdaddidnotcometoGraceO’Brien’sfuneral.(TheWomanWhoFelltoEarth)
  • GrahamstillcallsTheDoctor“Doc”.(Rosa,ArachnidsintheUK)
  • GrahamoncemoretriestofistbumpRyanonlyforthemantorefuseasit’s”uncool”ofhim.(Rosa)
  • Ryanelaboratesonhismother’sdeath.(TheWomanWhoFelltoEarth)
  • GrahammentionsthefactthatRyanspendstimeonYouTube.(TheWomanWhoFelltoEarth)
  • TheDoctor’ssonicscrewdriverisonceagaineaten.(AChristmasCarol,TheEleventhHour)
  • Onceagain,theThirteenthDoctorlosespossessionofherTARDIS.(TwiceUponaTime)Shealsolostitseveraltimesduringhertenthincarnation.(TheImpossiblePlanet,Blink,Utopia,ThePoisonSky)
  • TheDoctorlovesthemusicalHamilton,andhasseenitmanytimesthroughoutherlives.(TheLongCon)
  • GrahammentionsthatRyanisdescendedfromanEarthnurse.(TheWomanWhoFelltoEarth)
    Prettymucheveryscientificfactaboutanti-mattergivenbyTheDoctorinthisepisodeistruetoreal
  • science.
  • TimPricereceivesacreatorcrforthePting,thefirsttimesuchacrisgivenonacreatureorcharacter’sfirstappearance.
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