The Tsuranga Conundrum
4 November 2018
Lois Chimimba (Mabli), Suzanne Packer (Eve Cicero), Brett Goldstein (Astos), Ben Bailey-Smith (Durkas Cicero), David Shields (Ronan), Jack Shalloo (Yoss Inkl)
|Written by||Chris Chibnall|
|Directed by||Sallie Aprahamian|
|Produced by||Nikki Wilson, Adam Friedlander & Alex Mercer|
Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly – and unusual – creatures.
While scavenging on an alien junkyard planet, The Doctor, Graham, Yasmin and Ryan are caught in a sonic mine’s detonation. They wake aboard the Tsuranga, an automated ship travelling to a medical space-station. Exploring the ship, The Doctor meets some of the patients being transported – Eve Cicero, a renowned general; her brother Durkas; Eve’s synth robot partner Ronan; and Yoss, a pregnant man. After gaining access to the ship’s systems, The Doctor, alongside head nurse Astos, notice something heading for the ship. They realise it is an alien entity, which gains access to the ship and starts damaging the it’s escape pods. Astos becomes trapped in one that he is inspecting, and dies when the pod is jettisoned into space and explodes.
Helped by Mabli, Astos’ colleague, The Doctor learns that the entity is a P’Ting, a creature that eats non-organic material and is classed as highly dangerous. Learning that the ship will be remotely detonated if the space-station detects the creature aboard, The Doctor works to prevent this happening. While Yasmin and Ronan defend the ship’s power source from the P’Ting, Ryan and Graham offer to help Mabli with Yoss as he enters labour. Meanwhile, The Doctor, Eve and Ronan focus on gaining manual control of the ship. During this time, The Doctor learns that Eve has a critical heart condition that could kill her if she interfaces with the ship. Despite this, Eve sacrifices herself to protect everyone aboard the ship by keeping it safe, before Durkas assumes control in her place.
The Doctor suddenly deduces that the P’Ting was attracted to the ship looking for energy sources, its true food source. With this knowledge, she returns to the ship’s power source where she rationalises it has a built-in failsafe bomb. Removing it, she primes the device and feeds it to the P’Ting, giving it ample energy before she jettisons it into space. Durkas safely brings the Tsuranga to the space-station, while Ryan and Graham help Yoss produce a healthy baby. Before leaving to recover her TARDIS with the others, The Doctor joins Mabli and the patients in honouring the death of Eve for her courage in protecting them.
The Doctor claims she is a doctor of medicine, science, engineering, candy floss, LEGO, philosophy, music, problems, people and hope, but mostly hope.
Graham mentions how he has watched every episode of Call the Midwife, although he looks away at the squeamish parts.
Gifftan males and females can become pregnant, with males only birthing male children and vice-versa. Gifftan young are gestated for a week in a pregnancy sac before the sac is painlessly cut open during birth.
Gifftan babies are born with two umbilical cords.
Images of a Cyberman, an Ood, a Weeping Angel, a Raxacoricofallapatorian, a Sontaran, a Silent, a Silurian, and a Zygon appear on a console screen in rapid succession before Mabli selects a briefing on the Pting.
Time Lords possess an organ called an exo-spleen.
Pretty much every scientific fact about anti-matter given by The Doctor in this episode is true to real