2 February 2020
Molly Harris (Suki Cheng), Jake Willis (Warren Brown), Matthew McNulty (Adam Lang), Joana Borja (Gabriela Camera), Thapelo Maropefela (Aramu), Gabriela Toloi (Jamila Velez), Soo Drouet (Joyce), Tristan de Beer (Zach Olson)
|Written by||Pete McTighe & Chris Chibnall|
|Directed by||Jamie Magnus Stone|
|Produced by||Nikki Wilson, Adam Friedlander & Alex Mercer|
What connects a missing astronaut in the Indian Ocean, birds behaving strangely in Peru and a US naval officer who washes up on a Madagascan beach? Team TARDIS investigate.
The Doctor describes herself as “a romantic”.
The TARDIS synthesizes the Anti-Praxeus virus.
A pathogen is a microorganism that carries disease.
The Doctor mentions the Autons when speculating about the infected birds.
Medical injuries and ailments
Praxeus is transferred to humans through contact with infected birds
The Doctor informs Adam Lang that his bloodstream has been infected with an alien pathogen.
Team TARDIS keep in contact with each other using comm dots.
Suki Cheng uses Windows 7 as her operating system on her computer.
Team TARDIS are investigating the three separate distress signals received by the TARDIS. (Fugitive of the Judoon)
The Doctor briefly entertains the possibility that the Autons might have taken over the world’s plastic. In fact, the Nestene Consciousness recently did take over the North Atlantic garbage patch, with ongoing plans for world domination through Bakin Petrochemicals. Rhys Williams took care of this threat in the short term. (Sargasso)
Team TARDIS use comm dots. (The Tsuranga Conundrum)
Despite being filmed in 2019, Praxeus has Doctor Who fans speculating if the bacteria in the story, known by the same name, is actually a reference to the real world Coronavirus, only discovered in 2020, the year of the story’s broadcast.
The Doctor’s opening monologue places Praxeus as taking place”early in the third decade of the 21st century.”
This story marked the first televised Doctor Who appearance of a Brazilian character (Gabriela Camara, who speaks Portuguese and is seen wearing an official Brasil CBF shirt), and the first television role given to a Brazilian actress, Gabriela Toloi. Gabriela Camara was not played by Toloi, however; a Portuguese actor, Joana Borja, was cast instead.