Regardless of that, nothing is more empowering than seeing my fellow Sikhs, Muslims, and the rest of the South Asian community and our diaspora worldwide coming together, mobilizing and protesting peacefully. Our solidarity is being felt across the world. On Thursday, 250 million people participated in a strike across India making it the largest organized protest in human history; farmers from all religions are in it together, this is not a religious issue that they make it out to be, though they are actively targeting and baiting Sikhs. My parents, relatives and grandparents have lived through it all: the most notable, the tormenting ethnic cleansing events of 1947 and 1984, and it's acutely distressing aftermath that followed for decades, significantly impacting the Sikh community, and it's ripple effects are still omnipresent till this day. My parents are extremely proud of witnessing the united efforts of everyone across the globe. United we stand.
This appears to be an unpopular opinion, but personally I hated "Demons of the Punjab". I genuinely want to understand why this episode gets so much love, and I would appreciate civil opinions. Below I will outline why I feel this way, so if you feel so inclined, read on to understand my train of logic. Spoilers if you havent seen it.
The main issue I take with the episode is the forced inclusion of sci-fi elements. I can accept that the Doctor has brought the Fam back in time to witness something and figure out the mystery of Yazs grandmothers first husband. However, in the end, the conflict and the reason for his death are mundane. Hes killed for religious reasons, something fairly common in Earth history. But did this need to be an episode of Doctor Who, the show about a time traveling alien who goes around seeing important historical events? I admit I havent watched classic DW, but the villian in the episode is just other men. Im not saying that the partition of India needed a sci-fi element, but by that same token did it need to be a DW episode if the villian was so mundane?
Now, for the sci-fi element. The Thijarian. They were irrelevant to the story being told. The Doctor has only heard of this race as being great assassins. She is cautious and fearful based on previous information. However, simply because one pair says they are no longer killers, that they are watchers, the Doctor believes them. This revelation is unsubstantiated and is such a turn for the Doctor. Yes, we may assume that the Doctor wants to give a chance to everyone.
This, however, makes the Thijarian prescence worth less to the story. The Doctor is fearful for this persons life because of the alien prescence, but it turns out this loss of life comes from elsewhere. Had the Thijarians not been in the episode at all, the events would have largely gone unchanged. Differing human factions would have fought and Prem would have died. All that would have happened is the Fam would not have been searching for an alien prescence.
This episode annoyed me more than others, though I feel the idea of dealing with a historic human issue and adding sci-fi elements was common (see "Rosa", see "The Witchfinders"). While the historical impact of the content is there, the episode as a DW episode feels lacking and forced. I also do not feel the writing or the editing of this past series was great in general, some of these episodes felt too forced to me. The ideas of events detailed could been done... keep reading on reddit ➡