Doctor Who, Demons of the Punjab: cast list, demons named

The guest cast list for the sixth episode of Doctor Who, Series 11, Demons of the Punjab was released:

Shobna Gulati: Najia Khan, Yaz’s mother
Ravin J Ganatra: Hakim Khan, Yaz’s father
Bhavnisha Parmar: Sonya Khan, Yaz’s sister
Leena Dhingra: Nani Umbreen, Yaz’s grandmother
Amita Suman: UmbreenYaz’s grandmother 1947
Shane Zaza: Prem 
Hamza Jeetooa: Manish
Shaheen Khan: Hasna
Barbara Fadden, Almak, likely a demon
Isobel Middleton: Almak (voice)
Nathalie Curzner: Kisar, likely a demon
Emma Fielding: Kisar (voice)

It reveals that Yaz will be reunited with her family once again after her ordeal with the Pting in the high-tech hospital in The Tsuragna Conundrum. I hope she remembers to pick up the promised bread on the way back to her familys flat.

Sonya, Yasmin, Najia and Hakim Khan, Arachnids in the UK. BBC America

A new member of Yazs family is introduced, her grandmother (or Nani), Umbreen, a woman who is reluctant to reveal secrets of her past. Current-day Ubreen is played by Leena Dhingra, who played Miss Chandrakala, the family maid, in the The Unicorn and the Wasp.

Leena Dhingra as Nani Umbreen, Demons of the Punjab next-time trailer, BBC

Nani Umbreen to Yaz: “I want you to have this”, Demons of the Punjab next-time trailer, BBC

What does Yaz do when curious about her grandmothers hidden history? She turns to her friend, the Doctor to take her Graham and Ryan back in time to 1947 Punjab to find out.

Demons of the Punjab, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, BBC

Be careful what you wish for. 1947 Punjab is embroiled in Partition, a bloody period of conflict and mass migration in India, when it was divided into two countries, Hindu majority India and Muslim majority Pakistan, after the dissolution of British colonial rule.

Umbreen about to be married on the day that Lord Mountbatten declares Partition.

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

1947 Umbreen is played by Amita Suman.

Amita Suman as Umbreen, Demons of the Punjab, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from the BBC Doctor Who Series 11 trailer

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from Demons of the Punjab next-time trailer, BBC

If that isnt enough of a problem, there are also demons haunting the land and two of them appear to be named Almak and Kisar.

A still from the second Demons of the Punjab next-time trailer, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

Almak and Kisar are physically played by creature actors Barbara Fadden and Nathalie Curzner. The two demons are voiced by Isobel Middleton and Emma Fielding, respectively.

Rounding out the cast list for the Punjabi adventure are Shane Zaza as Prem, Hamza Jeetooa as Manish and Shaheen Khan as Hasna.

Shane Zaza as Prem, Demons of the Punjab, BBC

Hamza Jeetoa as Manish, Demons of the Punjab, BBC

Shaheen Khan as Hasna, Demons of the Punjab, BBC America

Some more scenes from the trailer:

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

The trailer:

Graham: “We’re in 1947 Pakistan”
Doctor: “Tread softly. You’re treading on your own history.”
Ryan: “Umbreen, she’s your nan, right?”
Yaz: “Yeah.”
Hasna: “How can we bring Demons on ourselves?”
Doctor: “I don’t know, But I’ll find out”

A still from the Demons of the Punjab trailer, BBC

Alison Graham of the Radio Times describes Demons of the Punjab as a combination of “Back to the Future and Who Do You Think You Are?
Graham also describes the episode as, “deeply sombre and tragic” and, “the Doctor and her friends become burdened with a dreadful foreknowledge. There are monsters – demons – who might not be what they seem.”
Demons of the Punjab was written by Vinay Patel and directed by Jamie Childs and airs on Sunday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. on BBC One and 8:00 p.m. on BBC America.