The Tsuranga Conundrum:
Season 41, Episode 5.
Series directorial debut by Jennifer Perrott.
She is an Australian and her previous work included Home And Away, Offspring and in 2008 directed future companion my wife Karen Gillan in her starring role in Stacked.
Intriguing on what I thought was a land mine turn out instead to be a sonic mine.
The Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz then found themselves on what appeared to be a hospital.
Jodie Whittaker had been in such an environment before when she starred in the first season of Trust Me where she played a nurse pretending to be of all things a doctor.
In fact Jodie Whittaker’s reveal as the Doctor in 2017 came just before the debut of Trust Me.
In addition to this, The Tsuranga Conundrum has her reuniting with her Trust Me co-star Lois Chimimba (Mabli).
Jodie had also worked with Brett Goldstein (Astos) before in a movie called Adult Life Skills (2016).
Director Perrott also had previous experience in a hospital environment as she was a director on British medical series Doctors.
Funnily enough Patrick Mulkern in his Radio Times review reference another British medical series Casualty as he called Casualty In Space.
Perhaps it is a sense of irony that Perrott had directed on Doctors but not Casualty and perhaps a casual viewer can’t tell the difference between these two British medical series.
The Tsuranga of the title is soon revealed to be where the travellers woke up to after the sonic mine and it turned out to be a spaceship.
Second episode after The Ghost Monument in which the travellers to wake up in an unknown spaceship.
Shocking when Astos got killed after getting in a pod and then exploding with him in it.
That little creature the P’Ting is sure menacing including eating metal.
It even had a taste of the sonic screwdriver before spitting it out. Was thinking that this was the end of this sonic before it was revealed that it can reboot itself.
For the first time ever in Doctor Who we see a pregnant man. The only other time I have seen a pregnant man is the movie Junior (1994).
Jack Shalloo who played the pregnant man Yoss said in a video interview that he too thought of Junior.
Lost for words from the pregnant man that men give birth to boys and women give birth to girls.
Ryan’s dad is brought up again and we get more information this time as he recounts when his dad left after the death of his mom.
I am thinking that we probably going to see the dad later this season.
Graham and Ryan reference Call The Midwife upon seeing the pregnant man giving birth.
I watch Call The Midwife and whilst on the topic of medical shows other current medical shows I watch are Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor and The Resident and the only classic medical show I am now watching is Trapper John, MD.
Moving on brother and sister Durkas and Eve Cicero expressing their love with one another before sadly the latter died.
The pregnant man and General Eve Cicero’s heart condition played out like a soap opera and with this taking place on a spaceship made this feels like an episode of Star Trek: Voyager and incidentally my wife Karen Gillan is a Voyager fan.