With Demons of the Punjab, he became the second person of colour (in broadcast order) to contribute a script to Doctor Who, after Malorie Blackman. Patel's Doctor Who debut focused on the Partition of India in 1947. He told Radio Times:
As a member of the writer's room for that series, he also took part in planning for other episodes. After possible titles for episode 4 were discussed by the team, Patel suggested Arachnids in the UK, which became the final title. His idea was a reference to the Sex Pistols song, Anarchy in the U.K.. (DWM 531)
He also wrote two short stories, both of which tied into his TV episodes: Letters from the Front for The Target Storybook (featuring characters from Demons of the Punjab) and The Tourist for Adventures in Lockdown (featuring characters from Fugitive of the Judoon).
The Target Storybook
Adventures in Lockdown
- Bond, Kimberley (11 November 2018). What happened during the partition of India?. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 11 November 2018.