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Synopsis


The Judoon
The Judoon
 When Martha Jones finds herself on the Moon, she meets a mysterious stranger called The Doctor, and her life will never be the same again.

Source: BBC DVD


General Information

Season: Twenty Nine (New Series 3)
Production Code: 3-1
Story Number: 179 (New Series: 23)
Episode Number:725 (New Series: 29)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"Martha"
Production Dates: August 2006 - January 2007
Broadcast Date: 31 March 2007
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Upper Boat, Pontypridd)
Location: University of Glamorgan (Pontypridd), Quay Street (Cardiff), Usk Valley Business Park (Pontypool), Singleton Hospital (Swansea) and Cardiff Bay.
Writer:Russell T Davies
Director:Charles Palmer
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies
Script Editor:Simon Winstone
Editor:Matthew Tabern
Production Executive:Julie Scott
Production Manager:Patrick Schweitzer
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Ernie Vincze BSC
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Louise Page
Make-Up Designer:Barbara Southcott
Cameramen:Steven Hall (2nd Camera) and Julian Barber (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Julian Howarth
Sound Supervisor:Paul McFadden
Sound Editor:Doug Sinclair
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium FX
Stunt Co-ordinators:Crispin Layfield and Tom Lucy
Stunt Performers:Dean Forster, George Cottle and Will Willoughby
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Music Performed By: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) (Joins) Guest Cast: Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones), Anne Reid (Florence Finnegan) Additional Cast: Roy Marsden (Mr Stoker), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish Jones), Reggie Yates (Leo Jones), Trevor Laird (Clive Jones), Kimmi Richards (Annalise), Ben Righton (Morgenstern), Vineeta Rishi (Julia Swales), Paul Kasey (Judoon Captain), Nicholas Briggs (Judoon Voices)Setting: London and The Moon (2008) Villains:Finnegan and The Judoon

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
725Smith and Jones31 March 200744'25"8.7Yes

Total Duration 44 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 8.7
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2007)75.98%  (Position = 5 out of 10)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)74.00% Lower (Position = 66 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)71.83% Lower (Position = 111 out of 241)


Archives


 This story exists and is held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.



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Notes


This story is the introduction of Freema Agyeman as companion Martha Jones.

Freema Agyeman's appearance at the end of Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2), in "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday", is explained as being her cousin Adeola.

This story also introduces the viewer to Martha's family who will be recurring characters throughout Season Twenty Nine (New Series 3). This includes Martha's mother Francine (played by Adjoa Andoh - who appeared in last season's "New Earth"), her sister Tish (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), brother Leo (Reggie Yates) and father Clive (Trevor Laird - who appeared in the 1986 Sixth Doctor story "Mindwarp" - part of The Trial of a Time Lord season).

Guest star Anne Reid (who plays plays blood-sucking Plasmavore Florence Finnegan) played the part of the ill-fated Nurse Crane in the 1989 Seventh Doctor story "The Curse of Fenric" who had the blood sucked out of her!

Interestingly this story has no lead-in before the introductory titles.

Director Charles Palmer is the son of distinguished actor Geoffrey Palmer, who appeared in the Third Doctor stories "Doctor Who and the Silurians" and "The Mutants" and also in "Voyage of the Damned".

The Doctor first used the pseudonym John Smith in "The Wheel in Space" and has adopted it occasionally ever since. However, the name was first heard in the show in the first ever story, "An Unearthly Child" - popular beat combo John Smith and the Common Men could be heard playing on Susan's radio.

The Season Twenty Nine (New Series 3) story arc "Vote Saxon" is mentioned as well as seen on bills posted along the walls at the end.

This is not the first time The Doctor has been to the moon. The Second Doctor found himself there in the 1967 story "The Moonbase".

The Judoon aren't the first race of Doctor Who monsters to be inspired by rhinos. The first were the evil Kraals, designed by John Friedlander for the 1975 story "The Android Invasion"

Eight Judoon costumes were made for this story. Only one had an animatronic head underneath its helmet. It took three puppeteers needed to make the Judoon Captain talk, plus Nicholas Briggs to do the actual voice. Nicholas Briggs has provided voices for the Daleks and the Cybermen in both the television show and also in the Big Finish Productions audio range.

The end of this story contains a trailer for the next story "The Shakespeare Code".

Following on immediately after this story, on BBC3, was the first chapter of the third series of Doctor Who Confidential, "Meet Martha Jones" presented by Anthony Head. Unlike the previous two seasons the length of Doctor Who Confidential, from this chapter onwards, has been extended to 45 minutes.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first true story of Season Twenty Nine (New Series 3).

 The introduction of companion Martha Jones played by Freema Agyeman.

 The introduction of regular supporting characters Francine Jones (played by Adjoa Andoh) and Tish (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

 The first appearance in the show of The Judoon.

 The first time, in the revised series, The Doctor visits the moon.

 The first Doctor Who story to be directed by Charles Palmer.


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The Plot

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Martha Examining The Doctor
Martha Examining The Doctor

Medical student Martha Jones, while on her way to work at London's Royal Hope Hospital, London, has a close encounter with a strange man who takes his tie off in front of her and then with a leather-clad, helmeted person who seems to be in a hurry to enter the hospital.

But this is just the start of a strange day for Martha. During her rounds through the hospital she gets to meet two very unusual patients. The first is an elderly woman, called Florence Finnegan who is suffering from salt deprivation, and the other is with a man who calls himself John Smith - who is actually The Doctor and who Martha recognises as being the man who took his tie off outside – despite him claiming he has been in bed all morning.

While Martha goes off with her fellow students discharges of static electricity start occurring all over the hospital. Then as if from nowhere, a freak rainstorm develops over the hospital. But instead of falling down the rain is going up into the sky. Then the entire building shakes and vanishes in a flash of light. For those inside the Royal Hope Hospital they find themselves looking out onto the surface of the Moon, encased in a force field keeping the limited amount of air inside the building.

On the Moon
On the Moon

Accompanied by Martha – who is one of the very few people who does not seem to be panicking – The Doctor goes off to investigate. Between them they witness Ms Finnegan, who turns out to be not what she seems, attacking the hospital administrator, Mr Stoker. As explained by The Doctor Finnegan is a Plasmavore, a creature that subsists on assimilating blood from other species. She also has two henchmen, the non-sentient Slabs (the leather-clad figure Martha spotted earlier) – one of whom chases The Doctor and Martha when Finnegan is caught drinking Mr Stoker’s blood through a straw.

It seems that Finnegan is trying to pass herself off as human so as to hide from the scans of The Judoon, a rhino-like race of intergalactic thugs who have arrived in giant cylindrical spaceships, and are scanning everyone in the hospital. As Earth is out of their jurisdiction, they are the ones responsible for teleporting the hospital to the Moon, where they can than scan everyone and so discover the culprit behind the assassination of a princess on a distant planet. By using Stoker's blood Finnegan manages to mask her scan, but The Judoon soon discover The Doctor is non-human and so pursue him thinking that he is the non-human thay are hunting down.

Finnegan and her Slabs
Finnegan and her Slabs

The Doctor, with Martha's help, manage to evade The Judoon and also stop one of the two Slabs by amplifying an X-ray machine. While Martha delays The Judoon The Doctor finally confronts Finnegan and goads her into sampling his blood, thinking it will mask a more thorough scan... but in doing so he collapses to the floor and is announced as being dead by The Judoon. Thinking that their mission is over it is up to Martha to convince The Judoon that Finnegan is the non-human they are looking for. After this is prooved the kill before departing leaving Martha with a dead Doctor and the limited air inside the hospital running out.

Martha succeeds in bringing The Doctor back to life just before the last of the air runs and the hospital is returned to its rightful place in London and the authorities take over – Martha’s last sight of The Doctor is of him entering a blue Police Box which then fades away. Or is it?

Later that evening, as The Doctor comes back for her and to prove that he can travel in time as well as space, he invites her into the TARDIS for just one trip. But will he be able to bring her back home before anyone notices she is missing?

 
Earth Gazing
Earth Gazing
Alien Arrival
Alien Arrival
The Judoon
The Judoon
The Doctor is Scanned
The Doctor is Scanned
 
The Doctor
The Doctor
Martha Jones
Martha Jones
Finnegan
Finnegan
The Doctor and Martha
The Doctor and Martha




Quote of the Story


 'What, people call you 'The Doctor'? Well, I'm not. As far as I'm concerned you've got to earn that title.'

Martha Jones



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Smith and Jones - The Shakespeare Code - GridlockMay 2007BBCDVD 2381Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Standard Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Amazon Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Woolworths Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Audio
CD
Original Television Soundtrack - Series 3November 2007SILCD1250Photo-montageMusic by Murray Gold
Video
DVD
Series 1 - 4 Box SetOctober 2009BBCDVD 3058Boxed set containing all 43 stories on 23 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Audio
CD
The 50th Anniversary CollectionDecember 2013Photo-montageOriginal Television Soundtracks
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3967Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete David Tennant Years Box SetNovember 2014BBCDVD 4000Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 37 stories on 26 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Third Series Box SetAugust 2015BBCBD 0263Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 11 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Third Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)May 2018Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 11 stories


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 380 (Released: March 2007)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArticleIssue 381 (Released: May 2007)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 382 (Released: May 2007)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 457 (Released: March 2013)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 15 (Released: July 2009)

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DVD Box Set<BR>(Woolworths Version)
DVD Box Set
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Original Television Soundtrack Cover
Original Television Soundtrack Cover

BBC
AUDIO
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set

BBC
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Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
The 50th Anniversary Collection Cover
The 50th Anniversary Collection Cover

BBC
AUDIO
   
Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(2014 Re-release)

BBC
VIDEO
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

BBC
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Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 380
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 380

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 381
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 381

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 382
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 382

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 457
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 457

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 15
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 15

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