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The Judoon
The Judoon
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 Trigger-happy space police the Judoon are targeting 21st-century Gloucester.

 The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham race back to Earth in order to prevent them doing too much damage to the cathedral city.

 But who are they looking for, and what did they do to incur the wrath of the Judoon?

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General Information

Season: Thirty Eight (New Series 12)
Production Code: 12-5
Story Number: 290 (New Series: 134)
Episode Number:856 (New Series: 160)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Production Dates:
Broadcast Date: 26 January 2020
Colour Status: HD Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff)
Location: Gloucester (including Gloucester Cathedral); West Usk Lighthouse
Writers:Chris Chibnall and Vinay Patel
Director:Nida Manzoor
Producer:Alex Mercer
Series Producer:Nikki Wilson
Executive Producers:Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens
Executive Producer (for the BBC):Ben Irving
Assistant Directors:Jennifer Day and Rosey-Pepper Mortley
Script Supervisor:Nicki Coles
Script Editors:Fiona McAllister and Caroline Buckley (Assistant)
Series Script Editor:Sheena Bucktowonsing
Editors:Rebecca Trotman, David S J Davies (Assistant), Hayley Williams (Assistant), Alastair Gray (Assistant VFX) and Georgina Careless (VFX)
Colourist:Jateen Patel
Head of Production:Jacquie Glanville and Radford Neville
Production Executive:Tracie Simpson
Production Manager:Delmi Thomas
Production Assistant:Ariana Scott
Post Production Supervisor:Ceres Doyle
Supervising Location Manager:Iwan Roberts
Location Manager:Gareth Roberts
Production Designer:Dafydd Shurmer
Director of Photography:Sam Heasman
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Line Producer:Steffan Morris
Costume Designer:Ray Holman
Make-Up Designer:Claire Pritchard-Jones
Cameramen:Dan Patounas (Assistant), Gwilym Jenner (Assistant), Jade Jenkins (Assistant), Scott Waller (Assistant) and Mark McQuoid (Operator)
Incidental Music:Segun Akinola
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Harry Barnes
Sound Recordist:Deian Llyr Humphreys
Dubbing Mixers:Howard Bargroff and Kiran Marshall
Visual Effects:DNEG
Special Effects:Real SFX
Prosthetics:Millennium FX
Stunt Co-ordinator:Crispin Layfield
Stunt Performers:Andrew Burford and Dan Griffiths
Title Sequence:Ben Pickles
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Segun Akinola
Additional VFX: Zodiak VFX
Additional VFX: Ben Pickles
Additional VFX: BBC Wales Graphics
Creature Movement: Paul Kasey
Judoon and Captain Jack Created By: Russell T Davies
Music Conducted and Orchestrated By: Alec Roberts
Music Recorded By: Olga Fitzroy
Music Mixed By: Goetz Botzenhardt
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker (The Thirteenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 3The Companions: Bradley Walsh (Graham O'Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair) and Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan) Guest Cast: Jo Martin (Ruth Clayton/The Doctor), John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) Additional Cast: Neil Stuke (Lee Clayton), Ritu Arya (Gat), Paul Kasey (Judoon Captain Pol-Con-Don), Michael Begley (All Ears Allan), Judith Street (Marcia), Katie Luckins (Tourist), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of Judoon Captain), Simon Carew (Judoon), Richard Highgate (Judoon), Richard Price (Judoon), Matthew Rohman (Judoon)Setting: Gloucester (21st century) Villains:Gat and The Judoon

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
Duration Viewers
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856Fugitive of the Judoon26 January 202049'45"5.4Yes

Total Duration 50 Minutes

Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 5.4


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"Fugitive of the Judoon" is the fourth story of Season Thirty Eight (New Series 12) and was written by Vinay Patel and showrunner Chris Chibnall. It was directed by Nida Manzoor. Vinay Patel previously wrote last season’s story "Demons of the Punjab".

Nida Manzoor directed the third recording block containing this story and "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror" - the previous story. Her previous directing work includes the online BBC comedy-drama Enterprice and a pilot for a series called Hounslow Diaries.

Although Nida Manzoor is credited as having directed this story, Jamie Magnus Stone directed the scenes involving Captain Jack Harkness.

This story featured the introduction of a previously unknown incarnation of The Doctor, with her own TARDIS, though neither Doctor can remember living the life of the other. This other Doctor is said to have used a Chameleon Arch to hide on Earth in her ‘Ruth Clayton’ identity and has a history working for the Time Lords, in an undisclosed capacity. As a result of this revelation, Jo Martin who plays this dual part makes history by becoming the first female non-white person to play The Doctor and the first non-white actor to play a distinct incarnation of the character. Jo Martin is also credited twice - first as Ruth and then with an ‘introducing’ credit as The Doctor - so following the trend for previous new incarnations of the character since the show was revived in 2005.

This story also saw the return of Captain Jack Harkness, who last made a televised appearance at the end of Torchwood series 4 in the 2011 story "The Blood Line". However, it was his first appearance in a televised Doctor Who story in just over a decade with this character last being seen in the 2009/2010 Tenth Doctor story "The End of Time". Although Captain Jack Harkness does not interact with the Thirteenth Doctor during this story he does warn her companions about the Lone Cyberman, setting up a story arc that, until "The Haunting of Villa Diodati" - the seventh story of this season, would go unresolved.

As the name suggested, this story also saw the reintroduction of The Judoon who became the first monsters from the Russell T Davies era to reappear in Chris Chibnall's era. They last appeared as a cameo in the 2015 Twelfth Doctor story "Face the Raven" but had not been as prominently featured in a televised story since the 2009 The Sarah Jane Adventures story "Prisoner of the Judoon". There last major appearance in a televised Doctor Who story has not been since their introductory story - the Tenth Doctor story "Smith and Jones" in 2007.

As well as the re-appearance of The Judoon and Captain Jack Harkness this story sees the return of the Chameleon Arch. The Chameleon Arch was Time Lord technology which could modify the biology of an individual, essentially changing their species. It was first seen in the 2007 Tenth Doctor story "Human Nature/The Family of Blood".

John Barrowman's appearance as Captain Jack Harkness was not publicised prior to broadcast. Russell T Davies, executive producer and lead writer of the show between 2005 and 2010, receives an on-screen credit as the creator of The Judoon and Captain Jack Harkness.

It has been revealed that John Barrowman had to fake a house renovation in Cardiff to keep it secret that he was filming for Doctor Who. In fact, in order to keep up the ruse, John Barrowman did actually carry out this renovation.

Neil Stuke, who voiced The Crooked Man in the Big Finish Productions audio story "The Crooked Man", was cast in this story playing the part of Lee Clayton.

Location filming for this story took place around Gloucester, including Gloucester Cathedral. This took place on the 22nd and 23rd May 2019. Gloucester had previously been used as a filming location for the 2008 Christmas special "The Next Doctor".

The Doctor discovers that Ruth owns a Lighthouse, which in reality is a hide-out for her TARDIS and the trigger for her real memories.

West Usk Lighthouse served as a filming location for this part of this story. Since 2012, this lighthouse-turned-bed and breakfast has had a Dalek in the foyer and a TARDIS as the changing room for the hot tub on the roof.

On reading The Doctor's psychic paper, the Judoon Captain assumes she is an Imperial Regulator.

The Thirteenth Doctor gets offended when the Ruth Doctor gives her points, claiming it as her thing. The Ruth Doctor also calls the Thirteenth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver a ‘cute little gizmo’.

The Thirteenth Doctor remembers the Last Great Time War.

Captain Jack Harkness mistakes Graham for The Doctor (see "Spyfall" and the BBC Books’ New Series novel "The Good Doctor").

When mistaking Graham O'Brien for The Doctor he kisses him as he once did with the Ninth Doctor toward the end of their initial travels (see the 2005 story "Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways"). Before reuniting with the Tenth Doctor, in "Utopia", he expressed his intent to first kiss The Doctor, and then ‘kill him’, when at last they meet again (see the Torchwood story "Fragments").

Captain Jack Harkness is familiar with nanogenes (see the 2005 Ninth Doctor story "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances") and the Cybermen (see the Torchwood story "Cyberwoman").

Ruth uses the Chameleon Arch to disguise herself as a human, complete with false memories and rewritten human biology (see "Human Nature/The Family of Blood", "Utopia" and the Big Finish Productions’ Time War audio story "One Life").

Ruth uses a biodata module disguised as a fire alarm to reverse the effect of the Chameleon Arch.

The Doctor locates the presence of the Judoon on Earth while searching for any evidence that The Master may have escaped the realm of the Kasaavin (see "Spyfall").

The Doctor notes that the Judoon have no jurisdiction on Earth (see the 2007 Tenth Doctor story "Smith and Jones", The Sarah Jane Adventures story "Prisoner of the Judoon" and the BBC Books’ Quick Reads novel "Revenge of the Judoon").

During this story we witness a Judoon execute a human for a petty act of assault and hand out compensation (see the 2007 Tenth Doctor story "Smith and Jones").

Ruth refers to The Judoon as ‘rhinoforms’ (see the Big Finish Productions’ Classic Doctors New Monsters Sixth Doctor audio story "Judoon in Chains").

Gat likens The Judoon's noisiness to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

The Doctor notes The Judoon use a Class/Level Seven Enforcement Field. They also threaten to use a Temporal Isolator, a Temporal Blast, to capture their target.

The Judoon Captain cites Judoon Engagement Article 163B. A Judoon also cites Subsection 951 when finding out that both The Doctors and Ruth are the same fugitive.

The Judoon Captain is named Pol-Con-Don as a tribute to late Doctor Who fan and friend of Chris Chibnall, Paul Condon.

On learning of Captain Jack Harkness’ message The Doctor tells her travelling companions that the Cybermen are on par with the Daleks (see "Resolution").

The Doctor recalls that Gallifrey has been destroyed twice, by war (see the BBC Books' The Eighth Doctor Stories novel "The Ancestor Cell", written by Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole, and the 2009 Ninth Doctor story "The End of the World") and then by The Master in "Spyfall".

Ruth's TARDIS has a classic retro-design exterior and a modified classic interior.

The Ruth Doctor names the temporal feedback loop as an event happening to two TARDISes getting too close to each other.

Captain Jack Harkness uses a Quantican Scoop to teleport The Doctor’s travelling companions to his stolen spaceship and back. He reveals that he got it from Ibiza XIII.

A tractor beam brings Ruth's TARDIS to the Judoon's spaceship, which is revealed to be a Judoonese Talwak Freighter.

It is revealed in this story that Henry III was crowned at Gloucester Cathedral in 1216 and that Harry Potter was also filmed in the cathedral.

Gat cites the Blinovitch Limitation Effect as an ‘abomination’.

The Doctor mentions The Master's hologram message to her three travelling companions.

First and Last

The Firsts:

 The Thirteenth Doctor's first encounter with The Judoon.

 The first appearance in the show of the ‘Ruth Clayton’ version of The Doctor played by Jo Martin

 The first appearance in the show of Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, since the Tenth Doctor story "The End of Time".

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The Plot

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Ruth Clayton
Ruth Clayton

Inside the TARDIS The Doctor’s three travelling companions, Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan, try to get her to talk about her search for The Master (on the assumption that he has managed to escape from the Kasaavin’s realm after the events that took place in "Spyfall"). While doing so The Doctor discovers that The Judoon have descend upon Gloucester, putting the city on lockdown with a forcefield as they search for a fugitive.

Realising that Earth is in great danger, due the brutality of The Judoon, The Doctor manages to bypass the forcefield and they arrive in Gloucester just before The Judoon are about to attack the apartment of Lee and Ruth Clayton, but The Doctor is able to intervene and stall the attack to give her time to question the couple and so discover who The Judoon are searching for.

The Doctor, after getting nowhere questioning the couple, discovers a small alien box in the Claytons' apartment. The Doctor presses them further to tell her the truth, but Lee refuses to answer The Doctor's questions. Lee does however, when time runs out and The Judoon prepare to fire on the apartment, cover the group's escape, turning himself in to The Judoon before being killed by their contractor, Gat, who arrives and recognises him as the fugitive's associate.

A Judoon
A Judoon

At the same time, and unbeknown to The Doctor, Graham has been transported to a stolen spaceship piloted by Captain Jack Harkness, who mistakes Graham for The Doctor. On discovering his mistake, and after they confront The Judoon, Ryan and Yasmin also find themselves being transported to Captain Jack Harkness's spaceship, which is being attacked by those who he stole it from.

Back on Earth, The Doctor and Ruth, on escaping from The Judoon, head for Gloucester Cathedral but are soon surrounded by The Judoon. Out of an uncontrollable instinct, Ruth attacks them, forcing them to retreat after ripping off their commander's horn. With Ruth unable to explain herself, she reveals to The Doctor a text message that Lee sent her before his death. This text message triggers a memory of Ruth's which leads them to a lighthouse where she grew up.

The Judoon Descend Upon Gloucester
The Judoon Descend Upon Gloucester

When they arrive at the lighthouse The Doctor investigates the surrounding area and discovers the TARDIS buried outside under a blank gravestone. Ruth, meanwhile, has entered the lighthouse and, on breaking a fire alarm box, is engulfed in energy which restores her memory.

The Doctor, confused about finding the TARDIS, is joined by Ruth who introduces herself as ‘The Doctor’. Not realising who The Doctor is Ruth invites The Doctor into her TARDIS. Inside the time-machine The Doctor reveals to Ruth who she is. But this causes more confusion as neither of them remembers being the other, even though The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver identifies them both as being the same person. Ruth explains that she had once worked for Gat, and had hidden from Gat using a Chameleon Arch with Lee as her protector.

Back on Captain Jack Harkness' spaceship, when he learns of The Judoons' force field he deduces that this is what is preventing him from teleporting The Doctor. Captain Jack is forced instead to give her travelling companions a message from the future: to beware of The Lone Cyberman and to not give it what it wants. He is then forced to teleport away due to the spaceship's anti-theft attack system. At the same time Graham, Ryan and Yasmin are transported back to Gloucester.

The Doctor
The Doctor

Meanwhile, The Doctor and Ruth are brought aboard The Judoon’s spaceship where they confront Gat, who is revealed to be a Time Lord with orders to bring Ruth back to Gallifrey, meaning that for them, Gallifrey still exists. This enables The Doctor to deduce that Ruth must be from her past.

Against Ruth's demands, The Doctor reveals her identity – The Judoon scan them both so confirming that they are both the fugitive that they have been looking for. The Doctor then shows Gat a vision of the destroyed Gallifrey she saw. In disbelief and shock, Gat attempts to dismiss this revelation as trickery. Gat shoots at Ruth using a weapon confiscated from Ruth not realising that the gun has been sabotaged and so Gat is killed when the gun backfires.

With Gat killed and The Judoon having lost their client Ruth returns The Doctor to Gloucester and they part ways. The Doctor is then reunited with Graham, Ryan and Yasmin where they relay Captain Jack Harkness' message to her.

Confused by what all the recent events mean - The Master, Captain Jack Harkness, and an incarnation of herself that she can't remember - The Doctor senses that something is coming for her.

Judoon Captain Pol-Kon-Don
Judoon Captain Pol-Kon-Don
Captain Jack Harkness
Captain Jack Harkness
Lee Clayton
Lee Clayton
Yasmin and Ryan
Yasmin and Ryan
The Doctor?
The Doctor?
Past or Future Incarnation?
Past or Future Incarnation?
A Confused Doctor
A Confused Doctor

Quote of the Story

 'Let me take it from the top. Hello, I'm The Doctor. I'm a traveler in space and time, and that thing buried down there is called a TARDIS... You're gonna love this.'


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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
The Complete Twelfth Series Box SetApril 2020Photo-montageDVD boxed set containing 9 stories
The Complete Twelfth Series Box SetApril 2020Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 9 stories
The Complete Twelfth Series Box Set (Amazon Limited Edition Steelbook)April 2020Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 8 stories
Original Television Soundtrack - Series 12April 2020Photo-montageMusic by Segun Akinola

In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 547 (Released: February 2020)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 550 (Released: May 2020)

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Yasmin Khan

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Complete Series DVD Box Set

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Complete Series Blu-Ray Amazon Limited Edition Steelbook
Complete Series Blu-Ray Amazon Limited Edition Steelbook

Original Television Soundtrack Cover
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