Today the Judoon make their return to Doctor Who on BBCOne, BBCAmerica et al. Big space rhinos stomping about the place. You probably remember them. But do you remember all of their appearances?
Smith and Jones (2007)
The Judoon debuted in Doctor Who during the opening episode to Series 3. Hunting down a Plasmavore, these hulking space rhinos transport an Earth hospital to the moon’s surface. There they begin cataloguing the creatures inside as they track down the killer of the Child Princess of Padrivole Regency 9. Not only did ‘Smith and Jones‘ introduce the Judoon but it also saw Martha Jones, played by Freema Agyeman, join the TARDIS as a new companion for the Tenth Doctor. Given the Judoon’s impressive stature and how recognisable they were, the new creatures proved a hit. As a result, Judoons became available in 5 and 12 inch sized action figures shortly after broadcast of the episode.
Following this debut the Judoon have reappeared in multiple episodes of Doctor Who; ‘The Stolen Earth‘, ‘The Pandorica Opens‘, ‘A Good Man Goes to War‘, ‘The Magician’s Apprentice‘ and ‘Face the Raven‘. These have however been mere cameos rather than significant appearances as central characters. Perhaps the other most high profile televised appearance for the Judoon came in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Prisoner of the Judoon (2009)
Series 3 of the Sarah Jane Adventures also kicked off with a story featuring the Judoon. Sarah Jane Smith, Luke, Rani and Clyde must help Captain Tybo recapture Androvax the Veil before he can wreak havoc on Earth. ‘Prisoner of the Judoon‘ is a tremendous story, the perfect way to kick off the spinoff show’s third series. It also contains one of my all-time favourite scenes from any Doctor Who related show. Having commandeered a police car, which is hilarious in itself, Tybo then instructs a fellow driver to turn down his music as it is exceeding permitted noise levels. By pointing his gun at him of course. Brilliant stuff.
Before ‘Fugitive of the Judoon‘ is broadcast today, and not forgetting their other cameos, ‘Prisoner of the Judoon‘ would be the last Judoon-centred story to be televised. However, they have appeared in adventures on other media.
The Judoon have also made multiple appearances in other media. For example, ‘Judoon in Chains‘ from Big Finish saw the Sixth Doctor cross paths with Captain Kybo. This story formed part of the Classic Doctors, New Monsters: Volume One box set. Big Finish also reunited the Tenth Doctor and the Judoon in the audio story ‘One Mile Down‘.
These space rhinos have also appeared in novels including ‘Judgement of the Judoon‘ and ‘Revenge of the Judoon‘. Judoon have also appeared in multiple comic adventures for Doctor Who Magazine (The Professor, the Queen and the Bookshop), Doctor Who Adventures (The Ministry of Time), IDW Publishing and Titan Comics.
The Judoon return this evening in ‘Fugitive of the Judoon‘.
Ko Sho Blo! 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?