Check out the Doctor Who 1205 Next Time trailer. The story is titled “Fugitive of the Judoon”.

The Judoon with The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) in Doctor Who Series 1205 ©2019 BBC America/BBC Studios, Photo by James Pardon

The Judoon are extraterrestrial mercenary police who first appears in Series 3. It was Tenth Doctor’s (David Tennant) story, the episode was titled “Smith and Jones”. They basically came across as comedy monsters, as a result we don’t have high hopes for this episode! In Series 4 they appeared in “The Stolen Earth”. They where also in a Sarah Jane Adventures episode, pictured below.

Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 Ep 1 – Judoon Guards © BBC

Doctor Who 1205 Trailer

New Time…

Doctor Who Series 12 Episode 5 of 10

“Fugitive of the Judoon” airs Sunday January 26th, 2020

8pm on BBC America and 7pm on BBC One in the UK

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?


The Doctor… Jodie Whittaker
Graham O’Brien… Bradley Walsh
Yasmin Khan… Mandip Gill
Ryan Sinclair… Tosin Cole
Ruth Clayton… Jo Martin
Lee Clayton… Neil Stuke
Gat… Ritu Arya


Writers… Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall
Director… Nida Manzoor
Executive Producer… Chris Chibnall

Doctor Who Series 1205 “Fugitive of the Judoon” – Judoon ©2020 BBC Studios, photo by James Pardon
Doctor Who Series 1205 “Fugitive of the Judoon” – Judoon Captain ©2020 BBC Studios, photo by James Pardon


Writer Vinay Patel’s television debut was Murdered By My Father. For that he won the 2016 Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for three Baftas. Vinay wrote Series 11’s “Demons Of The Punjab”, Editor Comment: Shame it had so few cast that made some seems look silly!.

Director Nida Manzoor was named one of Broadcast Magazine’s Hot Shots back in 2015. Since then, she has gone on to direct the BBC comedy-drama Enterprice and has recently received an RTS nomination for her work. Nida is also currently writing and directing an original music comedy series for Channel 4 called Lady Parts. This episode is her first time directing for Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Series 12:05 – The Judoon with The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) ©2019 BBC America/BBC Studios, Photo by James Pardon

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