Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 5: “Fugitive of the Judoon”

  • For one horrible moment in the opening, before we found out Ruth’s name, I thought that joke on social media that Chloe Weber was coming back was actually true. Don’t scare me like that again, Doctor Who!
  • The Judoon are one of those monsters I have no special affinity for but certainly don’t mind seeing either. They managed to be quite funny in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • It looks like the Thirteenth Doctor’s getting a bit more development as we see her coming into more conflict with her team – and it’s heartwarming to see their bond reinforced as they still don’t hesitate to stick by her.
  • With everything seeming rather too straight-forward at the start, I was expecting a twist somewhere. I actually wondered if Allan the inappropriately-behaving shop owner would turn out to be the fugitive until the Judoon killed him. As it turned out, there were quite a few twists – just not that one.
  • Captain Jack is back! That was brilliant – John Barrowman is so much fun. I liked how he thought Graham was the Doctor at first; just a shame he didn’t get to meet her this time round. Hopefully he will turn up again later, because it would be a terrible waste if he only came back for a glorified cameo to introduce a new plot thread. Fingers crossed…
  • “Beware the lone Cyberman.” So that’s something else to figure out this season on top of the Timeless Child, the second destruction of Gallifrey, and what the heck is going on with this episode’s big twist. Hopefully (there’s that word again), it won’t end up being too much.
  • With the revelation that Ruth was actually the Doctor, my first thought was, “Yeah, you tried that before with The Next Doctor and I wasn’t fooled then; Jodie Whittaker’s already said she’s doing another series!” But then it turned out Ruth wasn’t a future incarnation after all, and everything else about her seems legit. Possibly she’s the Doctor from an alternate universe, which could explain her differing characteristics like her ability to fight and willingness to rip a Judoon’s horn off – but then, what would Gat be doing in our universe too? This could potentially be an interesting one.
  • Should have realised Gat was Gallifreyan with that headgear.

This episode started out looking very basic, only to end up veering wildly in different directions – and once those twists got straightened out, it ended up being pretty fascinating. I’d like to rate it higher, but I want to see how good the ultimate payoff is. Rating: 4/5.

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