Writer: Russell T. Davies
Director: Charles Palmer
Producer: Phil Collinson
Series: 3, episode 1
Companion: Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)
Summary: Martha Jones is on her way to work at a hospital when she bumps into the Doctor. Some time later, they meet again at the hospital, where she sees him posing as a patient. The hospital is soon transported to the moon, and the Doctor sees the Judoon are coming. They are searching for a Plasmavore.
Review: This story has often puzzled me, because it’s the only appearance of the Judoon in the show, save for some cameos here and there. I mean, OK, they were silly aliens, but why go through all this trouble to introduce them if we never see them again?
Martha is given a good introduction here, and I like how skeptical she is of the Doctor until she realizes what is happening. The episode does a good job of dropping some hints for the upcoming season.
So, it’s a silly story, but it works. It’s above average, but you’ll need to see it because Martha is introduced.
Overall Review: 6/10
Continuity: Mr. Saxon is mentioned in this episode, marking the second time for this season’s arc. This is Martha Jones’s introductory episode. She initially leaves the series in “The Last of the Time Lords”, but returns briefly in “The Sontaran Strategem”, leaving permanently in “Journey’s End”. (She does make a brief cameo in “The End of Time”). The Sixth Doctor encountered the Judoon in the Big Finish story “Judoon in Chains”, part of the Classic Doctors, New Monsters anthology. Sarah Jane encountered one in the Sarah Jane Adventures episode “Prisoner of the Judoon.”
Trivia: Freema Agyeman also had a bit role in the “Army of Ghosts” 2-parter. This is explained in story by making this character Martha’s cousin.