A quick look at other opinions on the excellent (IMHO) Doctor Who story Fugitive of the Judoon. I’m getting mostly very positive but then a few break ranks. It’s the curse of reviewing you feel you must find fault and pick holes. Here’s a selection…
More Fugitive of the Judoon reviews
The Radio Times loved it (some tiny flaws) and a 5* review: Doctor Who Fugitive of the Judoon review: Chris Chibnall majestically blows a hole in the Time Lord’s mythology and I’m loving it.
Paul Magrs on FaceBook was full of enthusiasm:
Alternate timeline Doctors from a version of Gallifrey that predates Rassilon and Omega? Or a Brain of Morbius-type pre-Hartnell Doctor who somehow has a Police Box? Or a rewrite of the Cartmel Masterplan from the McCoy era and the Virgin novels..? or a Doctor from a Timeline fractured by Faction Paradox or the Time War? In the Virgin novels, wasn’t Ancient Gallifrey a matriarchy..? It’s all fun speculating, anyhow – and last night’s show was delightful. I love the new mystery woman!
DenOfGeek liked it a lot: Doctor Who series 12 episode 5 review: Fugitive Of The Judoon and over on the wiki page we see an AI score and early approval:
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes calculated a 100% approval and an average rating of 8.29/10 from 11 critics. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Doctor Who’s twelfth season takes a hard left turn for the better in the surprising and delightful ‘Fugitive of the Judoon’.”
Of course someone had to disagree. The Independent lamented it as an attempt to echo Moffat: Doctor Who review, Fugitive of the Judoon: Latest episode echoes vintage Moffat, but surely fans are exhausted of plot twists by now? It limped in with a mere 3*. I think we’ll let fans speak for themselves!
Speaking of disagreement Frank Danes on the Doctor Who Companion really, really, didn’t like it: REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO – FUGITIVE OF THE JUDOON. He makes some good points and I rather agree with him with regards the companions, but for me the two versions of the Doctor seemed credible. He is also spot on with regards the Ruth Doctor’s TARDIS! [Added 29 Jan 2020]