Prisoner of the Judoon

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13 – Prisoner of the Judoon
The Sarah Jane Adventures story
Directed byJoss Agnew
Written byPhil Ford
Script editorGary Russell
Produced byNikki Wilson
Phil Ford (co-producer)
Executive producer(s)Russell T Davies
Julie Gardner
Piers Wenger[1]
Production code3.1 and 3.2
SeriesSeries 3
Length2 episodes, 25 minutes each
First broadcast15 October 2009 (2009-10-15)
Last broadcast16 October 2009 (2009-10-16)
← Preceded by
Enemy of the Bane (serial)
"From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love" (mini-episode)
Followed by →
The Mad Woman in the Attic
List of The Sarah Jane Adventures serials

Prisoner of the Judoon is the first serial of the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures. It was first broadcast on the 15 and 16 of October 2009. It features the Judoon, the intergalactic police introduced in the 2007 Doctor Who episode "Smith and Jones".

The episode involves a Judoon Captain, Captain Tybo, chasing down an escaped prisoner known as "the destroyer of worlds", with their chase leading them to Earth. Alien investigator Sarah Jane Smith and her companions become involved after Captain Tybo issues a distress call while crash landing, which is picked up by Sarah Jane's supercomputer, Mr Smith.


Part 1[edit]

Sarah Jane continues to live her life on Bannerman Road. Investigating a nanotechnology company, she is thrown out and goes back to her house, when suddenly, an alien space pod crashes into a building. Sarah Jane's supercomputer, Mr Smith, picks up on a distress call from the ship's occupant, a remember of the "intergalactic police" race, the Judoon. Sarah Jane and her companions take a trip to the building, where Judoon Captain Tybo is shooting at an alien escaped prisoner, Androvax, a Veil, who soon possesses a little girl. Luke and Rani team up with the Judoon Captain, while Sarah Jane and Clyde meet the little girl. Sarah Jane becomes possessed by Androvax and Clyde is put out of focus. Luke, Rani and Captain Tybo locate him and he is awakened.

Meanwhile, Rani's parents, Gita and Haresh, pay a visit to the nanotech company to help improve Gita's flower business but they are arrested. Captain Tybo, Clyde, Luke and Rani arrive at Bannerman Road to discover that the possessed Sarah Jane has ordered Mr Smith to self-destruct with a one-minute countdown.

Part 2[edit]

Luke talks Mr Smith out of self-destructing; the team heads over to the nanotechnology laboratory to save Sarah Jane and for Captain Tybo to bring in Androvax who must be executed for the destruction of 12 planets. The evil Sarah Jane has released the nanoforms, to build a spacecraft for Androvax, threatening to destroy the Earth in the process. Gita and Haresh are arrested by the guards. They easily escape and are then confronted, scanned and catalogued by newly arrived Judoon troopers. Evil Sarah Jane explains that the spaceship design is based on the crashed Roswell spaceship, and then reveals that he wants to destroy everything, since he was upset when his planet's sun burnt out and wants to destroy all inhabited worlds believing that destruction is the way of the universe.

Clyde and Rani use a ruse to lock Captain Tybo in a lab room and use fire extinguishers to freeze the nanobots which were eating through a door. The troopers free Captain Tybo and then everybody converge in the now completed spaceship control room where Androvax is arrested by the Judoon platoon. Luke uses the ship's controls to deactivate the nanobots. The Judoon charge Clyde and Rani with interference, but take the pair's assistance and motives as mitigating factors, limiting their punishment to a bar to extraterrestrial travel. The Judoon leave with their prisoner, and the gang as well as Gita and Haresh — who have not seen that their daughter and her friends were involved in the events they have witnessed — return to Bannerman Road. Gita and Haresh are left in shock to have seen real aliens.



Pearson Education published a simplified novelisation of this episode by Trevor Baxendale under the title Judoon Afternoon for school literacy programs in September 2010.[2]


  1. ^ Pixley, Andrew; Spilsbury, Tom (13 July 2011). "Credits". Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Sarah Jane Companion, Volume Two (Special Edition #28): 114.
  2. ^ "BC Gold A/2B Sarah Jane Adventures: Judoon Afternoon". Retrieved 8 February 2018.

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