the judoon

jo tro do plo plo no sho so qwo tro blo do*

So, these fellows turned up a couple of days ago. They’re from Warlord Games’ new range Doctor Who: Into The Time Vortex. Initially, I really disliked the sculpts from this range. The main cast models are a bit bland, and while a lot of the costumes are accurate they’re still lacking any real character.

It would seem, however, that Warlord will excel with the monsters of the Whoniverse. These Judoon look fantastic I think, and hold detail wonderfully. Similarly their Silents and Zygons look fantastic and will almost definitely be making their way into my collection.

*Judoon Squad

Tumblr Fact or Fiction - Doctor Who - Judoon Platoon on the Moon

Claim:  Russell T. Davis included the phrase “Judoon platoon upon the moon” deliberately to give David a hard time - as it is pronounced differently in David’s natural Scottish accent as opposed to the Doctor’s Estuary accent.

History:  This claim didn’t originate on Tumblr - it’s been around since the episode aired and has managed to worm it’s way into many (fan-updated) wikis as though it is fact – but can anyone find an actual citation for this (Wikipedia couldn’t find one)?  Is it actually fact?

Source of the myth:  On March 28, 2007 David appeared on Chris Moyles’ radio show to promote series 3 of Doctor Who. They discussed Smith and Jones (featuring the quote in question). The hosts were also quite taken by David’s Scottish accent.  Among the quotes on the show:  
CM:  Do you ever get halfway through a scene and go, "Sorry I’m gonna have to stop, that’s too Scottish?”
DT:  Ehhh… no.  I don’t think I do really.
[later, after David tells them the name of the episode’s baddie]
CM: I think Russell T. Davies purposefully writes alien names that sound Scottish…
DT:  Yeah, to try to catch me out?
CM:  Absolutely!
DT: I think he does, yeah.  And there’s a line where I have to say, “Judoon platoon upon the moon.”
[everyone laughs]
CM:  Isn’t that the knife that you wear in your sock when you wear the kilt?
DT:  That’s a sgian-dubh.
CM:  Judoon platoon upon the moon?
DT:  Yeah
CM:  He’s definitely done that to wind you up!
DT:  [laughs] Yeah, he probably has.
CM:  [goes off on some imaginary scenario where RTD sits at home shouting to his wife(!!) to come up with Scottish-sounding names]

Source:  [ youtube ]

So, I believe that’s the source of the myth - and you would think that DT himself is a very good source, right?  But David really only jokingly agrees with Moyles’ suggestion, saying that’s “probably” what RTD does, so I don’t think that can be taken as fact.

Discounting the myth:
On the DVD commentary track for Series 4 episode The Poison Sky (which was recorded right before The Poison Sky aired in the UK), Susie Liggat (producer) asked RTD:
SL:  Now, a thing that I’ve always wondered, with you two chaps in the room, is: Do you, Russell, set David the odd really difficult thing to say to see whether… like Raxicalla-whatever that one is?
RTD: No, to be honest.  I know what you mean, it could look like that.
SL:  Sometimes I think, nobody…
DT:  The square root of Pi to 30 decimal places wasn’t easy, Russell… thank you.  For episode 10.
RTD: [laughs loudly]
SL:  It feels like there’s sort of a gamesmanship, I suppose, about it.  Like, is he going to look this up in the Latin, ancient Greek…
RTD: I don’t really!  Honestly.  I just sit there and think of the Doctor. Absolutely honestly.  And that, unfortunately for you, that is what the Doctor is like as a man.  This version of the Doctor loves words. I think he talks to himself a lot of the time - he’s listening to himself.  He enjoys… He does puns that nobody even gets.
DT:  I love it, to be honest!
[…]
RTD: I do remember this year thinking, in Pompeii, that “Species designation according to the universal ratification of the Shadow Proclamation” [big laugh] I remember putting that in and thinking, that’s a laugh!  I think that’s the only time I’ve ever thought, “that’s a bit of a laugh”, actually.  Let’s have a go at that one.

Conclusion:
Unless someone knows of a quote where RTD admits that he came up with the Judoon name/phrase to give David a challenge, I think we can’t count this myth as fact.  It started as a joke from Chris Moyles, and later Russell said that he doesn’t deliberately write lines in an effort to trip up David. This evidence isn’t entirely conclusive – RTD admittedly lied to protect plotlines and such, and people sometimes forget why they did certain things over time, but I don’t believe we have conclusive evidence that this myth is true. DT and RTD did the Smith and Jones DVD commentary together, and the line/reason for the name “Judoon” didn’t come up at that time.  Unless someone can provide a quote where RTD admits it to be fact, I personally count this as an untrue myth.

Sources referenced in this post:
[ part 2 of the Chris Moyles interview on YouTube ]
[DVD commentary for The Poison Sky - I don’t have a link, just the DVD]

Disclaimer:
I make no claim of being the keeper of all Doctor Who knowledge, and I’m certainly not perfect, but I can share the sources that I’m aware of and provide a place to gather evidence as to the veracity (or lack thereof) of these claims. Please let me know if you are aware of real, verifiable quotes from RTD or another knowledgeable member of the cast/crew and I’ll add it to the list of evidence. 

Other “Who Fact or Fiction” links: 
The “shoes photo” from The Idiot’s Lantern isn’t David and Billie (or is it?)
David hadn’t seen Billie since Doomsday, and was surprised to see her in Stolen Earth

Exhaustion

~400 words, Doctor x Rose, fluff

Written for the @timepetalsprompts drabble prompt: “exhaustion”

Guys, I wrote a drabble prompt this time that wasn’t over 1k. Miracles never cease.

Originally posted by cooltennant

It had become something of a joke over the past two days or so, Rose’s exhaustion. The Doctor had started sing-songing about it, like a Dr. Seuss book.

Rose will nod off in a tree, Rose snores and sounds just like a bee.

Will she doze off on the moon? Rose could sleep amongst Judoon!

“Oh, shut up, Doctor.” Rose rolled her eyes and gave a sarcastic little laugh, while he gave her the bright smile she loved so much. She then yawned and protested that she had absolutely no idea why she’d been so tired lately, but she just didn’t have her usual stamina. They’d only been on Yeahl for a few hours, and she was ready to pack it in.

The Doctor pursed his lips and said he’d like to run a couple of tests, he was starting to worry. Rose smiled around a yawn and folded herself into his side, sighing happily when he curled his arm around her protectively.

It was then that they got arrested.

Charge: Gratuitous Affectionate Display.

Penalty: 12 months in prison, hormonal modification/repression

The Doctor held Rose close in the cell they’d been placed for holding and debated with himself about how he would get them out of this one. Rose was, of course, asleep in his arms, curled up against his chest.

When she stirred a little he took the opportunity to shift himself and took a deep breath. The answer to their predicament became brilliantly, sparklingly clear and he woke her with a shout of joy.

“Doctor? What is it?”

“It’s you, Rose! I know why you’ve been so tired lately! You’ve been utterly exhausted, yeah? It all makes sense now! Ha!”

“What are you on about, Doctor?”

“Hey!” the jailer came to the door and pounded in. “What’s going on in there!”

“You have to let us go!” the Doctor exclaimed gleefully, fairly dancing to the cell door. “You can’t keep us or perform hormone modifications on us!”

“And why not?” the jailer demanded.

“Yeah, Doctor, why not?” Rose hissed to him.

“Because!” The Doctor sprung back and put his arm around Rose before he turned back to the jailer and exclaimed with clear pride, elation and triumph. “My wife is pregnant! Just a week or so along, by the smell of things.”

Rose wasn’t exactly asleep when she collapsed against him this time. 

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Torchwood is back in business, UNIT is under new management; Churchill recounts tales of the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Doctors, and River Song meets the eighth. Meanwhile, the eighth Doctor meets a new clone-batch of Sontarans preparing for what will be known as The Last Great Time War, the fifth Doctor meets the Weeping Angels, the seventh faces the Sycorax, and the sixth encounters the Judoon.

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DT Appreciation Week: Day Two

↳ Favorite Funny Moment

This scene from The Stolen Earth always cracks me up :)