'The Judoon are taking no prisoners,' warns Doctor Who boss about their return

Jodie Whittaker's Time Lord faces the Judoon in Doctor Who
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Jodie Whittaker's Time Lord will confront The Judoon... in Gloucester!

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has promised fearsome warriors The Judoon will storm back into the new series with “full force”.

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor will come face-to-face with the rhino-headed, intergalactic police, more than 12 years after they stampeded their way onto our screens to terrorise David Tennant’s Time Lord and Martha Jones in 2007’s Smith and Jones.

The BBC teased that the “ruthless enforces are on a deadly mission – but what for?”

Jodie's Doctor faces The Judoon

Jodie's Time Lord faces The Judoon - but why are they here?

It’s also been revealed that actor Neil Stuke, whose credits include Doctor Foster, Silent Witness and Silk, will also feature in The Judoon episode.

Talking about the story, Chris said: ““No! Sho! Blo! The Judoon are storming back into Doctor Who in full force, and the streets of Gloucester aren’t safe. If anyone has anything to hide, confess now.

“The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will stop at nothing to fulfil their mission! The whole team on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: One of many treats we’ve got in store for viewers next series.

"And we’re over the moon (with Judoon), to be welcoming the wondrous Neil Stuke as guest star. We can’t wait to show you what happens when his path crosses with the Thirteenth Doctor.”

Doctor Who is currently filming its new series, which is expected to be on next year.

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