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Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy was a traditional puppet show.

The Fourth Doctor, Romana II and K9 saw a Punch and Judy show while on holiday in Torquay. Romana believed it was a form of ritual sacrifice. (AUDIO: The Doomsday Contract)

After the Endovorms killed several civilians in Trafalgar Square on 23 October 1843, a Punch and Judy stand was abandoned, with the fleeing puppeteers still wearing the characters. (AUDIO: The Lions of Trafalgar)

When the Sixth Doctor commented that Astrolabus was mad, he responded by hitting him repeatedly with a puppet he called "Mr Punch". (COMIC: Voyager)

The Eleventh Doctor used a Punch puppet when he destroyed the Ice Governess with his sonic screwdriver, while exclaiming Mr Punch's signature catchphrase, "That's the way to do it!" Later, the Ice Governess repeated this phrase several times while pursuing the Doctor. (TV: The Snowmen)

The Punch and Judy Shows were performed by itinerant children's entertainers on Earth. They were banned because they portrayed violence, misogyny, infanticide and abuse of animals. 10,800 years after their creation Lukran Peabody told K9 about the show and K9 was checking his database of the show. (PROSE: Stranger On The Train)

Extraterrestrial equivalents[]

When the Fifth Doctor was on Manussa trying to prevent the return of the Mara, Lon and Ambril observed a puppet show which strongly resembled a Punch and Judy show. (TV: Snakedance)

Behind the scenes[]

According to the reference book The Brilliant Book 2011, a non-narrative source, when the Fourth Doctor was trying to get rid of a Cybermat, the young Winston Churchill thought it was part of the puppet show he was watching.