Fugitive was the second part of the story arc which began in Doctor Who (2009) #1. As later confirmed in Tesseract, it was set late in the life of the Tenth Doctor, some time between Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars. It saw the Doctor placed yet again on trial, this time for the events of Silver Scream. In its closing pages, it introduced the guests of Silver Scream as the Doctor's new companions, ostensibly the last multi-story companions the Tenth Doctor had prior to his regeneration in The End of Time. It was also noteworthy for introducing a relationship between the Ogrons and the Judoon, as well as a budding alliance between the Ogrons, Draconians and Sontarans. Its themes echoed those of The Waters of Mars, particularly the question of how much power the Doctor, as the last of the Time Lords, had to interfere with history and change fixed points in time.
The Doctor is put on trial by the Shadow Proclamation for saving Emily Winter's life in the 1920s and thus breaking the precepts handed down to them by the Time Lords by interfering with a fixed point in time. Furthermore, the universe is riddled with people who would be dead if not for the Doctor's interference. The proceedings are joined by a man the Doctor recognises as Mr Finch, who appears to serve as the prosecuting attorney. The Doctor's defence counsel is a blue woman who goes only by the name "the Advocate".
An attempt is made on the Doctor's life by a shapeshifting Gizou assassin during recess, but the assassin is vaporised by a Judoon guard. The Advocate unsuccessfully tries to get the Doctor to flee the proceedings. He is found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on Volag-Noc. Mr Finch tells the Judoon that the prison transport is to have a fatal accident before landing. The transport also carries a Draconian, a Sontaran, and an Ogron. After the Doctor introduces himself, the Ogron attacks him. Eventually, the cell mates calm the Ogron, who is overly emotional and has "issues" with the Doctor over his past defeats of the Ogron people. Each of the aliens in the cell take the Doctor to task over his actions (a common thread in recent stories, including Journey's End) towards their races. The Doctor unites them in an escape attempt, telling them that the Judoon are on orders to kill him, and thus obviously the others as well. The aliens are diplomats who are attempting to smooth tensions in the local region (which is why the Shadow Proclamation is involved).
Seizing control of the transport, the fugitives crashland, pursued by more Judoon loyal to Mr Finch. Through a combination of the Doctor's cunning and the martial skills of the others, they capture a Judoon transport and escape the planet. The Doctor outlines a plan to defeat Finch, but it requires the trust of the other fugitives. Having come to trust him, they give it just as Finch gains control of the Shadow Proclamation vessels and takes the Shadow Architect hostage.
The Doctor contacts Finch and taunts him, saying he's already won.
Finch mocks the Doctor's bravado and plays his hand, showing the Architect as his prisoner, ordering the Judoon and Krillitane loyal to him to destroy the Doctor. At this point the Doctor plays his hand, revealing that the fugitives have contacted their respective fleets. The Ogrons are itching for a fight, the Sontarans ready for War and the Draconians deeply annoyed at being manipulated.
A brutal battle occurs, with the fleets quickly overpowering Finch's traitor Judoon. The Doctor, having realised that "Finch" is actually another Gizou impostor, incapacitates the shapeshifter with his sonic screwdriver and liberates the Shadow Architect.
Having saved the peace talks and cleared his name, the Doctor is rewarded with the return of his property and a warm Ogron hug. The Doctor is returned to the moment he was taken by the Shadow Proclamation, little knowing that "Finch" wasn't the leader of the revolution. The Doctor's Advocate was, and she reveals to "Finch" in his prison cell that she's placed something aboard the TARDIS that will soon result in the Doctor's demise....
- Tenth Doctor
- Shadow Architect
- The Advocate
- Matthew Finnegan
- Emily Winter
- The Shadow Architect compares the Doctor to the Master, the Rani and, to the Doctor's dismay, Morbius.
- As Finch begins to act as prosecutor in the case against him, the Doctor remarks that he would prefer to be up against the Valeyard, who at least "had style".
- The Doctor and the Shadow Architect mention Charley Pollard as the last time he saved someone fated to die.
- The Doctor is placed aboard a shuttle with a Draconian, a Sontaran, and an Ogron.
- When the Last Great Time War ended, it created a power vacuum and led to centuries of war in the Stellian Galaxy.
- The Doctor quotes Han Solo, referencing the concept of hyperspace.
- In the Doctor's pockets are jelly babies, a yo-yo, a P. G. Wodehouse book and a primary and backup sonic screwdriver.
- The Sontarans' war against the Rutans is going so badly that they need to seek alliances with other races, like the Ogrons and Draconians.
- The Doctor carries a sheet of "suggestibility paper", similar to psychic paper.
- The Doctor says he is the head of the Stockbridge Chess Society.
- Krillitane battlecruisers change their design with every new species absorbed.
- Cover art was done by Paul Grist and Matthew Smith.
- Fugitive, along with Silver Scream, was reprinted in Doctor Who Volume 1: Fugitive, a graphic novel-style omnibus from IDW Publishing issued in March 2010.
- The Tenth Doctor has encountered the Shadow Proclamation before (TV: Journey's End) and would do so again. (PROSE: The Pictures of Emptiness)
- The Doctor recalls saving Charlotte Pollard, who was fated to die. (AUDIO: Storm Warning, Neverland)
- The Doctor has encountered Finch before, (TV: School Reunion) as well as the Gizou. (COMIC: Agent Provocateur)
- The Doctor comments that the Valeyard had style. (TV: The Trial of a Time Lord)
- A member of the Scholars of the University of Rago Rago 56 Rago is in the Shadow Proclamation. (TV: The End of the World)
- The Third Doctor's defeat of the Daleks and the Ogrons led to the Ogron race being disgraced and supplanted as the galaxy's main enforcers-for-hire by the Judoon. (TV: Day of the Daleks)
- Kraden mentions the Stellian Galaxy. (TV: The Mysterious Planet)
- Kraden heard great stories of the War Doctor. (AUDIO: Only the Monstrous)
- Matthew Finnegan and Emily Winter return and accept the Doctor's offer to travel with him in the TARDIS. (COMIC: Silver Scream)
- The Doctor is sent to the prison planet Volag-Noc. (TV: The Infinite Quest)
- The Doctor bemoans the confiscation of his clockwork mouse. (TV: The Doctor's Daughter)
- The Doctor makes reference to both Generals Stor (TV: The Invasion of Time) and Staal. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem)
- Finch's ultimate plan is to use the intelligence of Draconians and Sontarans to solve the Skasis Paradigm. The Doctor makes reference to the failed attempt to do so at Deffry Vale High School. (TV: School Reunion)
- Kraden reaffirms the fact that the Doctor is Draconian nobility. (TV: Frontier in Space)
- Kraden mentions "the darkness" that's coming, and the Shadow Architect tells the Doctor he should have a companion, as he shouldn't be alone "when he knocks four times." (TV: The End of Time)
- The Doctor claims King Arthur called him Merlin. (TV: Battlefield)