DOCTOR WHO: New Stills, Synopsis, And Casting Details For Christmas Special Starring Ncuti Gatwa

DOCTOR WHO: New Stills, Synopsis, And Casting Details For Christmas Special Starring Ncuti Gatwa DOCTOR WHO: New Stills, Synopsis, And Casting Details For Christmas Special Starring Ncuti Gatwa

BBC has shared a new look at the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, revealing new story and casting details along with still which showcase Ncuti Gatwa (Barbie) and Millie Gibson (Coronation Street).

By JoshWilding - Dec 01, 2023 04:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who

David Tennant recently returned to Doctor Who as the Fourteenth Doctor in the first of three specials. However, this December will also see the release of a Christmas episode featuring Ncuti Gatwa's first adventure as the Fifteenth Doctor. 

Unsurprisingly, we recently learned that it will premiere on Christmas Day on Disney+ in the U.S. and BBC in the UK. The episode will be titled "The Church on Ruby Road," likely a reference to the Doctor's new companion, Millie Gibson's Ruby Sunday. 

We now have a new look at their first team-up and it appears the Doctor and Ruby will find themselves in hot water. There are also some very atmospheric shots of the show's holiday setting, along with guest star Davina McCall (who, if you're outside of the UK, isn't likely to be someone you'll recognise). 

The Christmas special will be followed by an eight-episode season 1 in 2024 which will put Gatwa and Gibson front and centre. While "The Church on Ruby Road" will be the former's first full-blown episode as the Doctor, we're expecting Tennant's Doctor to regenerate into this new iteration in the final of those 60th-anniversary episodes. 

BBC has also confirmed that the special will star Michelle Greenidge and Angela Wynter as Ruby's adoptive mother Carla and grandmother Cherry, along with Anita Dobson as Mrs. Flood. 

"Little is known about Ruby Sunday as she was abandoned on Christmas Eve as a baby," reads a brief synopsis. "Now living with her mum, Carla and grandmother, Cherry her world is about to be turned upside when she encounters the Doctor and the two set off on their first adventure together..."

Check out those new stills below. 

Looks pretty good, right? We also have a clip from tomorrow's second 60th anniversary special, "Wild Blue Yonder," below (via 

Doctor Who is the longest-running action-adventure television series in the world spanning 60 years and winning over 100 awards. This quintessentially British show has a massive global following, with 9.6m fans across social platforms/channels and 100m video views on YouTube in the last year alone. 

The 60th-anniversary specials are written by Russell T. Davies and directed by Rachel Talalay, Tom Kingsley, and Chanya Button, respectively. We're still waiting for additional details on the aforementioned Christmas episode. 

Are you excited to see Gatwa's debut as the Doctor? As always, keep checking back here for more on Doctor Who as we have it!

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Origame - 12/1/2023, 5:26 AM
Yeah, but what can he know as a male presenting time lord 🤣
marvel72 - 12/1/2023, 7:13 AM
@Origame - I watched that episode, it should be renamed... Doctor WTF or Doctor Woke.

This isn't going to keep old viewers or bring in new ones
Origame - 12/1/2023, 7:57 AM
@marvel72 - it makes so little sense to say that post 13th doctor and the revelation of the timeless child. He started his existence as a black girl, had 4 incarnations as female timeless children, and had that stint as a black woman doctor before even the first doctor. Then there was his time as the 13th doctor which is definitely longer as a woman than Donna has been alive. And theoretically he could've lived as female for a billion years prior to the series. So what doesn't he understand just because the form he currently is in is "male presenting".
marvel72 - 12/1/2023, 10:49 AM
@Origame - Exactly, Donna's so called "Daughter" shouldn't understand either.

Ryguy88 - 12/1/2023, 12:44 PM
@marvel72 - they dont care, its publicly funded
The1st - 12/1/2023, 1:09 PM
@marvel72 - The topic selection for articles here, per usge, is fascinating.
Apophis71 - 12/1/2023, 5:27 AM
Placinga a bet now Ruby will be connected to the Doctors Grand Daughter, be such an RTD thing to do that she turns out to be his Great Grand dauhter or some such.
Tasmaniac - 12/1/2023, 5:37 AM
Christ, I couldn’t even get through half of the first special. Propaganda pushing bullshit about as subtle as a brick through your front window. Tennant was my favourite Doctor by far and I was so excited to see him back (though I have always hated Donna). Now I can’t see myself even watching the rest of it. They’ve taken an absolute shit on the legacy of the 10th Doctor, all to push an agenda. They should be ashamed of themselves.
marvel72 - 12/1/2023, 7:16 AM
@Tasmaniac - I watched the whole episode like this

Tasmaniac - 12/1/2023, 7:36 AM
@marvel72 - lol yeah, after about the 4th eye roll, I was like “[frick] this” and turned it off. Never done that before - and I’ve watched every single episode of the modern era. Even thinking about going back to watch the rest just makes me anxious. I feel betrayed.
marvel72 - 12/1/2023, 10:50 AM
@Tasmaniac - Just watch classic Doctor Who, so much better.

This is just a woke cringe fest
TheVisionary25 - 12/1/2023, 6:00 AM
The pictures look good , looking forward to seeing Ncuti & Millie’s chemistry!!.

Seems like Ruby’s true origins & identity might be the ongoing narrative thrust of the next series which has me intrigued.

Anyway can’t wait to see the second special tomorrow , I liked the Star Beast!!.
Apophis71 - 12/1/2023, 1:27 PM
@TheVisionary25 - We all enjoyed Star Beast too and looking forward to the future of the series.
ZomZom - 12/1/2023, 6:54 AM
I'm hoping dearly that the first episode was a glitch and that perhaps, with the preaching done, it regains it's senses for episodes 2 and 3. At least it looks as though the wooden daughter has been ditched. I thought RTD had returned to save the Doctor, instead he's wiping out his legacy with a poorly crafted agenda piece.
Batmangina - 12/1/2023, 7:49 AM
I loved everything up until Capaldi's last season - it just lost steam and I think they did him dirty - that guy is a [frick]ing treasure.

Chick Doctor - GTFO - wouldn't watch one second of it and glad it failed.

Had this one recorded and when I saw the reviews with the They/Them aliens I deleted without watching.

This woke bullshit being inserted into everything by talentless hacks that cannot create anything on their own is becoming the pop culture equivalent of a school shooter that is so desirous of being included but incapable of connection that they go mad and destroy the thing they desperately want to be a part of - it's so ubiquitous now that it no longer shocks me.
TheFinestSmack - 12/1/2023, 8:01 AM
@Batmangina - This matches my experience, except I knew the special was going to be as cringe as it was. No way they were going to cast a trans actor as Donna's child and not use that to push the message on the viewers multiple times.
BillyBatson1000 - 12/1/2023, 8:03 AM
Did the Daleks succeed in killing Dr Who?

No, it was the interminable lectures on political correctness filled with cardboard-cut-out tokenist characters.

Any chance of 'entertainment' suffocated in a stew of self-righteous DRIVEL.

You win. After a lifetime of watching. I finally give up.

Radders - 12/1/2023, 9:06 AM
So another mystery box companion, how original.

Given the preaching in the first special, I expect this to open with a white male being racist to the Doctor and a lecture on White privilege, BLM signs everywhere and the odd rainbow flag

I look forward to it
MrDandy - 12/1/2023, 9:34 AM
Seeing Tennant back was great last episode but MAN was it a bad story to bring him back for. They got another shot to Renew my faith but that last one was rough.
marvel72 - 12/1/2023, 10:15 AM
60 years of Doctor Who and this is the best you could come up with to celebrate his anniversary.

More Woke Nonsense

AnthonyVonGeek - 12/1/2023, 10:52 AM
Can’t wait to see the female characters explain genders and bitch about him being a male. 🙄🤦‍♂️👎

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