David Tennant recently returned to Doctor Who as the Fourteenth Doctor in the first of three specials. However, this year is also going to 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. Who captures them? That remains to be seen, though it looks like the Time Lord is having fun at least!
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.
The first special was titled "The Star Beast," with "Wild Blue Yonder" (December 2) and "The Giggle "(December 9) set to follow as part of the Fourteenth Doctor's (David Tennant) reunion with Donna Temple-Noble (Catherine Tate) as they come face-to-face with their most terrifying villain yet: the Toymaker (played by Neil Patrick Harris in his Doctor Who debut).
Looks pretty good, right? You can also now watch a clip from the "Wild Blue Yonder" below.
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.
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