Church On Ruby Road - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 9 January 2024 - Reported by Marcus
The Church on Ruby Road: Picture Shows: Goblin King (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))

Doctor Who: The Church On Ruby Road.had an official 7-day rating of 7.49 million viewers. 

The episode was the third most-watched programme on British television for the week ending 31st December 2023.

The only programmes to beat Doctor Who was the New Year's Eve Fireworks and the Christmas Day edition of the drama Call the Midwife. 

ITV's highest-rated programme was the drama Vera with 5.71 million watching. The BBC had all 10 places in the weekly Top Ten. 

Doctor Who was watched by 41.4% of the total viewing public. It had an Audience appreciation figure of 82. 





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Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 599Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 4 January 2024 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 599 (Credit: Panini)

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 599 is out today.

In this issue:

  • An exclusive double interview with Ncuti Gatwa and David Tennant – talking about bi-generation.

  • An access-all-areas look at the making of the Anniversary Specials finale The Giggle.

  • Production designer Phil Sims takes us on a guided tour of the new TARDIS.

  • Sonic disruptors! The making of the Fifteenth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.

  • A profile of new companion Ruby Sunday.

  • Join Blue Peter competition winner Verity on a tour of Doctor Who’s Wolf Studios.

  • We talk to the people who worked on post-production on the latest episodes.

  • Script editor Scott Handcock relives the anniversary month in his Production Diary.

  • Crowd Sourcing – the concluding part of our feature on the life of extras on 60s Doctor Who.

  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies explains how the Gallifrey of the Fugutive Doctor was foreshadowed in 70s episode The Hand of Fear – now available on iPlayer.

  • Sophie Aldred – aka 80s companion Ace – remembers her time on the show.

  • The Fact of Fiction – we scrutinise Eleventh Doctor mid-series finale A Good Man Goes To War.

  • A brand-new comic strip featuring the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday!

PLUS!

  • Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest official news.

  • A new-look reviews section – covering radio, books, soundtracks, and audio dramas.

  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.

  • Win a copy of the Anniversary Specials Blu-ray, the new Target adaptations and the latest audio releases.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 599 is on sale Thursday 4 January from panini.co.uk and WH Smith priced £7.99 (UK). 

Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £6.99





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Odds on Who / Ratings competitionBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 December 2023 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Church on Ruby Road: The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))

After some six years Doctor Who has returned to Christmas Day, which of course makes it a candidate for being the most watched show on the day!

Though it is unlikely to make the top slot tomorrow - the King's Speech is almost certainly going to have that honour owing to its simultaneous showing across the major broadcasters - the bookies seem to generally agree that The Church On Ruby Road might well be the second-most watched programme of the day at 6-1! This is followed up by Call The Midwife at 8-1, and both Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing at 9-1. ITV1 shows include Coronation Street at 16-1 and Emmerdale at 25-1.


Of course with six years between Christmas Specials, it's been six years since our ratings competition for Christmas Day, and this year you can win a copy of The Church On Ruby Road on Blu-ray or DVD. To enter, simply email us at comp-ratings@doctorwhonews.net with your name and the consolidated one week figure you expect the episode to achieve, as reported by BARB early next year.

Please specify the number in millions to 3 decimal places, for example 6.848m as achieved by The Giggle at the start of the month. For guidance, the highest rated non-King's speech programme last year was 7.814m achieved by Call The Midwife, who also took the 'silver crown' in 2021 with 7.831m.

The competition is open to UK residents, the closing date is Tuesday 26 December at 8:00am.





FILTER: - Doctor Who - Doctor Who Specials - Fifteenth Doctor - Ratings - Competitions

The Church on Ruby Road - This ChristmasBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 December 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Church on Ruby Road: Picture Shows: Goblin King (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))

Doctor Who continues on Christmas Day with the first full story for the Fifteenth Doctor Ncuti Gatwa.

The Church on Ruby Road can be seen on BBC One in the United Kingdom at 5.55pm.

It will be released on Disney+ and the BBC iPlayer at the same time.

Long ago, on Christmas Eve, a baby was abandoned in the snow.

Today, Ruby Sunday meets the Doctor, goblins, stolen babies and, perhaps, the secret of her birth

The Church on Ruby Road also features Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, Anita Dobson as Mrs Flood and Davina McCall as herself.

 

It is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Mark Tonderai for Bad Wolf Productions and BBC Studios.

 

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Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson Light Up the London EyeBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Christmas Launch : Millie Gibson & Ncuti Gatwa at the the London Eye (Credit: BBC Studios (Jonathan Birch))

Ncuti Gatwa has made his first public appearance as The Doctor to switch on the lights at the London Eye on London's South Bank.

The newly regenerated Doctor was joined by his companion Millie Gibson who plays Ruby Sunday in the upcoming series. 

Also attending was showrunner Russell T Davies and stars from the upcoming Christmas story The Church on Ruby Road including  Anita Dobson.

The cast and crew were present for the press launch of the episode. Ncuti Gatwa told the audience

Doctor Who is just the perfect show for Christmas. It's a family show

Millie Gibson described the story

Absolute magic, something you've never seen of the Doctor before

While Russell T Davies spoke of his delight the new Doctor was finally being seen

Ncuti's here, Millie's here. The Goblins are here. It's going to be fun. 

Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road, can be seen on Christmas Day at 5.55 pm UK time on BBC One in the UK and worldwide on Disney+

 

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FILTER: - Fifteenth Doctor - Publicity

Goblins Top iTunesBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 December 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Church On Ruby Road: Gobins (Credit: BBC Studios (Maxine Howell))

The Goblin Song, written by Murray Gold and Russell T Davies, has rocketed to the top of the UK iTunes charts on the day of release. 

The single is taken from the soundtrack of the 2023 Christmas special, The Church on Ruby Road due to be broadcast on BBC One on Christmas day as well as being available worldwide on Disney+.

The story is the first full adventure for the Fifteenth Doctor as played by Ncuti Gatwa. 

In the episodes the Doctor's world collides with Ruby Sunday played by Millie Gibson

The episode also stars Davina McCall as herself, Anita Dobson as Mrs Flood, Michelle Greenidge as Ruby’s mum Carla, and Angela Wynter as Ruby’s grandmother Cherry.

The Goblin Song is available on BBC Sounds and is also available via Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer.

All proceeds will go to BBC Children in Need.

 

 

The Goblin Song - Official Lyric Video The Goblins are coming for Christmas! 🧌🎄 Listen to THE GOBLIN SONG from 'The Church on Ruby Road' - available to stream now! 🎶





FILTER: - Music - Fifteenth Doctor

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 598Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 December 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 598 (Credit: Panini)

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine introduces the readers to the fifteenth Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa.

The bumper edition includes a 32-page mini-mag of the original Star Beast comic strip and a double-sided poster.

The issue also includes a special offer to download a free audio drama featuring the Fifth and Seventh Doctors.

This issue’s features include:

  • An in-depth interview with new doctor Ncuti Gatwa.

  • Exclusive previews of new episodes The Giggle and The Church on Ruby Road with Russell T Davies.

  • Mum and grandma of new companion Ruby (alias Michelle Greenidge and Angela Wynter) on joining the show in this year’s Christmas Special.

  • The final interview with much-loved national treasure Bernard Cribbins.

  • The Diary of the Meep! A minute-by-minute account of the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes’ journey to becoming the Meep.

  • Further Than We’ve Ever Been Before – DWM’s Emily Cook on the set of Wild Blue Yonder to discover its VFX secrets.

  • A very special comic strip adventure featuring the Fourteenth Doctor and Donna…

  • 80s director Andrew Morgan remembering his time on Doctor Who.

  • A glimpse behind the scenes on 60s Doctor Who.

  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies is in the festive spirit, and even lets a few secrets about the next series slip.

  • Production Diary – script editor Scott Handcock on how production on Doctor Who has reached its busiest point yet!

  • The Fact of Fiction – all you could ever want to know about the 2015 series finale Hell Bent.

  • Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest official news.

  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.

  • Reviews – The Underwater Menace animation, Frazer Hines’s Evil of the Daleks and action figures!

  • The fiendishly festive DWM Christmas quiz!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 598 is on sale Thursday 7 December  from panini.co.uk and WH Smith priced £10.99 (UK). 

Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £9.99.

 




FILTER: - DWM - Ncuti Gatwa - Fifteenth Doctor

The Church On Ruby RoadBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 December 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) (Credit: James Pardon/BBC Studios/Bad Wolf)

The BBC has released details of the Christmas episode of Doctor Who, The Church On Ruby Road. 

Long ago on Christmas Eve, a baby was abandoned in the snow. Today, Ruby Sunday meets the Doctor, stolen babies, goblins and perhaps the secret of her birth.

New images have been released from the story where Ncuti Gatwa, takes over the TARDIS for his first adventure. The Fifteenth Doctor will be joined by Ruby Sunday, played by Millie Gibson, as she makes her debut as the Doctor’s companion.

Airing on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, the episode sees the Doctor come face-to-face with the mythical and mysterious goblins as his life collides with Ruby Sunday.

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

Alongside Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson is Davina McCall who will be playing herself as she joins the cast alongside Michelle Greenidge as Ruby’s mum Carla, Angela Wynter as Ruby’s grandmother Cherry and Anita Dobson as Mrs Flood.

Davina McCall said:

It is beyond an honour to be asked to appear in not only Doctor Who but also Ncuti’s first episode as the new Doctor. It was such an extraordinary experience and Russell has written you all a Christmas delight!  Now I  just can’t wait for everyone to see it!

Russell T Davies, Showrunner adds

From Day One in this job, I wanted Doctor Who back on Christmas Day!  And with Ncuti, Millie, Davina and the Goblin King, I hope it’s a feast for all the family!

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Doctor Who Back on Christmas DayBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) (Credit: Lara Cornell/BBC Studios/Bad Wolf)

The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who will be back on BBC One on Christmas Day for the full debut episode starring the Fifteenth Doctor Ncuti Gatwa. 

Doctor Who will be a key part of the BBC offering over the festive season with Gatwa taking control of the TARDIS in his first adventure following Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says:

This year’s Christmas line-up on the BBC is an extravaganza of must watch shows! Join us as we welcome a brand new Doctor and wave goodbye to our beloved sitcom Ghosts. Alongside a spectacular range of entertainment, drama, comedy and factual programming across the festive fortnight. It’s essential viewing for everyone as we bring friends and families together across the UK.
Doctor Who was an annual feature on BBC One on Christmas Day from 2005 until 2017 before moving to New Year's Day for the Thirteenth Doctor's era.  




FILTER: - Broadcast - Fifteenth Doctor

Fifteenth Doctor makes Apperance on BBC FourBookmark and Share

Saturday, 25 November 2023 - Reported by Marcus

Viewers watching the repeat of the 2013 docu-drama on the origins of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time, were treated to a surprise appearance of the Fifteenth Doctor as played by Ncuti Gatwa

 

The programme originally featured a cameo from the incumbent Doctor in 2013, Matt Smith, but the producers have taken the opportunity to update the ending to reflect the show in 2023

 

An Adventure in Space and Time 60 years on and the Doctor's legacy continues... ❤️❤️➕🟦





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