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Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road Novelisation

The Church on Ruby Road. Key art by Lee Binding (c) BBC

The next Doctor Who novelisation will hit shelves just weeks after Ncuti Gatwa’s debut this Christmas

BBC Books have revealed more details of the previously announced Target Books novelisation of The Church on Ruby Road. The story airs on television this Christmas Day. But readers will be able to enjoy it in print form a month later, on the 25th of January. It’s the first full adventure featuring the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, and also introduces his new best friend, Ruby Sunday played by Millie Gibson. Up-and-coming literary talent Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson has adapted the episode, working from Russell T Davies’ original script. It’s all wrapped in a striking new hardback cover by ever popular Who artist Lee Binding.

This is the first Doctor Who book by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson. She’s a science-fantasy author and co-founder of the organisation Impact of Omission, as featured in the Guardian, Huffpost, and the Channel 4 Documentary Where’s My History? with footballer and anti-racism campaigner Troy Deeney.

Winner of the inaugural Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award in 2020, now known as the Future Worlds Prize, her writing is invariably about Black people dismantling space empires, travelling through time, and saving the world – often simultaneously.

Davies, meanwhile, has hinted that this will just be the first of the Target Books next year. He has previously said that novelisations of “some” of Gatwa’s first season are in the works, but not of every episode.


Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road. Cover by Lee Binding. (c) BBC Books Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson
Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road. Cover by Lee Binding. (c) BBC Books

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…

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 when she encounters the Doctor and the two set off on their first adventure together…

The Church on Ruby Road by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson is out in hardback on 25th January 2024. It is available to pre-order here



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