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As the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, takes over the TARDIS for his first epic adventure he will be joined by Ruby Sunday, played by Millie Gibson, as she makes her debut as the Doctor’s companion.

The episode sees the Doctor come face-to-face with the mythical and mysterious goblins as his life collides with Ruby Sunday, played by Millie Gibson.

Overnight figures show that The Church On Ruby Road was watched by an average audience of 4.73m on BBC One. It was the 3rd most watched show of the day across all channels, behind The King and Strictly Come Dancing.

Consolidated, The Church On Ruby Road has overtaken both The King and Strictly Come Dancing to become the 2nd most-watched programme on Christmas Day with 7,487,000. Call The Midwife, also broadcast on Christmas Day, was just ahead with 7.66m.

Overall, Doctor Who was the third most-watched title of the week (25th-31st December) across all channels and streamers - only behind the New Year's Fireworks and Call The Midwife. Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Day special consolidated to 6,596,000 and The King with 6,746,000 on BBC One.

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...

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.

The episode also sees a musical number 'The Goblin Song', composed by Murray Gold with lyrics from Russell T. Davies. The song is available to stream and download with proceeds going to BBC Children In Need.

Doctor Who: The Church On Ruby Road is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.

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