Doctor and Ruby orphan origins to be “spine” of Doctor Who series

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies says much of the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday’s story arc together is inspired by the “Timeless Child” plot point introduced by previous showrunner Chris Chibnall.

In the Doctor Who Series 12 episode The Timeless Children, it is revealed to the thirteenth incarnation of Doctor that she is the Timeless Child, a being not born on the planet Gallifrey but found near a boundary to another dimension or reality by Gallifreyan traveller. Similarly, the Fifteenth Doctor’s (Ncuti Gatwa) companion Ruby (Millie Gibson) was discovered as a newborn left abandoned on a church doorstep.

“That story’s going to be the spine of the whole show,” Davies teased to EW, revealing that both characters will be curious about their origins.

EW also shared an exclusive look at two of the Doctor’s outfits from season 2, an elaborate tartan jacket with a kilt and a stunning all-white look.

In March 2024, EW visited the Doctor Who set were they witnessed some 2025 series filming which involved space stations, holograms and the Doctor cleverly rewiring technology to disarm a foe. Davies confirmed to EW that Ruby plays a major role in the series.

“We’re heading into season 2, and my God, Ruby Sunday is important to that. There’s good stuff to come.”

Doctor Who, starring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson returns on 11 May 2024 midnight, 00:00 BST (10 May 7:00pm ET) streaming on BBC iPlayer and Disney+ with Space Babies and The Devil’s Chord. Both episodes will broadcast on BBC One in the UK and Ireland on 11 May immediately before Eurovision. The remaining six episodes will stream at 00:00 BST on the six subsequent Saturdays.