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Millie Gibson: “Ruby Sunday Makes the Doctor More Innocent and Pure and Human”

Millie Gibson has teased that Ruby Sunday’s relationship with the Doctor is unlike any other we’ve seen before.

The actress says:

“Ruby has a relationship with the Doctor that I don’t think the audience has necessarily seen before… She really humanises him and balances him to be more like her, really – more innocent and pure and human, which is so beautiful to watch.”

The Fifteenth Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) does seem quite human so far, though that could be partly caused by the trauma the Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant) has lived with and taken therapy for — we’ve not seen that happen, and the bi-generation we saw in The Giggle plays with continuity a tad, but we’re presuming that the Fourteenth Doctor eventually regenerates into the Fifteenth Doctor anyway… after those therapy sessions and time with Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and family.

A more human Doctor does make us tense up a little — remember how cutting it was for the Ninth Doctor to tell Rose “it’s a different morality; get used to it or go home” in The Unquiet Dead? — but hopefully we’ll still see that raging Time Lord come out of the woodwork too. We can certainly see him getting cross about Ruby being abandoned as a baby…

Gibson further says that Series 14 “has an element of Black Mirror in it — not so much at the start, but it definitely grows darker”.

Now that surely whets your appetite!

You can rewatch the Doctor and Ruby’s first adventure together, The Church on Ruby Road, on BBC iPlayer, or buy it on DVD or Blu-ray now!

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Millie Gibson: “Ruby Sunday Makes the Doctor More Innocent and Pure and Human”

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