The Church on Ruby Road (novelisation)

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The Church on Ruby Road is the first BBC Books novelisation based upon season one of Doctor Who,[1] released on 25 January 2024 by Target Books[1] and written by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson.[2]

This is the first novelisation to be written by a person of colour, specifically a Black woman.

Publisher's summary[[edit]]

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...

Chapter titles[[edit]]

  • Chapter One
  • Chapter Two
  • Chapter Three
  • Chapter Four
  • Chapter Five
  • Chapter Six
  • Chapter Seven
  • Chapter Eight
  • Chapter Nine
  • Chapter Ten
  • Chapter Eleven
  • Chapter Twelve
  • Chapter Thirteen
  • Chapter Fourteen
  • Chapter Fifteen
  • Chapter Sixteen
  • Chapter Seventeen
  • Chapter Eighteen
  • Chapter Nineteen
  • Chapter Twenty
  • Epilogue

Deviations from televised story[[edit]]


Referenced only[[edit]]


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  • This novelisation was announced in DWM 598.[1]
  • Although the novelisation's official, wider release was on 25 January, signed copies of the book were released early in Forbidden Planet branches on 12 January.[3]


  • Unlike the television episode the novelisation is adapted from, when Davina McCall asks Ruby how her life has been, she namedrops the Giggle. This concretely establishes the name of the crisis involving the laugh from Stooky Bill that made everyone believe they were correct as seen in the titular episode TV: The Giggle [+]Loading...["The Giggle (TV story)"].
  • This novelisation features Henrik's department store; the televised episode [+]Loading...{"noital":"1","1":"The Church on Ruby Road (TV story)","2":"the televised episode"} had a scene set outside a department store, which was filmed at James Howell & Co. Ltd. in Cardiff, the filming location of Henrik's in TV: Rose [+]Loading...["Rose (TV story)"]. The televised The Church on Ruby Road didn't alter the external appearance of the store, however.


This Target Book was released as an audiobook on 25 January 2024 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Angela Wynter.


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