What’s Going on With Ruby Sunday in DOCTOR WHO?


Spoilers for the first two episodes (after the Christmas special) of Doctor Who Season 1.

There is something strange about Ruby Sunday. We met the companion of the Fifteenth Doctor during the Christmas special “The Church on Ruby Road” and her story awakened our senses. She, like the Doctor, is an orphan who does not know the full extent of her past. A woman dropped her off at the episode's titular church, but luckily she was taken in and later adopted. After learning the episode titles for Doctor Who in the first season, we knew that Ruby's mysterious background would come into play. “Space Babies” is a sincere but very unserious romp with a literal Boogeyman (like…a man made of snot), but it also gives us some curious breadcrumbs about Ruby Sunday and her past. We get another taste of that and some hints about his birthday in the second episode, “The Devil's Chord.”

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In “Space Babies”, Ruby Sunday and the Doctor find themselves on a space station operating as a baby farm in the distant future. Due to pesky budget cuts, the crew, save for a hidden nanny-like figure named Nan-E/Jocelyn, is gone. Left behind are a group of talking babies who mostly survive alone. But beneath them is a strange and dirty creature. Much of the episode is one-liners, running around, a snot-filled hallway, and a wild plan to get these refugees to safety.

Things get serious halfway through the action when the Doctor notices that Ruby, like the babies, were abandoned. He says it's a strange connection. He also asks her if she knows anything about her birth parents and confirms that she just got snowed in at a church. The Doctor then remembers his mother leaving, which we saw in the Christmas episode. However, the woman/figure we assume is Ruby's mother turns and points at her menacingly.

In who is Ruby Sunday's mother Doctor Who?

Right now, we still don't know who Ruby Sunday's mother is in the series. We also don't know why the Doctor's memory of seeing her walk away from the church is different. But we do know that he will go as far as he can to find out the truth. For whatever reason, he can't go back to that night to find out the truth. He is almost in tears when Ruby takes him back to present space to notice that it is snowing. He says he brought back a memory of the day he was born and says this has never happened before. Ruby asks what that means and says she doesn't know. Quinze laughs and gives him a hug, but Nan-E interrupts them.

Ruby Sunday is a human Doctor Who?

At the end of the episode, Ruby runs to greet her mother Carla while Fifteen hangs out in the TARDIS. We see that he has had a scan of his body for more information. He claims to be 19 years and 3 days old and a Homo sapien, but further scans still need to happen. And, the scan isn't quite complete, so there's a chance something weird will show up in his DNA.

Who else was there on the night of Ruby Sunday's birth? Who is “the greatest” and “the one who waits”. Doctor Who?

split footage of the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday looking annoyed and surprised in the Doctor Who trailer
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In “The Devil's Chord”, Fifteen and Ruby Sunday find themselves fighting the Master (played by Jinkx Monsoon), the boy from Toymaker by Neil Patrick Harris. At the end of the 60th anniversary special, the toymaker hinted that a legion was coming for the Doctor. This episode gave us a taste. At one point, Ruby is trapped by the Master's musical notes, who wants to consume the music left in her heart. The master's tuning fork brings out Ruby's hidden song, which is “Shepherd's Bell Carol,” the Christmas carol played the night she was born. The same snowfall they saw on the space station begins to fall in this room. The teacher then says: “How can a song have so much power? And the power like him?” The Doctor asks who “he” is and the Master says he is “the greatest”.

The master wonders how he could have been the greatest and why. The Doctor again wants to know who, but the Master does not give him an answer. When the Master is defeated at the end of the episode, they warn the Doctor and Ruby that “what awaits is almost here”.

Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday run down the street in 60s clothes
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What does all this mean? What does all this have to do with Ruby Sunday's past? We have no idea at the moment. It is possible that the elder and the one waiting are the same person/entity. We saw the little boy from the opening, who is supposedly the Master's son. So he might appear in the future as one of those characters. Outside of their parentage, there is also the ongoing mystery behind it Ruby's neighbor, Mrs. Flood. The season is just getting started, so we'll have to wait and see what's really going on with Ruby Sunday a Doctor Who.


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