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BBC Books to publish novelisation of 'The Church on Ruby Road'

Long ago on Christmas Eve, a baby was abandoned in the snow. Today, Ruby Sunday meets the Doctor, stolen babies, goblins and perhaps the secret of her birth...

BBC Books have announced the Target novelisation of The Church on Ruby Road, the first full adventure featuring the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, and the introduction of his new best friend, Ruby Sunday played by Millie Gibson. Russell T Davies’ original script has been novelised by up-and-coming literary talent Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson.

The Church on Ruby Road by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson is out in hardback on 25th January 2024. It is available to pre-order here, and will be available on audio here narrated by Angela Wynter.

The Church on Ruby Road

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...


Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson is a science-fantasy author and co-founder of the organisation Impact of Omission, as featured in the Guardian, Huffpost, and the Channel 4 Documentary 'Where’s My History?' with footballer and anti-racism campaigner Troy Deeney. 

Winner of the inaugural Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award in 2020, now known as the Future Worlds Prize, her writing is invariably about Black people dismantling space empires, travelling through time, and saving the world - often simultaneously.


The Church on Ruby Road by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson is out in hardback on 25th January 2024. It is available to pre-order here and will also be available on audio here narrated by Angela Wynter.

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