BBC Studios has confirmed that it will be releasing a song from Doctor Who's upcoming Christmas special as a single.


The track – which is titled The Goblin Song and is described by the BBC as "fiendishly catchy" – was written by composer Murray Gold and showrunner Russell T Davies for The Church on Ruby Road, and will be available to fans from Monday 11th December.

What's more, a music video will give fans a sneak peek at exclusive content from the eagerly awaited special, as Fifteenth Doctor Ncuti Gatwa takes his first adventure through time and space in the TARDIS.

The Church on Ruby Road will see Gatwa's recently regenerated Doctor meet his new companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) and will also include "goblins" and "stolen babies", as well as a cameo appearance from Davina McCall as herself.

A goblin in Doctor Who
A goblin in Doctor Who. BBC Studios/Bad Wolf

All proceeds of the song, which will be available on a range of platforms including BBC Sounds, Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer, will go to BBC Children in Need.

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"I don't like these goblins and you won't either but they have agreed to donate everything from their song to BBC Children in Need so let's not give up on them," Gold said of the song, while Children in Need's Director of Income & Engagement Claire Hoyle said she was "delighted" and "grateful" for the support.

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Russell T Davies added: "We're releasing this as an early Christmas present for everyone. And if you want to see how the Doctor and Ruby escape from the Goblin King at the end of the song, you'll have to watch on Christmas Day!"

A "showstopping musical number" for the Christmas special had previously been teased by Davies in this week's issue of Doctor Who Magazine, with the returning boss explaining that they had tried to make the episode like a "big-style movie".

He continued: "It has a song. So you can all sing along. It was always my intention to make this a big centrepiece right from day one. And Ncuti sings. This man can do everything."

Doctor Who's third 60th anniversary special The Giggle airs at 6:30pm on Saturday 9th December on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Previous episodes are available on BBC iPlayer and on BritBox – you can sign up for a 7-day free trial here.

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