Preview of ‘Doctor Who’ episode 8: The Doctor and Ruby Sunday take the last stand against Sutekh’s rule

Episode 7 closes out the season with a two-part finale, and while fans eagerly await the next episode, here’s a sneak peek at episode 8

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ‘Doctor Who’ debuted on Disney+ on May 10, 2024, starring Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor and Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday. The series follows their adventures through time and space aboard the TARDIS in the form of a police box.

In episode 6, titled ‘Rogue’, the Doctor and Ruby visit Regency England, where they explore themes of cosplay and intense TV fandom. The Doctor experiences heartbreak while attending a Bridgerton convention in the year 1813.

Episode 7, titled “The Legend of Ruby Sunday,” concludes the season with a two-part finale featuring a variety of familiar faces and exciting new characters. Together with UNIT soldier Colonel Chidozie, the Doctor and Ruby embark on a journey into a glitchy, glittering past.

As fans eagerly await the next episode of ‘Doctor Who,’ here’s a sneak peek at Episode 8.

When is ‘Doctor Who’ episode 8 coming out?

Ncuti Gatwa and Bonnie Langford in a still from 'Doctor Who'
Ncuti Gatwa and Bonnie Langford in a still from ‘Doctor Who’ (@disney+)

‘Doctor Who’ on Disney+ follows a weekly release schedule. Episode 8, titled “Empire of Death,” will premiere on Friday, June 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM ET.

Each episode will premiere first on BBC iPlayer in the UK and then on Disney+ internationally.

For those who do not have a Disney+ subscription, the basic package costs €7.99 per month, including advertisements.

Viewers looking for an ad-free experience can opt for the premium subscription, priced at $13.99 per month or $139.99 per year.

What happened in ‘Doctor Who’ episode 6?

Millie Gibson and Yasmin Finney in a still from 'Doctor Who' (@disney+)
Millie Gibson and Yasmin Finney in a still from ‘Doctor Who’ (@disney+)

In the ‘Doctor Who’ universe, it was once believed that the Doctor had a granddaughter named Susan, a detail that dates back to the era of the First Doctor. However, hopes for a family reunion were dashed when it turned out that Susan Triad was not what she seemed.

She had been unknowingly manipulated by an entity known as The One Who Waits. The dreams Susan experienced in previous episodes were actually a means to lure the Doctor to an unknown destination.

As the episode ended, it was revealed that this manipulative entity had intertwined itself with the TARDIS. Finally, his true identity was revealed: Sutekh.

This is where Sutekh’s true plan unfolded: the ‘gift’ that Susan Triad would share with the world turned out to be a deadly attack, evidenced when one of Susan’s team disintegrated into the sand.

And with that ended ‘The Legend of Ruby Sunday.’ Looking ahead, Sutekh’s backstory hinted at what could happen next.

What can you expect from ‘Doctor Who’ episode 8?

Bonnie Langford in a still from 'Doctor Who' (@disney+)
Ncuti Gatwa, Millie Gibson and Bonnie Langford in a still from ‘Doctor Who’ (@disney+)

In episode 8, titled ‘Empire of Death’, the Doctor faces a crushing defeat as his ageless enemy takes control and casts a dark shadow over all creation. Sutekh’s reign of terror may seem unstoppable as the destruction spreads unchecked.

The TARDIS, once a beacon of hope, will become entwined with this evil force. Every corner of the universe could feel the creeping fear, and despair could loom large.

Yet in this bleak future, perhaps a glimmer of hope may remain. One woman, whose identity and power are shrouded in mystery, could hold the key to turning the tide and restoring balance to the universe.

The official synopsis for episode 8 also reads: “The Doctor has lost, his ageless enemy reigns supreme and a shadow falls over creation. Nothing can stop the destruction… except perhaps one woman.”

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7 episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ are streaming on Disney+.