Doctor Who’s Elves explained: connection to toymakers, magic and time travel

This article contains spoilers for the Doctor Who Christmas special The Church on Ruby Road.


  • Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary year ends with a relaunch and a new threat: the Goblins, led by the Goblin King.
  • The goblins of the Church on Ruby Road are a unique and terrifying threat whose power comes from coincidences and accidents.
  • Goblins may not be true time travelers, but their abilities stem more from the fact that they are not fully aligned with reality.

He Doctor who The Christmas special ‘The Church on Ruby Road’ introduced a new threat to the Whoniverse: the Goblins, led by the Goblin King. Doctor whoThe 60th anniversary year essentially ends with the final relaunch of the franchise, with Ncuti Gatwa taking the reins as the Fifteenth Doctor. The Church on Ruby Road serves to introduce viewers to Millie Gibson’s Ruby Sunday, the Doctor’s newest companion. She deliberately presents herself as a puzzle for the Doctor to solve. – a foundling who was left at the door of a church as a baby.

The villains of the Church on Ruby Road are subtly different from anything you’ve seen before Doctor who. Showrunner Russell T. Davies revealed that Toymaker was the first quasi-supernatural. Doctor who villain of this daring new era, and now he will move on to many more fantastic threats. First up are the goblins, who are designed to pose a terrifying threat and combine the best in themselves. Doctor who Tropes with legends and superstitions.


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The luck and magic of elves in Doctor Who explained


In Western folklore, Goblins are mischievous and cruel creatures that often harass people or homes. Doctor whoElves adhere to these traditions because The Doctor describes them as carnivores who draw strength from coincidences and accidents. They are depicted as the goblins responsible for the malfunctioning of machines, as the manipulative creatures who keep things going wrong in people’s lives, and who prefer near misses to death because almost -accidents themselves are more likely to be caused by scarcity.


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The Doctor suggests that the Goblins have been on Earth for a long time, as he hints that they could be the cause of every accident that has ever occurred. This single line of dialogue connects the Goblins to one of their own misfortunes. Doctor whoThe oldest tropes because they are the best. Doctor who Villains always have their roots in everyday experience. Who has never had a near miss, a moment of good or bad luck, a touch of bad luck? According to the Doctor, these are times when goblins turn their attention to humans and extract food from them.

He Doctor who In the Christmas special, goblins are depicted as carnivores who enjoy devouring babies. This fits in well with many Celtic, Germanic and Norse myths about the elves and even the Muki of South America. Interestingly enough, however, these particular legends are often linked to the story of changelings: babies brought into the realm of the supernatural. and leave behind a replacement. This is certainly not a Goblin-style coincidence. Ruby Sunday is literally a baby left on the doorstep of a church. The clear implication is this Doctor whoThe ongoing story is both fantasy and science fiction, and the mystery of Ruby’s origins is in some ways as fantastical as the goblins themselves.

Why Doctor Who’s elves aren’t real-time travelers


Goblins harness the power of chance and can actually use it to communicate with the flow of time. According to the Doctor, it is the sense of time that allows them to perceive the coincidences that accumulate in Ruby’s life, and they resist, only to add a touch of bad luck. Later, the goblins even use the sheer power of chance to travel back in time, where they try to kill Ruby. This changes the present and the Doctor suddenly lives in a world without Ruby.

The Doctor does not consider goblins to be real-time travelers. This may simply be a certain snobbery on their part; For example, Captain Jack’s vortex manipulator was criticized in previous incarnations. But it’s more likely because the goblins’ ability to travel through time in this case is tied to the magnitude of the coincidences surrounding the Doctor himself. They are able to accomplish this feat thanks to the phenomenal amount of raw power that surrounds the Doctor and Ruby. Normally they cannot operate on this scale.

However, The Church on Ruby Road suggests that there may be another reason for this. When the Doctor successfully destroys the Goblin ship, it disappears from existence as if it never existed. Likewise, Ruby wasn’t completely erased from the timeline after the Goblins rewrote history; To her, the Doctor and other elements of the main timeline simply disappeared, as if she had been transported to another reality. The implication of all this is that goblins are not fully in tune with reality itself or the flow of time, which would explain their sentience, unusual abilities, and even their flying ship.

Goblins are not entirely in tune with reality or the passage of time.

Toymaker may be related to the elves of Doctor Who


The end Doctor who The anniversary special, “The Giggle,” introduced the Toymaker, a cosmic being with godlike powers who swore that his legions would avenge him. While it is possible that goblins are part of these legions, it seems unlikely; At least the doctor knew something about the Goblin King, as if he had heard of them somehow. Instead, the links are likely to be more thematic in nature; that both Toymaker and the Goblins are fantastic villains, representative of the kind of enemies that will emerge in the Ncuti Gatwa era.

The Goblin King may have died in ‘The Church of Ruby Road’, but the Doctor clearly believes the creatures are spread across time and space. If that is the case, it is very likely that the goblins will return in the future. Doctor who, perhaps seeking revenge on the Doctor and Ruby Sunday. The doctor’s comment that they could be responsible for any accident or misfortune in history means that they could appear anywhere, at any time, as a recurring and exciting potential threat.

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