Ben Aaronovitch
Aaronovitch at a Forbidden Planet event
Aaronovitch at a Forbidden Planet event
BornBen Dylan Aaronovitch
(1964-02-22) 22 February 1964 (age 60)
Camden, London, England
OccupationAuthor, screenwriter
Notable worksRivers of London
Remembrance of the Daleks
Spouse
Marie Fofana
(m. 1992)
[1]
RelativesSam Aaronovitch (father)
Owen Aaronovitch (brother)
David Aaronovitch (brother)

Ben Dylan Aaronovitch (born 22 February 1964)[2] is an English author and screenwriter. He is the author of the series of novels Rivers of London. He also wrote two Doctor Who serials in the late 1980s and spin-off novels from Doctor Who and Blake's 7.

Biography

Family

Born in Camden,[3] Aaronovitch is the son of the economist Sam Aaronovitch who was a senior member of the Communist Party of Great Britain,[4] and the younger brother of actor Owen Aaronovitch and journalist David Aaronovitch.[5] He attended Holloway School.[6]

Aaronovitch lives in Wimbledon.[7]

Doctor Who and television work

Aaronovitch wrote two Doctor Who serials, Remembrance of the Daleks (1988) and Battlefield (1989), for BBC television, and also the novelization of the former.[8]

He wrote one episode for Casualty (1990) and was then a regular writer on the science fiction series Jupiter Moon.[9]

He subsequently wrote or co-wrote three Doctor Who spin-off novels in the Virgin Publishing New Adventures range; he created the character Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart who became a semi-regular in the New Adventures. He has also written a novel and several short stories published by Big Finish Productions featuring the character of Bernice Summerfield, who was originally developed in the New Adventures. He also co-wrote a Doctor Who audio drama for Big Finish, and has written a number of Blake's 7 spin-off audio dramas.[citation needed]

Proposed serials of “Doctor Who

Knight Fall

In May 1987, Aaronovitch submitted “Knight Fall” to the Doctor Who production office for Season 25. The story concerned privatization.[10] Script editor Andrew Cartmel liked the story ideas, but felt that the script was inappropriate for the series and had too many supporting characters.[10]

Transit

After failing to feature Aaronovitch's “Knight Fall” storyline to production, Aaronovitch submitted a story in June 1987, entitled Transit. The story would see the Doctor and Ace in the future, land in a metro station, and discover transportation portals that could lead any body throughout the Solar System, but one of the portals leads a gate way to hell.[10] Even though it is unexplainable to how Aaronovitch's scripts of “Transit” never came to fruition, he would adapt the story as a book for Virgin New Adventures series in December 1992.[10]

Bad Destination

During Summer of 1988, Aaronovitch submitted a three-part adventure story for Doctor Who’s 27th Season (which never came to fruition), and was called ”Bad Destination”. The story would feature The Doctor seeing Ace as a captain of a hospital spaceship which is being under attack by the Metatraxi.[11] The story, however, was abandoned when, in September 1989, the BBC cancelled Doctor Who after its 26 Season, due to declining audiences.[10][11] In July 2011, Big Finish Productions released the story as Earth Aid, by Aaronovitch and Cartmel.[10]

Television

Doctor Who

Casualty

Jupiter Moon

Dark Knight

Audio dramas

Blake's 7

Doctor Who

Novels

Doctor Who

Novelisations

Virgin New Adventures

Rivers of London

See also: Peter Grant (book series)

Others

Comics

Rivers of London – Body Work

Rivers of London – Night Witch

Rivers of London – Black Mould

Rivers of London – Detective Stories

Rivers of London – Cry Fox

Rivers of London – Water Weed

Rivers of London – Action at a Distance

Rivers of London – The Fey & The Furious

Rivers of London – Monday, Monday

Rivers of London – Deadly Ever After

Rivers of London – Here Be Dragons

Short stories

Rivers of London series

The short stories below are published in 'Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection'.

References

  1. ^ England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837–2005
  2. ^ "Ben Dylan AARONOVITCH – Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk.
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  4. ^ Barker, Martin (1992). A Haunt of Fears: The Strange History of the British Horror Comics Campaign. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-61703-747-4. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  5. ^ John Grahl (8 June 1998). "Obituary: Sam Aaronovitch". The Independent. Archived from the original on 1 September 2010.
  6. ^ The Old Camdenians Club. Retrieved 31 January 2015
  7. ^ "Best-selling Wimbledon author makes a splash in capital's libraries for Cityread 2015 | SWLondoner". 7 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Novels #7 - Remembrance of the Daleks". 4 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Ben Aaronovitch". Zeno Agency. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f A brief history of “Doctor Who” stories-The Lost Stories-Patrick Sullivan, Shannon
  11. ^ a b “Doctor Who: Endgame”- DVD documentary of “Doctor Who: Survival”- retrieved August 2007
  12. ^ "Del Rey Buys Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON Series..." Zeno Literary Agency. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  13. ^ "The Hanging Tree Announcement". 16 September 2016. Archived from the original on 14 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Book and Comic Chronology". Temporarily Significant. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant, #7)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  16. ^ Aaronovitch, Ben (9 January 2019). The October Man. ISBN 9781473224339.