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
Marie Fofana
(m. 1992)
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.



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]


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]


Doctor Who


Jupiter Moon

Dark Knight

Audio dramas

Blake's 7

Doctor Who


Doctor Who


Virgin New Adventures

Rivers of London

See also: Peter Grant (book series)



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'.


  1. ^ England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837–2005
  2. ^ "Ben Dylan AARONOVITCH – Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)".
  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)". Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  16. ^ Aaronovitch, Ben (9 January 2019). The October Man. ISBN 9781473224339.