Ben Aaronovitch

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Ben Aaronovitch
Aaronovitch at a Forbidden Planet event
Aaronovitch at a Forbidden Planet event
BornBen Dylan Aaronovitch
February 1964 (age 57)
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 February 1964)[2] is an English author and screenwriter. He is the author of the Rivers of London series of novels. He also wrote two Doctor Who serials in the late 1980s and spin-off novels from Doctor Who and Blake's 7.

Biography[edit]

Family[edit]

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]

Doctor Who and television work[edit]

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

He wrote one episode for Casualty (1990) and was then a regular writer on science fiction series Jupiter Moon.[7]

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.

Rivers of London[edit]

Aaronovitch lives in Wimbledon and is working on Rivers of London, a series of urban fantasy police procedural novels featuring Peter Grant, a police constable and apprentice wizard.[8]

Television[edit]

Doctor Who[edit]

Casualty[edit]

  • "Results" (1990)

Jupiter Moon[edit]

  • Episode 69 (1990)
  • Episode 70 (1990)
  • Episode 80 (1990)
  • Episode 81 (1990)
  • Episode 95 (1990)
  • Episode 119 (1996)
  • Episode 120 (1996)
  • Episode 131 (1996)
  • Episode 132 (1996)
  • Episode 148 (1996)

Dark Knight[edit]

  • "Stonegod" (2001)

Proposed serials of “Doctor Who[edit]

Knight Fall

In May 1987, Aaronovitch submitted “Knight Fall” to the Doctor Who production office for Season 25. The story concerned about privatization.[9] Script editor Andrew Cartmel liked the story ideas, but felt that the story was considered inappropriate, and has too many supporting characters.[9] Aaronovitch would write Remembrance of the Daleks as the story opener Season 25.

Transit

After failing to feature Aaronovitch's “Knight Fall” storyline to production, Aaronovitch submitted a story in June 1987, entitled as “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.[9] 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.[9]

Earth Aid

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 ”Earth Aid”. The story would feature The Doctor seeing Ace as a captain of a hospital spaceship which is being under attack by the Metatraxi.[10] The story, however, was abandoned when in September 1989, The BBC arguably would cancel Doctor Who after its 26 Season, due to lower ratings, and hatred from audiences.[9][10] In July 2011, Big Finish Productions released an audio adaptation of Earth Aid, by Aaronovitch and Cartmel.[9]

Audio dramas[edit]

Blake's 7[edit]

  • Rebel (2007)
  • When Vila Met Gan (2008)
  • Eye of the Machine (2008)
  • Blood and Earth (2009)

Doctor Who[edit]

Novels[edit]

Doctor Who[edit]

Novelisations[edit]

Virgin New Adventures[edit]

Rivers of London[edit]

  • Rivers of London (known as Midnight Riot in the US) (2011)[11] ISBN 9781782761877
  • Moon Over Soho (2011) ISBN 9780345524591
  • Whispers Under Ground (2012) ISBN 9780345524614
  • Broken Homes (2013) ISBN 9780575132467
  • Foxglove Summer (2014) ISBN 9780575132504
  • The Hanging Tree (3 November 2016)[12] ISBN 9780575132559
  • The Furthest Station (28 September 2017) ISBN 9781473222427—novella, set between Foxglove Summer and The Hanging Tree[13]
  • Lies Sleeping (6 November 2018)[14] ISBN 9781473207813
  • The October Man (novella) (31 May 2019) – novella, set after Lies Sleeping in Germany, with Tobias Winter as the main character[15]
  • False Value (20 February 2020) ISBN 9781473207851 (Hardback); ISBN 9781473207868 (Export Trade Paperback); ISBN 9781473207882 (eBook)
  • What Abigail Did That Summer (18 March 2021) – novella ISBN 9781473224346 (Hardback); ISBN 9781473224360 (eBook)

Others[edit]

Comics[edit]

Rivers of London – Body Work[edit]

  • Body Work #1 – 16 July 2015
  • Body Work #2 – 19 August 2015
  • Body Work #3 – 16 September 2015
  • Body Work #4 – 21 October 2015
  • Body Work #5 – 20 November 2015
  • Body Work (collection/graphic novel) – 29 March 2016 ISBN 9781782761877

Rivers of London – Night Witch[edit]

  • Night Witch #1 – 16 March 2016
  • Night Witch #2 – 13 April 2016
  • Night Witch #3 – 18 May 2016
  • Night Witch (collection/graphic novel) – 1 November 2016 ISBN 9781785852930

Rivers of London – Black Mould[edit]

  • Black Mould #1 – 12 October 2016
  • Black Mould #2 – 16 November 2016
  • Black Mould #3 – 21 December 2016
  • Black Mould #4 – 1 February 2017
  • Black Mould #5 – 8 March 2017
  • Black Mould (collection/graphic novel) – 25 July 2017 ISBN 9781785855108

Rivers of London – Detective Stories[edit]

  • Detective Stories #1 – 7 June 2017
  • Detective Stories #2 – 12 July 2017
  • Detective Stories #3 – 9 August 2017
  • Detective Stories #4 – 13 September 2017
  • Detective Stories (collection/graphic novel) – 29 December 2017 ISBN 9781785861710

Rivers of London – Cry Fox[edit]

Rivers of London – Water Weed[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Rivers of London series[edit]

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

  • The Home Crowd Advantage in the 'London Edition' of Rivers of London and on Aaronovitch's blog
  • The Domestic in the special Waterstones edition of Whispers Under Ground
  • The Cockpit in the special Waterstones edition of Broken Homes
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Granny in the special Waterstones edition of Foxglove Summer
  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device in a special Audible-only edition read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • King of the Rats in the special Waterstones edition of The Hanging Tree
  • Favourite Uncle in the special Waterstones edition of Lies Sleeping
  • A Dedicated Follower of Fashion
  • Vanessa Sommer's Other Christmas List
  • Three Rivers, Two Husbands and a Baby
  • Three short pieces, labelled "Moments", published on Aaronovitch's website
    • Moment One: London September 1966
    • Moment Two: Reynolds-Florence, Az. 2014
    • Moment Three: Tobias Winter -Meckenheim 2012

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Ben Aaronovitch". Zeno Agency. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Rivers Of London coming to television". Den of Geek.
  9. ^ a b c d e f A brief history of “Doctor Who” stories-The Lost Stories-Patrick Sullivan, Shannon
  10. ^ a b “Doctor Who: Endgame”- DVD documentary of “Doctor Who: Survival”- retrieved August 2007
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "The Hanging Tree Announcement". 16 September 2016. Archived from the original on 14 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Book and Comic Chronology". Temporarily Significant. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant, #7)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  15. ^ https://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/ben-aaronovitch/the-october-man/9781473224339/

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