Ben Aaronovitch

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Ben Aaronovitch
Aaronovitch at a Forbidden Planet event
Aaronovitch at a Forbidden Planet event
BornBen Dylan Aaronovitch
(1964-02-22) 22 February 1964 (age 58)
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 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]

Aaronovitch lives in Wimbledon.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 privatization.[8] Script editor Andrew Cartmel liked the story ideas, but felt that the script was inappropriate for the series and had too many supporting characters.[8]

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.[8] 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.[8]

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.[9] The story, however, was abandoned when, in September 1989, the BBC cancelled Doctor Who after its 26 Season, due to declining audiences.[8][9] In July 2011, Big Finish Productions released the story as Earth Aid, by Aaronovitch and Cartmel.[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)

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 (published as Midnight Riot in the US) (2011)[10] 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)[11] ISBN 9780575132559
  • The Furthest Station (28 September 2017) ISBN 9781473222427—novella, set between Foxglove Summer and The Hanging Tree[12]
  • Lies Sleeping (6 November 2018)[13] ISBN 9781473207813
  • The October Man (novella) (31 May 2019) – novella, set after Lies Sleeping in Germany, with Tobias Winter as the main character[14]
  • 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)
  • Amongst our Weapons (7 April 2022) ISBN 9781473226661 (Hardback)

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]

  • Cry Fox #1 - 8 Nov 2017
  • Cry Fox #2 - 13 Dec 2017
  • Cry Fox #3 - 17 Jan 2018
  • Cry Fox #4 - 25 Apr 2018
  • Cry Fox (collection/graphic novel) – 26 June 2018 ISBN 9781785861727

Rivers of London – Water Weed[edit]

  • Water Weed #1 - 20 Jun 2018
  • Water Weed #2 - 18 Jul 2018
  • Water Weed #3 - 15 Aug 2018
  • Water Weed #4 - 19 Sep 2018
  • Water Weed (collection/graphic novel) – 30 November 2018 ISBN 9781785865459

Rivers of London – Action at a Distance[edit]

  • Action at a Distance #1 - 17 Oct 2018
  • Action at a Distance #2 - 21 Nov 2018
  • Action at a Distance #3 - 19 Dec 2018
  • Action at a Distance #4 - 20 Jan 2019
  • Action at a Distance (collection/graphic novel) – 1 November 2019 ISBN 9781785865466

Rivers of London – The Fey & The Furious[edit]

  • The Fey & The Furious #1 - 6 Nov 2019
  • The Fey & The Furious #2 - 11 Dec 2019
  • The Fey & The Furious #3 - 8 Jan 2020
  • The Fey & The Furious #4 - 5 Feb 2020
  • The Fey & The Furious (collection/graphic novel) – 1 November 2020 ISBN 9781785865862

Rivers of London – Monday, Monday[edit]

  • Monday, Monday #1 - 7 Jul 2021
  • Monday, Monday #2 - 18 Aug 2021
  • Monday, Monday #3 - 1 Sep 2021
  • Monday, Monday #4 - 6 Oct 2021
  • Monday, Monday (collection/graphic novel) – 5 January 2021 ISBN 9781787736269

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. ^ a b c d e f A brief history of “Doctor Who” stories-The Lost Stories-Patrick Sullivan, Shannon
  9. ^ a b “Doctor Who: Endgame”- DVD documentary of “Doctor Who: Survival”- retrieved August 2007
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "The Hanging Tree Announcement". 16 September 2016. Archived from the original on 14 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Book and Comic Chronology". Temporarily Significant. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant, #7)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  14. ^ Aaronovitch, Ben (9 January 2019). The October Man. ISBN 9781473224339.

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