The ninth instalment in a sensational series of stories celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is written by Charlie Higson – actor, comedian and author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond books and the cult thriller series, The Enemy.
Following on from short stories by Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman and Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson has written the ninth adventure in the series, based on the Ninth Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston. Charlie Higson commented: “I grew up with Doctor Who and have always been a massive fan so it’s a great honour to be involved in this anniversary celebration. Russell T Davies did a great job of rebooting the series with Christopher Eccleston so to be able to write the Ninth Doctor story was a great opportunity to say thanks to the Doctor and thanks to Russell.”

The Beast of Babylon synposis

When a girl called Ali pockets a silver orb that falls from the sky, little does she realise it’s her ticket to seeing the universe! Desperate to retrieve the mysterious object, the Ninth Doctor agrees to let her join him on a dangerous trip to ancient Babylon. Together they must join forces to stop a giant Starman from destroying Earth before it’s too late!

Charlie Higson is a successful author, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio.   He wrote the phenomenally successful Young Bond series which has sold over a million copies in the UK alone and been translated into over 24 languages. In partnership with Paul Whitehouse, Higson created hugely successful comedy series The Fast Show, in which he also appeared.  Other TV works include The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, the film Suite 16 and Swiss Toni.

A paperback anthology of the eleven eshorts, the Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories will publish, alongside the final eshort featuring the Eleventh Doctor, on 23rd November 2013.                       

The Beast of Babylon is released on 23rd September 2013, EBook, £1.99

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Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.


  1. Probably the only one so far that wasn't a surprise (Higson doing one was a bit of a no brainer). So that gives us two more chances to see if the Rowling rumour is correct. I'm also half expecting to see Philip Pullman doing one, too.

  2. @Anonymous – Two more chances for deffo – but I'm slightly wondering if there'll be a Peter Capaldi one at Christmas. The times would line up. Might be too soon after his first appearance, mind.

    Higson's ace. Good choice.


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