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Doctor Who - Leela, K9 and the Doctor

The Roots of Evil Author Announced

BBC Worldwide have announced the name of the next author to be taking the reigns in their Doctor Who 50th anniversary series of eBooks. Philip Reeve, the award-winning author of the Mortal Engines, Here Lies Arthur and Goblins!, has written The Roots of Evil.

Doctor Who - Leela, K9 and the Doctor

Featuring the Fourth Doctor and Leela, the story seems to be as “concept” as the others, with Reeve deliberately trying to “imagine a Saturday teatime, circa 1979″…

When the Fourth Doctor takes Leela to visit an immense tree space station known as the Heligan Structure, little do they know that the tree has been asleep for centuries, dreaming of vengeance against a man in a blue box… As the tree awakes, the Time Lord and his companion soon discover why they are such unwelcome guests.

You can read a sample of the book by visiting The Guardian.

Born in Brighton, Philip Reeve worked as a full-time illustrator before turning to writing. His first novel, Mortal Engines, won the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award (2002), the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for both the Branford Boase Award and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award. He has since won many more awards and accolades.

Released on April 23rd, we’re currently awaiting a cover image. The Roots of Evil will be available on iTunes and Kindle, where you can order from Amazon UK or order from Amazon US, depending on your location!




A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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