The Seventh Doctor and the Daleks Meet in Malorie Blackman’s EShort

The new Children’s Laureate and acclaimed author of Noughts & Crosses Malorie Blackman has been chosen to write the Seventh Doctor Who short eBook – The Ripple Effect – which sees the Seventh Doctor and Ace come face to face with his greatest foes: the Daleks!

Malorie Blackman writes Doctor Who: The Ripple Effect

…but there’s a twist:

“When the TARDIS lands on Skaro, the Seventh Doctor and Ace are shocked to discover the planet has become the universal centre of learning, populated by a race of peace-loving Daleks. Ever suspicious of his arch enemies’ motives, the Doctor learns of a threat that could literally tear the universe apart.”

Forcing the Doctor to confront his own fears and prejudices, Malorie couldn’t wait to get to grips with the ‘fascinating’ Seventh Doctor:

I have always loved Doctor Who. From the time I was a child and the Daleks used to make me run and hide behind the sofa, to Saturday morning pictures when I first saw the Doctor Who films featuring Peter Cushing, right up to the current Doctor with Matt Smith. So when I was asked to write a Doctor Who story featuring the Seventh Doctor, I didn’t even need to pause to think about it. My answer was an immediate yes.

I’ve always found Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor fascinating because of the way his character developed from a bit of a clown to a Doctor with a more Machiavellian streak.

The short eBook is available now to pre-order from Amazon for release on July 23 for £1.99.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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