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The Beast of Babylon was the ninth Puffin eshort released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. It featured the Ninth Doctor.

It was later published in the short stories anthologies 11 Doctors, 11 Stories, 12 Doctors, 12 Stories and Thirteen Doctors, 13 Stories.

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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!


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  • This is the second of the eShorts in which the Doctor is not depicted as travelling with one of his TV companions, the first being Spore. It is also one of the earliest depictions of the Ninth Doctor in an adventure with a non-TV companion, second only to What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow in publication.
  • The final chapter retells the final scene from Rose, but from the Doctor's perspective.
  • An audiobook of the story was read by its author, Charlie Higson.