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Malorie Blackman joins Doctor Who's writing team

MAKING HISTORY: Malorie Blackman (Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images)

AUTHOR MALORIE BLACKMAN has made history as the first black screenwriter for BBC's Doctor Who

The former Children's Laureate has just been confirmed as one of the writers for the next series and will join a team of writers led by Chris Chibnall, who created Broadchurch and previously wrote Doctor Who stories for David Tennant and Matt Smith's Doctors.

Speaking on her new role, Blackman said: "I've always loved Doctor Who. Getting the chance to write for this series has definitely been a dream come true."

Blackman has written over 60 books for children and young adults including the acclaimed Noughts and Crosses.

The new series will feature the show's first female Doctor - played by Jodie Whittaker - in action with her three new companions and will return to BBC One this autumn.

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