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Short Trips: Steel Skies
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Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Editor: John Binns
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Release number: 5
Release date: 15 January 2004
ISBN 1-84435-045-2
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Short Trips: Steel Skies was the fifth Short Trips anthology published by Big Finish Productions.

Publisher's summary Edit

There are many places that most of us can never see: places that are sheltered, locked away, cordoned off from the outside world. But to the Doctor, and those who travel with him in his TARDIS, there is no such thing as a locked door. Anywhere in space and time is open to them to visit — even if sometimes it might be better to leave such places well alone.

Steel Skies is a collection of stories based in enclosed and artificial environments: places constructed to keep the dangers of the universe outside, perhaps, or to keep their inhabitants locked in. It is divided into four sections, each exploring a different kind of confinement:

Section One, Flight, comprises four tales of travellers who left their homes for far-away destinations — to explore, to start a new life, or to fight for the survival of their species.

Section Two, Frontiers, explores the corridors, living quarters and ventilation shafts of four futuristic environments — designed to shelter men, women and children from harsh natural forces, or from the threat of nuclear war.

Section Three, Incarceration, tells four stories of punishment and imprisonment, from San Francisco's infamous Alcatraz, to the cage of a flightless angel in the dilapidated ruins of Heaven.

Section Four, Isolation, deals with the loneliness and despair of being cut off from the world outside, by physical or mental incapacity, by the ravages of war, or caught between destinations aboard the TARDIS itself.

A recurring theme in all four sections is the effect of the Doctor's arrival in these enclosed environments — sometimes positive, sometimes less so.

Individual stories Edit

Title Author Featuring
Corridors of PowerMatthew GriffithsFirst Doctor, Steven Taylor, Vicki
A Good LifeSimon GuerrierEighth Doctor, Charley Pollard
Reversal of FortuneGraeme BurkEighth Doctor
MonitorHuw WilkinsSeventh Doctor
DustPaul LeonardSecond Doctor
Light at the End of the TunnelMark WrightFifth Doctor, Peri
No ExitKate OrmanFifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan
HouseJeremy DawSixth Doctor, Peri
Deep StretchRichard SalterThird Doctor, Jo Grant
Inmate 280Cavan ScottSeventh Doctor
Doing TimeLance ParkinFourth Doctor
The Ruins of HeavenMarc PlattSixth Doctor, Peri
Cold WarRebecca LeveneSeventh Doctor, Ace, Bernice Summerfield
O, DarknessJohn BinnsFourth Doctor, Romana, Adric
GreenawayPeter AnghelidesSecond Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Future Doctor
EternityJonathan BlumFourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith

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