For the Zodiac itself, see separate entry. Short Trips: Zodiac, a short story collection released in 2002, was the first release of Doctor Who fiction by Big Finish Productions, which previously had only produced audio dramas based upon the series. It is a continuation of a concept first introduced by Virgin Books with its Virgin Decalogs series, and then carried on by BBC Books with its three volumes of Short Trips collections.
The Short Trips books are published in hardcover; Zodiac, therefore, is the first officially licensed Doctor Who fiction book (not counting annuals) to be released in a hardcover edition since the novelisation of The Smugglers in the late 1980s.
Publisher's summary Edit
Take a TARDIS trip through the constellations, as the Doctor travels to twelve thrilling tales inspired by the mystical zodiac.
Telepathic fish, miniature lions and twin planets are the least of his problems, as the Doctor — all eight of him — faces the Capricorn Killer, endures a mindswap with the Machiavellian Master, and dances with Death herself.
And that's not the half of it — as the two K9s can attest.
This collection features twelve exclusive short stories from well-known names in Doctor Who fiction — including acclaimed novelist and Booker nominee Paul Magrs, alongside Simon A. Forward, Mark Michalowski, Paul Leonard and Joseph Lidster — as well as fresh new voices.