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"Short Trips" is a label that has been applied to stories and books published by both BBC Books and Big Finish Productions. Except for a few special cases, everything released under the "Short Trips" banner has been a short story anthology. The majority of these anthologies have been collections of prose issued from 1998 to 2009, but Big Finish resurrected the name as a label for audio anthologies and single audio downloads beginning in 2010.

In print Edit

Short Trips print anthologies were published by both BBC Books and Big Finish Productions.

BBC Books Edit

"Short Trips" was a name initially given to three short story anthologies published by BBC Books, starting in 1999. The notion was very similar to Virgin Books' Decalog anthology series. These three books were published in conjunction with the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures and BBC Past Doctor Adventures book series. Each book contained stories featuring the first eight incarnations of the Doctor. After publishing the anthology Short Trips and Side Steps in March 2000, BBC Books abandoned short stories for full length prose.

Big Finish Productions Edit

In 2002, Big Finish Productions obtained the rights to the Short Trips series. The Big Finish Short Trips books, like the Decalog series, are built around themes. These include an annual volume dedicated to Christmas-related tales and one volume dedicated to Dalek stories. A total of twenty-eight volumes of new material — featuring several hundred stories featuring the first eight Doctors — were published by March 2009.

On 17 April 2009, Big Finish announced it was ending the Short Trips line, since the BBC had not renewed the company's license to issue Doctor Who stories in print. [1] A final Short Trips volume, a "best-of" collection, subsequently appeared in May 2009, coinciding with Big Finish briefly making its back stock of earlier Short Trips books available at a discounted rate.

In audio Edit

In less than a year, however, Big Finish revived the Short Trips format, this time as exclusive-to-audio readings of short stories, most performed by veteran cast members. It began by soliciting stories from fans, though seasoned writers have also contributed stories (along with one short story from Colin Baker). Unlike almost every thing else produced by Big Finish, they feature only one actor reading a story. Thus, they are really audiobooks. All in the regular series are original to audio, and have not previously appeared in print.

Anthologies Edit

Monthly series Edit

Starting in January 2015, new Short Trips are available as individual downloads or as a download subscription.

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Released
1 Flywheel Revolution Dale Smith 1st none January 2015
2 Little Doctors Philip Lawrence 2nd Jamie, Zoe February 2015
3 Time Tunnel Nigel Fairs 3rd Jo March 2015

Subscriber-only Edit

In addition to the above, several stories taken from the Short Trips books or written specially for audio have had readings recorded and made available for special subscriber-only downloads:

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Released Corresponding Release
1 One Small Step... Nicholas Briggs 2nd Jamie, Zoe January 2009 Free podcast
2 Museum Peace James Swallow 8th Kalendorf November 2009 The Eternal Summer
3 Lepidoptery for Beginners John Dorney 2nd Jamie, Zoe October 2010 The Cradle of the Snake and Project: Destiny
4 The Switching Simon Guerrier 3rd Jo, Brig, Mike, Benton November 2010 Legend of the Cybermen
5 The Little Drummer Boy Eddie Robson 1st Steven, Sara December 2010 The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories
6 Twilight's End Cavan Scott & Mark Wright 7th Nimrod July 2011 Rat Trap
7 Lant Land Jonathan Morris 5th Tegan, Turlough December 2011 Army of Death
8 Neptune Richard Dinnick 3rd Sarah Jane December 2011 The Doomsday Quatrain and House of Blue Fire
9 Breadcrumbs James Moran 4th Romana II December 2012 Wirrn Isle
10 Only Connect Andy Lane 4th none December 2012 1001 Nights
11 Methuselah George Mann 5th Peri January 2014 Daleks Among Us and 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men
12 Tweaker Dan Abnett 5th Nyssa January 2014 Afterlife
13 A Room With No View David Bartlett 5th Peri December 2014 Gods and Monsters and The Burning Prince
14 The Piltdown Men Paul Dale Smith 2nd H.G. Wells December 2014 Scavenger
15 Late Night Shopping Matt Fitton 8th Lucie December 2014 Masquerade
16 Waiting For Gadot John Dorney 4th none December 2014 Mask of Tragedy and Signs and Wonders
17 The Doctor's First XI Ian Atkins 4th Romana I December 2014 The Architects of History
18 Sound the Siren And I'll Come To You Comrade John Pritchard 4th Leela December 2014 Industrial Evolution
19 Intuition Rob Nisbet 6th Mel December 2014 The Butcher of Brisbane
20 A Home From Home Nick Wallace 3rd Liz, Benton December 2014 The Rani Elite
21 The Young Lions Alice Cavender 8th Lucie February 2015 The Seeds of War
22 Crystal Ball Rob Nisbet 7th Ace February 2015 Prisoners of Fate
23 String Theory Kini Brown 4th Leela March 2015 The Entropy Plague

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