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Short Trips (series)


"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.



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
1 One Small Step... Nicholas Briggs 2nd Jamie, Zoe January 2009
2 Museum Peace James Swallow 8th Kalendorf
3 Lepidoptery for Beginners John Dorney 2nd Jamie, Zoe October 2010
4 The Switching Simon Guerrier 3rd Jo, Brigadier, Mike November 2010
5 The Little Drummer Boy Eddie Robson 1st Steven, Sara December 2010
6 Twilight's End Nicholas Briggs 7th Nimrod
7 Lant Land Jonathan Morris 5th Tegan, Turlough
8 Neptune Richard Dinnick 3rd Sarah Jane
9 Breadcrumbs James Moran 4th Romana December 2012
10 Only Connect Andy Lane 4th December 2012
11 Methuselah George Mann 5th Peri January 2014
12 Tweaker Dan Abnett 5th Nyssa January 2014
13 A Room With No View David Bartlett 5th Peri December 2014
14 The Piltdown Men Paul Dale Smith 2nd H.G. Wells December 2014
15 Late Night Shopping Matt Fitton 8th Lucie December 2014
16 Waiting For Gadot John Dorney 4th December 2014

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