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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.

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 new 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.

BBC Audio Edit

BBC Audio also released a few collections of stories adapted from the print books, plus a few originals, in audio format.

# Title Format stories Released
1 Short Trips double cassette 6 1998
2 Earth and Beyond double cassette, audio CD 3 1998
3 Out of the Darkness audio CD 3 1998
4 Tales from the TARDIS Volume 1 MP3-CD 9 (+3 novels) 2004
5 Tales from the TARDIS Volume 2 MP3-CD 3 (+4 novels) 2004
6 Tales from the TARDIS audio CD 2 2008

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.

CD releases 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 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, being audiobooks rather than audio dramas. All in the regular series are original to audio, and have not previously appeared in print.

Monthly series Edit

Starting in January 2015, new Short Trips have been released as monthly individual downloads.

Series 5 Edit

# 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
4 The Ghost Trap Nick Wallace 4th Leela April 2015
5 The King of the Dead Ian Atkins 5th Nyssa, Tegan May 2015
6 The Shadows of Serenity Nigel Robinson 6th Peri June 2015
7 Dark Convoy Mark B Oliver 7th Ace July 2015
8 Foreshadowing Julian Richards 8th Charley August 2015
9 Etheria Nick Wallace 1st Steven, Vicki September 2015
10 The Way of the Empty Hand Julian Richards 2nd Jamie, Zoe October 2015
11 The Other Woman Philip Lawrence 3rd Jo, UNIT November 2015
12 Black Dog Dale Smith 4th Leela December 2015

Series 6 Edit

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Released
1 Gardens of the Dead Jenny T Colgan 5th Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough January 2016
2 Prime Winner Nigel Fairs 6th Peri February 2016
3 Washington Burns Julian Richards 7th Ace March 2016
4 The Curse of the Fugue Alice Cavender 8th Lucie April 2016
5 This Sporting Life Una McCormack 1st Steven, Dodo May 2016
6 Lost and Found Penelope Faith 2nd Ben, Polly June 2016
7 The Blame Game Ian Atkins 3rd Liz Shaw July 2016
8 Damascus Jonathan Barnes 3rd UNIT August 2016
9 A Full Life Joseph Lidster 4th Adric, Romana II September 2016
10 Rulebook Tony Jones 5th Peri October 2016
11 The Man Who Wasn't There Ian Atkins 8th Charley November 2016
12 The Hesitation Deviation James Goss 7th Benny December 2016
X Forever Fallen Joshua Wanisko 7th Ace December 2016

Series 7 Edit

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Released
1 The World Beyond the Trees Jonathan Barnes 8th Liv, Molly January 2017
2 Gardeners' Worlds George Mann 3rd Jo February 2017
3 The Jago & Litefoot Revival Jonathan Barnes 10th, 11th Jago, Litefoot
March 2017 (Act one)
April 2017 (Act two)
4 Falling 1st Ben, Polly May 2017
5 How to Win Planets and Influence People James Goss 4th Sarah, Harry June 2017
6 Flashpoint Andrew Smith 8th Lucie July 2017
7 The British Invasion Ian Potter 2nd Jamie, Zoe August 2017
8 A Heart on Both Sides Rob Nisbet 8th Nyssa September 2017
9 All Hands on Deck Eddie Robson 8th Susan Foreman October 2017
10 The Ingenious Gentleman Adric of Alzarius Julian Richards 5th Adric, Nyssa, Tegan November 2017

Subscriber exclusives Edit

In addition to the above, several stories taken from the Short Trips books (up to Tweaker) have had readings recorded and made available for special subscriber-only downloads.[2] In December 2014, Big Finish announced a retroactive expansion of the subscriber exclusives with stories written specially for audio (from A Room with No View onwards). The expansion resulted in having four subscriber exclusives per year from 2010 onward.[3] All successive stories were also written specially for audio:

# 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, The Brigadier, 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 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
24 Sphinx Lightning John Pritchard 3rd Jo June 2015 The Secret History
25 The Warren Legacy Julian Richards 4th Romana I September 2015 Terror of the Sontarans and Criss-Cross
26 The Caves of Erith Alice Cavender 8th Lucie December 2015 You Are the Doctor and Other Stories
27 The Horror at Bletchington Station Chris Wing 1st Dodo March 2016 The Peterloo Massacre
28 The Monkey House John Pritchard 5th Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough June 2016 The Two Masters
29 The Shrine of Sorrows Julian Richards 7th Ace September 2016 Maker of Demons
30 The Christmas Dimension Rob Nisbet 3rd Liz, Benton December 2016 Quicksilver
31 Collector's Item Paul J Salamoff 4th Sarah March 2017 Zaltys
32 The Horror of Hy-Brasil Russell McGee 2nd Jamie, Zoe June 2017 Shadow Planet / World Apart
33 Helmstone Tony Jones 1st Steven September 2017 The Silurian Candidate and Time in Office

Rarities Edit

Starting in September 2016, Big Finish began re-releasing their harder to obtain Short Trips stories in the Short Trips Rarities series.[4]

Footnotes Edit

  1. Big Finish - News - Short Trips Announcement (17 April 2009). Retrieved on 11 September 2009.
  2. Doctor Who - Subscriber Short Trips. Retrieved on 31 Dec 2016.
  3. Big Finish - News - Doctor Who Subscribers Get More - Short Trips (22 December 2014). Retrieved on 21 April 2016.
  4. Big Finish - News - Doctor Who Short Trips Offers! (30 September 2016). Retrieved on 30 September 2016.

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