Big Finish Short Trips

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Short Trips: Zodiac was the first anthology in the Big Finish-produced Short Trips range.

The Big Finish Short Trips are a collection of short story anthologies published by Big Finish Productions based on the BBC Television series Doctor Who, beginning with the collection Short Trips: Zodiac in December 2002 and ending with the loss of their license in 2009. The Short Trips name was inherited from similar collections published by the BBC, who decided in March 2000 that it was no longer financially viable to produce collections of short stories. Big Finish Productions negotiated a licence to continue producing these collections, publishing them in smaller runs and in hardback, thus allowing for a higher cover price and increased profit margins than on the BBC collections.

In May 2009 and after 28 collections, Big Finish announced that they were ending the Short Trips series as the BBC had not renewed it for a second licence,[1] eventually halting sales of the books on the Big Finish Website in December 2009. Even so, the books are still available via off-site retailers and a final 29th volume collected the editor's favourite story of each of the previous volumes.

The books[edit]

The Big Finish Short Trips volumes are produced in a slightly different manner from their BBC predecessors: instead of being centrally produced, Big Finish commissions editors for the volumes, who in turn commission stories from writers for the themed collections. Because of this, each volume is produced depending on the working methods of its editor – some editors commission stories on invitation from writers, whilst others welcome unsolicited submission of stories. How The Doctor Changed My Life featured stories all written by previously unpublished authors. This was as a result of a competition, run by Big Finish in 2007, to seek out new talent.[2]

Each collection is conceived around a single theme, with the individual stories exploring that theme:

Title Editor Published Theme/Concept
Short Trips: Zodiac Jacqueline Rayner December 2002 The signs of the Zodiac
Short Trips: Companions Jacqueline Rayner March 2003 The Doctor's companions
Short Trips: A Universe of Terrors John Binns June 2003 Horror
Short Trips: The Muses Jacqueline Rayner September 2003 The Nine Muses
Short Trips: Steel Skies John Binns December 2003 Confined environments
Short Trips: Past Tense Ian Farrington April 2004 Historical settings
Short Trips: Life Science John Binns June 2004 The nature of life
Short Trips: Repercussions Gary Russell June 2004 Unforeseen consequences
Short Trips: Monsters Ian Farrington August 2004 Monsters
Short Trips: 2040 John Binns October 2004 The year 2040
Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury Paul Cornell December 2004 Christmas
Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins David Bailey March 2005 Seven deadly sins
Short Trips: A Day in the Life Ian Farrington June 2005 The hours of the day
Short Trips: The Solar System Gary Russell September 2005 The nine planets of Earth's solar system
Short Trips: The History of Christmas Simon Guerrier December 2005 Christmas past, present and future
Short Trips: Farewells Jacqueline Rayner March 2006 Death and other kinds of loss
Short Trips: The Centenarian Ian Farrington July 2006 The life of one man - Edward Grainger
Short Trips: Time Signature Simon Guerrier September 2006 Music, time and consequences
Short Trips: Dalek Empire Nicholas Briggs with Simon Guerrier December 2006 The Dalek Empire series
Short Trips: Destination Prague Steven Savile May 2007 The city of Prague
Short Trips: Snapshots Joseph Lidster June 2007 The effect the Doctor has on people
Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas Cavan Scott & Mark Wright December 2007 Christmas: past, present and future
Short Trips: Defining Patterns Ian Farrington March 2008 The causes and effects of the universe
Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership Keith R.A. DeCandido May 2008 The many leaders the Doctor has met
Short Trips: Transmissions Richard Salter July 2008 The art of communication
Short Trips: How The Doctor Changed My Life Simon Guerrier September 2008 The after effects of meeting the Doctor
Short Trips: Christmas Around the World Xanna Eve Chown December 2008 Christmas in different countries
Short Trips: Indefinable Magic Neil Corry March 2009 The magical life of the Doctor
Re:Collections Various May 2009 The final book and a collection of the best stories from the series

The collections have mixed established Doctor Who writers from the television series, such as Ben Aaronovitch, Ian Briggs, Andrew Cartmel, Terrance Dicks, Glen McCoy, James Moran, Marc Platt, Helen Raynor and Eric Saward with writers who made their name in other Doctor Who spin-off ranges, such as Paul Cornell, Joseph Lidster, Kate Orman, Lance Parkin, Philip Purser-Hallard, Gareth Roberts, Gary Russell and Robert Shearman, and writers from other literary spheres, including Dan Abnett, Lou Anders, Scott Andrews, Jonathan Clements, Peter David, Richard Dinnick, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Brian Dooley, Diane Duane, Nev Fountain, Lizzie Hopley, Todd McCaffrey, Juliet E. McKenna, Paul Magrs, James Moran, Gary Owen, Stel Pavlou, Steven Savile, James Swallow and Matthew Sweet.

Audio[edit]

On 31 December 2009, Big Finish lost their license to produce or sell their short story anthology book series Short Trips. On 10 February 2010 Big Finish announced that the range would be relaunched as double CD audiobooks featuring eight new short stories each. The stories were to be read by popular Doctor Who actors. Also on this day Big Finish asked for short story submissions, from anyone who hadn't written for them before, for possible inclusion on the CDs. Soon after the closing date it was announced that they had received 500 entries and that Colin Baker would be among the actors reading the stories, as well as writing the 6th Doctor story for Volume 1. After four volumes, this series was discontinued, but the range was relaunched yet again as a monthly download-only series in 2015.

Volume 1[edit]

No. Title Read By Directed by Written by Doctor Featuring Release Date Prod.
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1 "Rise and Fall" William Russell Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley George Mann 1st Ian November 2010 (2010-11) -
2 "A Stain of Red in the Sand" David Troughton Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley David A McEwan 2nd Zoe November 2010 (2010-11) -
3 "A True Gentleman" Katy Manning Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Jamie Hailstone 3rd - November 2010 (2010-11) -
4 "Death-Dealer" Louise Jameson Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Damian Sawyer 4th Leela November 2010 (2010-11) -
5 "The Deep" Peter Davison Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Ally Kennen 5th Nyssa November 2010 (2010-11) -
6 "The Wings of a Butterfly" Colin Baker Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Colin Baker 6th - November 2010 (2010-11) -
7 "Police and Shreeves" Sophie Aldred Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Adam Smith 7th Ace November 2010 (2010-11) -
8 "Running Out of Time" India Fisher Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Dorothy Koomson 8th - November 2010 (2010-11) -

Volume 2[edit]

No. Title Read By Directed by Written by Doctor Featuring Release Date Prod.
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1 "1963" William Russell Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Niall Boyce 1st Ian, Barbara, Vicki February 2011 (2011-02) -
2 "The Way Forward" David Troughton Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Steve Case 2nd Victoria February 2011 (2011-02) -
3 "Walls of Confinement" Katy Manning Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Lawrence Conquest 3rd Liz, the Brigadier February 2011 (2011-02) -
4 "Chain Reaction" Louise Jameson Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Darren Goldsmith 4th Sarah Jane February 2011 (2011-02) -
5 "Sock-Pig" Peter Davison Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Sharon Cobb & Iain Keiller 5th - February 2011 (2011-02) -
6 "The Doctor's Coat" Colin Baker Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley John Bromley 6th - February 2011 (2011-02) -
7 "Critical Mass" Sophie Aldred Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley James Moran 7th Ace February 2011 (2011-02) -
8 "Letting Go" India Fisher Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Simon Guerrier 8th Charley February 2011 (2011-02) -

Volume 3[edit]

No. Title Read By Directed by Written by Doctor Featuring Release Date Prod.
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1 "Seven to One" Nicholas Briggs, William Russell Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Simon Miller 1st-7th - May 2011 (2011-05) -
2 "The Five Dimensional Man" David Troughton Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Kate Orman 2nd Zoe, Jamie May 2011 (2011-05) -
3 "Pop Up" Katy Manning Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Dave Curran 3rd Jo May 2011 (2011-05) -
4 "The Wondrous Box" Louise Jameson Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Juliet Boyd 4th Sarah Jane May 2011 (2011-05) -
5 "Wet Walls" Peter Davison Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Mathilde Madden 5th Peri May 2011 (2011-05) -
6 "Murmurs of Earth" Colin Baker Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Michael Deacon, Jamie Middleton & Chris Wraight 6th Peri May 2011 (2011-05) -
7 "The Riparian Ripper" Sophie Aldred Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Andrew Cartmel 7th Ace May 2011 (2011-05) -
8 "All the Fun of the Fair" India Fisher Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Bev Conway 8th Lucie May 2011 (2011-05) -

Volume 4[edit]

No. Title Read By Directed by Written by Doctor Featuring Release Date Prod.
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1 "A Star is Born" William Russell Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Richard Dinnick 1st Susan, Barbara, Ian August 2011 (2011-08) -
2 "Penny Wise, Pound Foolish" David Troughton Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Foster Marks 2nd Jamie, Zoe August 2011 (2011-08) -
3 "Lost in the Wakefield Triangle" Katy Manning Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Vin Marsden Hendrick 3rd Jo August 2011 (2011-08) -
4 "The Old Rogue" Louise Jameson Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley John Grindrod 4th Romana, K9 August 2011 (2011-08) -
5 "The Lions of Trafalgar" Peter Davison Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Jason Arnopp 5th Nyssa, Tegan August 2011 (2011-08) -
6 "To Cut a Blade of Grass" Colin Baker Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Cindy Garland 6th Peri August 2011 (2011-08) -
7 "The Shadow Trader" Sophie Aldred Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Charles Williams 7th Ace August 2011 (2011-08) -
8 "Quantum Heresy" India Fisher Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley Avril Naude 8th - August 2011 (2011-08) -

Series 5[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Doctor Featuring Release Date Prod.
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1 "Flywheel Revolution" Lisa Bowerman Dale Smith 1st TBA January 2015 (2015-01) BFMSTDL01
2 "Little Doctors" Lisa Bowerman Philip Lawrence 2nd Jamie, Zoe February 2015 (2015-02) BFMSTDL02
3 "Time Tunnel" Lisa Bowerman Nigel Fairs 3rd Jo, the Brigadier, UNIT March 2015 (2015-03) BFMSTDL03
4 "The Ghost Trap" Lisa Bowerman Nick Wallace 4th Leela April 2015 (2015-04) BFMSTDL04
5 "The King of the Dead" Lisa Bowerman Ian Atkins 5th Nyssa, Tegan May 2015 (2015-05) BFMSTDL05
6 "The Shadows of Serenity" Lisa Bowerman Nigel Robinson 6th Peri June 2015 (2015-06) BFMSTDL06
7 "Dark Convoy" Lisa Bowerman Mark B Oliver 7th Ace July 2015 (2015-07) BFMSTDL07
8 "Foreshadowing" Lisa Bowerman Julian Richards 8th Charley August 2015 (2015-08) BFMSTDL08
9 "Etheria" Lisa Bowerman Nick Wallace 1st Vicki, Steven September 2015 (2015-09) BFMSTDL09
10 "The Way of the Empty Hand" Lisa Bowerman Julian Richards 2nd Jamie, Zoe October 2015 (2015-10) BFMSTDL10
11 "The Other Woman" Lisa Bowerman Philip Lawrence 3rd Jo, UNIT November 2015 (2015-11) BFMSTDL11
12 "Black Dog" Lisa Bowerman Dale Smith 4th Leela December 2015 (2015-12) BFMSTDL12

Series 6[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Doctor Featuring Release Date Prod.
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1 "Gardens of the Dead" Lisa Bowerman Jenny T Colgan 5th Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough January 2016 (2016-01) BFMSTDL13
2 "Prime Winner" Lisa Bowerman Nigel Fairs 6th Peri February 2016 (2016-02) BFMSTDL14
3 "Washington Burns" Lisa Bowerman Julian Richards 7th Ace March 2016 (2016-03) BFMSTDL15
4 "The Curse of the Fugue" Lisa Bowerman Alice Cavender 8th Lucie April 2016 (2016-04) BFMSTDL16
5 "This Sporting Life" Lisa Bowerman Una McCormack 1st Steven, Dodo May 2016 (2016-05) BFMSTDL17
6 "Lost and Found" Lisa Bowerman Penelope Faith 2nd Polly, Ben June 2016 (2016-06) BFMSTDL18
7 "The Blame Game" Lisa Bowerman Ian Atkins 3rd Liz, the Monk July 2016 (2016-07) BFMSTDL19
8 "Damascus" Lisa Bowerman Jonathan Barnes 3rd TBA August 2016 (2016-08) BFMSTDL20
9 "A Full Life" Lisa Bowerman Joseph Lidster 4th Adric, Romana II September 2016 (2016-09) BFMSTDL21
10 "Rulebook" Lisa Bowerman Tony Jones 5th Peri October 2016 (2016-10) BFMSTDL22
11 "The Man Who Wasn't There" Lisa Bowerman Ian Atkins 8th Charley November 2016 (2016-11) BFMSTDL23
12 "The Hesitation Deviation" Lisa Bowerman James Goss 7th Benny December 2016 (2016-12) BFMSTDL24

Series 7[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Doctor Featuring Release Date Prod.
code
1 "The World Beyond the Trees" Lisa Bowerman Jonathan Barnes 8th Liv Chenka January 2017 (2017-01) BFMSTDL25
2 TBA Lisa Bowerman TBA TBA TBA February 2017 (2017-02) BFMSTDL26
3 TBA Lisa Bowerman TBA 1st TBA March 2017 (2017-03) BFMSTDL27
4 "The British Invasion" Lisa Bowerman Ian Potter 2nd Jamie, Zoe April 2017 (2017-04) BFMSTDL28
5 TBA Lisa Bowerman TBA 3rd TBA May 2017 (2017-05) BFMSTDL29
6 "How to Win Planets and Influence People" Lisa Bowerman James Goss 4th Sarah, Harry June 2017 (2017-06) BFMSTDL30
7 "The Ingenious Gentleman Adric of Alzarius" Lisa Bowerman Julian Richards 5th Adric, Nyssa, Tegan July 2017 (2017-07) BFMSTDL31
8 "Trap for Fools" Lisa Bowerman TBA 5th Turlough August 2017 (2017-08) BFMSTDL32
9 "The Authentic Experience" Lisa Bowerman Dan Starkey 6th Peri September 2017 (2017-09) BFMSTDL33
10 TBA Lisa Bowerman TBA 7th TBA October 2017 (2017-10) BFMSTDL34
11 "Flashpoint" Lisa Bowerman Andrew Smith 8th Lucie November 2017 (2017-11) BFMSTDL35
12 "O Tannenbaum" Lisa Bowerman Anthony Keetch 1st Steven December 2017 (2017-12) BFMSTDL36

Single Short Trips[edit]

The releases listed below were single releases made available by Big Finish as subscriber and magazine exclusives and podcasts.

# Title Author Doctors Featuring Read By Released
1 One Small Step Briggs, NickNick Briggs 2nd Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot Nick Briggs January 2009 as a free podcast
2 Museum Peace Swallow, JamesJames Swallow 8th Kalendorf Nick Briggs November 2009 with release #128 - The Eternal Summer
3 The Doctor's First XI Atkins, IanIan Atkins 4th Romana I Stephen Critchlow March 2010 with release #132 - The Architects of History
4 The Switching Guerrier, SimonSimon Guerrier 3rd Jo Grant, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton Duncan Wisbey June 2010 with release #135 - Legend of the Cybermen
5 Lepidoptery for Beginners Dorney, JohnJohn Dorney 2nd Jamie and Zoe Duncan Wisbey September 2010 with releases #138 - The Cradle of the Snake and #139 - Project: Destiny
6 The Little Drummer Boy Robson, EddieEddie Robson 1st Steven Taylor and Sara Kingdom Beth Chalmers December 2010 with release #142 - The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories
7 Sound the Siren And I'll Come To You Comrade Pritchard, JohnJohn Pritchard 4th Leela Stephen Critchlow March 2011 with release #145 - Industrial Evolution
8 Twilight's End Scott, CavanCavan Scott and Wright, MarkMark Wright 7th Nimrod Beth Chalmers June 2011 with release #148 - Rat Trap
9 Neptune Dinnick, RichardRichard Dinnick 3rd Sarah Jane Smith Beth Chalmers September 2011 with releases #151 - The Doomsday Quatrain and #152 - House of Blue Fire
10 Lant Land Morris, JonathanJonathan Morris 5th Tegan, Turlough Duncan Wisbey December 2011 with release #155 - Army of Death
11 Breadcrumbs Moran, JamesJames Moran 4th Romana II John Banks March 2012 with release #158 - Wirrn Isle
12 Intuition Nisbet, RobRob Nisbet 6th Mel Stephen Critchlow June 2012 with release #161 - The Butcher of Brisbane
13 A Room With No View Bartlett, DavidDavid Bartlett 5th Peri Stephen Critchlow September 2012 with releases #164 - Gods and Monsters and #165 - The Burning Prince
14 Only Connect Lane, AndyAndy Lane 4th John Banks December 2012 with release #168 - 1001 Nights
15 The Young Lions Cavender, AliceAlice Cavender 8th Lucie Stephen Critchlow March 2013 with release #171 - The Seeds of War
16 Crystal Ball Rob Nisbet 7th Ace Stephen Critchlow June 2013 with release #174 - Prisoners of Fate
17 Methuselah Mann, GeorgeGeorge Mann 5th Peri John Banks September 2013 with releases #177 - Daleks Among Us and 178 - 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men
18 Tweaker Abnett, DanDan Abnett 5th Nyssa John Banks December 2013 with release #181 - Afterlife
19 The Piltdown Men Dale Smith, PaulPaul Dale Smith 2nd Hugh Ross March 2014 with release #184 - Scavenger
20 Late Night Shopping Fitton, MattMatt Fitton 8th Lucie Hugh Ross June 2014 with release #187 - Masquerade
21 Waiting for Gadot John Dorney 4th Hugh Ross September 2014 with releases #190 - Mask of Tragedy and #191 - Signs and Wonders
22 A Home From Home Wallace, NickNick Wallace 3rd Liz Stephen Critchlow December 2014 with release #194 - The Rani Elite
23 String Theory Brown, KiniKini Brown 4th Leela Stephen Critchlow March 2015 with release #197 - The Entropy Plague
24 Sphinx Lightning John Pritchard 3rd Jo Stephen Critchlow June 2015 with release #200 - The Secret History
25 The Warren Legacy Richards, JulianJulian Richards 4th Romana I Stephen Critchlow September 2015 with releases #203 - Terror of the Sontarans and #204 - Criss-Cross
26 The Toy Fairs, NigelNigel Fairs 5th Nyssa, Tegan, Adric Sarah Sutton October 2015 with issues 4 & 5 of The Complete History
27 The Caves of Erith Alice Cavender 8th Lucie Stephen Critchlow December 2015 with release #207 - You Are the Doctor and Other Stories
28 The Horror at Bletchington Station Wing, ChrisChris Wing 1st Dodo Stephen Critchlow March 2016 with release #210 - The Peterloo Massacre
29 The Monkey House Ford, NicNic Ford 5th Tegan, Turlough, Nyssa Stephen Critchlow June 2016 with release #213 - The Two Masters
30 The Shrine of Sorrows Julian Richards 7th Ace Stephen Critchlow September 2016 with release #216 - Maker of Demons
31 TBA TBA TBA TBA Stephen Critchlow December 2016 with release #219 - Absolute Power and #220 - Quicksilver
32 Collector's Item Salmanoff, Paul JPaul J Salmanoff 4th Sarah Stephen Critchlow March 2017 with release #223 - Zaltys
33 The Horror of Hy-Brasil McGee, RussellRussell McGee 2nd Jamie, Zoe Stephen Critchlow June 2017 with release #226 - TBA
34 Helmstone Jones, TonyTony Jones 1st Steven Stephen Critchlow September 2017 with release #229 - TBA and #230 - TBA
35 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA December 2017 with release #233 - TBA and #234 - TBA

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