News : 12/31/2021 ~ Big Finish Releases Doctor Who Short Trips 11 Titles and Authors


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The history of Big Finish Short Trips is anything but short.

"Short Trips" was a label applied to stories and books, published by both BBC Books and Big Finish Productions. Early publications released under the "Short Trips" banner were short story anthologies. The majority of these anthologies were 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.

"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.

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.

Announced today: (quote)

"The Short Trips range is back with six sensational short slices of story, encompassing adventures set throughout all eras (and across many incarnations) of Doctor Who.

Originally a book series, Doctor Who – Short Trips was relaunched in 2010 as an audiobook range. This anthology of brand new adventures forms Volume 11 and is due to be released in February 2022. Three new writers make their Big Finish debut with stories in this collection.

Producer Alfie Shaw said: “There’s something for everyone in this box set. We’ve got a couple of short-form dramas, there are first-person monologues and also some more traditional third-person stories. We’re digging into the psychology of classic villains, monsters and companions, exploring the devastating effects of Time War, and taking a terrifying flight with the Tenth Doctor!

“We’ve taken a similar route with all our fabulous performers, pulling a cast together from actors who were part of the original TV show to those who have joined the wonderful world of Doctor Who through Big Finish’s audio adventures. It’s a privilege listening to these fantastic actors at work, and I hope everyone enjoys the box set."

The six very special stories are:

Rearguard by Alfie Shaw
Performed by Dan Starkey and Jacob Dudman

Trooper Stron has been given a great honour by Sontar. He’s been chosen as the rearguard on Ubreus, protecting that world against anyone who would try to pry it from Sontaran control. The problem is, no one’s coming to claim Ubreus, and that means there’s no one for Stron to fight…

Messages From the Dead by Rochana Patel
Performed by Matthew Waterhouse

Adric wants to help the Doctor. The Doctor doesn’t want Adric’s help. Banished to updating the TARDIS logbook, Adric has to record the tale of the Hermes, a doomed freighter they found in E-Space. With Romana gone, and only the past as a guide, Adric needs to work out how to make this new dynamic work before it’s too late for both him and the Doctor.

The Threshold by Felicia Barker
Performed by Jon Culshaw

After a collision in the vortex, the Master is trapped in his TARDIS. Luckily, the Doctor has come to save him. Unluckily, the Doctor’s TARDIS has vanished. With the ship collapsing around them, can these arch-enemies put their rivalry aside long enough to survive?

Death Will Not Part Us by Alfie Shaw
Performed by Adéle Anderson

On the 14th of August 3097, everything is fine on the world of Gernica. Except, on the same day, the planet is being destroyed. Also, on the 14th of August 3097, no one in the universe has heard of Gernica. The planet’s only chance to survive the horrors of the Time War lies with Viola Wintersmith. For Viola has a weapon that can destroy anything that stands in her way. A weapon that requires a unique form of ammunition. Her past.

Fear of Flying by Paul F Verhoeven
Performed by Ayesha Antoine

Hawa Hassan is terrified of flying. However, to make the most important audition in her life, Hawa’s braving boarding an aeroplane. After all, it’s just one flight. What could possibly go wrong?

Inside Story by Ben Tedds
Performed by Sophie Aldred

Helen Howard wishes to make it known the plot, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. No identification with actual persons or time travellers should be inferred.

Doctor Who – Short Trips: Volume 11 is now available for pre-order as a digital download (only) at just £14.99 from the Big Finish website here:" (unquote and link added)

This appears to be a digital only release with no collectors edition CD-Rom being offered.

  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-547-8
One of the terrible tragedies of 2020 which certainly includes the death of Stephen Critchlow came the end of the subscriber bonus short trips. A list of which, including many unavailable is here:

The slogan was 'Subscribers get more!" Yet unfortunately since the Big Finish Monthly Doctor Who series has ended with nothing to subscribe to, there is no.... More...

It will be great to see Short Trips return.

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