The Puffin eshorts were a series of short stories released digitally by Puffin Books to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. One story was released on the 23rd of each month of 2013, each featuring a different incarnation of the Doctor.

The series began in January with a First Doctor story and proceeded chronologically through the Doctors until it culminated with an Eleventh Doctor story in November. A short story featuring the Twelfth Doctor, Lights Out, was released on 23 October 2014. Later, on 7 March 2019, Thirteen Doctors, 13 Stories was released, containing a new short story featuring the Thirteenth Doctor, Time Lapse.


# Title Author Narrator Doctor Companion Released
1 A Big Hand for the Doctor Eoin Colfer Nicholas Briggs 1st Susan 23 January 2013
2 The Nameless City Michael Scott Frazer Hines 2nd Jamie 23 February 2013
3 The Spear of Destiny Marcus Sedgwick Marcus Sedgwick 3rd Jo, The Brigadier 23 March 2013
4 The Roots of Evil Philip Reeve Sophie Aldred 4th Leela, K9 Mark I 23 April 2013
5 Tip of the Tongue Patrick Ness Nicholas Pegg 5th Nyssa 23 May 2013
6 Something Borrowed Richelle Mead Sophie Aldred 6th Peri 23 June 2013
7 The Ripple Effect Malorie Blackman Malorie Blackman 7th Ace 23 July 2013
8 Spore Alex Scarrow Nicholas Pegg 8th Evelyn 23 August 2013
9 The Beast of Babylon Charlie Higson Charlie Higson 9th Ali 23 September 2013
10 The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage Derek Landy Ian Hanmore 10th Martha 23 October 2013
11 Nothing O'Clock Neil Gaiman Peter Kenny 11th Amy 21 November 2013
12 Lights Out Holly Black Samuel Anderson 12th Fifty-one 23 October 2014
13 Time Lapse Naomi Alderman Sophie Aldred 13th Graham, Ryan, Yaz 7 March 2019

Collected Editions[]

Title Stories collected Publication date
11 Doctors, 11 Stories A Big Hand for the Doctor - Nothing O'Clock 21 November 2013
12 Doctors, 12 Stories A Big Hand for the Doctor - Lights Out 23 October 2014
12 Doctors, 12 Stories: Slipcase Edition 2 December 2014
Thirteen Doctors, 13 Stories A Big Hand for the Doctor - Time Lapse 7 March 2019

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