Short Trips: Defining Patterns was the twenty-third Short Trips anthology published by Big Finish Productions.

Publisher's summary Edit

The known universe is home to countless trillions of lives, all interweaving with each other and affecting the line of history. When someone makes a decision, no matter how significant or seemingly irrelevant, they cause unknown effects throughout the ages...

Perhaps other, unreachable, factors are at play too: does the universe have a destiny? Are we all predetermined to follow a particular path? Do we reap what we sow or is it a case of what will be will be? Are coincidences really just that, or do we miss their deeper meanings?

Everywhere he looks, the Doctor sees the same patterns — the same events, decisions and actions cropping up again and again. Look at the bigger picture, however, and maybe — just maybe — you'll see how the universe works. How the universe lives...

But, as the Doctor and his companions discover, are these patterns really there? Or do we, by the very nature of seeing them, define them?

Stories Edit

Title Author Doctor Featuring
Machine Time George Ivanoff 4th
The Time and Tide Neil Corry 7th Ace
Losing the Audience Mat Coward 1st Susan
One Card for the Curious Xanna Eve Chown 7th Ace
Séance, or Smoking is Highly Addictive, Don't Start John Davies
The Celestial Harmony Engine Ian Briggs
Mutiny Robert Dick Harry
Numb Dave Owen 3rd Sarah
Closing the Account Stephen Hatcher 7th Ace
The Great Escapes Simon Guerrier Lucie
Loose Change Steven Savile 6th
Lepidoptery for Beginners John Dorney 2nd Jamie, Zoe
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Chris Thomas Fifth Doctor, Jamie, Turlough
Homework Michael Coen Jamie, Zoe
The Devil Like a Bear Brian Willis 7th
Stanley Lizzie Hopley 4th Leela
Twilight's End Cavan Scott, Mark Wright 7th Nimrod
The Book of My Life Ian Mond 6th
Defining Patterns Ian Farrington Emily, Hoffman

Notes Edit

  • Michael Coen was the winner of a competition run by Big Finish to find new writing talent.

Audio release Edit

An audio version of Lepidoptery for Beginners, read by Duncan Wisbey, was recorded by Big Finish Productions and released as a free download for subscribers in October 2010, alongside A Death in the Family.[1] Additionally, a reading of Twilight's End by Beth Chalmers was released to subscribers whose subscription included Robophobia in August 2011.

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