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Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership was the twenty-fourth Short Trips anthology published by Big Finish Productions.

Publisher's summary Edit

King Loran of Zalezna is dead, the victim of an attempted coup. However, with the help of the Eighth Doctor, Loran's son and heir, Mihal, is able to stop the rebels and claim the throne. Now Mihal faces the prospect of ruling before he's ready. By way of helping Mihal prepare for his new role, the Doctor tells him of the many leaders he's met over the course of his lives...

Join the Doctor as he regales Prince Mihal with stories from throughout time and space. There are tales of the Roman Empire, from Emperor Theodoric to rebels Spartacus and Calpurnia to Rome's enemy Queen Boudica. There's King Arthur and Plato as they've never been seen before, Martin Luther and King Henry VIII in the midst of rewriting Europe's religious landscape and an unexpected side of William Wallace. The Doctor also travels to such exotic worlds as Rishik and Mitidiki, and arrives at a deceptively mundane department store.

Leadership comes in many forms. Some are unexpected, some are less pleasant than you'd think and some aren't quite what history would later paint them to be.

Stories Edit

Title Author Doctor Featuring
From Little Acorns John S. Drew 8th
One Fateful Knight Peter David
The Slave War Una McCormack 2nd Jamie, Ben, Polly
Goths and Robbers Diane Duane 5th Nyssa, Tegan
Good Queen, Bad Queen, I Queen, You Queen Terri Osborne 4th Romana I, K9
The Price of Conviction Richard C. White 1st Susan
God Send Me Well to Keep Linnea Dodson 5th Nyssa
Peaceable Kingdom Steven Savile 7th
Rock Star Robert T. Jeschonek 3rd Jo
On a Pedestal Kathleen O. David 2nd Jamie, Victoria
Clean-up on Aisle Two James Swallow 7th
The Spindle of Necessity Allyn Gibson 6th
Epilogue John S. Drew 8th

Notes Edit

  • Editor Keith R.A. DeCandido, who had contributed to past volumes of both the Short Trips and Decalog series, is best known for his work writing original fiction for the Star Trek franchise. For this volume, DeCandido recruited several fellow Trek fiction writers, including Diane Duane and Peter David.

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