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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[]

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.


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


  • 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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