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Short Trips was the first book in the BBC Books Short Trips series. An abridged audiobook version narrated by Nicholas Courtney and Sophie Aldred featured five of the original stories, Freedom, Model Train Set, Glass, Stop the Pigeon and Old Flames, alongside an exclusive story, Degrees of Truth.

Publisher's summary[]

From Neolithic Earth to the furthest reaches of the universe in the far future, Short Trips brings together established Doctor Who authors and first-time writers in a collection of stories exploring the ever-changing worlds of the Doctor and his friends.

Witness the last days of the siege of Masada with the First Doctor and meet the Fourth Doctor's extraordinary "old flame". An evil enemy makes life difficult for the Seventh and Third Doctors, and while the Fifth Doctor is under attack on a sinister ship shrouded in fog, the Second may soon be guilty of a grave error of judgement... The Sixth Doctor's hopes of a holiday are dashed when he discovers a pleasure planet is hiding a shocking secret, and the Eighth Doctor is caught up in a deadly drama played out during the construction of Stonehenge.

And of course, that just the beginning...


# Title Author Doctor Featuring
1 Model Train Set Jonathan Blum 8th
2 Old Flames Paul Magrs 4th Sarah, Iris Wildthyme
3 War Crimes Simon Bucher-Jones 2nd Jamie, Zoe, Goth
4 The Last Days Evan Pritchard 1st Susan, Ian, Barbara
5 Stop the Pigeon Mike Tucker, Robert Perry 7th Ace, The Master
6 Freedom Steve Lyons 3rd Jo, The Brig, Benton, The Master
7 Glass Tara Samms 4th Romana II
8 Mondas Passing Paul Grice Ben, Polly
9 There are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden Sam Lester 1st Dodo
10 Mother's Little Helper Matthew Jones 2nd
11 The Parliament of Rats Daniel O'Mahony 5th Nyssa
12 Rights Paul Grice 4th Sarah
13 Wish You Were Here Guy Clapperton 6th
14 Ace of Hearts Mike Tucker, Robert Perry 7th
15 The People's Temple Paul Leonard 8th Sam


An audiobook of the same name was released the same year narrated by Nicholas Courtney and Sophie Aldred, featuring five stories from the collection. Two similar audio collections, Out of the Darkness and Earth and Beyond collated stories for the Sixth and Eighth Doctors (sourced from this release and More Short Trips), alongside an original story.

These stories were reissued on MP3-CD from 2004-2005 on Tales from the TARDIS volumes 1 and 2.

Additionally, two stories from the 1998 audiobook, Freedom and Old Flames, appeared on the audio CD Tales from the TARDIS in 2008.

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