Licensed Doctor Who short fiction has a long and venerable history, dating back to 1966 and the first Doctor Who annual, where a badly-drawn William Hartnell faced such perils as the Zarbi Supremo and the Fishmen of Kandalinga. Between 2002 and 2009, Big Finish published their (rather less surreal) volumes of ‘Short Trips’ under licence from the BBC.
This series of hardback anthologies featured the ‘classic’ television series Doctors, up to and including Paul McGann. I contributed stories to two of these volumes, each edited by Simon Guerrier:
- Short Trips: Time Signature, which includes my first Doctor (William Hartnell) story, ‘The Ruins of Time’.
- Short Trips: The History of Christmas, including my eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) story, ‘The Long Midwinter’.
Both of these volumes can be purchased through Peculiar Tomes.
THE BLACK ARCHIVE
I edit The Black Archive, a series of book-length looks at individual Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day, for Obverse Books. The series includes Black Archive #4: Dark Water / Death in Heaven, a book on the two-part 2014 Doctor Who season finale by Steven Moffat, written by me.
EXTRA: UNOFFICIAL DOCTOR WHO STORIES
Doctor Who fans also have a tradition (dating back to 1998 or so) of producing collections of short fiction in aid of charity. These ‘fanthologies’ are edited and published by fans and given away free in return for a donation to the charity of the editors' choice. The collections have often been of very high quality, attracting ‘name’ authors from both within and outside the arena of Doctor Who fiction.
I was proud to contribute short stories to two anthologies in aid of the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death:
- ‘First Person’ – published in Perfect Timing 2 (ed Helen Fayle and Julian Eales, 1999).
- ‘Cabinet of Changes’ – published in Walking in Eternity (ed Julian Eales, 2001).
Both collections are now out of print.
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