Official announcements have now been made by the right and proper people, so I can finally pass you the details of the ‘mystery’ anthology I’ll be in at the end of May. To the dismay of many, Big Finish productions are about to cease publishing their Short Trips series of short story anthologies featuring the Doctor (from Doctor Who – do keep up). To celebrate the range, they’re putting out one final, mammoth hardback volume in May, featuring one story from each of the previous twenty-eight volumes (published regularly since 2002). These stories are intended to represent the best of each book, as selected by the editors of each.
‘Lonely’, my contribution to the 2008 anthology Doctor Who: Short Trips – Transmissions, has been picked out by editor Richard Salter to represent his book, which is very flattering indeed, particularly given the stories and authors he had at his disposal.
I’m a little sad to see the range end, as it was the last bastion of official Doctor Who fiction in written form that was not marketed squarely at kids (writers had to bear in mind that a lot of kids might be reading, but had flexibility within that remit to tell some sophisticated, mature fiction if they chose to), but delighted to be featured in this celebration of what the books achieved.
If you’re a fan of the Doctor, but have never sampled the Short Trips range, then grab this monster collection, as it promises the best there was. It’s out at the end of May, priced Â£19.99, and you can pre-order it here.
There’s also some good news for those of you who might be less interested in Doctor Who per se, but do want to get a copy of ‘Lonely’ while you can (or indeed, those feeling the credit crunch a little). From the 1st of May, the remaining copies of the previous anthologies that Big Finish have in stock will go on sale for £7.50 – about half the original price. That means you’ll be able to get the original Doctor Who: Short Trips – Transmissions for a steal, while stocks last. It’s a really, really good book. Really. I’m prepared to bet that the editor, Richard Salter, agonised long and hard about which story he wanted to put forward for Recollections, because there are some very juicy tales in there (indeed, when he told me he was putting ‘Lonely’ forward, I had to fight the urge to decline in embarrassment, and recommend one of the others instead).
Whichever you choose, if you’re at all interested in reading ‘Lonely’ you need to get one or the other while you can. As I don’t own the rights to Doctor Who(you can tell by my lack of conspicuous wealth), I can’t do anything else with this story. Ever. Even if I’m ever fortunate enough to have my short fiction professionally collected by a publisher, ‘Lonely’ won’t be there. It’s a shame. I’m proud of the story, a creepy tale set entirely within an internet (really!) chatroom, and it would otherwise sit proudly between those hypothetical future pages. As that can’t happen, this is your one shot.
Go to it!