Honestly. This is your very last chance to take a Short Trip. On the first of January 2010, Big Finish lose the right not only to publish, but also to sell, their Short Trips range of hardback Doctor Who anthologies, featuring various original adventures of the first eight incarnations of Doctor Who. Basically, the BBC have not renewed Big Finish’s licence to produce these collections based on the suddenly-successful-all-over-again science fiction character (they issued the licence back when there was no new Doctor Who being produced for television, before the current revival). It’s pure speculation on my part, but I guess this is because they plan to do some of their own story collections through their own publishing wing.
This is important to you, potentially, because it’s the last chance you have of being able to read my short story ‘Lonely’, featuring the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann, on the tellybox and radiophone), an Internet chatroom, and the lost and lonely souls who wander in there. The story was first published in the anthology Short Trips – Transmissions, and this year was reprinted in Big Finish’s final Short Trips book, which gathered the best tales in the range into one massive volume called Short Trips – Re:Collections.
Short Trips – Transmissions is probably the better of the two books. Twenty-fifth in the Short Trips range, it’s among the best the series produced, thanks to the careful thought editor Richard Salter puts into the theme (communication) and the resultant selection of stories. It hangs together really well, basically, and contains several stories which stand out as excellent bits of storytelling, in any genre. At the moment, you can get it on sale direct from Big Finish, for a fiver.
Short Trips – Re:Collections collects the ‘best’ story from each of the previous twenty-eight volumes in the range (as chosen by the editor of each book) in a frankly massive volume. The stories are individually excellent, as you’d hope, but the book perhaps hangs a little awkwardly together. You do get a lot for your money though, and will enjoy what you find in there. At the moment, this one is on sale too, for a tenner.
Last chance. These books are about to become much harder to find, on the secondary market, where they’ll probably sell for increasingly silly amounts of money when you can find them at all. Buy them now instead, while they’re cheap. Get them for your Doctor Who loving loved one. As I’ve said before, I won’t be able to resell my story ‘Lonely’, because the BBC owns the character, not me.
Last chance. Buy it now. Don’t decide you want it in eighteen months time, when you can’t find a copy for love nor sensible amounts of money, and then say I didn’t warn you. That’s what I’m doing here, you see?
You know what you must do.