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Short Trips: Zodiac by Jacqueline Rayner

Short Trips: Zodiac

by Jacqueline Rayner

Other authors: Andrew Collins (Contributor), Simon A. Forward (Contributor), Todd Green (Contributor), Sarah Groenewegen (Contributor), Simon Guerrier (Contributor)7 more, Anthony Keetch (Contributor), Alison Lawson (Contributor), Paul Leonard (Contributor), Joseph Lidster (Contributor), Paul Magrs (Contributor), Mark Michalowski (Contributor), Ian Potter (Contributor)

Series: Doctor Who (Short Trips), Doctor Who: Short Trips (1)

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Doctor Who Short Trips is a series of themed short story anthologies of new Doctor Whofiction, featuring the Doctor in all of his first eight incarnations. They feature stories written by some of the leading names in Doctor Who, past and present, including Paul Cornell, Gareth Roberts, Christopher H. Bidmead, and Paul Magrs. Telepathic fish, miniature lions, and twin planets are the least of his problems, as the Doctor —all eight of him—faces the Capricorn Killer, endures a mindswap with the Machiavellian Master, and dances with Death herself in this collection of 12 thrilling stories.… (more)



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This was the first of 29 anthologies of stories featuring the first eight Doctors published by Big Finish between 2002 and 2009. This takes the dubious proposition that astrology as developed on Earth might somehow be relevant to Gallifrey, and asks twelve writers to write stories based on signs of the Zodiac. The results are variable; the one that particularly grabbed me was Ian Potter's Third Doctor / Brigadier / Liz Shaw story "Still Lives", though I did not really see its relevance to the sign of the Crab which it supposedly represents. Also noted for one of my other lists, Joseph Lidster's "I Was a Monster!!!", representing Capricorn, which is set in Dublin. ( )
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Jacqueline Raynerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Collins, AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Forward, Simon A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, ToddContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Groenewegen, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guerrier, SimonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keetch, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawson, AlisonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leonard, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lidster, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Magrs, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Michalowski, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Potter, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Short Trips concept by Stephen Cole.
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Take a TARDIS trip through the constellations, as the Doctor travels to twelve thrilling tales inspired by the mystical zodiac.

Telepathic fish, miniature lions and twin planets are the least of his problems, as the Doctor ­ ( all eight of him ) ­ faces the Capricorn Killer, endures a mindswap with the Machiavellian Master, and dances with Death herself.

And that's not the half of it ­ as the two K9s can attest!

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This collection features twelve exclusive short- stories from well-known names in Doctor Who fiction ­ including acclaimed novelist and Booker nominee Paul Magrs, alongside Simon A Forward, Mark Michalowski, Paul Leonard and Joseph Lidster ­ as well as fresh new voices. Each story has a special, astrological introduction by Jim Sangster.

The Stories

Leo (by Simon A. Forward) Title: Constant Companion - 2nd, Jamie, & Zoe

Virgo (by Sarah Groenewegen) Title: Virgin Lands - 7th, Ace, & Benny

Libra (by Simon Guerrier) Title: The Switching - 3rd, Jo, & UNIT

Scorpio (by Paul Magrs) Title: Jealous, Possessive - K-9, Marks I and II

Sagittarius (by Todd Green) Title: Five Card Draw - 5th & Peri

Capricorn (by Joseph Lidster) Title: I Was A Monster!!! - 4th & Romana II

Aquarius (by Andrew Collins) Title: The Invertebrates of Doom - 7th & Mel

Pisces (by Alison Lawson) Title: The Stabber - 6th & Peri

Aries (by Mark Michalowski) Title: The True and Indisputable Facts in the Case of the Ram’s Skull - 1st, Ian, & Barbara

Taurus (by Paul Leonard) Title: Growing Higher - 8th & Fitz

Gemini (by Tony Keetch) Title: Twin Piques - 2nd & Jamie

Cancer (by Ian Potter) Title: Still Lives - 3rd, Liz, & The Brigadier
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