Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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February Books 16) Short Trips, edited by Stephen Cole

I think that this was the first anthology of short stories featuring the first eight Doctors produced by the BBC, back in 1998. I had heard a couple of them previously from the audio release narrated by the late Nicholas Courtney and Sophie Aldred, but it's nice to have the hard copy. The audio version memorably included the first Iris story, "Old Flames"; the book also has a very good First Doctor historical story, "The Last Days", set during the siege of Masada, by one Evan Pritchard who is apparently really Rebecca Levene. A couple of others worth mentioning: "Freedom" by Steve Lyons, a nice Brigadier/Three/Master story; "Mondas Passing" by Paul Grice, not actually as good a story but a reflection on what Ben and Polly did in 1986, twenty years on; and "The People's Temple" by Paul Leonard, a creepy take on Stonehenge. A collection that is worth looking out for.
Tags: bookblog 2011, doctor who, writer: paul magrs, writer: rebecca levene, writer: stephen cole
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