on 31 July 2015
Like all these DOCTOR WHO short story anthologies, MORE SHORT TRIPS is patchy - some entries are excellent, others less so.
This one dates from the time when DOCTOR WHO was off our screens apart from the one-off Paul McGann film.
The stories features all of the first eight Doctors.
I had a copy of this at the time but let it go when I thinned down my collection. I've re-bought it through Amazon because I suddenly realized it includes the excellent "Roman Cutaway", one of the best attempts to plug a gap, in this case the 1965 Hartnell story "The Romans". The first episode of that TV story begins with the TARDIS landing, then toppling down a cliff, but the next time we see our heroes they're living it up in a Roman villa. This short story fills that gap very effectively as well as making clear Ian and Barbara are more than just friends and colleagues.
So....worth getting if you can pick it up inexpensively, but don't be surprised if you don't like all of the tales.
Oh, and if I've intrigued you with the "gap" in "The Romans", there is an alternative, a full length novel called "Byzantium!"
on 4 July 1999
Mostly great stories and writing styles, the Doctors and his companions captured true to their on screen characters and in some cases developed even further - most notably the relationship between Ian and Barbara in "Romans Cutaway." "uPVC" is a wonderful mix of comic Troughton and soulful McCoy. "Good Companions" meets up with an old friend, whos previous strong character seems to have finally broken, and a new one who I suspect we may be reading more of some time. Lots of temporal paradoxes exist throughout this book and seem an easy excuse to get away with stories that otherwise you'd think were a little untrue to the series. It would be good to know exactly where each story fits in with each Doctor's time stream and I still don't know how the 2nd Doctor manages to be travelling alone in "Scientific Adviser." If you can follow what is happening in "Femme Fatale" the first time round you must be a Time Lord - still it is good to have some stories to think about unlike the dire drivel that is the only real poor piece in the entire book - "The Sow in Rut," a ghost story akin to K9 & Co and totally unscientific in a way the Doctor would not approve of at all. Overall the book is an entertaining read with varied styles and a good few surprises. I just wish there was some kind of continuity between stories as with the Decalog series.
on 24 February 1999
There are some gems in this collection from the BBC, and it's a shame we'll never see them on screen. Highlights include the wonderful 'Roman Cutaway', which you could imagine as being the first episode of 'The Romans', both parts of 'Missing', 'The Return of the Spiders' and the highly amusing 'uPVC'. No matter who is your favourite Doctor, there will be a classic in this book just crying out for your attention. Oh - and one thing - if anyone can tell me what the hell 'Femme Fatale' was all about, I'll buy you a pint.
on 16 December 1999
More Short trips was kind of boring. The plots should have been more developed. In all actuality, the stories sucked. This is one of the worst books since the Scarlet Empress. I'm sure, that with all of the talented writers who contributed these stories , someone could have come up with better story lines than these.