Short Trips: The Muses, ed. Jacqueline Rayner

The fourth of the Big Finish Short Trips anthologies, and the third edited by Jac Rayner, published in 2003. At that stage we had eight canonical Doctors, so it seems in retrospect a fairly obvious idea to compile a collection of nine stories, each featuring one of them, with one more featuring them all. And while there are many cultural uses of the number nine, the Muses make a pleasing link with ancient culture.

I liked most of these stories, three in particular: (Terpsichore) "Teach Yourself Ballroom Dancing", by Robert Shearman, an unusually good Sixth Doctor story; (Thalia) "The Brain of Socrates", by Gareth Roberts, with the Fourth Doctor and Leela; and (Clio) "The Glass Princess", by Justin Richards, pulling together all eight Doctors in a rather moving story of inexorable forward time travel. Also a shout out for (Calliope) "Katarina in the Underworld", by Steve Lyons, as far as I know the only published spinoff fiction featuring Katarina, and a rare grappling with matters of the afterlife.

Next in this sequence: Short Trips: Steel Skies, ed. John Binns.

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1 Response to Short Trips: The Muses, ed. Jacqueline Rayner

  1. mcbadger says:

    I came across this when the BBC broadcast Letts’ own excellent reading of it about the time that he died.
    Abridged, so I should get round to the full text sometime.

    My feeling was that he disliked Enemy of the World because he couldn’t see past his mistakes making it (things like picking the wrong method to try to film a scene with both Troughton’s roles on-screen at the same time).

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