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Friday, 18 October 2013 - Reported by Harry Ward
BBC Books have released details on their forthcoming Doctor Who short story eBook series entitled Time Trips. Jake Arnott, Cecelia Ahern and Joanne Harris will join previously announced authors Nick Harkaway, A.L. Kennedy, Jenny Colgan and Trudi Canavan to write for the series. The series will launch on 5 December with The Death Pit, a fourth Doctor story by A.L. Kennedy.
Doctor Who: The Death Pit by A.L. Kennedy (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who: The Death Pit
By A.L. Kennedy
Published 5th December 2013 [pre-order]

Something odd is going on at the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Receptionist Bryony Mailer has noticed a definite tendency towards disappearance amongst the guests. She's tried talking to the manager, she's even tried talking to the owner who lives in one of the best cottages in the grounds, but to no avail. And then a tall, loping remarkably energetic guest (wearing a fetching scarf and floppy hat) appears. The Fourth Doctor thinks he's in Chicago. He knows he's in 1978. And he also knows that if he doesn't do something very clever very soon, matters will get very, very out of hand.
Doctor Who: Into the Nowhere by Jenny T. Colgan (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who: Into the Nowhere
By Jenny T. Colgan
Published 9th January 2014 [pre-order]

The Eleventh Doctor and Clara land on an unknown alien planet. To the Doctor's delight and Clara's astonishment, it really is unknown. It's a planet the Doctor has never seen. It's not on any maps, it's not referenced on any star charts or in the TARDIS data banks. It doesn't even have a name. What could be so terrible that its existence has been erased?
Doctor Who: Into the Nowhere by Jenny T. Colgan (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses
By Nick Harkaway
Published 6th February 2014 [pre-order]

Deep in the gap between the stars, the TARDIS is damaged by a temporal mine. It's not life-threatening, but the Tenth Doctor will need a while to repair the damage. But he's not alone. The strangely familiar-looking Christina thinks the Doctor has arrived in her bed and breakfast, somewhere in Wales. In fact, the TARDIS seems to have enveloped Christina's entire town - and something else is trapped inside with it. A violent, unnatural storm threatens them all and - unless it's stopped - the entire universe.
Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth by Trudi Canavan (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth
By Trudi Canavan
Published 6th March 2014 [pre-order]

The Third Doctor and Jo Grant arrive for a well-deserved holiday of sun and 'blokarting' on a salt lake in Australia in 2028. Weird sculptures adorn the landscape - statues carved from the salt. People have been leaving them in the salt lakes for years - but these look different. Grotesque, distorted figures twisted in pain. They don't last long in the rain and the wind, but they're just made of salt... Aren't they?
Doctor Who: A Handful of Stardust by Jake Arnott (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who: A Handful of Stardust
By Jake Arnott
Published 3rd April 2014

Story featuring the Sixth Doctor.

Author Jake Arnott commented about writing the book: Writing for the Time Trips series really was a trip – the chance to jump around in time, space and genre, to play around with a classic of popular culture and try to find a place in its vast universe – but most of all it was an opportunity to travel back all those light years ago when I was a kid, full of wonder, watching Doctor Who for the first time.
Cecelia Ahern said:
I’m so excited to have written a story for the Time Trips series and I enjoyed writing every word. Doctor Who is an institution and to be involved in the 50th anniversary is beyond a dream – it is an honour
Joanne Harris added:
I remember watching Doctor Who from a very early age, from a cushion fort behind the sofa. As I grew older I began to really understand and appreciate the show. When the series was revived I was thrilled to watch its transition into the 21st Century, just as I’m thrilled now to be contributing to this series of stories. Fifty is no great age (I tell myself this as my own fiftieth approaches!) and you’re never too old for stories. Happy Birthday Doctor Who. May your candles never go out

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