Steel Skies (Doctor Who: Short Trips #5) - John Binns N/A

There are many places that most of us can never see: places that are sheltered, locked away, cordoned off from the outside world. But to the Doctor, and those who travel with him in his TARDIS, there is no such thing as a locked door. Anywhere in space and time is open to them to visit -- even if sometimes it might be better to leave such places well alone.

Steel Skies is a collection of stories based in enclosed and artificial environments: places constructed to keep the dangers of the universe outside, perhaps, or to keep their inhabitants locked in. It is divided into four sections, each exploring a different kind of confinement:

Section One, Flight, comprises four tales of travellers who left their homes for far-away destinations -- to explore, to start a new life, or to fight for the survival of their species.

Section Two, Frontiers, explores the corridors, living quarters and ventilation shafts of four futuristic environments -- designed to shelter men, women and children from harsh natural forces, or from the threat of nuclear war.

Section Three, Incarceration, tells four stories of punishment and imprisonment, from San Francisco’s infamous Alcatraz, to the cage of a flightless angel in the dilapidated ruins of Heaven.

Section Four, Isolation, deals with the loneliness and despair of being cut off from the world outside, by physical or mental incapacity, by the ravages of war, or caught between destinations aboard the TARDIS itself.

A recurring theme in all four sections is the effect of the Doctor’s arrival in these enclosed environments -- sometimes positive, sometimes less so.


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Release date 2003
Details updated August 31, 2022

Doctor Who: Short Trips :: Series

Series contains 28 primary works and has 29 total works.

The Big Finish Short Trips are a collection of short story anthologies published by Big Finish Productions based on the BBC Television series Doctor Who, beginning with the collection Short Trips: Zodiac in December 2002 and ending with the loss of their license in 2009.

Main series Doctor Who

Zodiac (Doctor Who: Short Trips #1) N/A
Companions (Doctor Who: Short Trips #2) N/A
A Universe of Terrors (Doctor Who: Short Trips #3) N/A
The Muses (Doctor Who: Short Trips #4) N/A
Steel Skies (Doctor Who: Short Trips #5) N/A
Past Tense (Doctor Who: Short Trips #6) N/A
Life Science (Doctor Who: Short Trips #7) N/A
Repercussions (Doctor Who: Short Trips #8) N/A
Monsters (Doctor Who: Short Trips #9) N/A
2040 (Doctor Who: Short Trips #10) N/A
A Christmas Treasury (Doctor Who: Short Trips #11) N/A
Seven Deadly Sins (Doctor Who: Short Trips #12) N/A
A Day in the Life (Doctor Who: Short Trips #13) N/A
Solar System (Doctor Who: Short Trips #14) N/A
The History of Christmas (Doctor Who: Short Trips #15) N/A
Farewells (Doctor Who: Short Trips #16) N/A
The Centenarian (Doctor Who: Short Trips #17) N/A
Time Signature (Doctor Who: Short Trips #18) N/A
Dalek Empire (Doctor Who: Short Trips #19) N/A
Destination Prague (Doctor Who: Short Trips #20) N/A
Snapshots (Doctor Who: Short Trips #21) N/A
The Ghosts of Christmas (Doctor Who: Short Trips #22) N/A
Defining Patterns (Doctor Who: Short Trips #23) N/A
The Quality of Leadership (Doctor Who: Short Trips #24) N/A
Transmissions (Doctor Who: Short Trips #25) N/A
How the Doctor Changed My Life (Doctor Who: Short Trips #26) N/A
Christmas Around the World (Doctor Who: Short Trips #27) N/A
Indefinable Magic (Doctor Who: Short Trips #28) N/A
Re:Collections N/A