On The Quality of Leadership

Later this year — sometime in late spring or early summer — Big Finish Productions will be releasing a Doctor Who anthology entitled Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership. Edited by Keith R.A. DeCandido, the anthology will feature the following stories:

A Doctor Who story! From me!

The premise of the anthology is that the Doctor travels through time and space, meeting leaders of various stripes. My story features the sixth Doctor — the one of the garish fashion sense and the tendency toward shouting.

Writing the story was… an experience. It’s the Doctor and one of history’s great know-it-alls.

I’ll say this. Aspiring writers out there? Don’t underestimate the power of competition. I said to myself, every time I sat down to write “Spindle” — “I’m going to be in a book with (to pull three names out) Diane Duane and Terri Osborne and Bob Jeschonek. My A-Game isn’t going to be good enough.” That might give someone else pause, but it actually kept me focused. Whatever I came up, other writers would have come up with first, and it pushed me to write the story harder. Think about the writers you’re competing against, and try to write a story that’s better.

I hope that makes sense. It seems so profound in my head….

For anyone playing at home, previous (and vague) posts about this story are:

Look for it in the spring. In the UK, I believe Big Finish books are available in bookshops. In the US, I would recommend WhoNA for all your specialty Whovian needs.

And of course, Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership will be available direct from Big Finish Productions.

I can’t wait to have the book in my hands. And having read about half the book, I know you readers out there are in for a monster of a treat. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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