Beginning in 2018 with their production of Nightshade, Security Kitchen Productions are a noncommercial audio production team focused on returning otherwise out-of-print stories to the contemporary ears of Doctor Who listeners.
As of 2021, they have adapted stories featuring a multitude of Doctors and ranges. Among their collection:
These and many more are available from their YouTube channel.
A massive congratulations and thank you to Caroline Tankersley! A regular artist for and longtime contributor to Divergent Wordsmiths.
Beginning in 2019 with the publication of Genesis of Terror, she has been instrumental in helping to define the visual shape of our noncommercial productions. Her latest for Divergent Wordsmiths including the stunning front cover for Unbound Imaginings: Volume 2. We're thrilled to learn that, thanks to her distinctive skill and talent, she has been commissioned by Big Finish Productions for their Twelfth Doctor release, Timejacked.
Congratulations, Carrie! You can find a wealth of equally stunning artwork on her Twitter and DeviantArt pages. We hope to see many more such entries in the future!
Publisher of Divergent Wordsmiths
A brand new ongoing installment of our Theories and Addenda section, exploring a rare gap in Doctor Who's history. Six stories from the Sixth Doctor. Mysteries from the midst of his tenure in 1986. Featuring the return of familiar faces such as K9 and Drax, alongside new companions such as the prospector, Mack, and telepathic castaway, Wings. These encounters include:
Go to 6: "The Lost Gamebooks" will provide an in-depth, non-fiction examination of the Make Your Own Adventure with Doctor Who stories including their initial premises, editorial reviews, standout moments, links to continuity (current and superceded) and rarely-documented illustrations by artist Gail Bennett. A chance to experience stories that have not been seen by Doctor Who fans for over thirty years.
The very first Search for the Doctor is available to read now from the link here.
Final Date of Submission: October 31st 2021
Guide to submission email can be found here.
For the past several years, Big Finish Productions have been running a short story competition commemorating a colleague and friend, Paul Spragg. It was originally suggested 2016 by Ian Atkins, the former producer of the Doctor Who: Short Trips range, and offers an opportunity for new writers to submit their work to the organisation for production. It's a phenomenal opportunity for a good cause.
In 2019, Divergent Wordsmiths (that's us) put our "writing hearts on their writing sleeves", as Ian said himself in our "Introduction", and published The Paul Spragg ReCollections. A volume of stories from all the contributors, still eager and enthused, who wanted a home for stories that were submitted, but didn't make it to that one winning position. These were stories from the past year or from years previous that covered all manner of Doctors and situations. We do this as a means of further celebrating Paul Spragg and giving authors who've already done the work for the competition, an opportunity to see it through to its conclusion.
Many stories from competitions over previous years will fall under the category enforced by Rule #7:
"7. The story should not have been published anywhere before, nor should the entry have been submitted before."
If you have an entry submitted to the Paul Spragg competition you would like to see carried to fruition in the ReCollections anthology, this is the perfect opportunity to submit it to Divergent Wordsmiths. Our submission email can be found by following the instructions on our Submission Guidelines page.
We ask that you submit only a maximum of your 5 best pitches with the expectation of 1 or 2 stories being commissioned for the collection (the precise number to be determined by the comfort of the author). We look forward to seeing where the TARDIS materialises next. Best wishes to our Wordsmiths and happy writing!
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"Between our major releases, the Divergent Wordsmiths have uncovered something rather interesting.
In the intracausal linkages of the Catchvane, caught between the transmission lines, we've uncovered pages of a text called the Gallifrey Historia. A collaborative effort to construct a consistent historical text detailing the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. Using both preexistent knowledge of events and new accounts of the linkages that form the greater timeline. Over the past months, our technicians have been seeking out further entries that could link with the ups and downs of Time Lord society and civilisation.
Recently, we discovered "Trial by Ordeal", a text detailing -- among other things -- Gallifrey's descent into totalitarianism and a coup launched against the Time Lords by their Gallifreyan brethren. This time, we have uncovered "Romana's Reconciliation", an era nowhere near short of incident. There are details of a Dalek invasion of Gallifrey, an attempted overthrow of President Romana by the Celestial Intervention Agency, a mysterious Galactic Famine, an encounter with one of the forefathers of Time Lord society, and even tale told of the Doctor's family home.
Both texts are available to read now from the link here."
Orwell for the Ears is the debut audio drama series from producer Ethan Gibson. Co-editor of the first Unbound Imaginings, Genesis of Terror, and full editor on The Meaning of Big Finish essay collection. Since his time with us at Divergent Wordsmiths, he's gone on to produce Influencing the Doctor, a podcast featuring many of the prominent creative forces working for Doctor Who today.
His latest endeavour is "adapted from several of the most celebrated works of George Orwell, Orwell for the Ears will bring together a diverse cast and production team, featuring a variety of ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations. The goal of Orwell for the Ears is to bring to life both the classic and lesser-known works of George Orwell for a new generation to enjoy, whilst championing the original text in all adaptations."
Sound like your Victory product? Well, doubleplusgood, it's available to support on Kickstarter now.
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Stories from contributors to Divergent Wordsmiths
For our authors interested in the upcoming second volume of the Paul Spragg ReCollections, we've got official confirmation of the Paul Spragg Short Trips Opportunity on the Big Finish website. The deadline is expected to close at the end of June 2021.
A quick checklist of what to expect for submissions in terms of content:
The publishing requirements of the competition are that you haven't worked with Big Finish before (ideal for any newcomers and fresh-faced authors) and the submission hasn't been published anywhere else. Further details, in depth, can be found at the link above. Best of luck to all involved and happy writing!
Good news! An update for writers interested in submitting to the Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 2. We've just received news that the Paul Spagg Memorial Opportunity from Big Finish will be running in 2021, but has been delayed for a variety of reasons at the moment.
We'll be keeping an eye out for more information as things develop. Until then, keep writing!
A quick but important update regarding News content on our website. News about news, if you will.
As of a few hours ago, we now have a Twitter account where you can receive notifications from our News page of upcoming productions, contributor achievements, new releases and more. This account will be available to access alongside our preexisting Facebook page.
This site and its contents are not intended to infringe or query any copyright belonging to the BBC and/or its associated parties. Unless otherwise stated, the content of Divergent Wordsmiths contributors is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Divergent Wordsmiths is an independent, noncommercial group, unaffiliated from all other parties, with no interest in monetary compensation or financial gain.