DOCTOR WHO - "A SPARKLE OF DOCTORS: VOLUME 1" IS AVAILABLE NOW!
Let's talk about transformation. One of Doctor Who's fundamental cornerstones relies on the concept. The main lead, due to illness, accident or even the demands of simple pragmatism can be spurred into a metamorphosis. Divergent Wordsmiths has been much the same. Over its five-year lifespan, our catalogue has expanded to include half-a-dozen Anthologies releases, two Novels releases featuring a revived Doctor/companion team not seen since 1987, and numerous uncollected materials grouped across the website. We've accomplished a lot.
The time has come for another change.
Following Doctor Who's 60th anniversary in 2023, A Sparkle of Doctors will be one of our last Anthologies for quite some time. This has not been for a lack of skilled, talented and eager contributors. On the contrary. We've found a consistent abundance of content creators willing to provide for new stories aboard the TARDIS. The dreaded problem, unfortunately, has been the rising cost of living. A pressure I'm sure many can empathise with. As Divergent Wordsmiths is volunteer-led and volunteer-run, it's become clear over 2022 that it's necessary to change our approach.
Our mission statement at Divergent Wordsmiths has always been to provide our Doctor Who content for free. That remains our constant. We believe that, however the media landscape shifts, fans should be able to access something of the Doctor's adventures with no financial barrier. We will not alter that. To maintain that statement, however, we will be shifting towards the Novels range as our primary focus. Active since 2020, that currently features two releases starring the Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown and Frobisher:
It's far from being all over.
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THE GHOSTS OF PELADON
Q: "I'm new to reading Divergent Wordsmiths, is any prior viewing/reading I have to do before I dive into The Ghosts of Peladon?"
A: "None. The Ghosts of Peladon can be approached as a standalone novella."
Q: "This is so cool! Are there any more stories with the Sixth Doctor, Peri and Frobisher?"
A: "Absolutely. Trapped at the centre of a graveyard in space, the Doctor, Peri and Frobisher face death on a living planet in the full-length novel, Eden By Annihilation. Frobisher also makes a solo appearance in one of our anthologies."
Q: "Do I have to make a purchase for any of these?"
A: "No, all of our content at Divergent Wordsmiths is free and noncommercial."
Q: "I've heard about the upcoming Divergent Wordsmiths anthology, A Sparkle of Doctors. Does The Ghosts of Peladon have anything to do with that collection?"
A: "It does, indeed. The Ghosts of Peladon features an early-bird cameo of a prominent element from that collection."
Q: "Long-time reader, here. Is there any character progression from our three heroes from Eden By Annihilation in The Ghosts of Peladon?"
A: "Thanks for sticking with us! Yes, there is. While accessible to newcomers, The Ghosts of Peladon also builds on a character arc that will become more apparent as the novels progress."
Q: "I've really enjoyed this team. Will there be more from them in the future?"
A: "The Doctor, Peri and Frobisher will return!"
THE PAUL SPRAGG ReCOLLECTIONS ANTHOLOGY: VOLUME 2
FASHION VICTIM – “Something has breached the safety of the TARDIS. Eroded her power and bent its systems to its will. It's intent? To destroy the Eleventh Doctor. Without mercy and without hesitation. And the Doctor is alone—well, almost alone...”
KERENSA'S SURPRISING LAGOMORPHS – “The Sixth Doctor and Melanie Bush are faced with a puzzle in Time. One that will annihilate an entire family unless stopped. They have seen the effects, but not its cause. Do young Kerensa and her unusual pets hold the way out...?”
THE REGENERATION DILEMMA – “There is a terror stalking the streets of Trusis. A Code: Gamma priority threat. However, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa of Traken have met monsters before. This time, it's not quite so simple. Are the people of Trusis ready for the truth...?”
THE DINNER CRASHER -- “Sarenzi Akenaku is mere hours away from her ultimate triumph. She has planned her ascension to the smallest detail. Soon, she will be Empress, should this dinner party goes right. All that stands in her way is the Fourth Doctor...”
THE SIN EATERS – “In one of the darkest moments of his life, Alexander Hamilton is offered the opportunity to wipe away his sins. The temptation seems so rich, how can he refuse? So, why is the Ninth Doctor so determined to keep Hamilton from absolution?”
GIRL OUT OF NOWHERE – “On a cold Christmas, 2017, Kevin receives a visit in the sleepy Cardiff night. That doesn't seem quite right. Her name is Nyssa of Traken. She appears, as if from nowhere. Nyssa needs to find the Fifth Doctor... But, well, her friend is who knows where?"
THE SINGING PLANET – “The Sixth Doctor and his new friend, Margaret, think there's something odd about this latest performance on Cantabile. Virtuosa of the Maestri has given it her all and her audience are beguiled. It has all the makings of a farewell performance, but a farewell to who...?”
NIXED – [The circumstances surrounding the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith's presence at the Nixed Corporation have been sealed from public access. We thank you for your cooperation.]
FOUND BUT FORGOTTEN -- “The past stays with the Twelfth Doctor. However much he would like to leave it behind, it returns. Like a haunting, and it returns with a face. That of Donna Noble, a once dear friend. Now, gone. But, perhaps, the past has other plans for them...”
TOWER BLOCKED – “It should have been a routine visit to the Powell Estate. A quiet night away from the perils of the Universe. For the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, however, their troubles never end. Isolated. Confined. Imprisoned. They must find a way to break free.”
DAUGHTER OF THE AMAZON – “Jo Grant's time in the Amazon has never been dull. However, she never expected the Third Doctor to return into her life so soon. Things can't be as they were, but there's no time to explain. The Doctor discovers a remarkable people are being stolen...”
THE ONCE AND FUTURE CRISIS – “The Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield are in a bit of a bind. It's the 1940s in an American military base and a routine trip to visit friends has gone terribly awry. Their only hope is Doc Holliday of D.C. – the First Doctor and Dodo Chaplet.”
By AFJ Kernow and Alan Camlann
Merry Christmas from us at Divergent Wordsmiths!
Have you opened your Christmas present? Our gift under the tree, from us to you. A full-length, free short story!
Artwork by Jay Smith
"Two parties separated across Time. Fellow travellers at their lowest and highest. Their common link? The Doctor. But all is not well this Christmas at UNIT..."
Starring the exiled Third Doctor and the forces of UNIT with Sarah Jane Smith of Bannerman Road and an array of companions from throughout Time!
Congratulations to Joe Vevers! The Paul Spragg competition winner for 2021. With the announcement, we invite our Wordsmiths to check out The Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 1!
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