New Anthology Release – ‘The Paul Spragg ReCollections, Volume 2’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

The Divergent Wordsmiths have done it again! 🙂 They’ve released another brand-new ‘Doctor Who’ anthology of short stories called ‘The Paul Spragg ReCollections, Volume 2′, which I’m pretty excited about. This is to honour the memory of our dear Paul Spragg, the producer’s assistant at Big Finish who sadly passed away in May 2014.

‘The Paul Spragg ReCollections, Volume 2′ contains twelve stories featuring ten incarnations of the Doctor. These twelve stories were originally submitted to Big Finish for the annual writing competition called ‘The Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trip Opportunity’, which started back in 2016 and continues to be popular today.

I’ve contributed pitches to the Big Finish writing competition since 2016 and I hope to pitch another one for this year’s annual competition. In the meantime, I’m very pleased that two of my pitches submitted in 2017 and 2021 have now become proper short story adventures in ‘The Paul Spragg ReCollections, Volume 2′.

The two new stories by me in ‘The Paul Spragg ReCollections, Volume 2′ are as follows. They feature the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa and they’re called ‘The Regeneration Dilemma’ and ‘Girl Out of Nowhere’. I submitted ‘The Regeneration Dilemma’ to Big Finish back in 2020 whilst I submitted ‘Girl Out of Nowhere’ to Big Finish back in 2017.

I like how the Divergent Wordsmiths have done the front cover for their brand-new anthology as well as the dedication illustration to Paul Spragg. It was nice to see glimpses of the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa in my two stories in the dedication illustration. Well done to Matthew Purchase for providing the front cover and well done to Steffan Williams for providing the dedication illustration.

Also well done to Alan Camlann (Wolfie) and Andrew Hsieh for editing ‘The Paul Spragg ReCollections, Volume 2′ and well done to AFJ Kernow for the anthology’s quality control. All three have contributed stories to the anthology too. There are also stories by writers like Sean Fallon, Chris Taylor, Ken Colliver, O C Hayward (who co-wrote her story with Alan Camlann), Christopher Swan-Train and Kevin M. Johnston.

It’s interesting to see the variety of stories featured in the collection as well as mine. As well as the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa, there are also stories featuring Doctors and companions like the Eleventh Doctor, the Sixth Doctor and Mel, the Fourth Doctor, the Ninth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, the Twelfth Doctor and Donna, the Tenth Doctor and Rose, Jo Grant and the Third Doctor, the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria, and the First Doctor and Dodo.

The anthology also contains a foreword by Eugenie Pusenjak, who wrote Big Finish’s ‘Free Speech’ in 2020. There’s also ‘The Wall of Fame’ and a poster at the end of the anthology. There’s also an Easter Egg page to look out for in ‘The Paul Spragg ReCollections, Volume 2′. I’m very pleased to have worked with the Divergent Wordsmiths again and I look forward to working with them for perhaps say ‘Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary in 2023.

In the meantime, here are links to pages on my blog for ‘The Regeneration Dilemma’ and ‘Girl Out of Nowhere’. There’s also a link to ‘The Paul Spragg ReCollections, Volume 2’ anthology on the Divergent Wordsmiths website. Go to page 63 for ‘The Regeneration Dilemma’ and go to page 149 for ‘Girl Out of Nowhere’. The stories are also part of ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series and the ‘Short Trips by Tim Bradley’ collection on ‘Bradley’s Basement’.

I hope you’ll enjoy my two new FIfth Doctor and Nyssa stories as well as the other stories by the other writers in this exciting anthology release by the Divergent Wordsmiths.

Thanks for reading!

There’s also ‘Psychic Image’ from ‘Genesis of Terror’, ‘The Crimson Lion’ and ‘The Popiz’ from the first ‘Paul Spragg ReCollections’ volume, and ‘The City of the Bad Wolf’ and ‘Into the Death-Space’ from ‘Unbound Imaginings, Volume 2’ to check out. 🙂

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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