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Magrs, Paul

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(1969-    ) UK academic. Radio playwright and author, some of whose early nonseries fiction is nonfantastic, though To the Devil – a Diva! (2004) is about a horror film star, ageless through a Pact with the Devil [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], who threatens chaos when she re-ignites her career in a transgressive soap opera. Of more direct sf interest are his various Ties contributed to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with a short story, "Old Flames" in Doctor Who: Short Trips (anth 1998) edited by Stephen Cole, and continuing with several novels, Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor: The Scarlet Empress (1998) being the first of these. An independent sequence – the Adventures of Brenda and Effie beginning with Never the Bride (2006) – is fantasy, featuring the Bride of Frankenstein (see Frankenstein Monster) who runs a B&B in her retirement in the seaside resort town of Whitby, Yorkshire, in the company of a witch. The Iris Wildthyme sequence, which initially imported the character Iris Wildthyme – from Magrs's non-genre novel Marked for Life (1995) – into the Doctor Who milieu, was soon stripped of direct series ties but continues to serve as a playground for Parody of Who tropes [see Checklist below]. [JC/DRL]

Paul Magrs

born Jarrow, County Durham: 12 November 1969



Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor

Doctor Who (various)

Adventures of Brenda and Effie

  • Never the Bride (London: Hodder Headline, 2006) [Adventures of Brenda and Effie: hb/]
  • Something Borrowed (London: Hodder Headline, 2007) [Adventures of Brenda and Effie: hb/]
  • Conjugal Rites (London: Hodder Headline, 2008) [Adventures of Brenda and Effie: hb/Edward Bettison]
  • Hell's Belles (London: Hodder Headline, 2009) [Adventures of Brenda and Effie: hb/Edward Bettison]
  • The Bride That Time Forgot (London: Hodder Headline, 2010) [Adventures of Brenda and Effie: hb/]
  • Brenda and Effie Forever (London: Snowbooks, 2012) [Adventures of Brenda and Effie: hb/Bret M Herholz]
  • Fellowship of Ink (London: Snowbooks, 2017) [Adventures of Brenda and Effie: pb/]

Iris Wildthyme

See also "works as editor" below.

Lora Trilogy

  • Lost on Mars (Cardiff, Wales: Firefly Press, 2015) [Lora Trilogy: pb/]
  • Martian Girl (Cardiff, Wales: Firefly Press, 2016) [Lora Trilogy: pb/]
  • The Heart of Mars (Cardiff, Wales: Firefly Press, 2017) [Lora Trilogy: pb/]

individual titles

works as editor


Iris Wildthyme

Only the first title here is formally part of the Doctor Who universe. In subsequent books the Iris Wildthyme character was reworked by Magrs to remove direct Doctor Who links. A further Iris Wildthyme anthology was edited by Philip Purser-Hallard (whom see).

individual titles as editor


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