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Bafflement and Devotion was a short story published in DWM 289 to coincide with the release of the novel Verdigris.

Bafflement and Devotion was most notable for the introduction of Paul Magrs into the DWU, a character who would go on to become a prominent recurring character in the Iris Wildthyme series.

It featured Paul Magrs, the Jane Fonda incarnation of Iris Wildthyme and her companion, the Eighth Doctor.

Summary Edit

Paul Magrs writes about Iris Wildthyme and the Doctor Who series, while simultaneously Iris attempts to convince her companion, the Eighth Doctor, to stop being so adamant about how his past played out...

Plot Edit

After a brief recap of certain encounters between the Doctor and Iris Wildthyme, from Paul Magrs' point of view, Iris herself talks about Paul Magrs, while she and the Doctor are in her TARDIS.

From Paul Magrs' point of view, he recalls that he was asked to write about the books he had written, and Paul mentions the impact that the Doctor Who series had on him.

Iris and the Doctor then talk about her origins, and the conflict of the Thals and the Daleks (the events that the First Doctor was a part of, after the escape from the Tribe of Gum). Iris thinks to herself that the events happened differently for her, and the Doctor is huffy about Iris' claims, and he wants to know which version of events actually happened, all those years ago.

Again from Magrs' point of view, he admits that even he can't remember the order of Iris' incarnations. He talks about the Edith Sitwell, Shirley Bassey, Beryl Reid, and Jane Fonda incarnations.

The Doctor doesn't talk to Iris for a while, and he puts the kettle on. He's disturbed by the the fact that the claims from Iris are potentially true, in part due to his own past constantly changing. He realises that he suddenly remembers having adventures that he previously didn't do, such as being in Antarctica and seeing dinosaurs, and being there when Venice crumbled into the Adriatic. The Doctor is happy that he's experiencing these events like this, but that happiness turns to horror as he realises that this means he could live forever.

The TARDIS comes out of the Time Vortex, and the Doctor and Iris are flung into a new adventure together...

Characters Edit

References Edit

Iris Wildthyme - Cushing Dalek - Bafflement and Devotion

The Jane Fonda incarnation of Iris next to a Dalek.

Notes Edit

Jane Fonda Iris

Jane Fonda incarnation of Iris from the table of contents of DWM 289.

  • The story contains footnotes, explaining the various stories to which Iris and the Doctor refer to throughout their adventure, however the information is contradictory to the story.
  • The table of contents for DWM 289 included original art of the Jane Fonda incarnation of Iris that was not included in the story itself.

Continuity Edit

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