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Throughout his life, Iris Wildthyme was a friend and an inspiration, even if sometimes Paul didn't realise it.
Early life Edit
Paul Magrs was born on the 12th of November, 1969, inside a hospital in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear. Later that night, the newborn Paul Magrs would have a fantastical dream about being hypnotised by a Master, to kill Dr Oho at his party. Many dream versions of celebrities appeared in this dream, including Iris Wildthyme. (PROSE: In the Sixties)
Presumably sometime between this and becoming an author, Paul once owned the entire collection of one-hundred and fifty "Terrance Dicks" novelisations, which were then stolen and resold at an exorbitant price at a market stall in Newton Aycliffe. However, as he had read and re-read the novels so many times, he decided to rewrite them, with a few minor changes and embellishments. (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion)
Writing career Edit
He would then be asked to write a short piece about these books. He did so, and in this piece he wrote about his knowledge of Iris, such as her confusing order of incarnations, and that the first incarnation of Iris was "rather like Edith Sitwell as she's described in Denton Welch's memoirs", and that this incarnation was the one to call upon all seven Irises to the Death Zone. Paul also wrote about the how the Second and Fourth incarnations of the Doctor resembled Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker, respectively, and the impact that Doctor Who left on him. (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion)
In 2009, Brenda sent out a letter advertising her Bed and Breakfast and the biographical book series about her and Effie, penned by Paul. At this time, his books about the strange adventures of Iris now also featured the erudite Panda, and the series had grown a following. (PROSE: Brenda's B&B)
By 2017, Paul Magrs' series about Iris and Panda had become part of mainstream culture, becoming popular enough to be adapted into a TV series, (PROSE: The Magrs Conundrum!) as well as having "Spin-Off Audio Adventures", original novelisations, computer games, comic strips, (PROSE: From Wildthyme with Love) and a prose spin-off series, The Continuing Adventures of Iris Wildthyme. (PROSE: The Magrs Conundrum!)
Undated events Edit
Panda found out about the spin-offs of the Iris Wildthyme series from a "super-fan", who didn't know what was canonical, and Iris suspected that the spin-offs didn't count. (PROSE: From Wildthyme with Love)
Paul Magrs' bibliography included: an untitled piece of prose, (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion) Never the Bride, Something Borrowed, Conjugal Rites, Hell's Belles; (PROSE: Brenda's B&B) Iris Wildthyme & the Many-Tentacled Menace and the screenplay for Iris Wildthyme & the Mars Conundrum. (PROSE: The Magrs Conundrum!)
Behind the scenes Edit
- The appearance of Paul Magrs within the Iris Wildthyme and The Brenda and Effie Mysteries series is one of many metafictional elements the real life Paul Magrs likes to write into his stories. Although the in-universe Paul Magrs is the most recurring character of his ilk, Magrs is far from the only Doctor Who writer to have written himself into the DWU, with other notable examples including Steven Moffat (Afterword), Justin Richards (The Secret Lives of Monsters, Summer Falls and Other Stories) and George Mann (Iris at the V&A, Low/Profile, and Selfie).
- While most sources that feature Paul Magrs are valid sources on this wiki, the introduction to Wildthyme Beyond! is unambiguously out-of-universe, as it's a recap of the previous novel in the series, Enter Wildthyme.
- When writing stories about or inspired by his childhood, Paul Magrs tends to use the character "David Taylor" as a stand-in. So far, "David Taylor" has had four appearances, two of which are covered by this wiki: Strange Boy, Fanboys, The Diary of a Doctor Who Addict, and Imaginary Boys.
- Although it wasn't stated within In the Sixties, it's highly likely that newborn Paul Magrs' dream was influenced by the Doctor Who TV series.
- Fictional versions of other books by Paul Magrs, Marked for Life and Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus, exist too within N-Space, but there has yet to be any narrative confirmation that they're written by the in-universe Paul Magrs.