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The Diary of a Doctor Who Addict

SF Said, Blue Peter Book of the Year winner for Varjak Paw, has written a brilliant review of Paul Magrs new novel The Diary of a Doctor Who Addict over at The Guardian.

The Diary of a Doctor Who AddictThe book is about a young Who fan called David, a teenager growing up in 80’s Britain who is going through the transformation of adolescence just as Tom Baker falls from a radar dish and regenerates into Peter Davison. It follows David threw angst, sexuality and Bowie as he learns to accept who he is and what he can achieve.

Said singles out Magrs’ characterisation and his understanding of pop culture.

“Magrs’s take on early adolescence is very sharp and beautifully nuanced. Almost every page contains some seemingly offhand observation that rings true, from the cringing embarrassment of boys’ changing rooms to the way the tiniest details of popular culture can become matters of life or death, fiercely personal and political.”

Magrs, who describes himself as “a fan of Doctor Who before I was a fan of anything else,” has also written several Doctor Who novels during what Matt Smith likes to call the “barren age”, as well as the recent Hornets’ Nest BBC Audiobook series starring Tom Baker. Paul Magrs is also the creator of Iris Wildthyme.

The Diary of a Doctor Who Addict is available now and is published by Shuster & Shuster, with an RRP of £6.99 – however you can buy for just £4.14 from Amazon.

Head over to SFX and read an exclusive extract.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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