An absolute joy,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Scarlet Empress (Mass Market Paperback)
Paul Magrs is, without doubt, my favourite Who author. His sweeps of fancy - more fantasy than SciFi - are visionary, with a richness of detail that's rare in the EDA's and truly brings his landscapes to life.
Iris - you either love her or hate her. I think he overuses her in later books - they are supposed to be about The Doctor, after all and at times, you do start to wonder who the star of Magrs show is - but here, where we first meet her, he gets the balance just right. His fellow Time Lord is gloriously amoral, Machiavellian; utterly unpredictable and untrustworthy and an absolute joy.
Magrs world-building is multi-layered with just enough description to make it alive and real, but not so much that the story is lost in a welter of drifting metaphor.
A pre-Fitz, Sam EDA I can wholeheartedly recommend. That's not something you hear everyday.