Imaginary Boys

Imaginary Boys


There’s a popular misconception that anything with a spaceship in it can’t be “proper” writing. Luckily, Paul Magrs’s new drama is here to set the record straight. Magrs is no stranger to sci-fi, having written a number of Doctor Who stories, and his latest finds him on familiar turf.

One day, 17-year old David Taylor meets Lawrence, a “noveliser” from Verbatim 6, here on Earth to narrate David’s life (annoying David no end). It’s a clever, witty device, and allows Magrs to play with established conventions of radio. The subject could make for cliché — after all, it’s yet another grim-up-north bildungsroman about sexuality — but Imaginary Boys has warmth, subtlety and real lightness of touch.

The magical-realism makes it all the more believable, not less. I loved this. More, please.


By Paul Magrs. Seventeen-year-old David Taylor begins to see the world in a different light after meeting Lawrence, who claims to be from Verbatim 6, a small planet about 300 light years away. The duo have a burgeoning teenage relationship with all of the confusion that goes along with it. Starring James Baxter and Geoffrey Breton.