Review: Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales

Time Lord Fairy TalesWritten by Justin Richards
Illustrated by David Wardle

As part of an amazing Doctor Who-themed raffle basket I won recently, I acquired this amazing boxed set of “Time Lord Fairy Tales.” These sixteen short stories are told in the fashion of the fairy tales they are based on, but just like the television show they are blended with, some of these stories are definitely not for children! (Don’t let the delightful wood-cut style illustrations fool you.) 

Each of these stories definitely feel like part of the Doctor Who multiverse, with a blend of fantasy and science-fiction depending on the appropriateness of the source material. I was surprised that not every story featured the Doctor, but in time I came to appreciate that fact. I also appreciated that when they did show up, sometimes the Doctor saved the day and sometimes they let the heroes save themselves.

For reference:

  • “The Grief Collector” features Ten
  • “The Scruffy Piper” features Two
  • “Little Rose Riding Hood” features Nine (with a blatant yet lovely homage to companion Rose Tyler)
  • “Cinderella and the Magic Box” features Eleven
  • “Helana and the Beast” features Twelve

My absolute favorite of the bunch was “The Garden of Statues.” All of the stories were fun and enjoyable, but this was the only tale to evoke a true sense of poignancy. It was also the only story to deal directly with time travel, so I might be biased in that regard.

This collection, whether the original hardback edition or the slipcover set I have, is the perfect gift for any Whovian in your life.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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