Book Review: Doctor Who Time Lord Fairy Tales (Justin Richards)

Publisher: Penguin Group UK

Pages: 260

Release Date: November 17th 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):


Fifteen tales of ancient wonder and mystery, passed down through generations of Time Lords.

Dark, beautiful and twisted, these stories are filled with nightmarish terrors and heroic triumphs, from across all of time and space.


This was a gift from Christmas 2015 and it got lost in the review pile all last year until I pulled it out and made sure I read it before the next influx of Christmas books.

I’m starting to think I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with fairy tales. I love the idea of them and the way they can capture my imagination, but after reading a fair few last year, I’m not sure how much I like reading them. I think it’s the style more than anything: they’re designed to be simplistic and have rather bland main characters, and when reading lots in a row it can feel a bit repetitive.

I tried to counter this feeling with Timelord Fairy Tales by reading one each night rather than binge reading them one after the other. I think this helped me to take my time with them and enjoy it a bit more.

The book kicked off with one of the best stories, though not necessarily one to read just before bed. The Garden of Statues was a creepy Weeping Angel story with a circular feel that I really liked. Definitely my favourite story. I also enjoyed The Scruffy Piper as a sci-fi retelling of the Pied Piper, and The Grief Collector intrigued me and I really wanted to read more of that story.

The others were all fairly standard fairy tale retellings. It was cool to see them with a Doctor Who twist but they didn’t blow me away to be honest. Still, it was a fun read and probably a great one for bigger Doctor Who fans than me!


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