Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales

Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales

Author: Justin Richards
Illustrator: David Wardle
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group (UK)
Release Date: November 17, 2015 (first published Nov. 3, 2015)
Pages: 260

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Goodreads Synopsis: WE ARE ALL STORIES, IN THE END…

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.

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

REVIEW: I first saw this book on Booktube and had no idea it was out there, which shame on me because I call myself a Doctor Who fan. It caught my attention right from the start, the cover, Doctor Who (of course), and that it was all about fairy tales. I was hoping it was more of an original play on characters from the show, but it was mainly retellings of well known fairy tales with a Doctor Who twist to them. Which is just fine with me because it made those stories that much better.

Not only does it have a beautiful cover, but it has several illustrated pages throughout the stories that make this read even more special. The first story in it gave us an illustration of the weeping angels among the garden that all the children love to play in. It has a nice mix of feels with happy moments, sad ones, wanting, and a little bit of fear from the angels.

“There was no doubt about it this time. The angel that had been weeping was now staring up at them; the one in the shadows of the alcove had moved forward into brilliant sunshine; and the angel that had been reaching out towards them had shifted from where it had stood on the other side of the terrace. Now, it was right in front of them.”

It continues that way in every story that follows, with special appearances from the doctor as well as characters such as the Wirrn that lay eggs within the host and hatch once grown. Sontaran’s in a Three Little Pigs retelling, Cinderella’s Godmother turns out to be the doctor and her carriage is the TARDIS. Those are only a few that make up this fairy tale collection.

There were a few where I wished for more pages, some that were not as I expected but still good, others that gave off the right amounts of creepiness. Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales is a great collection for any Whovian and even if you’re not a fan, it’s still a great set of fairy tale retellings, maybe even making the reader a new fan of the Doctor Whoniverse.


  1. Darque Dreamer

    April 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Define going to the top of my TBR!

    1. Jen

      April 17, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      I got this one in and had to start reading it right away also. Love anything and everything Doctor Who related, works out even better when it’s well written.

  2. Kelly

    April 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Oh my gosh I had no idea this book even existed…definitely going to be adding this to my must read list! This sounds like such an amazing and fun read – awesome review!

    1. Jen

      April 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      I know, took me this long to find out about it also lol. I just saw on Amazon that they have a slipcase set in paperback of each individual story. Def going to look into getting that.


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