Started: December 1, 2015
Finished: December 1, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars
A collection of Doctor Who-inspired fairy tales was definitely a perfect thing to listen to today. As there are 15 stories, there were stories that I enjoyed a lot and stories that I enjoyed a bit less, but they were all good in their own way. If I did an average rating for this story collection it was roughly 3 2/3, which I rounded up to 4 stars.
Now, a quick run through the stories in order of preference, starting with the ones I rated the lowest.
Garden of Statues, read by Joanna Page
As it was a lot like the episode Blink it was quite a predictable story. Gave it 2 stars.
The Three Brothers Gruff, read by Paul McGann
Rated around 2.5 stars, based on The Four Skillful Brothers. Found myself zoning out a bit to this, despite Paul McGann doing a very good reading of it.
Jak and the Wormhole, read by Tom Baker
Rated about 3 stars, this story – a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk – did feel a little flat to me. It was Tom Baker that livened it up.
The Three Little Sontarans, read by Dan Starkey
Once again, a flat story (this time based on Three Little Pigs) but with a fabulous reader. Dan Starkey plays Strax on the show, if you didn’t know, so having him voice three Sontarans trying to defeat an enemy with various strategies was ideal.
The Twins in the Wood, read by Anne Reid
Not really sure what story this was a retelling of, but it was quite enjoyable. A bit predictable, though, but gave it 3 stars.
Andiba and the Four Slitheen, read by Yasmin Page
A retelling of Alibaba and the Fourty Thieves, but with a female lead. I miss the Slitheen, actually, with their skin suits and all of that, so this was an enjoyable story thanks to that. Almost 3.5 stars.
The Gingerbread Trap, read by Samuel Anderson
Samuel Anderson did not do the best reading of this story, but this Hansel and Gretel retelling was still good. Anyone up for mind-enhancing frying oil? 3.5 stars.
Oh, right, and I cried when I realized who the enemy was in this story because Elizabeth Sladen 😦
Frozen Beauty, read by Adjoa Andoh
A very good retelling of Sleeping Beauty and, for a short fairy tale retelling, it was actually quite unpredictable. But good space fairy tale! 4 stars!
Sirgwain and the Green Knight, read by Andrew Brooke
I’m a big King Arthur/Knights of Camelot/Merlin/whatever you wish to call it fan, so this – based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – was definitely a good and quite unpredictable story. 4 stars!
Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday, read by Sophie Aldred
Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (nooo, really??). Sophie Aldred’s reading was phenomenal and this story was highly enjoyable, especially since Snow White wasn’t the princess that the Queen was out to kill but a servant girl who just happens to overhear the Queen’s plans. 4.5 stars!
The Scruffy Piper, read by Nicholas Briggs
Retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, featuring an invasion by Cyber Men – and the 2nd Doctor!! I definitely need to watch more Classic Who – I miss the old Doctors. 4.5 stars!
Little Rose Riding Hood, read by Rachael Stirling
Little Red Riding Hood. You all know who she meets, don’t you? Yep; the Bad Wolf. All the fanart of Rose as this fairy tale character came true – except for that in this story Rose is a little girl and it’s not a wolf that’s waiting in her grandmother’s cottage… Oh, and the Woodcutter? For some reason he’s wearing a black leather jacket and speaks in a northern British accent………… 5 STARS!
Helana and the Beast, read by Pippa Bennett-Warner
I love Beauty and the Beast and this was a really good retelling of that with the Beast being a man who was transformed not due to a spell but thanks to tampering with evolution – or something like that. Helana comes along to free her father, who has been captured by the Beast to try and turn him back to a man, and brave Helana takes his place. Oh, and there’s a man calling himself the Librarian, who lives in the library in a blue cupboard. 5 stars!
Cinderella and the Magic Box, read by Ingrid Oliver
Cinderella is not my favorite fairy tale, but damn this was good! Ingrid Oliver was exceptional, there was a masked ball, aliens with fangs who were afraid of sunlight and Cinderella got a ride to the castle not in a pumpkin wagon but in a blue box, steered by a man with a bow tie. 5 stars!
The Grief Collector, read by Michelle Gomez
So Rumplestilskin is one of the creepier fairy tales I have ever heard, but also one of the best, and this retelling read by the fabulous Michelle Gomez made it even better. I had goosebumps for most of the story and I was absolutely sure that things would go to hell. Thankfully, though, the main character was assisted by a man in a blue pinstriped suit – and yes, I screamed because favorite Doctor is in the house! 5 FABULOUS STARS!