The Doctor slapped his thighs, a precursor to activity, though the rest of his body didn’t follow through by standing up. ‘We need the services of a woodcutter. I don’t suppose we could be in Texas?’ he asked hopefully. His companions blinked incomprehensibly at him for a moment. Then Anji chuckled. ‘It doesn’t look like a chainsaw kind of world, Doctor.’
There is a world where wishes can come true. Where any simpleton can become a king and any scullery maid might be a princess in disguise. Kindness and virtue are rewarded, and the wicked are made to dance in red hot shoes until they die. But a witch’s oven will cook both the virtuous and the wicked alike, and many a frog-prince is crushed beneath the wheels of a cart before he gets that magic kiss.
This world has its own rules and it doesn’t care that a certain Doctor Know-All and his friends don’t know them. Now other outsiders have come to the world — traders from the stars seeking the terrible/beautiful things that fell from the rip in the sky. There are riddles to be met, contests to win, flax to spin. The world to survive. But the World of Wishes is itself in danger from a race of beings with only one wish.
And there is a Princess asleep, and a beast awake.
This is another in the series of original adventures for the Eighth Doctor.