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The Last Fairy Tale was the second story in the audio anthology, The Memory Bank and Other Stories, which comprised the two hundred and seventeenth release in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Paul Magrs and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Mark Strickson as Turlough.

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Deep in the heart of old Europe, the village of Vadhoc awaits the coming of a mythical teller of magical tales – but not all such stories end happily, the TARDIS travellers discover.


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  • Turlough sarcastically refers to Grayling Frimlish as "Oscar Wilde".
  • The Doctor once had to broker negotiations between two branches of the Royal Dynasties of the Eisenblatt system. One branch had a genetic glitch which meant that they were living backwards through time. As a result, the two branches were approaching the same century from either end. The Doctor noted that this made coronations and abdications complicated.
  • The Third Doctor and Jo Grant once got into a dangerous situation involving a number of giant tortoises which was caused by the Master.
  • Frimlish's story involves the Infernal Flaming Spectres from the Catacombs of Utter Dreadfulness, the Moss Demons of the Sussurating Swamps, and Desmond the Ogre.


  • This story was recorded on 26 or 27 May 2016 at The Moat Studios.
  • The Doctor is mistaken for the Storyteller, which in a way is a meta reference. Sir John Hurt, who portrayed the War Doctor, was previously the titular whimsical character in the Jim Henson's The Storyteller series which originally aired in 1988. In the second series, Greek Myths, a more somber incarnation was portrayed by Michael Gambon. This series began to air in 1991.


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