Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams by Steve Lyons

Published March 19, 2023

Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams by Steve Lyons

Book info

  • Title Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams
  • Author Steve Lyons
  • Year 2005
  • Genre Science Fiction

In the far future, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack find a world on which fiction has been outlawed. A world where it's a crime to tell stories, a crime to lie, a crime to hope, and a crime to dream. But now somebody is challenging the status quo. A pirate TV station urges people to fight back. And the Doctor wants to help until he sees how easily dreams can turn into nightmares. With one of his companions stalked by shadows and the other committed to an asylum, the Doctor is forced to admit that fiction can be dangerous after all. Though perhaps it is not as deadly as the truth.


Very interesting premise, this one, in which the TARDIS crew visit a planet that has banned fictional thinking. Facts or it didn’t happen. I can almost feel the inspiration moment that happened for the author - knowing that creativity and evolution of a civilisation can only happen when people are allowed to dream and think and create. What happens when all that stops? Good story, acceptable levels of danger and a happy ending.

Rating: 4 / 5

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