The Doctor, Fitz and Anji find themselves on a planet seemingly made up of fairy tales.
Tropes present in Grimm Reality include:
- Cinderella Circumstances: Anji. The sisters are horrible.
- Clingy MacGuffin: The wishing boxes, Alex's TARDIS key.
- Dances and Balls
- Exact Words: Gets Anji into trouble when she agrees to work for a week in exchange for a wishing box.
- Foreshadowing: At the end, the Doctor catches a bouquet at a wedding. In the next book, he gets married.
- Fractured Fairy Tale
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The six wishing boxes have to be reunited and sent back through the white hole from which they appeared, as impossible as this turns out to be.
- Grimmification: As the name implies.
- Interspecies Romance: An ogre falls in love with Anji.
- MacGuffin: The wishing boxes.
- Sommelier Speak: The Doctor's tipsy description of the champagne he's been getting drunk on:This is the best champagne I've ever tasted. Icicles and moonbeams and just a hint of apples.