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Pearl Mackie - Interstellar Cinderella

A story read by a special guest. Doctor Who's Pearl Mackie reads a futuristic version of a classic fairy tale.


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Hello, I'm Pearl. I'm just about to fix my spaceship.

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I love travelling through space and seeing all the planets!

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Our story tonight is about a girl just like me.

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It's called Interstellar Cinderella and it's

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written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt.

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Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets,

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a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets.

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She fixed the robot dishwashers and zoom brooms in her care

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but late each night she snuck away to study ship repair.

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One day, her wicked stepsisters came dashing in, excited.

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"The Prince's Royal Space Parade! Our family's invited!"

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"I wish that you could come, my dear.

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"Alas, no room, although why don't you fix that broken ship

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"and fly it to the show?"

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"My tool box!" Cinderella cried. "We're stranded here, I guess."

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But Murgatroyd, the mouse, sent out a cosmic SOS.

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"I'm here! Your Fairy Godrobot! I'll make you brand-new tools.

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"You'll need a spacesuit, too, of course - atomic blue with jewels.

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"This Power Gem will speed your ship across the starry sky.

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"It only lasts till midnight. After that, your ship won't fly."

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"Oh, thank you," Cinderella said.

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She quickly fixed the rocket then tucked the sonic socket wrench

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inside her spacesuit pocket.

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She zoomed past stars and nebulae and parked beside a moon.

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The Space Parade was glorious! Each starship made her swoon.

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At last, the Royal Ship approached! Her heart was filled with yearning.

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The ship of Cinderella's dreams! But heavens! What was burning?

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The Prince's spaceship jerked and hissed and spewed a cloud of grit.

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The Prince hopped out. "Oh, blast! What now? My chief mechanic quit!"

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But Interstellar Cinderella knew just what to do.

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She zip-zapped with her socket wrench. The ship was good as new!

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The Prince invited her aboard. Last stop - Galactic Hall.

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He said, "I hope you'll join me for the Gravity-Free Ball."

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They talked for hours of rocket ships. The time went whizzing by.

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Then Cinderella saw the clock and said, "I have to fly."

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CLOCK CHIMES

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"But wait!" the Prince called after her. "Please tell me how to find..."

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The girl was gone. But she had left her socket wrench behind.

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The Prince sent a transmission to the farthest edge of space.

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"I'll search the cosmos for her. How I wish I'd seen her face!"

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"The Prince's ship!" Grisilla screeched.

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Her sister squealed in fear.

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"The Prince won't marry one of us if Cinderella's here!"

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Their mother said, "Don't worry. He won't find her in this house.

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"I've trapped her in the attic with that useless robot mouse!"

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The Prince's cargo door revealed a broken craft within.

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"The girl I seek can fix a ship, so who'd like to begin?"

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He gave the sonic socket wrench to one then to the other.

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Alas, they couldn't fix the ship, and neither could their mother.

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Cinderella struggled, but the space rope held her tight.

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Till Murgatroyd's robotic teeth cut through it with one bite.

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"The ship! It's leaving! Wait, what's this?"

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She made a fast repair then strapped the rusty jet pack on

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and blasted through the air. She landed right beside the Prince.

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"That wrench is mine!" she cried. She quickly fixed the ailing ship.

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The Prince said, "Be my bride!"

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She thought this over carefully. Her family watched in panic.

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"Mm, I'm far too young for marriage, but I'll be your chief mechanic."

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Amid her fleet of sparkling ships and friends both old and new,

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a joyful Cinderella cried, "My stars!

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"Dreams do come true."

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Ah! I love that story!

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I think I'd make a pretty good chief mechanic, too. What about you?

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It's time to go to bed now and dream of journeys through space and time.

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Just close your eyes and count the stars.

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I'll be back soon for another Bedtime Story but,

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until then, night-night.

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Doctor Who's Pearl Mackie reads a futuristic version of a classic fairy tale. A space-age mechanic meets a prince with a broken spaceship.


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