Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos [Abridged] (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #29)
When space enthusiast Wilfred Mott discovers a new star and has it named after him, there is no one he is more e ...more
I was wrong. I'm pretty sure I cried multiple times. It was beautiful, accurate, and real to the show.
It was perfect.
But then I realized: I don't necessarily need to rate it in comparison with other books, I should rate it according to what *THIS* book sets out to be.
What it tries to be is a fun, light read with a moving story that ties into the Doctor Who timeline and lets us share one more adventure with the Tenth Doctor and his bestest friend in the universe. And i ...more
Donna has asked The Doctor to take her home so that she can be with her mother for the anniversary of her father's death. The Doctor doesn't really do families well so he tries to stay out of the way of the bickering that ensues once the Nobles gather together. Plus, The Doctor has always gotten on well with Donna's granddad, Wilf, so it's easier to just spend time out with him in the a ...more
AND HOW IT IS. Bless you, Gary Russell. Donna Noble is still my favorite DW companion and Donna/Ten my favorite TARDIS team, and I'm still not quite over Donna's tragic fate, and it was wonderful to experience anoth ...more
In this instance it’s particularly futile. Whereas ‘The Scarlet Empress’ was pushing the whole form of ‘Doctor Who’ as far as it could go in a literary format, ‘Beautiful Chaos’ is your very basic romp where characters and plot dash around together fo ...more
But at least this is a proper good-bye to her. She's in her best, formidable, brave, resilient. We got more backstory of Sylvia and Wilf and what happened to Donna's father.
I like all those short glimpses to secondary (and tertiary) characters' lives, too, as it makes them closer, more alive - and their death (if there's any) is not treated just like a plot dev
I didn't enjoy this story a whole lot, because it was a little bit more challenging for a story. I did enjoy how I knew who the characters were, because I watch the television show, so it did help me a bit for understand what ...more
The beauty of this book is that it goes into a perspective where we do not usually look at. The family of Donna is now onstage, and her grandpa is quite an important character here. Hurray, the human-life side of Doctor Who. ...more
That being said, Gary Russell should NOT be allowed to write any more Doctor Who books.
I've read several of Russell's books that span from the beginning of his career to his most recent, and ALL of them use the same, tired, corny cliches over and over and over again.
The worst offenses from Beautiful Chaos:
1. Gary Russell writes Doctor Who like a cartoon from the early 90's.
Case in point: The Doctor woul ...more
Among the things I liked: there are references to past companions, several by name; it makes sense to involve UNIT and they do; the big bad guy is from the Tom Baker/Elizabeth Sladen era. There's also a joke about the Doctor (Tenant version) not liking wearing bow ties, which, of course, is what the next Doctor ...more
A novel based on the television show with the characters of the 10th Doctor and Donna Noble. In this novel, Donna returns home and learns that her grandfather is being honored for discovering a new star. The problem is that this isn't the only new star that has appeared and the Doctor realizes something is amiss.
Going into a novel based on an established universe I hope the author gets the characters right. This author did with this book especially Donna. The Doctor ...more
Ah, the Tenth Doctor. My Doctor. And my favourite companion, Donna Noble. Yes, you can see I'm already predisposed to like ...more
Almost all of my favourite characters are here – the Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Donna’s granddad Wilf, as well as her grumpy mum, Sylvia. The story starts and finishes with chapters set following Journey’s End, after Donna’s return to Earth with he ...more