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Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #29)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,316 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews

Donna Noble is back home in London, catching up with her family and generally giving them all the gossip about her journeys. Her grandfather is especially overjoyed - he's discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony.



But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes he can see in Earth's hea

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Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published (first published December 26th 2008)
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Shawne
Aug 23, 2012 Shawne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans, fans of Donna Noble and/or Ten
Shelves: fiction
Huge fan as I am of the regenerated Doctor Who television series, I've never put that much stock in the official line of accompanying novels put out by the BBC. Partly because they seem like an attempt to get obsessive-compulsive sci-fi nerds to cough up more money for any merchandise related to the franchise, and also... well, speaking as one of those self-same nerds, I've had enough experience with the three books I read prior to Beautiful Chaos (all involving the Doctor and Donna Noble as pla ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"I wish you could see what I see. We've been to places, to worlds, to futures and pasts you could only dream about. I think half of them I dreamed up because they can't be real. But they are. And everywhere we go, we make a difference. We put things right, we make people happier. That's what the Doctor is all about. He finds a way for the universe to make sense. And I love him for it."

When space enthusiast Wilfred Mott discovers a new star and has it named after him, there is no one he is more e
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Charlene
May 31, 2013 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, review-request
The story is framed by the ending of Season 4 and Donna's memory loss, but most of it actually takes place soon after "The Sontaran Stratagem." This novel touchingly focuses on the Doctor's friendship with Donna and the relationships between Donna and her mother and grandfather. While Donna's mum, Sylvia comes off pretty tetchy and unsympathetic in the TV show most times, this story gives her more heart and background, especially with the death of Donna's dad. I really enjoyed reading more about ...more
ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱
Jun 09, 2013 ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All 10th Doctor or Donna Fans
This is the first book I've read based off TV. "Glorified Fanfiction" as I call it. Bought this while in London. (I'm at the largest bookstore in Europe for the first and possibly last time. I have to buy a book. Hello Doctor Who shelf) I picked Ten's book because he's my favorite Doctor, and Donna is my favorite companion. That aside, i didn't think I'd like it that much.
I was wrong. I'm pretty sure I cried multiple times. It was beautiful, accurate, and real to the show.
It was perfect.
Aurélie
I wasn't going to give this 4 stars initially. Although I enjoyed it, I didn't feel like it deserved as much as some other, more memorable books.
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
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during I The Doctor (October-December 2013)

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
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Niklas
Jul 09, 2013 Niklas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Doctor Who novel I read and even though I always underestimated them a bit, I did have high expectations on this novel in particular because of all the positive reviews saying it is not just another shallow DW novel, but a very well-written book with a lot of depth.

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
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F.R.
Jul 22, 2014 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I should stop comparing the latest Doctor Who novel to the one I’ve just read, as there are so many versions of ‘Doctor Who’ and extreme variations within the format of Doctor Who that it frequently ends up like comparing Daleks to Skarasens.

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
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Stephen Osborne
Dec 07, 2012 Stephen Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Donna's story in Doctor Who was the most heartbreaking of all the companions, and this book adds so much depth. Donna's letter to her mum at the end really got me. My only complaint here, and why 4 stars instead of 5, is that I thought some elements of the story should have been developed further. The characters of the two boys and even our villain, Dara Morgan, seemed to need some "fleshing out." Minor niggle, which doesn't detract from this fun read.
Beth
Jun 21, 2011 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I limped through this but would never recommend it to anyone. It was barely tolerable. If I hadn't been doing other stuff I would have abandoned this within the first chapter.
Siskoid Albert
Gary Russell has a problem (some would say) with continuity. He enjoys it too much and liberally doses his stories with things most readers aren't even aware of, including elements from other novels, comic strips and audios. How does he fare in the New Series line, where continuity really isn't encouraged? Very well, actually! Beautiful Chaos DOES have a returning monster from the classic series, and there's a paragraph that mentions the monster's extra-canonical appearances, but it's fleeting. ...more
Andrea
Dec 16, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in London , well Cheswick London. One month after the skies had burned. Its around the time of Donna Noble's run on Doctor who during the Fourth season. This was kind of confusing to me because this is around the time that Donna becomes Doctor/Donna "spoilers" then at the end of the episode of "Journey's End" The Doctor wipes Donna's memory completely and he tells Wilfred if he mentions anything to her then Donna's mind would burn and she could die. This is an exact quote f ...more
Matthew Vandrew
Oct 21, 2013 Matthew Vandrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this is the final appearance of Donna Noble as the Doctor's Companion. Yes, we've been given only four books with her. NOT ENOUGH.

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

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Boo A-c
Dec 01, 2015 Boo A-c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a fun book! seriously you might be prepared to not like it because its a tv tie in novel but this one is so good. especially if you get the 50th anniversary covers which are gorgeous. The story is brilliant and Netty may be one of my new favourite characters. Great quick read.
Rosa
Had a little bit of trouble getting into although I'm prepared to blame that on my ridiculous train ride. Very sad as most Doctor/Donna stories tend to be but I was happy to read more about their adventures and thrilled that this included Wilf.
Jackson Fenicle
The story Beautiful Chaos is story that has some very different ideas then a lot of books. The story is science fiction and is based on a British show that has been around for 50 years. The message of the story is to always find a way out of a problem and to never give up.

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
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Lauren911206
I love the chemistry between tenth and Donna, beyong friends, yet not lovers. It's nothing like romance, but they'd stand out for each other.If there's a word for their relationship, I'd say its siblings. Despite all their differences, Donna is like an elder sister to tenth.
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.
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Avril
The edition I read is from the 50th Anniversary Collection, reissued in 2013 five years after original publication, and whoever chose the novels to represent the eleven doctors made an excellent choice with this one. It is a great book to represent the Tenth Doctor. Doctor-Donna is my favourite Doctor-Companion relationship for the Tenth Doctor. No romantic pining going on in either direction, just a close friendship that enables them to have a lot of fun together while saving the universe. Add ...more
Adam James
Apr 25, 2016 Adam James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, doctor-who
I'm very aware that Gary Russell has worked closely within the Whoniverse since the late 80's.

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
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Favian
Jul 02, 2014 Favian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon opening this book, I carried some baseline perceptions with me. First, Donna Noble was my least favorite companion in the television series. A novel wasn’t going to change that. Second, the Tenth Doctor was a picture of youth, as David Tennant was the springiest of all the Time Lords who popped out of the TARDIS. Third, we know how much memory had such an impactful role in the relationship between the Doctor and Donna and I was curious how Gary Russell would incorporate the reality of Alzhe ...more
Melanie
Apr 09, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Donna besucht gemeinsam mit dem Doktor ihre Familie. Pünktlich zum Todestages ihres Vaters. Natürlich geraten sie und ihre Mutter wieder ein wenig an einander, was normal ist im Hause Noble. Doch auch davon lässt sich Wilf, Donnas Großvater, nicht die Laune verderben, denn er hat am Himmel einen Stern entdeckt und der bekommt seinen Namen. Natürlich wird das alles toll gefeiert und so nimmt er den Doktor, Donna und eine Freundin, Netty, mit zu der Benennungszeremonie. Doch schon auf dem Weg dort ...more
Susanne
Entertaining story, nice link to Original Who, good characterizations (except that Donna's mum is portrayed way more sympathetically than she deserves, IMHO). Story references what happens to Donna at the end of season four, so if you haven't seen that yet - beware of spoilers. Since I pretend that didn't happen (Denial - Breakfast of Champions), I didn't like those bits. But that's me.
Wayland Smith
This is a decent Dr. Who/Donna adventure, bookended by scenes from after Donna's mind was wiped. It had some great scenes, and some bits I didn't care for. For the most part, it was good.

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
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Jim C
Mar 27, 2014 Jim C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My actual rating is 3.5 stars.

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
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Catherine Thompson
Wilfred Mott is happy. His granddaughter Donna is safe at home, returned from her travels with the Doctor, and he's discovered a new star that's being named after him. He invites the Doctor to the dinner being given in his honour, at which the star will be officially named. But the Doctor notices something else in the sky... something strange... and definitely not friendly...

Ah, the Tenth Doctor. My Doctor. And my favourite companion, Donna Noble. Yes, you can see I'm already predisposed to like
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Jemma
Mar 01, 2014 Jemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty bad if I'm honest. Another of the endlessly undemanding Dr Who stories featuring some kind of energy being, or computer and full of plot holes. The Dr is the only person not killed, or taken over, by this energy in the first half of the book and later it turns out the malevolent force wants his body. You have to ask why it didn't just take it when it had a chance. Later the characters march for hours through central London but there are no escapes, further deaths or any twists - they mere ...more
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
I’m a big fan of the Tenth Doctor, and when I saw that this story not only also features my favourite companion, Donna Noble, but that it was also flagged as a “favourite” and picked to be part of the 50th anniversary re-releases, I had to grab a copy.

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
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Trevor
May 13, 2014 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has become one of the eleven books included in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection, a series of Doctor Who books to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the series. In Beautiful Chaos, the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble travel back to Chiswick to visit her family and to attend a naming ceremony with Donna's grandfather, Wilf. However, the family visit is anything but puppy dogs and rainbows given the stressors at play within the Noble household. All the while, the Doctor discover ...more
Alexa
Feb 22, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one sitting, it was much better than I expected. I was never really sure what to think of doctor who books, but this pleasantly surprised me. I bounced back and fourth between 4 and 5 stars for this book only because I was slightly disappointed that the whole book took place on earth. I was hoping for some stars, galaxies, and at least some time in the TARDIS. My expectations for anything Doctor Who is also almost unreasonably high. The story was fun, the plot made sense. The doct ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 28, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
This may be Gary Russell's best-ever Doctor Who novel. A beautiful, poignant post-script to the 10th Doctor/Donna era of the program...and it makes her near-tragic departure all the more heartbreaking.
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Gary Russell is one of the script editing team for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the author of many novels and reference books in the Doctor Who range. A former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, he also was the producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions for eight years. He was also an actor and is best known for his role as Dick in the 1978 television se ...more
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