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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,502 Ratings  ·  223 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 heav
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 26th 2008 by BBC Books
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Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2013 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 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
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
Jul 08, 2013 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
Stephen Osborne
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 15, 2011 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.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Siskoid Albert
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Matthew Vandrew
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 devic

Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Boo A-c
Nov 30, 2015 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.
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.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
unsuccessfully tried to pull at the heartstrings while bumbling around with an alien invasion plot.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, favorites
So sad. So good. I absolutely loved this book. It made me cry at the very end.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book has serious chapter!fail which makes it difficult to get lost in when reading.
Theta Sigma
I bought this book during Christmas because I am a big fan of Series Four of the post-2005 version of “Doctor Who”. This is all down to the dynamic of the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennant, and his companion of the time, Donna Noble, brilliantly portrayed by Catherine Tate.

What I was rewarded with was one of the most bang-on portrayals of “Doctor Who” in print… and one of the most sensitive. This came as no surprise to me as the book was written by Gary Russell. I me
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the second Doctor Who novel I’ve read, other than a collection of short stories, and so far my favorite. I thought the characterizations of the Tenth Doctor, Donna, and Wilfred was spot on. I also thought the plot was pretty fascinating, with a mixture of more personal issues as well as the traditional science fiction elements found in a typical Doctor Who episode. This novel was more character based and I really enjoyed seeing all the growth the characters went though. I would really re ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rose Tyler has a special place in my heart and Clare..well, she was just amazing. But there is no better combo than "The Doctor Donna". Loved going back to them two (Oi!) and reading this great adventure.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I really loved the character of Netty, she actually made me all teary-eyed at the end because, as the Doctor said, there was no miraculous cure for her illness, and yet she took it all so bravely...
Said Giron
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was like getting a bonus lost episode of the 10th doctors reign. Yet another ancient alien force threatens the Earth and its up to Donna and The Doctor to save the day.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story, but Bernard Cribbins reading the audiobook is even more delightful.
Christy Schaefer
Love the Donna and Wilf story! Definitely one of my faves!
A Bear and a Bee Books (Samantha)
Interesting and fast-paced. The tenth doctor is my doctor. I love the anniversary editions. The covers with the white border are stunning.
Ruth Phillips
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is sad and heartbreaking and honest
Koen Crolla
Beautiful Chaos is nominally a sequel to the Fourth Doctor television serial The Masque of Mandragora , but having seen that isn't a prerequisite for following the book's plot. The Mandragora is barely distinguishable from any of the dozens of other energy monsters in the DWU, and at any rate resembles the Ancient Lights from the Sarah Jane Adventures much more closely than it does the original Mandragora; it should come as no surprise that Gary Russell was a script editor for SJA, and that the ...more
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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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