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Gary Russell
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7 Mar 2013 DOCTOR WHO (Book 166)

Wilfred Mott is very happy: his granddaughter, Donna, is back home, catching up with family and gossiping about her journeys, and he has just discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Tenth Doctor with him to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor soon discovers something else new, and worryingly bright, in the heavens - something that is heading for Earth. It's an ancient force from the Dark Times. And it is very, very angry.

An adventure featuring the Tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant and his companion Donna


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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprint edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905183
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

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Gary Russell was one of the script editing team for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and is 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 lives in Cardiff.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Chaos, beautiful story 28 Sep 2011
By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
One of the biggest reasons (if not THE biggest) why Series 4 of Doctor Who is my favourite is because of Donna Noble (Catherine Tate). A lot of that series' success can be attributed to such a deep, wonderful companion and the actress/comedienne who played her. Donna's impact (and Catherine's for that matter) on Doctor Who can never ever be forgotten or understated.

Donna's friendship to the Doctor, her valuable contribution and loyalty, her personality and family, and her heartbreaking departure all come to mind when remembering just what a great character she was. For Gary Russell to revisit all this for Beautiful Chaos is touching. For him to actually capture the essence of Donna, her world and legacy in this novel is nothing short of remarkable.

From the 2008 series of novels, Beautiful Chaos takes place sometime shortly before the finale of Series 4 (Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey's End), though the prologue and epilogue are set after Donna's tragic return to normal life. The main focus though, is reflecting on the happy days of the Doctor and his best friend. Donna had been travelling with the Time Lord for a year, but Donna feels it's best to visit home to see her mum Sylvia and her granddad Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins), who has just discovered a brand new star which is to be named after him.

The Doctor and Donna are invited to come with him to the ceremony, and all looks set to be a great night for Wilf. But unfortunately, the Doctor notices something weird about the constellation of stars gathering...he's seen it before. And it's coming back to Earth.

I loved reading Beautiful Chaos. It's a story that's written very well indeed, possessing all the heart and soul that made Series 4 of Doctor Who so special.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A noble read 13 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
A cracking story with the unexpected return of a particularly nasty enemy memorably encountered by the 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane. The adventure belts along very satifactorily and the stakes are as high as ever for the human race, but the highlight for me was the interesting exploration of the Noble family at home. Gary Russell offers a particularly sympathetic treatment of Donna's Mum, Sylvia, and provides some understanding of her harsh demeanour towards the world and Donna. Wilf is such a marvellously well drawn character, thanks to Bernard Cribbins, he just leaps off the pages. The family interactions together and with the Doctor were as interesting as the adventure. It makes Donna's departure even sadder.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the more mature entries in the range 6 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
As a Doctor Who writer Gary Russell has produced some great stories and can be relied upon to come up with an entertaining and thought-provoking read that comes straight out of the blocks and immediately captures the readers' imagination. Beautiful Chaos however, starts slowly, as The Timelord and his companion Donna return to Earth so that she can spend some time with her Mum and her Grandad; although the living legend that is Bernard Cribbins made was superb on TV as Donna's Grandad, these scenes seemed to me to drag on and to lack any real pathos. Meanwhile, a mysterious computer-based entity known as Madam Delphi is using the technology to either destroy or enslave members of the human race, in order it would seem, to build an army that will enable her to take over the world. It soon becomes clear that this entity has been thwarted by one of The Doctor's previous incarnations, as an ancient evil reawakens and threatens the cosmos once more.

As well as the return of a great Doctor Who villain, there are some nice moments that are reminiscent of the classic series: An archaeological dig becomes a nightmare as the diggers are gradually taken over, an electrician is reduced to ashes as he repairs a socket that is a conduit for madam Delphi's deadly energy and a ruthless businessman serves as recruiter for the alien's burgeoning army...
I also liked the fact that the cataclysmic events soon to overtake Donna in the TV series are hinted at here, giving the story some real tension, and The Doctor himself is unusually sober and ill-at-ease as he spends time in the company of Donna's family and attends an astronomy dinner with Wilf, his companion's Grandad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less Melancholy More Adventure Please 12 Nov 2013
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is another novel that has been chosen to celebrate the 50th Anniversary release of Doctor Who this time the author is Gary Russell.

This is a good adventure that has to much emphasis on the Noble family & lacks the usual threat of a Alien invasion for the Tenth Doctor to deal with.

Gary Russell whom i am a big fan of as he co-founded Big Finish Productions & has gave us many wonderful books, Novels & classic Who audio adventures including Doctor Who The Encyclopedia in Books, Business Unusual, Scales Of Injustice in Novels & Real Time + co-writing Zagreus & Minuet In Hell for Big Finish audio & many many more Doctor Who releases including Torchwood.

But as a reviewer of this novel Beautiful Chaos i base my review as it features the Tenth Doctor,Donna Noble & Wilfred Mott.

Wilfred Mott has been given a star named after him & as the Doctor & Donna have recently returned to earth so Donna can visit her family, Wiff asks the Doctor to accompany him to the ceremony which the Doctor agrees to attend with his friend.

But some bright light is shining fron the heavens?, Decending to earth as the Doctor suspects its a ancient being from the darks times that will bring chaos down on Planet Earth.

Can The Doctor, Wiff & Donna find the key to the mystery of the light & save earth from utter chaos?

The problem with this novel is theres to much Melancholy & not enough of a dramatic impact to engage the reader in the main plot narrative.

Yes it's nice to have moments of character drama but not to the extent it overwhelms the rest of the story main plot arc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Chaos
This is the story chosen to epitomise the Tenth Doctor (as played by David Tennant) era in the 50th anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who
definitely recommend, loved this. it has a great pace all the way through, in fairness most of this era of Doctor Who books are good .. well worth the money
Published 6 months ago by Gee Marie Kane
3.0 out of 5 stars The Marvellous Wilf
Beautiful Chaos is among the best thought of among the New Series Doctor Who novels, and much of that appears to derive from a deeper than expected look into the marvellous Wilf... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Present!
This book went down really well with my son who is Dr Who bonkers, especially where it concerns Mr Tennant!
Published 7 months ago by Ms. A. J. Longley
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought it was a excellent however it was a bit confusing for the first and last chapters I would recommend this book to a doctor who fan who doesn't mind a bit of comicey death... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other 50th Anniversary Books
I thought the story was ok, albeit the resolution feeling very sudden. Whilst Donna, Wilf and Sylvia were spot on, sometimes I didn't feel the words were right for the Doctor. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Hicken
4.0 out of 5 stars No special effects
A bit short on laser cannons, but fantastic characters. So close to getting five stars, but you have to leave some headroom. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos: 50th Anniversary Edition
I love the Doctor Who series and decided to collect all the 50th anniversary books. Received all books on time.
Published 10 months ago by Lois Ache
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Who, what more do you need
Not read it yet but it's who and its David Tennant. You can't really lose. All the writers were good then not like now with Steven Flaming Moffat ruling the roost.
Published 11 months ago by sharon colpman
5.0 out of 5 stars Class!
Just brilliant.
You can almost see this visually as you read it, it's so well written.
Almost as good as watching it on tv.
Published 11 months ago by Woos
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