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This review is from: Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos: 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
This is the story chosen to epitomise the Tenth Doctor (as played by David Tennant) era in the 50th anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who. As such, it has a prologue and epilogue that may be a bit confusing to those not familiar with the relationship and events of the Doctor's travels with Donna Noble. However, that's not insurmountable to an interested reader.
Unfortunately, I felt that this story suffered, as a Doctor Who story, in being far too much about the trials and tribulations of Donna's family life and not enough about a Doctor-related event. It read a bit like a family saga, where the author has suddenly remembered they're supposed to be writing a Doctor Who book so they bring in an old enemy from the Fourth Doctor's time and try to tie that into Donna's family saga - not very successfully in my opinion.
This book has charm in its amusing anecdotes about the Doctor, and Donna, and her grandfather seems like a lovely old chap. But there's a lot of familial angst which doesn't sit well in the story, and there's a lot of rather hastily cobbled together action scenes (well, they seem hastily cobbled together to me). So the result is not so coherent, and not so interesting as you might like it to be as a Doctor Who story, particularly as a story that is indicative of the Tenth Doctor era in the 50th anniversary series. A pity, as I felt it could have added up to much more.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2013 09:39:27 BDT
I thought this a great read personally but i see some of your points the hasty cobbling action seems written in at the Eleventh Hour.
Good review this is.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2013 23:39:53 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007 - I just found the whole experience rather unsatisfying as a Doctor Who story - and it particularly jarred as it was supposed to be representative of the Tenth Doctor Anniversary celebrations.
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