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3.0 out of 5 stars Less Melancholy More Adventure Please, 12 Nov 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos: 50th Anniversary Edition (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.

To much of the novel is focused on the Noble family & the angst between Donna & her mum Silvia with a tagged on invasion plot to make it a Doctor Who adventure.

The drama of the ancient force is a good one but this seems more of an after thought & is incoherent with the drama & the Noble family squabbles which drag down the tenisons of the actual invasion.

A bit of a hit & miss this novel is but to credit Gary Russell it isn't the worst of the series & is a middle of the road release of reissues as part of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary novels.
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