Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos 50th
The 2013 edition, part of the 50th Anniversary Collection with a new cover.


I’ve been getting somewhat of a Doctor Who fever recently. Sorry. I promise that I’ll post something else sometime soon. But, in the meantime, I can review Beautiful Chaos, part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection, with the 10th Doctor, David Tennant. Beautiful Chaos was the 23rd Doctor Who novel to feature the 10th Doctor, and the last to feature Donna Noble. Beautiful Chaos was later re-branded in 2013 with a new cover to be part of the 50th Anniversary Collection.

The Doctor and Donna land on Earth to check in with Donna’s family, while Wilfred Mott, Donna’s Grandfather, has just discovered a new star and is having it named after him. But as Donna, Wilf, and the Doctor arrive at the the naming ceremony, the Doctor spots something in the sky. Something very old, very dangerous, and very angry.

Beautiful Chaos
The original cover, as published first in 2008

This book was very good. It also holds the honor of being the first Doctor Who novel that I’ve ever completely finished. I started Harvest of Time, by one of my favorite sci-fi authors, Alastair Reynolds, (The Revelation Space Trilogy, Century Rain, Pushing Ice) But never finished it before I had to return it to the library. Overall, Beautiful Chaos was very good, and I enjoyed reading it. One of my worries when going into the book was that it would be excessively long, and I would get bored with it. This, however, did not happen. Beautiful Chaos read like a very compelling 10th Doctor episode, and I would estimate that the producers of the show could have aired it within an hour time slot, only 15 minutes longer that the standard Doctor Who episode. 7 out of 10.

Beautiful Chaos

by Gary Russell

Doctor: Tenth (David Tennant)

Part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary collection, between Only Human and The Silent Stars go by.

Personal Rating: 7 out of 10


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