Book Review – Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos

  • Title: Beautiful Chaos
  • Series: BBC Books New Series Doctor Who Adventures (new series)
  • Author: Justin Richards
  • Characters: Tenth Doctor, Donna, Wilf
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 11/03/2016

I have the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Edition of this book, which was originally published as part of the BBC Books New Doctor Who Books which were published alongside the series. This story features the Tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant and his companion, Donna Noble. Originally, books in that series read as Young Adult novels – but this one is very adult, as it deals with Alzheimer’s Disease in a very grown-up fashion. However, this being a Doctor Who we also have an alien menace that’s taken-up residence in a computer, and the return of the Mandragora Helix. Rather than chapters, the book is organized by days – giving the reader a definite feel for how fast things can happen to the Doctor and Donna.

The Doctor brings Donna back to Chiswick to spend time with her family on the one-year anniversary of her father’s death. Donna and her mother are immediately at odds, and Donna meets her grandfather’s new “lady friend”, Netty. Netty is a sweet woman, and someone that Wilf has truly fallen for, but she is also suffering from second-stage Alzheimer’s Disease.

Meanwhile, MorganTech is preparing for the release of the M-TEK – a personal music and video player. The Doctor examines the technology and discovers it to be light years ahead of anything that any Earth technology company should be able to produce. Meanwhile, Wilf has discovered a new star, which will be named after him – and a dinner is being given in his honor by the Royal Planetary Society. However, Wilf’s star isn’t the only new item in the sky – at least four other “Chaos bodies” or rogue stars have suddenly appeared. And MorganTech’s M-TEK is taking over the early beta testers who received free versions in a huge company giveaway.

The Doctor and Donna meet Netty, go with Wilf to the Planetary Society dinner, and soon investigate the confusing circumstances surrounding MorganTech and the M-TEK. Before long, the Doctor realizes he’s up against an old enemy, the Mandragora Helix from the Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor) story, “The Masque of Mandragora”.

I liked this Doctor Who story. The more adult nature of the story-telling suited it. If the other New Who BBC Books have risen to a quality like this one, I very much may need to find some of them to read. Recommended of course.

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