Donna Noble is back home in London, catching up with her family and generally giving them all the gossip about her journeys. Her grandfather is especially overjoyed - he's discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes he can see in the Earth's heavens. Particularly that bright star, right there. No, not that one, that one, there, on the left...
The world's population is slowly being converted to a new path, a new way of thinking. Something is coming to Earth, an ancient force from the Dark Times. Something powerful, angry and all-consuming...
Featuring the Doctor and Donna as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit series from BBC Television, Beautiful Chaos is read by Bernard Cribbins, who played Donna's grandfather in Doctor Who.
©2008 Gary Russell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Beautiful Chaos was an unexpected treat. A novel that's more about Donna and her grandfather Wilfred Mott (played on the show by the novel's narrator, Bernard Cribbins) than the plot, Bernard brings his character and the others brilliantly to life in audio form.
That's not to say there's not plot to be had--far from it. Beautiful Chaos is a story of intrigue and astrology, and a plot that couldn't have been foiled if it weren't for Wilfred.
For anybody who wants to see more of Donna, Wilfred, and the Doctor, Beautiful Chaos is a highly recommended listen.
Really well narrated
Lovely to listen to the performance of a great actor - stretching to cover the different voices and emotions
This was a really interesting story, but I found it really hard to listen to Bernard Cribbins' portrayal of the 10th doctor. He totally misses the boat on the voice. The story is worth listening to, though.
I never understand how the writing for the TV show is usually so brilliant and the writing for these audio novels are so mediocre. This is one of the less retarded of the books. Bernard Cribbins does a lot to help the novel. Audible, how about encouraging some Dr. Who novels be written that are actually intended for people over the age of 10.
Burned to a cd, seemed to work fine, but about 40mins into the recording started to read disc error.
Went to re-burn at slower speed- But you only get 1 burn. So first exp with audible books was Unaudible...
"Beautiful little book"
A pleasant addition to the Doctor Who library. If like me you grew up after the 'classic' series ended and are still working your way through the back catalogue, the villain loses something of its punch but this part of the premise still stands alone reasonably well.
The story is very sensitive to the regular characters involved - Tenth Doctor, Donna, Wilfred Mott, and Sylvia Noble. Bernard Cribbins' narration is a joy to listen to, with understated but well-pitched versions of all the regular characters besides his own, including a surprisingly good interpretation of Tennant's Doctor. Wilf, of course, is a spot-on delight as usual, both in writing and delivery.
The sub-plots are tenderly written and very moving, exploring the background of Donna's family and the relationship between Wilf and his new friend Nettie, a bold and worthy one-off character. This does steal quite a lot of runtime from the main plot about Chaos bodies and M-Tecs and conveniently-Italian-but-for-some-reason-not-evil kiddiwinks, and I'm not sure I followed the whole of the sci-fi thread. There may have been slightly too many auxiliary characters to hold together for a story of this length. But for all that, it ticks along nicely, and the emotional underlay has you caring about the rest of the story enough to make up for any other elements that don't quite satisfy. There is plenty of danger and excitement, and it wouldn't feel out of place in the Tenth Doctor's era on TV - but would you expect less from Gary Russell?
The ending reminds me most strongly of an earlier episode of the Sarah Jane Adventures, and I mean that in the best possible sense. Russell takes a potential risk in the resolution of the plot in a way that fits well with the Tenth (and possibly Seventh and Eleventh too) Doctor but it pays off beautifully, and not a dry eye in the house.
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