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Beautiful Chaos was the twenty-ninth novel in the BBC New Series Adventures series. It was written by Gary Russell and featured the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble.

Publisher's summary[]

2008 BBC Books edition[]

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 Tenth Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony.

But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes he can see in 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...

2013 BBC Books edition[]

Wilfred Mott is very happy: his granddaughter, Donna, is back home, catching up with family and gossiping about her journeys, and he has just discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Tenth Doctor with him to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor soon discovers something else new, and worryingly bright, in the heavens – something that is heading for Earth. It's an ancient force from the Dark Times. And it is very, very angry...


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Food and Beverages[]

  • Wilf used to put a nip of Jack Daniels’ in his flask until Sylvia found out!


  • This is the last novel to feature Donna Noble. Indeed, the preface and epilogue are set post-Journey's End, suggesting a "goodbye" to Donna.
  • Discounting the special case of the anthology The Story of Martha, this was the last announced Tenth Doctor Adventures release to feature the Doctor with a regular companion. All novel releases for 2009 featured the Tenth Doctor travelling alone.
  • This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
  • The novel was reprinted with a new cover in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, as well as a new introduction by Gary Russell.
  • The introduction notes that Russell T Davies enjoyed the novel and included a mention to Netty in The End of Time as a nod to it. When reading the audio version, Bernard Cribbins also apparently thought the story was written by Davies using his first name as a pseudonym.


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Editions published outside Britain[]

  • Published in Germany by Cross Cult in 2013 as a paperback edition.
  • Published in China by New Star Press in 2018 as a hardback edition.


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