Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 11

Turn Left (21 Jun. 2008)

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What would happen if Donna never met the Doctor? How would Earth handle the Racnoss, the falling Titanic or the Sontarans? Aided by a familiar blonde time traveler, Donna corrects the alternate time line from happening.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Noma Dumezweni ...
Marcia Lecky ...
Neil Clench ...
Catherine York ...


Donna and the Doctor are having fun at a carnival on a distant planet when she is lured to a tent with the promise of having her fortune told. She inexplicably finds herself in an alternate time line, one where she's never met the Doctor and joined him on their many adventures. In fact, the Doctor has died in the Thames flooding as he was unable to regenerate himself. As a result, all of the events on Earth that they experienced together and the threats they averted now come to pass including the death of several well known people who were connected to the Doctor in one way or another. Rose, who has managed to travel from her parallel universe but doesn't reveal her true identity, assists Donna in setting everything right. Written by garykmcd

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Billie Piper admitted that she had forgotten how to play Rose, and needed to watch past episodes to remind herself. See more »


When we see the flashback of Donna making the wrong turn, this event is 6 months before she meets the Doctor, and that event is December 2006. The flashback then relates to a time of July 2006 and the reg of the car is 56 - a reg not available until September 1st 2006. See more »


Donna Noble: Hole punch, having that, stapler, mine, toy cactus, you can have that Beatrice, catch. Cliff, I'd leave you my mouse mat, but I'm worried you'd cut yourself.
Jival Chowdry: Alright Donna, have some respect. There's 2000 people in that hospital, and it's vanished.
Donna Noble: Oh, I'll show you vanishing, thanks for nothing! Oh, and you know when that money went missing from the kitty? Anne-Marie, that's all I'm saying. Anne-Marie!
[a loud rumble shakes the room]
Donna Noble: Oh, don't tell me, the hospital's back. Well, isn't that ...
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Lords and Masters (2009) See more »


Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The return of Rose?
21 June 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

In this "Doctor-lite" episode, Donna experiences life as if she'd never met our intrepid Time Lord. Instead, her path crosses with that of one Rose Tyler, ex-companion and resident of an alternative universe.

Billie Piper's performance in this episode is somewhat distracting. I'm not sure if it's down to too much time on the alternative Earth but her lines are delivered in a less than Rose-like manner. This is definitely a more serious Rose than we've seen in the past but I question Piper's delivery in this tale.

Russell T. Davies' script is as clever as always and displays his usual imaginative touches, tying in episodes from the previous years and this season. This is a dark tale and the final reference to the past accompanied by the sound of the cloister bell may well have viewers' hairs standing on the back of their collective necks...

While Russell can't help give away elements of the season's finale wherever possible, the next tale is guaranteed to be full of elements that will echo through future episodes. It's going to be the biggest, busiest end to a season that we've seen so far and the return of some very familiar faces should make it unmissable.

8 out of 10 for this one. The best is yet to come....

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