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.
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
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 »
Tell me your fortune lady. The future's predicted and your life's foretold.
Oh, no thanks.
Don't you want to know? If you're going to be happy.
I'm happy right now, thanks.
You've got red hair. The reading's free for red hair.
All right then.
[Donna enters, followed by the Fortune Teller herself]
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This (finally) aired on Sci-Fi last night and having just finished watching it, I was mighty impressed. I expected the Doctor Who equivalent to a "clip show" but what I got instead was a wonderful sort of "what if?" story.
Russell T. Davies has managed to take elements from Series 3 & 4 and weave them into an alternate story that doesn't feel pushed or forced. From the events of the Runaway Bride onwards we get a glimpse into a world without our favorite Time Lord. It's a world where everything goes downhill to say the least.
This episode also gives Catherine Tate her best chance yet to show off her acting chops and she does beautifully in this episode. This Donna makes a journey from unassuming and unbelieving temp to a person willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world. In a single episode, Tate and Russell T. Davies show the journey that Donna Noble has taken over the last series. Together with Billie Piper's Rose Tyler who also seems to be changed and to see these two characters in a scene together adds a lot more depth to it all.
Then there's the twist at the end. The moment Rose reappears one knows that something is up but it isn't until the last dew minutes that what it is becomes obvious. When it comes, be prepared. What might have seemed at first to have been a fascinating little one off has bigger implications to come.
To sum up: Turn Left is one of this series better episodes. While it might be Doctor-lite that's no reason to hate it. In fact by being Doctor-lite we get a chance to see two things we don't normally see: a chance to see a world without the Doctor and a companion's making an amazing emotional journey. Bravo Catherine Tate and Russell T. Davies...Well Done.
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