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:
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 Sylvia is mentioning the photocopying job to Donna in the first flashback, she says "He [Jival Chowdry] runs that little photocopying business and it needs a secretary." But later, when Donna is preventing her past self from turning right, she says "He runs that little photocopying business in Merchant Street, and it needs a secretary." 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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References Torchwood (2006) See more »


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10 August 2014 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I just saw this episode for the first time -- forgive me, I started Doctor Who three months ago, so everything is a new, wild ride for me -- and I was blown away by its sheer genius.

The episode is a classic what if, but it isn't cheesy at all. It's dark and moody and that feel of despair came across so well that I felt empty while watching it. Catherine Tate delivers a flawless performance that had me laughing and crying. But her performance wouldn't have been as good if the story wasn't so excellent.

I am hooked to Doctor Who and I already was even before I started the second season, and throughout season 3 and 4 there were some episodes that had me reveling in the awesomeness and greatness of this show. But Turn Left did it for me. It proved to me not only how timeless Doctor Who is and will forever be, but it also proved to me how important every single person in the Universe is and God, did it make me love Donna even more.

I guess, one of the biggest compliments I can give for this episode is this: if you are doubting if this show is for you, if you want to get anyone in on this show, if you ever need a reminder of what Doctor Who can do; watch Turn Left. It will leave you empty and desperate, yes, but it is so, so, so fantastic! It's brilliant.

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