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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When examining the Time Beetle the Doctor states that it's something to do with the Trickster's Brigade. The Trickster first appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007). 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 »


The Doctor: Sometimes I think there's way too much coincidence around you, Donna. I met you once, then I met your grandfather, then I met you again. In the whole wide universe, I met you for a second time. Like something's binding us together.
Donna Noble: Don't be so daft. I'm nothing special.
The Doctor: Yes you are, you're brilliant!
Rose Tyler: [Donna has a flashblack] I thought you're brilliant.
Donna Noble: She said that.
The Doctor: Who did?
Donna Noble: That woman, I can't remember.
The Doctor: She never existed now.
Donna Noble: No, but she said the stars... she said the stars are going out.
The Doctor: Yeah...
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References Doctor Who: Midnight (2008) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Good episode with a stunning ending
21 June 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

Russell T. Davies continues to provide more quality than I expected after last week's excellent episode in "Turn Left", a story that occasionally shocked me with its brutality and darkness (when Wilf says: "labor camps. That's what they called them last time", I literally shivered). The script starts out kind of iffy but improves drastically, packing quite a punch by the end of the 49 (!) minutes.

Graeme Harper did a nice job directing this one, good work all around keeping the episode moving at a swift pace. The ending is certainly quite powerful with Donna's sacrifice and all, but the cliffhanger sort of steals its thunder, packing a punch not dissimilar to "Utopia" last year.

While this week had the decency only to destroy cities in an alternate universe, it appears the final two-parter will feature plenty of good old-fashioned NewWho city-destroying. What's wrong with a smaller scale, really?

Billie Piper was a bit off, I trust she'll be back in good form for the finale. I do hope it's good.

7/10 for this one.

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