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
Russell T. Davies considered exploring how stories set in the past or on other planets would be affected - such as having UNIT send "time commandos" to the year 1599 to foil the plot of the Carrionites, in "The Shakespeare Code". Ultimately, however, he decided that this would cause an already very self-referential episode to become unnecessarily obsessed with minutiae, and Davies was very concerned about the ability of casual viewers to immerse themselves in the storyline. 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 »
[on TV and still in shock]
There were these creatures, like Rhinos. Talking Rhinos. In... in... in black leather!
Rhinos? Could be aliens.
We couldn't breathe, we were running out of air. A colleague of mine gave me the last oxygen tank. Martha... Martha Jones. And she... she died.
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Despite continuity errors in this episode, that are well explained on the IMDB, it leaves great impression from the specticle. As a 10/11 y.o. kid , I have seen season 1 and some of season 2. Back in the day I liked Doctor Who yet I was more interesting in other shows. 14 years later I rewatch this show and have so much fun. With each season stories are getting more exiting. Season one was good and Eccleston was exceptional as the Doctor. Yet I always prefered Tennant as an actor and as the Doctor. Almost no Doctor is present yet the episode sets up something hyped. The final scene just makes you jump and screem and straight go to next episode. Love this show.
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