Fortune Teller: 'Turn right and never meet that man. Turn right and change the world.'
change lives. Even seemingly insignificant decisions can alter our
lives irrevocably, and tonight Donna was faced with a relatively small
dilemma. Should she turn left, or should she turn right? 'Turn Left' explores the would-be consequences of her turning right.
the alternate timeline that was created, Martha and Sarah Jane were dead, Buckingham Palace had been destroyed by a plummeting Titanic, ATMOS was
slowly poisoning the earth's populace, and the staff and patients of the
Royal Hope Hospital never made it back from the moon alive (with the
exception of Dr Morgenstern) as a result of the Doctor not being there
to save them. Because there was no one there to restrain him, he died fighting the Racnoss. As a result, the world is now without its protector.
When I first saw the alien of the week, my initial
thoughts were 'Oh, please God, spare us the ignominy'. The time-munching beetle looked like one of those novelty backpacks you see kids wearing to school. Definitely not the show's finest hour. Russell T. Davies explained in Doctor Who Confidential
that 'Turn Left' was a low budget episode, and at times,
it showed. Thankfully, the story itself more than made up for the low-tech
alienage. And let's face it, we've seen worse. Wirrn grubs, anyone?
Since this was a Doctor-lite episode,
Tennant was only on-screen briefly, but in contrast to previous years,
instead of it being companion-lite too, Donna was given the starring
role. Predictably, she had a pretty rough time of it. Sylvia
was utterly horrible to her. Being told that you'll never amount to
anything must be soul destroying, and the sad thing is, I think Donna
believed it. Which made it all the more poignant when Donna sacrificed
herself to save the Doctor. Not
that Sylvia would ever know her 'useless' daughter's great deed. I'm still not sure why Sylvia is so hard on her. Is it just
grief over her husband's death? Whatever the reason, I didn't enjoy
seeing Donna being mentally beaten down like that.
was impossible not to like Rocco. He was one of life's optimists. He
also made Donna and her family welcome, despite their cramped living
conditions. In truth, their situation was intolerable, yet he still faced up to the prospect of captivity with a smile on his face. Of
course, it was all fake. Both Rocco and Wilfred knew the probable fate
which awaited his family, so it was harrowing to watch them being driven
away, and sad to see Wilfred so helpless—doomed to stand by and
watch history repeat itself.
I enjoyed seeing Rose
again. I grew tired of her in season two, but season three didn't
benefit from her departure as much as it should've. And Rose works
well as a returning companion. At least her character now has direction. But
what was up with Billie Piper's accent? One minute it was fine, the
next she sounded as though she had a lisp, and at other times she seemed to
drop the accent altogether. According to Doctor Who Confidential,
Billie had problems remembering how to play Rose, so maybe that explains an accent in flux.
But dodgy accents
aside, Rose's return was suitably mysterious and I look forwards to
seeing how her story pans out. A reunion with the Doctor seems
inevitable. The question is: how's it all going to end?
—If Donna had never met the Doctor, would the Doctor ever have met the
Racnoss and been killed by it? Wasn't him meeting the Racnoss a result
of him meeting Donna?
—The actress who played the
fortune teller, Chipo Chung (no, I'm not making her name up,) also
played the character Chantho in season three episode 'Utopia'.
Thankfully, she was far less annoying in this episode.
—A free reading for gingers? Nice.
—Awful northern stereotyping! I don't live far from Leeds and I
don't own a whippet. Of course, I'm allergic to dogs, otherwise I would -- whippets are awesome. As are flat caps and scrofula. [/sarcasm]
—Another reference to missing bees.
—It was sad to see the TARDIS with the Doctor dead. It looked so dark
inside, derelict almost. Rose said it was dying, and that's exactly how it
—'The Trickster' was a reference to a character from the Sarah Jane Adventures.
Alice: 'There's something on your back.'
Sylvia: 'At least you got the hole punch. And a raffle ticket.'
Donna: 'Pop your clogs and and go feed whippets.'
Sylvia: 'Even the bees are missing. You don't see bumblebees any more.'
Rose: 'I think you dream about him sometimes. It's a man in a suit. Tall thin man. Great hair. Some really great hair.'
Donna: 'I'm nothing special. I'm a temp.'
Rose: 'Donna, you're the most important woman in all of creation.'
Donna: 'If I change things, I don't die. That's right, isn't it?'
Rose: 'I'm sorry.'
Donna: 'Doctor, what is it? What's Bad Wolf?'
Doctor: 'It's the end of the Universe.'