Doctor Who Turn Left S04E11 (BBC)

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

In this episode, we see how the universe would be if Donna Noble had never met the Doctor. It’s explained that Donna Noble is paramount to the Doctor. Without her, the universe would. Thanks to Rose Tyler and UNIT, they are able to correct the situation. However, this doesn’t change the fact that the darkness is coming. Bad Wolf is here.

This was a good introduction to the season finale. It was fun to see what happened to Earth if the Doctor wasn’t there to help out. Rose also tells Donna that she is very important and special, even though she thinks that she’s completely ordinary.

Bad Wolf heralds the end of the universe. This sets the Doctor into action.

During the other serials, the Timelords were alive and well. The Daleks and the Time Lors annihilated themselves during the last great Time War. The Doctor fought in this war and is the only survivor of his race.

Rose Tyler was actually seen at the end of the first episode of this season. Rose was the new Doctor’s first companion back in 2005. She stayed for two seasons before being sucked into another universe. She was seen once again in this episode, on the screen of the TARDIS when Donna was looking at the Doctor’s message to the Sontarans.

There, she finds herself trapped on the parallel Earth albeit reunited with Jackie, Mickey and the alternate Pete Tyler. Later, the Doctor manages to project his image through the last crack between the universes, sharing a tearful farewell with her. He informs Rose that she is presumed dead in the aftermath of the invasion, thus verifying Rose’s soliloquy at the start of the episode “This is the story of how I died”. Rose in turn mentions working with that parallel Earth’s (non secret) version of the Torchwood Institute due to her experience with aliens. Finally, Rose tells him she loves him, even though they denied it many times during the course of their time together. The Doctor begins to reply, getting as far as “If it’s my last chance to say it…Rose Tyler–” before the connection fails.

Rose is back for three episodes this season.

It’s incredible how entertaining these new Doctor Who episodes. Torchwood isn’t anywhere near as entertaining. David Tennant really knows how to portray his character well.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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The Doctor and Donna are in some Asian looking neighborhood on some planet. Donna gets reeled in by a fortune teller. The fortune teller wants to know about how she met the Doctor. She wants to know the exact moment that she chose the job that led her to meeting the Doctor.

The fortune teller makes her change her choice. Something is crawling up her back. Donna has no choice. She turns right in the past and changes her future. She will have never met the Doctor.

In the past, Donna gets a promotion. Her friend sees something on her back. She says that there is something that she can’t see.

The star shaped ship appears and starts firing. Her friend tells her that there is something on her back. She runs to the scene and finds out that the Doctor died. Someone is running to see the Doctor, it’s Rose Tyler. Donna tells Rose that the Doctor is dead. Rose also sees something on Donna’s back.

The next day, Donna is sacked from her job. That year, Martha Jones also died. Sarah Jane Smith also died. Maria and Clyde are also dead. Everyone died because Donna isn’t with the Doctor.

While getting some chips, she sees Rose again. Rose suggests that Donna should leave the city for next Christmas. They won something in a raffle.

She takes her mom and granddad out of the city. A maid points out the spider on her back. Donna finally sees it a little bit, but she’s distracted by the Titanic falling on Buckingham Palace No one stopped it.

Donna and her family have to be relocated to Leeds. The whole of the south of England is flooded by radiation. 7 million have been displaced. France has closed its borders. They have no choice.

It turns out that they are living in the kitchen in the house in Leeds. There are other families living there.

Sixty million people have died in the USA. Their fat has dissolved and they are being sucked up into awaiting spaceships. Later that year, the Atmos equipped cars have gone crazy. Rose appears again. The Torchwood team dies in order to save Earth. Rose says that none of this was supposed to happen. The Doctor stopped all of this, he was supposed to, but he died.

Rose says that the darkness is coming across the universes to destroy everything. The universes are disintegrating, that’s why Rose can come over. Donna says that she’s nothing special. Rose wants Donna to come with her.

She doesn’t go. The other refugees that are immigrants are being taken to labor camps.

Her granddad was looking through the telescope before, but now he can’t see anything. The constellation of Orion has disappeared. The stars are going out in the sky.

When Rose appears, Donna says that she’s ready to go. She brings Donna to see the TARDIS. They salvaged it from underneath the Thames. Rose tells Donna that it’s dying. She wants to show Donna the creature that’s on her back.

It’s some kind of giant beetle. Rose doesn’t know what it is. It feeds off time, by changing time. Rose says that it seems to be in a state of flux. Rose says that reality is bending around Donna. Rose wants to send Donna back in time to change her decision.

Rose tells Donna that she will die. Donna is half a mile away. She has to stage an accident to make the other Donna turn left. Everything turns back normal.

The Doctor thinks that something is binding them together. Donna tells the Doctor two words. “Bad Wolf”.

The Doctor runs out. Donna asks what Bad Wolf is. The Doctor says that it’s the end of the world. They see Bad Wolf signs all over this world.

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