Turn Left (TV story)

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Turn Left was the eleventh episode of series 4 of Doctor Who.

It was the first Doctor-lite episode to focus on the main companion without the Doctor, and marked the first major reappearance of Rose Tyler. It also showed a parallel world showing what would have happened had Donna not met the Doctor in The Runaway Bride. In that world, without Donna to convince him to leave during his encounter with the Empress of the Racnoss, the Tenth Doctor ended up drowning in the resulting flood under the Thames, because of this, many of the Doctor's companions and friends would have died, and without the Doctor around to stop an overwhelming threat on the horizon, all things would eventually be destroyed. Much of series 3 and 4's events set on present-day Earth would still occur but would have cost more lives without the Doctor's intervention.

The main villains in this episode were agents of the Trickster's Brigade, a group who feed off altering timelines. They are also the only enemy to have been fought in Doctor Who and its spin-off shows Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. A tie-in, U.N.I.T. On Call, was later released.

Synopsis[[edit]]

On an alien planet, Donna meets a fortune teller, who launches her into a world based on one question: "What would happen if Donna never met the Tenth Doctor?" Without the Doctor, the whole world is in ruin, and a mysterious blonde tries to warn Donna of the oncoming darkness... Now a simple refugee, Donna is the only one who can undo the damage. But how?

Plot[[edit]]

Donna turns right, instead of left.

The Tenth Doctor and Donna are in a bustling marketplace on an alien world, mixing with the locals. Donna wanders away from the Doctor to explore as he chats away with a merchant. A mysterious fortune teller asks if she wants her future told, but Donna declines. The fortune teller then says the reading is free for those with red hair. Donna smiles and relents. As the fortune teller asks about Donna's past, she sees there is a man in her life that changed everything. Donna tells the fortune teller that she met the man on Christmas Eve, when she ended up on his spaceship on her wedding day. She was a temp at H.C. Clements on Earth. Donna experiences a flashback, but the fortune teller dismisses it. The teller asks Donna what event led to her meeting with the Doctor and Donna says it was six months before.

At that time, Donna and her mother were in Donna's car at a T-junction, arguing about her future. Sylvia tried to persuade Donna to turn right and ask businessman Jival Chowdry for a job, but Donna turned left to go to her planned temp job at H.C. Clements. After experiencing another flashback, Donna is now panicking, but the fortune teller asks her what would have happened if she turned right as something crawls onto Donna's back. Scared, she falls under the fortune teller's influence and, in the past, Donna gives in to her mother's nagging and turns right, and because of that one fateful decision everything changes....

"The Doctor is dead."

On Christmas Eve, Donna is at a Christmas party with her friends. She has just been promoted to Jival Chowdry's personal assistant. Suddenly the Racnoss Webstar attacks London, and is destroyed by the army at a terrible cost. During the chaos, Alice stares at Donna's back, looking terrified. When Donna acts astonished that Alice's attention is focused on her despite the ongoing chaos, Alice, terrified, says that there is something on Donna's back. After this, Donna runs to the Webstar's general location. There she finds an ambulance. Near the ambulance and a group of UNIT vehicles, Donna overhears a UNIT officer talking into a radio about "the Doctor" who drowned beneath the Thames. As the Doctor's body is loaded into an ambulance, a hand falls out of the stretcher, dropping a sonic screwdriver. As Donna walks away, Rose Tyler comes running down the street and asks for information about the body that has just been loaded into the ambulance. She is stunned to hear that it was the Doctor, despite Donna's assurances that it could have been any doctor. Rose vanishes moments later.

Donna has been fired from her job at Capital Copies Ltd. Chowdry tries to tell her that he has to lay people off because half of his contracts are on the other side of the river. Even though it has been several months since the Racnoss attack, the Thames is still closed off. Meanwhile, the Royal Hope Hospital is mysteriously transported to the Moon. When it returns, there is only one survivor: medical student Oliver Morgenstern, who relates the terrible events involving "talking rhinos". Wilfred, Donna's grandfather, believes that the rhinos are aliens. Morgenstern tells reporters he only survived when fellow medical student Martha Jones gave him the last of her oxygen before she died, and that Sarah Jane Smith had taken control of the situation and said she could stop the MRI. Sarah Jane's body was reported as being recovered from the hospital, while it is feared that Sarah Jane's son Luke and Luke's teenage friends Maria Jackson and Clyde Langer had also perished inside.

London destroyed by Titanic's impact.

As Donna digests the terrible news, Rose tells Donna that she should go to the country for Christmas. When Donna says that she can't afford it, Rose mentions the raffle ticket she bought at work, which is a stay at a luxury hotel.

Donna takes the woman's advice and treats her mum and grandfather to a Christmas holiday in the English countryside. On Christmas morning, the housemaid comes in to bring the Nobles their breakfast but then recoils from Donna and repeatedly shouts "You've got something on your back!" in Spanish. This is quickly forgotten when a newsflash shows that a replica of the Titanic is about to fall on Buckingham Palace. Suddenly the TV signal cuts off just before a tremor from the impact hits the hotel. The three run outside and watch, horrified, as a mushroom cloud rises above London. Sylvia is aghast with shock as she realises that everyone they know is now dead, while Wilf notes that if Donna hadn't won the raffle they'd have been killed too. As Donna realises that the advice Rose gave her has saved her, she notices the Spanish maid still angrily pointing at her back.

With London destroyed and all of southern England has been flooded with radiation, the Nobles are considered refugees due to their house being destroyed and are now forced to relocate to Leeds. They move into a small house shared by two other families; most notably the jovial Italian family, the Colosantos with the father of the family, Rocco quickly befriending Wilfred while Donna is irritated by the Colosantos’ constant singing, but eventually comes to accept the Colosantos as close friends.

The United States offers to send the United Kingdom £50 billion in financial aid to assist themselves in the crisis. However, not soon after, the Adipose invasion occurs, this time in the United States. With 60 million Americans dead and the country under its own crisis, the financial aid is scrapped, making the situation in the United Kingdom more dire.

Sometime later, Donna finds soldiers firing at cars when the Sontarans activate the ATMOS devices, covering the Earth with a poisonous fog. A soldier notices something on Donna's back and holds her at gunpoint, but she is released when it is revealed that nothing is there. That night, Donna meets Rose for the third time. Rose explains that the Torchwood team, aboard the Sontaran ship, are trying to stop the catastrophe. Suddenly, the sky is cleared by an atmospheric converter. Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones have given their lives to achieve this, and Captain Jack Harkness has been transported to the Sontaran homeworld.

Rose refuses to tell Donna her name and tries to explain that Donna had saved the Doctor's life in an alternate timeline, though Donna insists that she had never met him. Rose warns Donna that the coming "darkness" threatens every single universe, assuring her she is the most important woman who has ever existed. Donna tries to walk away, but Rose tells her that she will decide to go with her in about three weeks and makes a cryptic remark about Wilf's telescope. She warns Donna that when she comes with her, Donna will die.

Three weeks later, the Colosantos are evicted as England is now "only for the English". and must now live in a labour camp. As they say a solemn goodbye to the Noble family, Wilfred sadly muses on the labour camps, remarking that’s what they called them last time. Realising Wilfred’s words, Donna chases the van with the Colosantos family in, shouting where they are taking them, but loses the van.

Later at night, Donna and Wilf talk about recent events while looking through his telescope. He notices that the constellation of Orion has gone, though there are no clouds. Suddenly other stars start to disappear from the sky as if they were never there. Donna finds Rose and tells her that she is ready.

Rose takes Donna to a UNIT base and shows her the TARDIS — salvaged from beneath the River Thames — which is dying after the Doctor's death. Rose asks Donna if she wants to see the creature on her back. They step into a circle of mirrors and lights, with pieces of technology which seem to be scavenged from the TARDIS. Rose switches on a light which reveals what is on Donna's back: a "Time Beetle". Rose explains that the Time Beetle feeds off time by changing time and that she thinks the beetle is in a state of flux, although when Donna asks what that means, Rose says she doesn't know, but that it's something the Doctor would say. Rose says that they're getting separate readings from Donna that make it seem like reality is bending around her. Donna asks how to remove the separate readings, to which Rose says she must travel through time.

They prepare Donna, and take her back to the circle of mirrors and technology, with cables running into the TARDIS. At first, Donna thinks she is going to see the creature again and protests, but Rose informs her the mirrors are there to control the time machine, but Rose admits she doesn’t know if the machine will work and that they are guessing how it works.

Donna declares she is ready to be sent back to time as it doesn’t mean she has to die due to her supposed future with the Doctor, but Rose remains silent when Donna asks if she has to die. When Donna protest again, the machine activates, sending her back in time.

Donna dies on the pavement.

Donna lands on the same day she turned right, and is elated that the time travel worked, but quickly realises that she is on Sutton Court, a half a mile away from her past self, and has only got four minutes to prevent her past self from turning right on Little Sutton Street. She tries to run to herself but knows that she will not make it in time. Donna now understands what Rose meant about her death, and she sees a haulage truck coming along that has just passed by her past self at the T-junction. Donna them promptly steps in front of the truck and is hit by the truck.

Before Donna dies, Rose appears and whispers something into her ear to tell the Doctor. At the intersection, a traffic jam begins to build up due to the road being closed thanks to Donna’s suicide. Donna's past self decides that instead of sitting in backed up traffic, she will turn left.

As the original timeline reasserts itself, Donna screams as she regains consciousness in the fortune teller's stall on Shan Shen, as the Time Beetle on her back releases itself and dies. As Donna sees the dead beetle and asks what it is, the baffled and terrified fortune teller flees. The Doctor, who has been blissfully unaware of all that's happened, enters much to Donna’s delight.

Upon examining the dead beetle, the Doctor tells Donna that it is part of the Trickster's Brigade and that normally it affects one person and the universe compensates, but in Donna's case, it created a parallel universe. The Doctor muses on all of the coincidences surrounding Donna.

An ominous return.

The Doctor concludes that they seem to be somehow linked. Donna tells the Doctor she is nothing special, but he counters saying that she's brilliant. Hearing that triggers Donna's memories of the parallel world and she mentions Rose to the Doctor and her warning about the coming darkness. When Donna mentions that Rose said something about parallel worlds and was blonde, the Doctor starts to realise who Donna saw. When asked if she remembered Rose's name, Donna said she was never told it, but she does remember the two words Rose whispered into her ear: "Bad Wolf". Terrified and now sure of who Donna met, the Doctor runs out into the market square to see the words "Bad Wolf" everywhere: on posters pasted onto the walls, on the ceremonial flags hanging over the market, even on the TARDIS itself (namely the POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX signs and the instruction plate on the police box's left-hand door). Inside the TARDIS, the control room is glowing red and the Cloister Bell is ringing. When Donna asks what's going on, the Doctor replies, looking horror-stricken, "It's the end of the universe."

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Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.


Worldbuilding[[edit]]

Species[[edit]]

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Cultural references from the real world[[edit]]

Events on the parallel Earth[[edit]]

  • Because Donna wasn't there to convince the Doctor to flee after defeating the Empress of the Racnoss, he drowns in the flooding of the Thames Flood Barrier. He does not regenerate afterward; a UNIT soldier speculates that the Doctor died too fast to do so.
  • Private Harris is at the scene when the Doctor's body is loaded into the ambulance after the Racnoss attack.
  • Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Maria Jackson, Luke Smith and Clyde Langer all die in Royal Hope Hospital after it is transported by the Judoon to the Moon, though Sarah Jane succeeds in stopping the MRI weapon. Although the Judoon do return to hospital to London, there is only one survivor.
  • The starship Titanic crashes into Buckingham Palace, killing everyone in the greater London area and contaminating southern England. This causes the need for 7000000 people to relocate.
  • The destruction of London triggers a societal collapse in Great Britain, which becomes a police state that closes its borders, and leads to the introduction of concepts such as forced labour camps.
  • The March of the Adipose occurs in America instead of the UK; without the Doctor to stop it, sixty million people are killed (vs one in the original timeline), preventing the US from donating the intended 50000000000 pound relief to Great Britain, and accelerating the UK's decline.
  • Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones die whilst assaulting the Sontaran warship. Captain Jack Harkness is transported to the Sontaran homeworld.
  • There is no one to prevent the ATMOS devices from decimating the population of the Earth until Torchwood manages to set the gas on fire, although the UK is spared this as, due to the destruction of London, not to mention the lack of petrol, ATMOS never came into widespread use there.
  • The Daleks eventually succeed in detonating the reality bomb (although in this reality, Earth is not one of the planets transported to the Medusa Cascade), beginning the destruction of almost all of creation.

Influences[[edit]]

  • Russell T Davies was inspired by Sliding Doors, which simultaneously explored the consequences of a woman's success and failure in boarding a train.

Story notes[[edit]]

  • This is the first story to feature Rose in a starring role since TV: Doomsday.
  • Despite Billie Piper being billed in the opening credits and featuring prominently in the episode, Rose is never referred to by name.
  • To keep consistency with the opening credits after Piper’s departure, the “AND BILLIE PIPER” text is stacked like most the cast members’ credits instead of horizontally during her main tenure.
  • Unusually, the episodes featuring Billie Piper were filmed relatively early in the production of the season, which allowed a clip of Rose from this episode to be included in the cinema trailer released in advance of the season being broadcast.
  • This is the "Doctor-lite" episode of the series, similar to Love & Monsters and Blink, albeit with a much darker storyline. Unlike previous Doctor-lite stories, however, the focus is given to the companion, rather than her also taking a minor role. They used the same scheduling trick in the previous episode, Midnight, which featured virtually none of Donna. These episodes allow the production team to complete fourteen episodes, including the Christmas episode in a schedule originally designed to complete thirteen. A second team can be filming the "extra" episode, with the main cast filming only a day or so. Their footage is judiciously spread through the episode to give the impression of a larger interaction, although in the case of Turn Left, David Tennant's participation was restricted to the opening scene and epilogue, with a body double used for the scene where Donna witnesses the Doctor's dead body being loaded into the ambulance.
  • "The bees are disappearing" is quoted again in this episode, this time by Donna's mother, Sylvia Noble. This is a real-world phenomenon, called Colony Collapse Disorder, the incidence of which increased sharply in late 2006, and the cause of which has not been identified. In The Stolen Earth and Journey's End, the cause of the disappearance is revealed.
  • A recurring theme in previous episodes hinted that Donna would die in the future which occurs in this episode. However, this was an alternate reality Donna who sacrificed herself in order to prevent her past self from taking the wrong turn thus forcing her to meet the Doctor as was planned.
  • Part of this episode is filmed in China Town, though not the one in London, but recreated in Cardiff. Chinese people living in South Wales were invited to be background extras via Facebook at the end of 2007. They had to reply to the casting crew with their name and sizes for costumes to be made for them and they were paid approximately £70 for the day. Unfortunately, a miscommunication had led them to believe that their fee would be ten times higher than was actually being offered, and many left as the morning wore on. David Tennant was seen in "China Town" when he took time out of filming though staying on location to appear on Blue Peter to appeal to viewers to donate shoes to their Shoebiz appeal.
  • Donna is told she can have her fortune told for free because she has red hair. This is a reference to Chinese culture since red is considered very lucky in China. It's also a common carny trick to draw people into the attraction; half off for lovely ladies, men wearing hats, anything that matches some characteristic of the person being appealed to.
Graeme Harper captures another distorted image of a main character.
  • Graeme Harper's penchant for including a distorted image of a main character is present in this story. Though not included in every single episode he's directed for BBC Wales, it's seen often enough in the majority of his stories to be considered something of a directorial "signature". More typically achieved through the use of refraction (The Unicorn and the Wasp, Army of Ghosts, Journey's End and Utopia), here the motif is continued through the use of reflection. The theme of Donna's multiple worlds is caught through the simple use of mirrors, much as the notion of the investigation was conveyed by the use of magnifying glasses in earlier stories.
  • According to Russell T Davies on Doctor Who Confidential, this episode is the "cheap episode", as he wanted the TARDIS to be on fire, but the budget didn't allow for the effect.
  • Two pieces of background pop music return from other episodes. In the scene in which Donna goes out with her friends to celebrate her new job as Chowdry's personal assistant, the song "Merry Xmas Everybody" by the glam rock band Slade can be heard (first heard on Mickey's radio in The Christmas Invasion). This was also playing during Donna's wedding reception in The Runaway Bride.
  • Billie Piper states in the accompanying Doctor Who Confidential episode that she had forgotten how to play Rose and needed to watch past episodes to remind herself. She noticeably lost her accent and speaks with a lisp, which she claims was because it was cold as they were shooting in winter, and she was wearing a "tiny jacket".
  • This isn't the first time a Doctor Who story has examined a "What if..." scenario involving the Doctor's influence on a person's life. A similar storyline involved Eighth Doctor companion Sam Jones, depicted in two wildly diverging timelines. (PROSE: Unnatural History)
  • At one point the Nobles and the Italian family take part in a singalong to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". This tune has been the basis for two practical jokes featured on Who franchise-related blooper reels: a group of Sycorax are shown singing it in the Series 2 blooper reel, while the Series 2 gag reel for Torchwood shows the cast cutting up to the same song.
  • When Rose mentions the death of the Torchwood team, a variation on the Torchwood theme music can be heard.
  • The building used as the hotel where Donna and her family spend Christmas is the same building used as Lavender Lawns in The Sarah Jane Adventures serial Eye of the Gorgon.
  • Russell T Davies dropped a subplot involving Donna getting married and having children. This was originally intended to add even more drama to Donna's decision to sacrifice herself and unravel the parallel timeline: not only would she be giving up her own life, but her offspring would be erased from history. However, Davies had now become aware that Steven Moffat had similar plans for Donna in Forest of the Dead and Davies agreed that it was more pertinent to Moffat's tale than his own.
  • 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.
  • David Tennant was only required for a day.
  • Donna's conversation with Rose on the bench was supposed to be performed at Thompson Park. However, Catherine Tate had come down with influenza, and so it was decided that she would be more comfortable if recording instead proceeded at Sophia Gardens, which was being used as the production unit base.
  • According to The Time Traveller's Almanac, the opening scene of this episode takes place in the 85th century.
  • Some fans have chosen to consider this part one of a three-part story, which continues into the following two-parter. However, this is an increasingly minority view and is not reflected by most sources. Russell T Davies declined to clarify, preferring to stay out of fan debates.
  • Russell T Davies came up with the idea for the episode while on a train journey to London.
  • Russell T Davies originally planned to have season four's original companion Penny Carter be the focal point of the episode. The plan was to revist the events of Partners in Crime, where she and her mother would be driving to visit her grandfather when they became trapped under a giant dome of alien origin. Faced with the innocuous choice of turning left or right at a T-junction, she turned left, resulting in her being trapped under the dome, meeting the Doctor, and ultimately saving his life. An alien creature would alter history so that she turned right instead, meaning that she wound up on the outside of the dome, and the Doctor perished. When Catherine Tate expressed interest in returning to the series, Davies used the opportunity to explore Donna how she was introduced.
  • This episode formed Block Seven of season four.
  • Julie Gardner wanted the closing seconds to feature more glimpses of the phrase “Bad Wolf”, including on the TARDIS itself.
  • During post-production, it became clear that the scale of the season's final three episodes was such that the regular forty-five-minute timeslot would be insufficient. The BBC instead agreed to allot the episode fifty minutes, allowing Graeme Harper to complete the episode without having to leave large chunks of Davies' script on the cutting room floor.
  • Russell T Davies hoped to pose a question to the viewer: "Does the Doctor cause or prevent death?" The episode focuses on the scale of deaths without the Doctor; the implicit death toll surprised Davies when he wrote the script. David Tennant cited the deaths that surrounded his character as a major part of the Doctor's guilt.
  • The fortune teller's room was actually The Hub set redressed.
  • Russell T Davies emphasised developing the characters of Rose and Donna; Susie Liggat thought Rose describing Donna as "the most important woman in the whole of creation" was therapeutic for the former character and Donna's realisation that she must die was intended as the epitome of the character's maturation.
  • In writing the script, Russell T Davies was several weeks behind schedule and had to decline an appearance at the National Television Awards in order to hand the script in on time. He described writing the script as "a lot harder to rip through because it needs so much construction"; he admitted that the opening scene could have been three times longer than his written version, itself longer than any opening scene he ever wrote. He was delayed due to the death of Howard Attfield and the difficulty of writing Rose's expository dialogue; he had to rush the script's ending to ensure it was ready to film.
  • Russell T Davies explained the effects of Rose's warning in Doctor Who Confidential - the words caused no inherent harm; "Bad Wolf" acts as a warning sign for the Doctor, and Rose's invocation of the phrase signals that the parallel universes Rose and the Doctor inhabit are collapsing into each other.
  • The beetle's normal Earth-like appearance was deliberate; prosthetic designer Niell Gorton thought that familiarity would ease the narrative and cited the Catkind and the Judoon as examples.
  • The prosthetic beetle was made using fibreglass and fitted on a harness in order not to burden Catherine Tate's performance.
  • Graeme Harper explained on the DVD commentary that only psychic characters like Lucius Petrus Dextrus were aware of the beetle's existence.
  • While filming the Shan Shen scenes, rain delayed re-dressing the alley from the hanzi banners and posters to the Bad Wolf versions.
  • The cast listened to "The Wild Rover" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" before singing the songs themselves.
  • Graeme Harper decided to focus on Jacqueline King in the scene when Sylvia stares vacantly in a despondent manner as Donna talks to her; Harper considered the scene to be "Jacqueline's moment" and thought the scene would be more powerful if the focus was kept on one character.
  • Because the episode had a low budget, it relied heavily on stock footage and pre-existing graphics: the Titanic's descent into Buckingham Palace and the American television report of the populace being transformed into Adipose utilised footage from Voyage of the Damned and Partners in Crime, respectively, and images of the Racnoss Webstar and the ignited sky had already been created by The Mill.
  • The episode's tone phrase was "life during wartime"; Russell T Davies reflected his description by comparing the labour camps to concentration camps.
  • David Tennant didn't actually play the Doctor when he was lying on the stretcher after being pulled from the Thames.

Ratings[[edit]]

Myths and rumours[[edit]]

  • The opening credits are reversed, showing the TARDIS moving in the opposite direction in the time vortex. As broadcast and released to DVD, the opening credits are presented normally.
  • It was rumoured that the episode was going to be titled The Doctor's Death.
  • Due to the title, the Sontarans and ATMOS would return. The latter returned and the former were mentioned, but they were not at all the focal point of the story.

Filming locations[[edit]]

  • Bay Chambers, West Bute Street, Cardiff, Wales (Chowdry’s Office)
  • Hunter Street, Cardiff, Wales (The Doctor's dead body is recovered)
  • Clearwater Way, Nant-Fawr Road, Court Road, Heol Gabriel, St Isan Road, Franklin Road in Cardiff, Wales (driving scenes)
  • Lady Mary Allotments, Lady Mary Road, Roath Park, Cardiff, Wales (Wilf sees the stars begin to vanish)
  • The Maltings, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff Bay (Shan Shen Alley)
  • Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Newport Road, Cardiff (News reports of the Royal Hope Hospital vanishing)
  • Egerton Grey Country House Hotel, Porthkerry, Vale of Glamorgan (where Donna and her family went for their Christmas holiday.)
  • Porthkerry Viaduct, Porthkerry, Vale of Glamorgan (when London is destroyed by Titanic’s impact) 
  • No. 7 Machen Street, Penarth, Wales (Donna, Wilf and Sylvia discover where they will be staying)
  • Conway Pub, 58 Conway Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff (the crowds run outside the pub to see the star)
  • Mortimer Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff (The Christmas Star attacks London)
  • Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (Rose talks to Donna about her importance)
  • AvestaPolarit Panteg Steelworks, Station Road, Griffithstown, Pontypool, Gwent (Donna and Rose warehouse scenes)

Production errors[[edit]]

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.
  • The sound and shaking of the Royal Hope disappearing is heard before it actually vanishes, whereas in Smith and Jones the sound was heard during the incident.
  • If one looks closely when Rose shows Donna the TARDIS at the UNIT base, the interior of a police box can be seen through the open door instead of the TARDIS interior.
  • When Donna is making the decision to turn right or left, it is clearly raining on the car. However, in any external shots, most notably when Donna has travelled back in time, it is not raining.
  • When Donna is arguing with her boss an explosion is heard and in view, everyone gets up, but in the next camera view, everyone is sitting down and gets up again.
  • Despite the Adipose invasion happening in America within the alternative timeline, the news report shows the same footage taken from Partners in Crime.
  • In the last wide shot of Donna's car just before she decides to turn left, her front wheels are shown to be pointing to the right. But in the close-up shot of the wheels as she turns left, they are facing forward again.

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