197) TURN LEFT 

21 June 2008

Viewing Figure: 8.09M

Plot

A mysterious Fortune Teller makes Donna Noble change her past which results in the death of The Doctor

Cast

Investigating strange going-on at a High School,  bat-like aliens are attempting to crack a code so they can become Gods

David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott)

Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble), Joseph Long (Rocco Colasanto), Noma Dumezweni (Captain Magambo), Chipo Chung (Fortune Teller)

Marcia Lecky (Mooky Kahari), Suzann McLean (Veena Brady), Natalie Walter (Alice Coltrane), Neil Clench (Man in Pub)

Clive Standen (UNIT Soldier), Bhasker Patel (Jival Chowdry), Catherine York (Female Reporter), Ben Righton (Morgenstern)

Loraine Velez (Spanish Maid), Jason Mohammad (Studio News Reporter), Sanchia McCormack (Housing Officer)

Lawrence Stevenson (Solider #1), Terri-Ann Brumby (Woman in Doorway), Lachele Carl (Trinity Wells), Paul Richard Biggin (Soldier #2)

Crew

Russell T Davies (Writer), Susie Liggat (Producer), Graeme Harper (Director), Simon Morris (1st Assistant Director)

Guy de Glanville (2nd Assistant Director), Paul Bennett (3rd Assistant Director), Emma Woodcock (Location Manager)

Jess van Niekerk (Production Co-ordinator), Sian Warrilow (Production Runner), Llinos Wyn Jones (Continuity)

Brian Michin (Script Editor), Roger Pearce (Camera Operator), Jamie Southcott, Penny Shipton (Focus Pullers), Dave Holliday (Grip)

Kevin Staples (Boom Operator), Stephen Slocombe (Gaffer), Chris Davies (Best Boy), Bill Davy (Stunt Co-ordinator)

Stephen Nicholas (Chief Sup Art Director), Jonathan Allison (Art Dept Production Manager)

Arwel Wyn Jones (Supervising Art Director), James North (Associate Designer), Amy Pope (Art Dept Co-ordinator)

Keith Dunne (Set Decorator), Ben Morris (Props Buyer), Christina Tom (Graphic Artist), Nick Murray (Standby Art Director)

Peter McKinstry (Design Assistant), Matt North, Jackson Pope (Standby Props), Paul Jones (Standby Carpenter)

Julia Challis (Standby Painter), John Cooling (Standby Rigger), Adrian Anscombe (Property Master), Stuart Mackay (Forward Dresser)

Penny Howarth (Senior Props Maker), Nick Robatto (Props Makers), Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager)

John Pinkerton (Scenic Artist), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics), Charlotte Mithcell (Costume Supervisor)

Bobbie Peach, Sara Morgan (Costume Designers), Olivia Jones (Make-Up Supervisor), Su Westwood (Make-Up Artist)

Andy Brierley (Casting Associate), Ceres Doyle (VFX Editor), Chris Blatchford, Samantha Hall (Post Production Supervisors)

Marie Brown (Post Prod Co-ordinator), Ben Ashmore (SFX Co-ordinator), Paul Kelly (SFX Supervisor)

Neill Gorton (Prosthetics Designer), Rob Mayor (Prosthetics Supervisor), Charlotte Bluett, Chris Clarke (Prosthetics Technicians) 

Matthew Clarke, Mark Bright (On Line Editors), Mick Vincent (Colourist), Nick Webber, Matt McKinney, David Knight

Mark Wallman (3D Artists), Greg Spencer, Murray Barber, Sara Bennett, Adrianna Lago, Julie Nixon (2D Artists)

David Early (Matte Painter), Jenna Powell, Rebecca Johnson (VFX Co-ordinators), Tim Barter (On Set VFX Supervisor)

Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer), Paul McFadden (Supervising Sound Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound FX Editor)

Kelly-Marie Angell (Foley Editor), Chris Rogers (Finance Manager), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director), Julie Scott (Production Executive)

Oliver Ager (Production Accountant), Ray Parker (Sound Recordist), Ray Holman (Costume Designer)

Emma Bailey (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music), The Mill (Visual Effects), Will Cohen, Marie Jones (Visual FX Producers)

Dave Houghton (Visual FX Supervisor), Any Effects (Special Effects), Millennium FX (Porspethics), Will Oswald (Editor)

Edward Thomas (Production Designer), Rory Taylor(Director of Photography), Tracie Simpson (Production Manager)

Phil Collinson, Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Gareth Williams, Nick Britz (1st Assistant Director), Jennie Fava (2nd Assistant Director), Heddi Joy Taylor, Anna Evans (3rd Assistant Director)

Gareth Skelding (Location Manager), Suzannah Binding, Vicky Cole (Continuity), Duncan Fowlie, Anna James (Focus Pullers)

James Holloway (Grip), Richard Brooks, James Drummond, Jon Thomas (Boom Operators), Clive Johnson, Mark Hutchings (Gaffer)

Al Robers, Sarah Payne (Design Assistants), Ellen Woods (Standby Painter), Keith Freeman (Standby Rigger)

Phil Lyons, Paul Aitken (Property Master), Jon Grundon (Props Maker), Caroline Thorpe, Andi Mears, Gemma Evans (Costume Assistants)

Alison Webb, Jane Beard, Paula Price (Make-Up Artists), Kate Walahe (Prosthetics Technicians), Richard Dyer, Jeff Matthews (Sound Recordists)

Debbi Slater, Peter Bennett (Director of Photography)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • C2 News Studio, Broadcasting House, Llantrisant Road, Cardiff

  • Bay Chambers, West Bute Street, Cardiff

  • Hamadryad Road, Butetown, Cardiff

  • Clearwater Way Parade, Cyncoed

  • Nantfawr Road, Cynoced

  • Court Road, Gwan Tredoa, Cardiff

  • Lady Mary Allotments, Lady Mary Road, Roath Park

  • St Isan Road Heath, Cardiff

  • Franklen Road, Gwen Tredoa, Cardiff

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1, Treforrest

  • Back Car Park, off Orbit Street-Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff

  • Cardiff Royal Infirmary Car Park, off Longcross Street, Cardiff

  • Road adjacent to Days Inn, Port Road, Rhoose

  • Egerton Grey Country House, Porthkerry

  • Machen Street Penarth

  • Rudry Street, Penarth

  • The Conway, Conway Road, Pontcanna

  • Sophia Gardens, off Cathedral Road, Cardiff

  • Panteg Steelworks, Avendale Road, Griffithstown, Pontypool

  • Upper Boat Studios, Trefforest

Deaths

  • Donna Noble [dies in a parallel world]

  • Time Beetle [dies when Donna 'turns left']

    • many people in a parallel world who were saved by The Doctor

Production Days

  • 17 Days between Thursday 22 November 2007 - Thursday 20 March 2008

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Production Errors

  1. Before the Royal Hope Hospital disappears, the sound and shaking can be heard before the Hospital disappears

  2. Whilst making a decision as to whether turn left and right, it is clearly raining on the car. However, when the camera cuts to exterior shots of the car, it is clearly not raining outside 

  3. When Donna argues with her boss, an explosion is heard and everybody in view, can be seen getting up. However in the next camera view, everyone is sitting down and gets up again 

  4. Despite the fact that the Adipose Invasion moved to America in the alternative timeline, the news report shows archive footage from Partners in Crime where the Adipose Invasion took place in the UK

Working Titles

  • Companion Alone

Verdict

An original idea helped along by another brilliant script from the equal brilliant Davies. Full of past refences and episodes used in devasting ways, a darker version of Donna and an ending which just explodes off the screen. Never before has Doctor Who done an alternative history narrative and what is seen is a brilliant episode full of shocks and even joys which mix remarkable well. *****​

Number of Production Days: 5