Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

Turn Left

1 episode, broadcast: 21st June 2008
The Doctor and Donna explore Shan Shen Alley ; Donna visits the fortune teller and is forced to recall when she left home with her mum and then had to make the fateful decision at a junction to turn left or right .
Christmas at the pub , and then everyone rushes out to see a Christmas Star travel into London which it then attacks . Donna finds out someone called the Doctor is dead .
Later in the year, Donna is sacked from her job as the Royal Hope is spiritted away. At home she watches a news report with a Doctor Morganstern . Walking the streets, Donna meets the blonde woman again who tells her to keep a raffle ticket. She wins, and their prize is a hotel stay , but then they watch as Buckingham Palace is destroyed , and a mushroom cloud forms over London .
Now homeless they are billeted to Leeds and find themselves on a street with many others . At their new home they see reports of fat coming to life in America . Later, after the Atmos incident, Donna meets the blonde again and they chat in a park . Later, in the back garden she and Wilf see the stars disappear, and she then decides to go with Rose to the UNIT base . There she discovers the truth about her life and agrees to go back in time to put things right.
Donna arrives beside some shops , and then runs to stop herself from turning right.She "dies" as she is hit by a lorry - and her real self tells the Doctor about "Bad Wolf" ...


Locations filmed for the story:
Bay Chambers
West Bute Street, Cardiff
Filmed: 26 Nov 2007

Chowdry's Office
Hunter Street
Cardiff
Filmed: 26 Nov 2007

The Doctor's dead body is recovered
Clearwater Way
Cardiff
Filmed: 27 Nov 2007

Donna arrives back in time to stop herself turning right.
Nant-Fawr Road
Cardiff
Filmed: 27 Nov 2007

Donna and Sylvia drive off to work.
Court Road
Cardiff
Filmed: 28 Nov 2007 Album

Donna decides whether to turn left or turn right.
Heol Gabriel
Cardiff
Filmed: 28 Nov 2007

Donna drives right/drives left past a traffic jam.
Lady Mary Allotments
Roath Park, Cardiff
Filmed: 28 Nov 2007

Wilf sees the stars begin to vanish.
St Isan Road
Cardiff
Filmed: 29 Nov 2007

Donna jumps in front of a lorry.
Franklen Road
Cardiff
Filmed: 29 Nov 2007

Donna meets Rose by an alleyway
The Maltings Ltd
Cardiff
Filmed: 1 Dec 2007

Shan Shen Alley
Cardiff Royal Infirmary
Newport Road, Cardiff
Filmed: 1 Dec 2007

Royal Hope Hospital reports
Blackton Lane
Porthkerry
Filmed: 3 Dec 2007

Donna's family are relocated to Leeds.
Egerton Grey Country House Hotel
Porthkerry
Filmed: 3 Dec 2007

Donna and family check into Firbourne House
Porthkerry Viaduct
Porthkerry
Filmed: 3 Dec 2007

The hotel guests watch London being destroyed.
Machen Street
Cardiff
Filmed: 5 Dec 2007

Donna's family are placed in a home in Leeds.
No 7 Machen Street
Cardiff
Filmed: 4 Dec 2007

Donna's family are placed in a home in Leeds.
Rudry Street
Cardiff
Filmed: 5 Dec 2007

Donna meets Rose to find out what she needs to do.
Conway (pub)
Cardiff, Wales
Filmed: 6 Dec 2007

Christmas Party in the pub.
Mortimer Road
Cardiff, Wales
Filmed: 6 Dec 2007

The pub people watch the Christmas Star attack London.
Sophia Gardens
cardiff
Filmed: 6 Dec 2007, 18 Jan 2008

Donna talks to Rose in a park/"Bad Wolf" pickups
AvestaPolarit Panteg Steelworks
Newport
Filmed: 7-8 Dec 2007

UNIT warehouse
Other locations appearing in the story:
St Mary's Street
Cardiff
Filmed: re-used from The Runaway Bride

The Christmas Star over London.
Thames Barrier
Woolwich, London
Filmed: re-used from The Runaway Bride

The Christmas Star over London.
Buckingham Palace
London
Filmed: tv image re-used from Voyage of the Damned

News coverage shows the Titanic crashing into the Palace
Charles Street
Cardiff
Filmed: tv image re-used from Partners in Crime

American news coverage of Americans turning into fat creatures.
In Studio:
»BBC Broadcasting House (C2 News Studio), Llantrisant Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2YQ (22 Nov 2007, 31 Jan 2008) - TV Studios
»BBC Studios, Unit 1/2, Tonteg Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, Upper Boat, Pontypridd, CF37 5UA (30 Nov, 1 Dec 2007, 24 Jan, 20 Mar 2008)

Production Notes

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On the commentary for the episode it was reported that Shan Shen Alley was filmed at The Maltings Ltd; the Series Four Companion, however, states that filming was at Cardiff Royal Infirmary!

Further Reading

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DWM: The Series Four Companion: Production Journal (p116-125)

Associated Links

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The Doctor Who Guide - Detailed synopsis of the story.

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BBC Doctor Who Episode Guide - Information and Features on the story.

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