Yet another new planet!
And it's not often I say that
. Well, actually, I say it quite a bit when I'm watching DOCTOR WHO
. Before I continue I will strongly
suggest, nay urge
you to stop reading this review of tonight's episode, TURN LEFT
, if you have not yet seen it (waiting for the BBC3 repeat are you?)
I will refer to plot details that will ruin this mesmeric tale and its trouser~tightening
last couple of minutes. So, in short
, if you haven't seen it - stop
reading! Don't even
go to the last paragraph!
Insert YOKO ONO gag here.
. I guess I'll get the 'bad' stuff out of the way first and there were really only two things that bugged me. First up, was the beetle (or whatever it was)
very convincing at all I'm afraid and it did look laughable when it fell off. Plastic and robotic. A rare
miss from the production team and even GRAEME "The Guv'nor" HARPER
remarked on the commentary
that he wasn't sure about it. Should
have shot less of it if you ask me (which you didn't but I'm saying anyway)
. Secondly, the maid
pointing at Donna
. What was that all about?
It very nearly ruined an intensely
dramatic scene. Check the pic below, all that was missing was her cackling manically.
Before I continue I am going to address what some fans/idiots
will call 'plot~holes' and I'm going to go on a tangent too so watch out the tangent~wary
! Might take a couple of paragraphs. It annoys me immensely when sci~fi/fantasy
fans can accept traits of their genre (here in WHO we have time~traveling and a guy who can change his entire body - not to mentioned the physics of the TARDIS itself)
and yet try to pick, what they
deem as, holes in a plot. These numb~nuts
want to apply rules to a genre that exists because it abandons the notion of the everyday (not always of course)
and thrives on the 'new'.
Happy Christmas Everybody!Why do I mention this here?
Some fans will have you believe that there are plot~holes
in TURN LEFT
. These 'people', and I use the term lightly
, think they're being clever by referencing previously established events that show them to be knowledgeable about DOCTOR WHO
. What it does, in fact
, is two things. Firstly, and this is in general, it shows they don't have the capacity to imagine that these events can also be changed if circumstances dictate. Secondly, and this is specific to this episode, it actually demonstrates that these 'fans' weren't actually paying attention and belies the fact that they aren't watching THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES
. What am I talking about?
'Fans' will ask why the Carrionite
or the Dalek
invasion, as seen in THE SHAKESPEARE CODE
and the DALEKS IN MANHATTAN
, aren't referenced or make an impact in the episode. Lesson time. THE DOCTOR
explains to Donna
that time fixes itself around the anomaly, here the time~eating
insect. He also, crucially
, adds that it was part of the "Trickster's brigade"
. Now geeks like me know exactly
what this means and how it plays a part in this story. For those who don't
know, the Trickster
appeared in the excellent story WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SARAH JANE?
and in this story we learn that he and his minions had battling monsters/aliens
away from Earth. Tah~dah!
But, you don't really
need that info as it is quite
permissible that some other event stopped these invasions - it's sci~fi/fantasy
, use your imaginations.
If you are going to pick flaws, what about Rose
does she travel through the parallel worlds? I suspect that, and some other unanswered questions, will be addressed in the finale. So, in a nutshell, 'fans' why don't you eff off
and do some research before you show yourselves up to be nerds
of the lowest
order. There, I'm done ranting. Crikey
, that took longer than I thought.
While we're mentioning the spin~offs
, it was nice to hear the TORCHWOOD
team get a mention but sad to see MARTHA
and SARAH JANE
, along with MARIA
and CLYDE (both from her 'Adventures')
, being all deaded
'n' that. Sniff.
Other geekoid things to look out for? "Causal nexus"
got name~checked, first heard in LOGOPOLIS (another story with parts of the universe disappearing)
, disappearing bees/planets and Sarah Jane
was reported to have worked for the Metropolitan magazine; as stated in her first story, THE TIME WARRIOR
Another nod to the aforementioned Logopolis
was the CLOISTER BELL
, which made a dramatic appearance at the denouement
. I've always been a fan of the noise it makes, very eerie
. It provided the crescendo to the climax which invoked similar emotions/hysteria
to that of UTOPIA
. My nuts almost fell off when Donna
said BAD WOLF
. No, really.
who certainly knows how to 'throw' to a finale: he delivers a grimly depressing tale (not in a bad way);
slips us a faux
happy ending; teases us with info about Donna's
true nature; and then clunks over the noggin
with Bad Wolf
It's gone to penalties, again!
The tale itself I felt was superbly
clever, not the conceit but how it plays out. It's a tale as old as time as they say and has been told many, many times. So full
credit to RTD
for making it so, I was gonna say fresh but that's not
the right word. Vital.
There we go. We revisit (or reassess) London
in the wake (pun intended)
of the events of THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
where hard times start hitting and this continues as the Titanic
, from VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED
, destroys the city and leaves Britain in upheaval. This means that the ADIPOSE
, from PARTNERS IN CRIME
, aren't hatched in the UK but, in the US (perhaps the more believable birth place of them)
. And this had a knock~on effect too 'cos they cannot help the UK.
Hanky time... sniff...
points for pointing out that, due to the UK's predicament, there wasn't much petrol in the country and so ATMOS
, as seen in THE SONTARAN STRATAGEM
, affected other countries more. Bigger, and more adult, points to the production crew for remembering to keep the words Bad Wolf
on the TARDIS
door when we saw it from the inside (yes, I am a geek - I did notice)
. See the picture below, for example.
Well done production crew!
I used the word adult
there and that neatly describes the tone of Turn Left
. Apart from the grittyness and the it's grim up North
feel of Leeds
, including the events that took place therein, the actors should be given warm
cuddles for their performances. BERNARD "Tear Inducer" CRIBBINS
, as always
, played Wilf
to perfection - notably in the scene where the Colasantos
leave for the camp. It's quite
horrible; Donna (going back to her roots of ignoring everything around her)
doesn't realise what's happening whilst Mr Colasanto
puts on a brave face. Full marks to JOSEPH "We Forgive You For Appearing In A2A" LONG
who brought vivacity and sadness to such a brief
He's sad 'cos he's off to film the second series of ASHES TO ASHES.
That scene, in particular, got your humble blogger
wiping away some salty
discharge from his eyes. Very
powerful indeed. JACQUELINE KING
also delivered some measured actoring
. From battle~axe/nasty cow
to a downtrodden woman bereft of life; quite a contrast and most emotive. BILLIE P
was back and did her job and it was odd to see her act like the Doctor
in parts. Some commentators seem to have a problem with her voice which, I must say, I did not. I did, however, feel that her teeth seem to have embiggened
since her last appearance.
Cheer up luv, I'm sure you'll get a part in EASTENDERS
Of course, the episode belonged to CATHY T
mistake. We got it all from torturous
temp to saviour of the world/universe
. Not a bad fifty minute shift there Cath
. I will highlight her switch in the 'Circle Of Mirrors' (a new BBC ident anyone?)
from happy heroine to trapped prisoner with the realisation she was
going to die setting in. Another hanky
moment. Well, I say
hanky. I just wipe them away with my hands.
Moving in for a smooch...
The direction was tight (sometimes literally)
throughout and portrayed the bleakness with a, erm, bleakness?
Well, you get the idea with that. Top marks and glittery gold stars
all round for creating such a tense denouement (not to forget the preceding heartbreaking story)
that smacked my gob with a beguiling tenacity. Who
would have thought the Bad Wolf
would have come back to bite us? And what
Finally, some girl~on~girl action!'Til the next time,