Turn Left, written by Russell T. Davies is the Doctor-lite episode of the season, and first debuted on 21 June, 2008.
Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) finds herself in a bit of an alternative history. The Doctor (Tennant) is dead after the events of The Runaway Bride. She begins to encounter former companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and everyone keeps being horrified at the sight of her and gasping, “there’s something on your back.”
The world has fallen apart without the Doctor to defend it, and dystopia is the rule of the day, as people are towed off to camps, and are never seen again. Rose and Donna have to unite to help save the world, and perhaps set history right.
But at what cost?
And it all comes down to one choice when she was deciding whether or not to apply for the job that led directly to her meeting the Doctor.
This is a superior episode, letting Tate shine, and we also see how not only the Doctor has changed since encountering Donna, but so has she.
The episode covers all the events that have happened on Earth since The Runaway Bride, and the effect it has on the planet and humanity.
Donna keeps encountering Rose until they start working together, and the climax of the episode is nothing short of brilliant.
I love this one, it’s a great story, ties in directly with the season arc, and the way it ends sets up the next story so well, as the phrase Bad Wolf comes back one last time.
The Stolen Earth brings out the big guns. Davies wrote this one as well, and it aired on 28 June, 2008.
The Daleks are back, so is their creator, Davros (Julian Bleach) and they have a plan. This plan includes abducting twenty-seven planets, Earth included for a devious plan.
But the Doctor and Donna won’t be taking this one on alone. They are joined by Wilf (Bernard Cribbins), Martha (Freema Agyeman), Rose, Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen), as well as Captain Jack (John Barrowman) and his Torchwood team.
All of them are working together, under the guidance of Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton) to stage a resistance, and the Doctor is ready to lead them.
The story races to a cliffhanger climax that leaves the viewer stunned and clamouring for the conclusion. The Doctor upon seeing Rose after so long, begins to run to her, it’s a moment that has been long coming… but he is shot by a Dalek and the episode concludes with the Time Lord beginning to regenerate.
Davies begins tying up all the loose story threads that have run through the reinvigorated series, and there are lots of wonderful fan service moments, and more to come in the conclusion, which I tackle next week, and the begin the final adventures of Doctor 10.
This is such a great episode, and I love how everything begins to pay off. It’s fast-paced as lots of fun bits, and it complete engages me every time I watch it.