Torchwood

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 3

    Dead of Night

    Aired 7/22/11

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    Rendition

    Aired 7/15/11

  • S 4 : Ep 1

    The New World

    Aired 7/8/11

  • S 3 : Ep 5

    Children of Earth: Day Five

    Aired 7/10/09

  • S 3 : Ep 4

    Children of Earth: Day Four

    Aired 7/9/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Barrowman

    Captain Jack Harkness

  • Indira Varma

    Suzie Costello

  • Burn Gorman

    Owen Harper

  • Naoko Mori

    Toshiko Sato

  • Gareth David-Lloyd

    Ianto Jones

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  • Torchwood, a spin-off from the popular sci-fi show Doctor Who, follows a group of investigators working for the secret organisation of the same name. Set in Cardiff, Wales the team specialise in alien technology that has landed on Earth, and crime, whether it be alien or human. The mysterious Captain Jack Harkness is the leader of the equally mysterious Torchwood, and vows to guard humanity against alien threats. Curious PC Gwen Cooper accidentally discovers the group, and soon becomes entangled in a series of events. This leads up to her being hired, and becoming involved in the exciting affairs of the organisation. Together with medic, Owen Harper, and the tech expert, Toshiko Sato, and the impressible Ianto Jones, the five explore the thrilling world of Torchwood.moreless

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    • Jack: And lo, we are perceived.

    • (Owen sprays some perfume in his face that makes anyone attracted to him) Colin: (After having snogged Owen) I’m so having you! Linda: I’m having him first. Owen: Taxi!

    • Gwen: Oh, hiya. Sorry I'm late. Someone ordered pizza. Ianto: Who's it for? Gwen: I think it's a Mr. Harkness. (Ianto presses a switch behind the desk and a hidden door opens. Gwen looks dubiously at it) Ianto: Don't keep them waiting.

    • Gwen: Oh, I should've phoned. I've got to work. Rhys: You should be off sick. Gwen: I know, but they were short and there's a match on tonight, so I said I'd take another shift. I'm sorry. Forgive me. Go on, forgive me. Say you forgive me, you do, don't you?

    • Hospital Porter: (Spots the Weevil) Ooo, there's a face! Nice one. Hey, I tell you mate, you should try plastic surgery. Not on the NHS mind. You all right? Yeah. Bloody hell, that is brilliant. That's like, er, Hellraiser. That's first class, that is. Look at that, it's just like real teeth. (Weevil attacks him)

    • Gwen: (Talking to a Weevil on her first encounter) That's good. Good sort of mask thing.

    • Jack: Before we go any further, who the hell orders pizza under the name of "Torchwood"? Owen: Er, yeah, that would be me. Sorry, I’m a twat.

    • Owen: Shit! I told you it was stupid telling him he was dead. Toshiko: Well, you try it! Owen: Trust me, like that's gonna work. Jack: We told the last corpse he was injured; wasted last two minutes of his life screaming for an ambulance.

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    Notes (112)

    • Torchwood's pet pterodactyl came through the Rift, according to a file on the Torchwood Institute website.

    • Awards and Nominations: Eve Myles won the 2007 BAFTA Cymru Award for "Best Actress (Yr Actores Orau)" for this episode. John Barrowman was nominated for the 2007 BAFTA Cymru Award for "Best Actor (Yr Actor Gorau)" for this episode.

    • International air dates Australia: June 18, 2007 Israel: May 13, 2007 Mexico: July 9, 2007 Sweden: June 24, 2007 United States: September 8, 2007 Canada: October 5, 2007 Germany: March 11, 2009

    • This episode was specially screened in four cinemas across the UK (London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester) in the week before its official premiere on BBC Three. It also premiered at ComicCon 2007 in San Diego on 26th July 2007, approximately six weeks before its mainstream US release.

    • This episode had the working title of Flotsam And Jetsam. This title was worked into the script when Jack describes the idea of "flotsam and jetsam" falling through the Rift into Cardiff.

    • The Hub set is physically built on three main levels. A basement for the Autopsy area, the main level and then upper level with Jack's office. The rest of the space to roof level is added in digitally.

    • The Torchwood theme music, composed by Murray Gold, also appears in the "Doctor Who" episode "Army of Ghosts".

    • The first showing of this episode had 2.4 million viewers - an audience share of 12.7%.

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    Trivia (203)

    • This episode introduces the Weevil, which is described in the first episode of Torchwood Declassified as being the "resident alien" of the show.

    • As Torchwood resurrects John Tucker, it is raining in Cardiff, soaking everybody outside, including Gwen. When she returns home to her flat in the next scene, both Gwen and her umbrella appear to be completely dry.

    • Trivia: In his first lines of the show, Jack says "Still, at least I won't get pregnant. Never doing that again." However, if the revelation about Jack in the Doctor Who episode "Last Of The Time Lords" is to be believed, it would seem that he will get pregnant again.

    • The explanation given for the invisible lift is tied to the fact that the TARDIS landed on a specific paving stone during the events of "Boom Town" in order to recharge, but actually the TARDIS landed on the wooden planks several feet in front of the stone step.

    • "She Moves In Her Own Way" by The Kooks is heard in the background at Jubilee Pizza.

    • The song "We Are the Pipettes" by The Pipettes is featured as PCs Gwen and Andy arrive to break up the bar fight which results in Gwen ending up at the hospital with a concussion.

    • As the Torchwood team move in on the Weevil in the hospital you see Owen spray something on it. This is Weevil Mace that is referred to in later episodes.

    • When Gwen follows Jack in her car, she eventually pulls in front of the Millenium Centre (where she is told she cannot park), just as she turns in you can see some white buildings in the background. This is The Red Dragon Centre, which rather appropriately houses the Doctor Who exhibition.

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    Allusions (101)

    • The huge rolling cog doors to the hub bear a remarkable resemblence to Cardassian doors as seen on their space stations, in particular Deep Space Nine.

    • The Jubilee Pizza brand is an allusion to an allusion that never made the screen. In the 2005 series of Doctor Who there was an episode called Dalek, written by Rob Shearman. This episode was based on an episode of the Big Finish Audio Adventures written by Rob Shearman called Jubilee. To honour this, the art department constructed some Jubilee Pizza boxes to be left around the set as a subtle allusion. Though it doesn't appear any of these made it to the screen, they can be seen on the BBC website in the stills from the episode.

    • RetCon, the substance Jack slips into Gwen's drink as part of the amnesia pill is a homage to the term Retroactive Continuity. It is the adding of new information to "historical" material, or deliberately changing previously established facts in a work of serial fiction. The change itself is referred to as a "retcon", and the act of writing and publishing a retcon is called "retconning". Retconning can be done either on-purpose, or accidentally, where a break in continuity is not noticed until later and is then blessed by later events. There are at least four different types of RetCon's. Addition, Alteration, Subtraction and Reconciliation. The type experienced by Gwen due to the pill would fall as a Subtraction, removing her memory of the events and allowing her mind to replace them with a more believable explanation for her whereabouts over the missing time period.

    • Janitor: (Referring to a Weevil, a hideous looking alien) That's brilliant, that's just like Hellraiser. This is a reference to horror-movie-series Hellraiser, made in 1987, featuring the Cenobites as demonic antagonists. The Cenobites were famous for their hideous looking appearances, most famously their leader Pinhead, which were brilliantly done by the movie's make-up department.

    • The scene with Gwen in front of the prison-cell containing the Weevil closely resembles the meeting between Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter in the asylum in the movie "Silence of the Lambs".

    • PC Andy: CSI: Cardiff, that's what I'd like to see. "CSI: Cardiff" is a joke about the numerous CSI shows there are on televison presently, which are mainly set in major cities in the USA.

    • Gwen: Got enough KITT in here? Gwen's makes a reference of the computers in the vehicle being reminiscent of the computer supercar KITT, the Knight Industries 2000, from the TV show Knight Rider.

    • The morning after Carys makes her first kill, her Father is talking to her at breakfast about replacing workers with cheap Polish labour. This scene reflects concern that many of the UK Press and Media had about low paid jobs going to Polish workers, after their inclusion in the European Union from 2004. Ironically this may prove a slightly anachronistic allusion. Other references in the series suggest action in Torchwood is set a year or so in the future. Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union at the beginning of 2007 and those countries are already being referred to as the "threat to low paid jobs" more often instead of Poland.

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  • Fan Reviews (172)
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  • Bring it back

    By tyrag2, Jan 14, 2014

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    By lawrencepd, Jan 30, 2013

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