Torchwood: Miracle Day

Season 1 Episode 1

The New World

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 08, 2011 on Starz



  • Trivia

    • Jack Harkness uses the alias 'Owen Harper' when identifying himself over the undead body of the suicide bomber. Owen Harper was the name of Torchwood's medic during the first two seasons while the show was still running on the BBC.

  • Quotes

    • Esther: The paramedics, they said he didn't stand a chance.
      Dr. Juarez: Looks like someone changed the rules. Miracles got... easy. It's not just Rex who's still alive. It's everyone else.

    • Oswald Danes: I can guarantee, Mr. Peterssen, that when I talk of lawyers, I mean the team who will be suing the Governor. And I mean the Governor himself, not his office, but the actual man. They will be suing him for wrongful imprisonment. And I promise you that they will sue his ass to high heaven, till angels sing songs of him in their laments.

    • Rex: Do I get better? Do I heal? Do I just hurt for the rest of my life? Because of this thing keeps going, the rest of my life is for forever, right?
      Dr. Juarez: Rex, now listen to me. Because you might want to take something into consideration. Maybe you were lucky. You should have died last night. But when this... thing happened, the miracle, it gave me time to fix you. Without the miracle, you'd be dead.
      Rex: It's like someone cast a spell on the whole world. But what happens when it stops? What happens to me then? Do I die?

    • Esther: Oh my God. Is he going to die?
      Jack: Don't worry about it. No one dies these days.

    • Geraint Cooper: There she is. Princess.
      Mary Cooper: Look at her, love. She's huge.
      Gwen: She's perfectly normal, Mum.
      Mary Cooper: But you've been frugal. What you feeding her, lard?
      Gwen: Yes, Mum. I'm feeding her lard. Keep telling her that and by the time she's 13, she'll have a complete psychological complex.

    • Rex: And what the hell is this bridge? The Severn Bridge?
      Esther: It connects England to Wales.
      Rex: You mean Wales is separate? Uh. It's like the British equivalent of New Jersey.

    • Gwen: So much for tying him up.
      Rhys: I've never tied up a person.
      Gwen: Men are good at knots. How many times have you told me that?
      Rhys: Yeah, at Christmas.
      Rex: Hey. Hey, hey, hey, hey. I had a pole through my chest. I was dead, then I wasn't. I had to pay for this bridge. And now I want to know what the hell is going on, all right? Because I was dead and now I'm not.

    • Oswald Danes: When are you gonna let me go?
      Alexander Peterssen: I don't think that's possible.
      Oswald Danes: I served my sentence.
      Alexander Peterssen: Granted the execution was... flawed.

    • Rhys: Oh, you are so cheating!
      Gwen: Cheating? How can I cheat painting a wall? Only a man could turn this into a competition.

    • Rhys: Every time you investigate something you end up in danger, Gwen.
      Gwen: 'Cause I can help.
      Rhys: Don't you dare.
      Gwen: But-
      Rhys: I said don't you dare! You got that?! Don't you bloody dare, Gwen! The thing is, right, if you think Miracle Day is like a Torchwood crisis others will think the same, won't they? Then they'll come looking for you with guns. Like they did in the old days.
      Gwen: That was-
      Rhys: We shouldn't even be in the city. There's cameras everywhere! This is different now. You've got a daughter.

    • Jack: (to Rex) Never annoy me again.

    • Jack: (to Rex) You there, C.I.A., do something useful!

    • Gwen: (Telling story as she feeds her baby daughter, Anwen, who looks enraptured.)So, went outside, all on my own. 'Twas midnight. Not a sound to be heard. And I looked up, and a woman came out o' the sky. Shining she was. Like Moonlight. Her eyes white. Blazing white. And then she started to sing. Like a thousand choirs. One woman, with a thousand voices. And it was beautiful.
      Rhys: That's enough, don't you think?
      Gwen: Who's being paranoid now? (Gwen chuckles.)
      Rhys: You promised me you'd keep her away from this stuff.
      Gwen: Yeah. Well, be fair. She's too young. She thinks it all sounds like a fairy tale.
      Rhys: It was a nightmare, Gwen. Your life back then was a living nightmare, Love. (knocks on the door)
      Rhys: There's someone at the door!
      Gwen: Shh!
      Rhys: What do we do?!
      Gwen: (motioning for quiet): Shhhhh!!
      Rhys: (whispers) You and...
      Gwen: (stands up waves finger her finger in a "silence" motion very emphatically.Both stand frozen and silent for a moment until there's a knock on on the door. Gwen points and both she and Rhys head in opposite directions to separate, well stocked weapons closets and obtain weapons.)

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: July 9, 2011 on SPACE
      United Kingdom: July 14, 2011 on BBC One
      Germany: August 17, 2012 on RTL II

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