Season 3 Episode 2

Children of Earth: Day Two

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jul 07, 2009 on BBC Two
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As the government makes plans for Floor 13, Torchwood must go underground.

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  • Great TV!

    This is top notch stuff. The story and the action are first rate, the suspense is continually building and overall it has a very sinister feel.
  • The way Gwen, Andy, and Ianto get Jack out had me in stitches

    The way Gwen, Andy, and Ianto get Jack out had me in stitches.

    It was feature film level material. Not episodic TV level material.
  • The team are on the run as the menace of the 456 looms...

    So Day Two picks up from exactly where we left it, and immediately we can fully appreciate the consequences of the event. It takes literally a minute before Gwen and Ianto are faced with danger, surrounded by an assassination squad with orders to kill. They're on their own, and there's no telling when they'll be reunited, adding to the tension and disorientation. Gwen really shines in this episode (an action heroine to rival Ripley in the 'Alien' films) and it seems that the writers are gradually setting Rhys up as an honorary member of the team. The tension between he and Gwen adds to the realism and depth of their situation, with both actors giving full commitment and performing brilliantly as a result.

    The series' cinematic vibe, as with last night's instalment, is heightened by the movement to a number of different locations around the UK with different characters. Unlike previous episodes, the events do not focus on one of two places in Cardiff - we see a number of different characters and observe events from numerous perspectives. The series is certainly more 'epic' than the last two series. Nevertheless, events seem more real. Seeing Jack's arm from the perspective of the firemen allows us to view events as ordinary characters do. This is how we as a member of the public (an outsider) would see this, making it all the more disturbing. This seems far more real than previous Doctor Who, Torchwood or SJA episodes. The realism is unnervingly hit home.

    Andy's inclusion is welcome too. His humour and faith are a few small rays of optimism in an otherwise dark and hard story. Hopefully his character will remain in the series for some time to come. The music is another particularly notable element that adds to the dynamic of the revamped show. It's far more orchestrated and sounds more polished, moving away from the edginess of the previous two series.

    The children are still being possessed, reminding us that there are other enemies, ones who are more terrifying and presumably merciless. Clem's possession sets up another thread in the story which will undoubtedly be developed further, and the chant that 'We are coming tomorrow!' naturally builds a sense of dread and foreboding. As for the state of Jack, that's another disturbing element to say the least. The remains of his body in the bag are seen 26 minutes in, a long time for the central character to appear (although it's difficult to call a blooded skeleton a central character). When he finally returns to life, the horrific nature of his predicament is hit home: this is Jack, but he bears no similarity to a human being, let alone the character we know. This is the leader of the team; the man who cannot die. But we now know that he can, indeed, suffer. And his suffering is unbearable. As the soldier observes: "He would have been better off staying dead."

    With the team divided and Jack absolutely helpless, events are spiralling downwards. It remains to be seen how they will escape this situation, but I guess we'll have to keep watching to find out. The big question is, will Lois be filling Toshiko's shoes by the end of the series? And what will happen in that room designed for the 456?moreless
  • The build up continues.

    This is pretty much a transitional episode, this episode focuses maninly on gwen and ianto rescuing jack from the govenment. I don't think it comes as any surprise that jack survived the explosion. It is still unclear why exactly the govenment are helping these aliens, maybe they're scared by all the children. The aliens themselves have still yet to make an appearance. This episode seems to be building up to the episode tomorrow which looks like it could be a big one, we might even be seeing the aliens tomorrow. There is also lois who is helping the team from within the govenment, she could possibly be a new team member for season 4 if it happens.moreless
  • New they couldn't get rid

    of captain jack that easy Gwen, and Lanto and Gwen's husband are forced into hiding from the government Basically it is down to Gwen, and Lanto and Gwen's husband to rescue jack from the Government hit squad. Meanwhile, in London, a secretary makes a startling discovery that could offer the trio salvation. Theres nothing to stop them they are still coming.
Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi

John Frobisher

Guest Star

Paul Copley

Paul Copley

Clement McDonald

Guest Star

Nicholas Farrell

Nicholas Farrell

Brian Green

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the end of the episode, when Mr. Dekker leans forward and breaths on the enclosure of the 456, there are several smudges at the same height indicative of earlier takes.

    • If the Torchwood Hub is destroyed with the Rift Manipulator held within, surely the Rift would be messed up too?

    • This episode features the first shot of full frontal nudity when Captain Jack Harkness is shown on the CCTV image shackled to a table.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Soldier: We're looking for Ianto Jones!
      Johnny Davies: You're not going to find him in my bed, will you? I'm a married man.

    • Frobisher: Sir, sir. I just, um, I just, um, wanted to say how grateful I am, sir.
      Brian Green: What for?
      Frobisher: Well, I know that I'm something of a middle man in these affairs, but I just wanted to thank you for trusting me with the responsibility.
      Brian Green: All I've done is put you on the front line. That's what the front line's for, John. First to fall.

    • Gwen: You sure he's going to London?
      Rhys: I don't question how you defend the world against extraterrestrial infiltration, don't you question my knowledge of the hauling industry, right?

    • Rhys: How are you, love?
      Gwen: My best friend's belly had a bomb go off in it last night. Someone's been trying to kill us ever since. I'm travelling at 70 miles an hour on top of a bed of potatoes and I think I'm going to be sick.

    • Rhiannon: Seriously, how'd you get in that state?
      Ianto: A bomb. It was meant for me and the people I work with.
      Rhiannon: My God, why?
      Ianto: I don't know.
      Rhiannon: What sort of civil servants are you?
      Ianto: Unappreciated ones.

    • Colonel Camara: (Regarding Gwen) You don't look like an undertaker. If more undertakers looked like you, there'd be more of a demand for bereavement.

    • Johnson: (Regarding Gwen) Now do you believe she's a terrorist?
      Andy: She shot your wheels. What kind of terrorist shoots your wheels?
      Johnson: A clever one.

    • PC Andy Davidson: If she's anti-terrorist, I would not mind being Uncle Terrorist.

  • NOTES (1)