Season 2 Episode 7

Dead Man Walking

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2008 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Captain Jack resurrects Owen with a resurrection glove, only to find out that the new glove isn't quite what they'd bargained for. Owen, in an undead state, helps the team figure out why he's still around.

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  • Not a bad episode, but im really not that big an owen fan.

    Not a bad episode, but im really not that big an owen fan. I never liked owen i always thought he was like this disgusting little horny rat, the only times i ever thought he was redeemed was when he was nice to Tosh and that wasn't often, so you can imagine that i wasn't exactly how you say pleased that they brought him back to life i think this could of been a good oppurtunity to bring in a new doctor or keep martha, however other wise a good episode i really liked the idea of death comming back and becoming more powerful, however i would of prefered an episode where that was the feature not the side story.

    The ressurection glove was funny at the same time reminded me a bit of cousin it

    Martha: how many of these gloves are there

    Ianto: Two they usually come in pairs

    well i thought it was funny.moreless
  • Torchwood is BACK! (finally)

    See this episode is very nearly the way Torchwood is supposed to be! Hopefully it will mark a turning point in the series and things can only get better! Things have been steadily improving recently since "Adam."

    It was a very slow start to Season 2, but now things are looking up. This episode had everything really. A suspense start in the church with the Weevils, the emotional bringing back of Owen for (what the team thought) them to say their goodbyes.........

    And a pretty scary interpretation of Death. Especially when we first see him at the hospital.......

    SO, keep up the good work Torchwood!

    Everytime I see a Black Range Rover I'll be thinking of ye!moreless
  • owens back

    owen gets ressurected by another ressurection glove. hes a walking zombie and isn't feeding off jacks life. the weevils come and owen is their king. the ressurection glove attacks martha making her 80 years old. death comes through owen and kills 12 people in a hospital. owen battles him, being dead, he didn't die. owen wants to go back to being the doctor on torchwood. next time, owen takes on the workld, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda. awesomemoreless
  • Many Spoilers to follow.

    Despite my dislike of Owen last season I was really beginning to love and feel for the guy when, BAM! (Literally) He gets shot and killed. This ep. starts off with Martha about to do his autopsy when Jack interupts, man of action that he is, he runs off to go find the second risen mitten. And, as usual in Torchwood, things don't turn out well. Jack brings Owen back to say goodbye, Tosh says I love you, and guess what happens? Thats right. He won't die and is officially the living dead. He cant eat, sleep, or shag. And oh,it turns out that Death is trying to use Ol'Owen as a portal to become corporeal and rule/destroy the world. This episode has some touching moments like Owen and Jack bonding over their rough lots in life, Owen's discussion with Gwen over his hatred of his current state and desire to end it, and the first ever Tosh&Owen kiss followed by Owen's betrayal in order to save his friends from death. It also has some of the best performances by all the actors, specifically Burn and John. All in all, this episode is really creepy(Death), funny(the projectile vomiting and hockey stick moments), sad(Jack&Owen fight scene and Gwen&Owen scene), cute(All Tosh&Owen scenes), and beautiful(Owen bonding with Jack). Torchwood officially has it's own resident zombie. Long un-live the OwenZombie!moreless
  • "Dead man walking" Story by Matt Jones, fantastic Dir. by Andy Goddard. Bloody brilliant!! THIS IS TORCHWOOD!!

    Matt Jones also Scripted the Doctor who episode gems "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit", from the second season of that series. If you have seen those episode then you have an idea of the feel of what this particular episode will be about.

    More Character development, this time its Owens turn. Owen is my least favorite team member of the Cardiff torchwood team, but man, I sure had to feel for the poor bloke.

    Still feeling the Consequences of last eps."reset", the Torchwood team prepares to do a autopsy on Torchwood officer 565; Owen Harper. ( strange because we already know what caused his death.....). Jack stops Martha Jones from slicing open their teammate so he can find a way to "return him" from his present state. After a meeting with a very young Fortune teller ( very John Constantine "Hellblazer" I might add.) and a short visit to the nearby wevill hostel, Jack returns to the hub with the second half of the resurrection glove. ( The first half being from a episode from the first season, "They keep killing Suzie".)

    Jack uses the glove to try to rectify the predicament they are in. Thats when all hell breaks loose! The rest of the episode deals with the new problem that has been released. A very heart felt scary tale was told, with Brilliant direction by Andy Goddard, (cant wait to see the declassified on this story) and GREAT Special effects. A Hell of a story arch, can't wait to see how they tie it up on the next show!

    Samuraikuroi USA.moreless
Skye Bennett

Skye Bennett

Little Girl

Guest Star

Paul Kasey

Paul Kasey


Guest Star

Joanna Griffiths

Joanna Griffiths


Guest Star

Kai Owen

Kai Owen

Rhys Williams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When the black smoke is coming out of Owen, after he has reached 100% transformation, the display on the wall can be seen flashing 95%.

    • If you look closely when Owen is checking himself for a heartbeat, you can see very clearly the edge of the bullet make-up.

    • The code to alien morgue is: 231165.

    • It is standard procedure in an autopsy to log both the time and the date of the examination, however when Martha begins she only records the time.

    • The speech in "Death Language" that Owen first hears in the Darkness and later repeats is, in full, "Melenkurion Abatha Duroc Minas Mil Khabaal!", and is "borrowed" from Stephen R. Donaldson's Thomas Covenant novels.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Martha: The time is 21.30. This is Doctor Martha Jones. Autopsy on Owen Harper, Caucasian, age 27. Torchwood Officer 565. Time of death witnessed at approximately 20.30. Autopsy begins.

    • Owen: Jamie, they got you in for a round of chemo, have they?
      Jamie: Had that, it didn't work.
      Owen: So why are you here?
      Jamie: They're trying to make me have it again. It didn't work though, the cancer just comes back, just makes my hair fall out. I'm gonna die. I might as well do it with eyebrows.

    • Tosh: Are we seriously going to act on something she's Googled?

    • Owen: But eventually that will stop too. I'll fart my last fart. God, I'm going to really miss farting. and sex.
      Jack: Sex more than farting, I hope.
      Owen: You take these things for granted. It's only when they're slipping away you realise how amazing they are. This could be the last time I see these flecks or, you know, feel these bricks underneath my hands.
      Jack: "Only in suffering do we recognise beauty".
      Owen: Yeah, yeah! Who said that?
      Jack: Proust.
      Owen: You've read Proust?
      Jack: Yeah. Well, no. We dated for a while, he was really immature.
      Owen: You know, none of us know whether to take you seriously when you say those things.
      Jack: When you've lived as long as I have, you don't make any more up.

    • Martha: You had the power to bring people back to life and you never told UNIT. Why?
      Jack: They would've wanted to use it.

    • Owen: You've stopped flirting with me. I mean, it's all right. I wouldn't flirt with me in my condition either, but, is it still necrophilia if I'm conscious?

    • (While speaking to Tosh about his condition)
      Owen: I'm a headless chicken. I just haven't stopped running about.

    • (Owen's reaction after kissing a beautiful young woman in a bar, somewhat sarcastically)
      Owen: No blood. Brilliant!

    • (Owen projectile vomits)
      Captain Jack: Ah, that is the single most disgusting thing I have ever seen! And I know disgusting.

    • Owen: Yeah. I can't sleep, I can't eat, and I can't shag. And they are three of my favourite things.
      Gwen: Owen!
      Owen: I'm not the same, Gwen. I came back different. Hollow. Like I'm missing something. And I do not want to be like this. Okay? I'm ready.

    • Creepy Girl: (Regarding the glove) If I told you not to use it, would you listen?
      Captain Jack: Shouldn't you know the answer to that?
      Creepy Girl: I do. That's the problem.

    • Ianto: I have searched for the phrase "I shall walk the Earth and my hunger will know no bounds", but I keep getting redirected to Weight Watchers.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International air dates:
      United States: March 8, 2008
      Finland: April 12, 2008
      Sweden: August 17, 2008
      Canada: September 12, 2008
      Germany: July 22, 2009

    • When Jack and the team are talking to Owen, a cardiac monitor can be heard in the background, which then goes to a continuous tone when Jack removes the glove. However, there are no leads visible on Owen's chest to account for the signal.

    • During the autopsy, Tosh says Owen was 27. It's not possible for him to have worked for Torchwood as a fully-qualified physician for as long as he has at that age.

    • Freema Agyeman is given the "with" credit in the opening credits.


    • Owen: Tell me, Doc, is it worth starting War and Peace?
      This is a reference not only to the length of Leo Tolstoy's epic master-work, but also a repeat of a line used by a patient in the TV series "Cracker".

    • Owen: (When confronting "death") Owen Harper's soul has left the building.
      Based on a phrase made popular by concert announcers after Elvis performed: "Elvis has left the building". The idea was to disperse the crowd that was lingering in the hope of another encore.