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Season 1 Episode 10

Out Of Time

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 17, 2006 on BBC Two
out of 10
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355 votes

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Episode Summary

Three passengers from 1953 arrive in modern day Cardiff, when their plane flies through the Rift. With no means of travelling back, each person must adapt to their new life, starting personal relationships with the separate members of Torchwood.

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  • I had hopes that this episode would be different but once a gain the writers amoral and depressing writing shows through. (May be considered a spoiler)

    I am sorry I mean while the other episodes are dark this one didn't have to be and the other episodes had questionable judgments but they weren't as bad as this one. I would like to know when did it become expectable to let/help someone commit suicide because they are depressed? You can make all the excuses you want like he wasn't of this time, he lost all his family, etc... but he was NOT terminally ill and it all just boils down to he was depressed. Who hasn't lost family, who hasn't felt that they were not in the right age and didn't fit in? It is part of living yet according to the writers it is ok to let people who have had significant losses commit suicide. Now I am sure some people will argue that it just part of the story and that would have been fine if he had just gone and committed suicide but when they had Jack find out about it before it happened and could have stopped him they made it a moral choice and that in my opinion is where they crossed the line.moreless
  • Nothing is gonna change my world

    Last weeks developments are downplayed a notch as torchwood must help 3 travelers that came through the rift to cope with 50 years worth of delay; although Mum and Dad are not sending the kids home earlier any time soon they do, however, assign each of them a traveler as shores. I think I knew Emma was going to make it the moment she said Ianto sounded like her mum and, aside one slip here and there, she was ready to embrace whatever this century may offer thanks to Gwen's help.

    Diana was so close I almost felt bad for Owen because he failed to understand the same thing the audience failed too; that she was an adventurer as ready to enjoy the next experience as she was to enjoy the last one. Owen was simply the guy she waved good-bye at the airport as she took her plane back through the same rift where she came from.

    Alas, poor John, he never really had a chance which is why I suspect Jack took an extra effort to help him, because no one could really understand the kind of displacement he would feel but the Captain himself; the same detachment he must have experienced once upon a time back when there was no torchwood, or Gwen, or Ianto around that could hold him back to life and the immortality he possesses stole the kind of release only death could bring to John: the father without a son, the husband without a wife and the man without a life.moreless
  • Very interesting episode.

    Not an original episode but good.

    Of course, you send Ianto to teach them about shopping!

    Owen has an astonishing romantic streak, who knew? Diane gets under Casanova's skin, he's fallen in love and it scares him to death. She's too wild and Owen cannot tame her. He's met someone who's even more afraid of commitment than he is, never thought Owen could get his heart broken. It's why Diane loves flying, she can't stay in one place.

    John kills himself in Ianto's car – that's just rude! And ungrateful! Since he couldn't stop him, I was nice of Jack to stay with him.

    Owen's driving another fancy car – does he come from money?moreless
  • No aliens to fight, no gizmos, just a real human story of what would happen if you're trapped somewhere you shouldn't be.

    This is a really interesting and affecting episode. Three people appear on a plane that flew off in 1951 and has arrived in the present. It's a really interesting premise because it's about people being completely out of their depth and trying to fit in to a society that is at once familiar, but completely alien too.

    Bit of a spoiler coming...

    I really don't understand the 'abysmal' rating for this episode from one reviewer. It certainly isn't the most cheery of episodes, and yes the suicide is difficult to take. But given the circumstances and the horror of what has happened to this man, it's a real moral dilemma - doesn't mean it's right, doesn't mean it's wrong. But imagine waking up to find that you're younger than your own son, and that you effectively abandoned him years ago, whether or not you meant to. And now he's old, has senile dementia and it's killing you to see him in the state he's in. You don't want to go on - and Jack does try to persuade him.

    It's a real mix of different themes. You have the young girl who's desperate to discover herself in this new world, the middle aged guy who can't cope and the slightly feisty female aviator, who is worldly but remains very much in the spirit of the fifties. The romance with Owen is cleverly done and though that bit is out of time, it's almost like him trying to get used to her time, as opposed to the others who are trying to fit in with ours.

    I think, along with Countrycide, rank as two of the best episodes and don't have any aliens to speak of. I love the alien stuff, but it's interesting to see Torchwood doesn't need to rely on them for a good story.moreless
  • Time travel.

    I enjoy time travel stories and those ones with character living out of their time. This was the reason I really appreciated this episode.

    The scene where Diane, Emma and John are taken to visit a mall were really great. Everything was weird to them. It was very funny. Although, I liked those scenes where they're fish out of water there was something I didn't get. How did Torchwood know they were coming?

    The saddest part of the episode was the one when John learns his son is debilitated by Alzheimer's. That was very touching. It was interesting to see Jack trying to take care of John and avoiding his suicide. And at same time, see Jack telling someone his own story.

    The strangest part was Owen falling in love with Diane. I guess it was something weird for him too.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Torchwood seems to be great at falsifying records, going so far as to create new identities for the time displaced travelers, which would involve altering or creating all kinds of official documents. So it seems strange that they can't cook up a Pilot's License for Diane, or a simple Driver's License for John, while Emma's identification was sufficent enough that she could get a job.

    • The songs "Trouble" by Ray Lamontagne is playing when Owen takes Diane home for the first time. "I See You, Baby" by Groove Armada in the club where Gwen takes Emma, and
      "The Good Life" by Tony Bennett when Owen and Diane are dancing.

    • When Jack and John are at the hostel and they tune in the radio, the piece of music that plays is from the first movement (adagio sostenuto) of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata".

    • This is the only episode of the season where the producer and writer credits are shown before the opening credits (in the pre-credits section) rather than after.

    • The "lost" aircraft is a de Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide.

    • This is actually the first time that Captain Jack has mentioned that he is stuck in this time, indicating that whatever his method for getting to the present, he no longer has access to it.

    • The shop that Ianto takes the three time travellers to is not an Asda store like some believe. It is in fact the warehouse-sized Tesco supermarket in Western Avenue (near the Heath Hospital in Cardiff).

    • This is the first episode of Torchwood in which Jack has mentioned that he is from the future.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Owen: I've, uh, I've been reading up on you. England to Australia in four days, 1952, that is impressive.
      Diane: Yeah, terrible wind across the Bengal Bay.
      Owen: Something you ate?

    • Diane: Do you have a girlfriend?
      Owen: No.
      Diane: So who do all those beauty products belong to?
      Owen: Uh, me, actually.
      Diane: No?
      Owen: Oi, real men can moisturise too, you know.

    • Owen: I always thought the '50s were uptight, sexually repressed, you know.
      Diane: You didn't invent it, you know.

    • Owen: I don't know if I can do this anymore. This isn't how it works for me. I've slept with enough women, I've done the fuck buddies thing. This is not it. I can't concentrate. All I see is you, all I can think about is what you're wearing, what you're thinking, what your face looks like when you come. It's been, what, a week? And it's like, I don't know, when I'm not with you, um, I'm out of focus. How have you done this to me? I'm scared. I'm fucking scared.
      Diane: I love you too.

    • Owen: I'll come with you.
      Diane: I fly solo, Owen. I go faster and further than others.
      Owen: You have no idea how this Rift works. You could end up anywhere.
      Diane: That's the beauty of it.
      Owen: It's too dangerous!
      Diane: It's what I do.

    • Diane: The thing about love is that you're always at its mercy.

    • (John has tried to commit suicide but Jack has saved him)
      Captain Jack: I can't leave you here.
      John: Then we'll wait. The sun will rise, we'll have some breakfast, take a walk...
      Captain Jack: Yes. A new day.
      John: And I'll suffer it all and smile and wag my tail and then, as soon as your back is turned, I'll make sure I do it properly. Because I want to die.
      Captain Jack: You don't get reunited, John. It just goes black.
      John: How do you know?
      Captain Jack: I died once.
      John: Who are you?
      Captain Jack: A man, like you, out of his time, alone and scared.
      John: How do you cope?
      Captain Jack: It's just bearable. It has to be. I don't have a choice.
      John: But I do. If you want to help me, then let me go with some dignity. Don't condemn me to live.

    • Gwen: It's like two separate worlds. There's Torchwood. Then there's real life.
      Emma: That's why you've got to let me go.

    • (Jack saves John from committing suicide)
      Captain Jack: You can't just throw it away, not without trying!
      John: I'm not as strong as you! You don't understand.
      Captain Jack: I do. I was born in the future. Lived in your past. My time has gone, too
      John: Why are you doing this? Speaking to me in bloody riddles, keeping me here when my wife is dead, my son is a shell...
      Captain Jack: John, you're still young. You can get work, make friends, start a family.
      John: I did all that, Jack. Years ago. When I was meant to.

    • Gwen: I just want you to know that people are more sexually aware these days, then maybe you'd be more careful.
      Emma: Mum said that no man wants to marry soiled goods.
      Gwen: Attitudes have changed. As long as it's safe and between two consenting adults, no-one cares.
      Emma: So, how many men have you done it with?
      Gwen: A few.
      Emma: And, were you in love with all of them?
      Gwen: No. Sex can just be about having a good time together. If you're in the right mood, with the right guy, it's the best. No big deal.

    • Diane: So what other strides have women made?
      Owen: Well, under "strange but true", how about this? You don't have to have sex to have kids any more.
      Diane: What? How come?
      Owen: Get yourself inseminated with a sort of syringe. Cheery little process. Seriously, men donate sperm anonymously. A little shuffle into a pot at a sperm bank. And they say romance is dead.
      Diane: Oh, come on, I wasn't born yesterday.
      Owen: No, but for a bird who's going on 90, you look pretty hot.

    • Diane: I'm waiting for you to pull out my chair.
      Owen: Let me get this straight. You expect equality and chivalry?
      Diane: I don't see why they should be mutually exclusive.

    • John: It must have been an awful Christmas for them, thinking I'd drowned. I just want to know what kind of life he had, my son. He might have kids. I could be passing my own flesh and blood in the street. Find him, Jack. He's all I've got left.

    • John: That's an American accent, isn't it?
      Captain Jack: That's right.
      John: So how did you end up here, doing whatever it is that you do?
      Captain Jack: It's a long story.
      John: I'm a slow drinker. You know everything about me. What's the problem?
      Captain Jack: It gets kinda complicated.
      John: What, did you fall through time, too?
      Captain Jack: (After a long pause) Yeah, you could say that.

    • Owen: So how did you get into this?
      Diane: Ferried planes during the War. Of course, when it was over, we were supposed to revert to being dutiful wives and daughters. But I got a taste for it. No pig-headed man was going to tell me what to do.

    • John: (At the supermarket) Look at all this. We'd just come rationing in '53.
      Ianto: Yeah, sorry. We are a consumer society.
      John: It's bloody fantastic!

    • Captain Jack: Your background stories should incorporate skills you already have. For instance, John, you could have run a corner shop.
      John: No.
      Captain Jack: We can fake references.
      John: You can't take away our names! For God's sake, man, it's all we've got left. It's my son's name. It's the name above my shop.

    • Emma: She'll know we're missing by now.
      Gwen: Emma, she found out in 1953. Over fifty years have passed. Remember?
      Emma: What will she think happened? It must have been like one of those murders where they never find the body.
      Gwen: They seem to think the plane went down in the sea.

    • Diane: But if all this is true, how do we get back?
      Captain Jack: You don't. According to history, your plane never returned. I'm sorry.

    • John: Who are you exactly?
      Captain Jack: The least you know about us, the better.

    • Captain Jack: When did you leave?
      Diane: About half an hour ago.
      Captain Jack: Which date?
      Diane: Today. December the eighteenth.
      Captain Jack: Which year? Which year? Which year? I need to know.
      Diane: 1953.

    • (John Ellis finds a magazine with a bikini-clad model on the front)
      Ianto: Welcome to the world of scantily-clad celebrities.
      John: But, there could be children around here.
      Ianto: Well, she's a childrens' TV presenter.

    • Jack: There's no puzzle to solve, no enemy to fight. Just three lost people who've somehow become our responsibility.

    • (Automatic door opens)
      Diane: How did it do that?
      Ianto: It's automatic. It knows you're there.
      Diane: But how?
      Ianto: There are wave bouncing detectors which emit high frequency radio waves and then look for reflect...
      Diane: Bananas!
      Ianto: Of course, bananas are far more interesting.

    • John: But how can you travel fifty years in half an hour?
      Jack: Your aircraft slipped through a transcendental porthole.
      Emma: A what?
      Jack: A hole in time and space.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International air dates:
      Australia: August 21, 2007
      Israel: July 15, 2007
      Mexico: September 10, 2007
      Sweden: August 19, 2007
      United States: November 10, 2007
      Canada: December 7, 2007
      Germany: May 13, 2009


    • Rhys: (Describing Emma) So let's have it, who exactly is Pollyanna?
      Pollyana is a slang term which is derived from the eponymous character of the 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter. It is used to indicate someone who is cheerfully optimistic and who maintains a generous attitude toward the motives of other people. Over time it became by extension (and in contrast to the spirit of the book) a derisive term for a naïve optimist who always expects people to act decently, despite strong evidence to the contrary.

    • Diane: Amelia Earhart, she disappeared in 1932.
      Amelia Earhart was a world famous aviatrix with numerous record firsts to her name including first woman to fly the Atlantic both as a team and solo, first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross and first woman to fly non-stop across the US. Diane however got the date of her disappearance incorrect, she went missing on route to Howland Island on 2nd July 1937, not 1932.

    • The song sung by Emma in the hostel is "I Just Blew In From The Windy City" from Calamity Jane. The film was released in the United States in November 1953, but was not released in the United Kingdom until 1954. Although Emma told Gwen she had been to see the film several times at the cinema, it is unlikely that she would have been able to do so unless she had been to the States.