Captain Jack Harkness
Jack's statement that more than 300 British soldiers were executed due to them being shell shocked is incorrect. Official numbers state 346 executions during the 1914-1918 period, of which 40 were tried for murder, treason, or mutiny. The remaining were for cowardice, repeated desertion and other offences, and while some could be attributed to shell shock, many cannot although all 306 were posthumously pardoned without investigation in 2006.
When Toshiko and Tommy are horsing around on the pier, she drops her bag twice - once when they first enter the scene, and then again after he picks her up.
The calender in Toshiko's home shows a date of Friday 20th. As this series is supposedly set in 2008 in parallel with Doctor Who's third series, and as stated within the episode 90 years after 1918, it would indicate this is June as the only Friday 20th in 2008 is in June.
When Toshiko and Tommy are chatting by the river, from behind Toshiko's hair is blowing up in the wind, but from in front, her hair is perfectly still. Clearly the scene was filmed twice from the two different angles and the editors failed to take into account the wind angle.
Tommy incorrectly describes himself as a "private officer", a non-existant rank or designation, the correct term is "private soldier" or simply "private".
The song "One Of These Mornings" by Moby plays towards the start and at the end of this episode. The song "She's Got You High" by Mumm-Ra plays in the pub as Toshiko and Tommy play pool.
Gwen: He's a frozen soldier from 1918.
Captain Jack: Nobody's perfect.
Captain Jack: 1918, this place was full of wounded soldiers. They'd had four years of it. Passchendaele, the Somme, a million British soldiers killed during the Great War. It was like walking into hell. Believe me. I was there.
Tommy: (To Tosh) We could go back to mine, but there's only room for one, and it's bloody freezing.
Gwen: Who is he?
Captain Jack: Thomas Reginald Brockless.
Captain Jack: Twenty-four years old.
Ianto: Sort of.
Gwen: Well, he's either twenty-four or he's not.
Ianto: Depends how you work it out.
Gwen: Alright, when was he born?
Toshiko: (To Tommy) You're the only one who can stop this. If you don't, it's the end of everything.
(In the hospital in 1918, soldiers are screaming)
Tosh: Tommy, Tommy.
Gwen: She's found him.
Tosh: It's me, Toshiko.
Tosh: I'm here to help you.
(Tommy looks at the rift key)
Tommy: Is this yours?
Tosh: No, do you know what it is? (Tommy glances around the hospital) Tommy, It's a key, you have to use it.
Tommy: I'm scared.
Tosh: It's all right.
Tommy: That's why I'm here, I'm a coward.
Tosh: No, you are not.
Tommy: What am I fighting for?
Tosh: For the future, for me. Because you're my brave handsome hero. Tommy, use the key. (Tommy turns the key to close the rift) Thank you.
(In Tosh's house)
Tommy: What did he tell you? What happens to me?
Tosh: He said you went to France.
Tommy: Then what? Do they find my body? (Tosh nods) That's something.
Owen: Is that a dress Tosh?
Toshiko: I do believe it is, Owen.
Gwen: Jack, have we got any other pretty boys in the freezer?
Captain Jack: Hands off, Missy. Toshiko got there first.
Toshiko: (Regarding Tommy) He can come home with me. He's not our prisoner and he doesn't have to stay here if he doesn't want to, does he?
Captain Jack: No. If that's what you both want.
Captain Jack: This time tomorrow, he'll be back in 1918.
Ianto: In his own time. Would you go back to yours? If you could.
Captain Jack: Why? Would you miss me?
Captain Jack: I left home a long time ago. I don't really know where I really belong. Maybe that doesn't matter any more.
Ianto: I know you get lonely.
Captain Jack: Going home wouldn't fix that. Being here, I've seen things I never dreamt I'd see. Loved people I never would have known if I'd just stayed where I was. And I wouldn't change that for the world.
(Jack and Ianto kiss)
The end credits include a thanks to the British Red Cross for permission to use their emblem.
International air dates:
United States: February 9, 2008
Sweden: July 20, 2008 on TV4+
Canada: August 15, 2008
Germany: June 24, 2009
"Tommy Atkins" or simply "Tommy" was a common slang term for a British soldier, dating back to the 18th century, but is particularly associated with the First World War.
Kai Owen is once again listed in the credits as Rhys Williams without actually having appeared in the episode.
When Owen looks through the hole in the wall of the hospital ward, he spies what he calls some type of advert for car insurance. However, the woman in the advert looks a lot like Xena, The Warrior Princess.
As Tosh is being prepped to go back in time for Tommy, there's a shot of Gwen looking apprehensive. A closer look behind her reveals an x-ray/blueprint of a Cyberman. A subtle reminder of Torchwood's place in the recent Doctor Who universe.
The title of, and dialogue within this episode, is a reference to Field Marshal Douglas Haig's Special Order of the Day on 11 April 1918, in response to the German Spring Offensive: "There is no other course open to us but to fight it out. Every position must be held to the last man: there must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall and believing in the justice of our cause each one of us must fight on to the end".
Tommy: So I'll be saving the world in some pyjamas. How daft is that?
A nod towards the Doctor Who 2005 Christmas Special "The Christmas Invasion", where the Doctor does indeed save the world wearing pyjamas while commenting, "not bad for a man in his jim jams".
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