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  • Season 3 Episode 5: Children of Earth: Day Five

  • On DVD and Blu-ray, there are differences in music compared to the broadcast version. Last-minute changes were made before broadcast, but the episode had already been released to manufacture, leaving it too late to change and still meet the street date. Some scenes have music that went without for broadcast and the climactic dramatic scenes have female vocalizations in the broadcast version while the disc version maintains the episode's intense rhythmic track.

  • The Welsh line, "Croeso i Gymru" spoken at one point by PC Andy, means "Welcome to Wales" in English.

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Children of Earth: Day Four

  • At approximately 45 minutes 35 seconds into the episode, Jack and Ianto are going up in an elevator. The LED floor numbers are shown as changing completely, for example, 8, then 9, then 10. However, in the larger shot, the floor numbers change by sliding into the next floor, for example, as 8 disappears, 9 slowly fills.

  • Season 3 Episode 3: Children of Earth: Day Three

  • In the scene where Steven Carter is watching TV, the program he is watching appears to be Worzel Gummidge. It starred Jon Pertwee, who played the third incarnation of the Doctor in Torchwood's parent show Doctor Who from 1970-75.

  • Season 3 Episode 2: Children of Earth: Day Two

  • 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.

  • Season 3 Episode 1: Children of Earth: Day One

  • When Lois Habiba was reading The Torchwood Charter, we can read that the charter was set by Queen Victoria in 1879. In front of the queen's name, there is an abbreviation of "HRH", which means "Her Royal Highness". However, Queen Victoria was coronated in 1838, thus she was the monarch at that time, and abbreviation of "HM – Her Majesty" should have been written instead. "HRH" is associated only with the members of the royal family besides queens and kings.

  • Shooting goof - at approximately 17 minutes, 43 seconds into the episode, all the children start a wide open-mouthed scream, but the boy seen clearly in the scene at around 18 minutes, 12 seconds (with an adult in shot) isn't in this pose.

  • Shooting goof - at approximately 17.30 into the episode (the second time the children are completely paralyzed), the camera pans through a schoolyard filled with children wearing blue sweaters, and then a schoolyard with children wearing red blazers and red ties. In that shot, the blond child on the extreme right (supposedly paralyzed) is looking directly at the camera as it pans by him, then shifts his gaze to straight ahead as he realizes the camera is pointing at him.

  • Season 2 Episode 13: Exit Wounds

  • This is the only series finale to date where Jack doesn't leave the team.

  • If Jack was frozen in the twentieth century, and stored in one of the chambers of Torchwood for all of this time, wouldn't a team member have known this? Secondly, wouldn't Jack have crossed his own timeline, and known that he was in the compartment (with him being in charge)?

  • Amy Manson is credited as appearing as "Alice Guppy" in this episode. Burn Gorman (Owen) played a character called Mr Guppy in the miniseries "Bleak House".

  • The song that is playing when Jack first returns to the Hub and which John claims is "our song" is "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper" by Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip.

  • Paul Kasey also played The Hoix, but is uncredited.

  • Paul Marc Davies (the Cowled Figure) has also appeared in Doctor Who (as the Futurekind Chieftain in "Utopia") as well as in The Sarah Jane Adventures (as the Trickster in "Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane?").

  • Toshiko mentions to Owen about the time she pretended to be a medic (covering for him) and looked at a "space pig". This is referring to the Doctor Who episode entitled "Aliens Of London" in which Naoko Mori appeared as "Dr. Sato". There has been some debate as to whether these two characters were the same person. This confirms that they actually were.

  • The Hoix - seen in the hospital basement - also featured in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters".

  • Season 2 Episode 12: Fragments

  • When the surgeon is talking with Owen before going in to, presumably, operate on Owen's fiancee, he is holding up gloved hands, touching them together. It is common practice to do something like this in order to keep from touching something accidentally and breaking sterility. However, he then touches his mask as he walks into the OR, which is not sterile. Cap and mask are put on before scrubbing and, if need be, adjusted by a non-sterile assistant as nobody scrubs his head before going into surgery.

  • Watch Jack's braces during the interrogation scene. They keep slipping off his shoulders and going back up where they belong, even though he has no way to put them there as his wrists are chained to the seat of the chair.

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sexual tension, spinoff, futuristic technology, bloody and violent, town under attack