Torchwood (2006–2011)
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When a burglary turns into a slaughter, Torchwood suspect alien involvement. Who is Beth, and can she be as innocent as she seems? However, when the investigation escalates into a city-wide... See full summary »


Colin Teague


Russell T. Davies (creator), James Moran




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Burn Gorman ... Owen Harper
Naoko Mori ... Toshiko Sato
Gareth David-Lloyd ... Ianto Jones
Kai Owen ... Rhys Williams (credit only)
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Beth
Dyfed Potter Dyfed Potter ... Mike
Doug Rollins Doug Rollins ... David
Claire Cage ... David's Wife
Sean Carlsen Sean Carlsen ... Mr Grainger (as Sean Carlson)
Victoria Pugh ... Mrs Grainger
Luke Rutherford Luke Rutherford ... Burglar 1
Alex Harries Alex Harries ... Burglar 2
Dominic Coleman ... Police Officer


When a burglary turns into a slaughter, Torchwood suspect alien involvement. Who is Beth, and can she be as innocent as she seems? However, when the investigation escalates into a city-wide assault, Captain Jack realises that the whole planet is in danger. Written by Anonymous

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23 January 2008 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The hospital Jack, Gwen and Beth are seen driving away from is the same location used in twice in Doctor Who, once thirty eight years before this episode of Torchwood and the next two years after. The first time it was used was for the 1970 serial Spearhead from Space and the second was the Eleventh Hour in 2010. See more »


Owen is unable to puncture Beth's skin with a needle or scalpel; however, she is wearing earrings in her obviously pierced ears. See more »


Beth: [to Jack] Will it hurt?
Captain Jack Harkness: Yes.
Beth: Your bedside manner's rubbish.
Gwen Cooper: You should see his manners in bed. They're atrocious!... apparently. So I've heard.
Ianto Jones: Oh they are. I remember this one time...
Captain Jack Harkness: [clears throat forcefully]
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References Murder, She Wrote (1984) See more »


Torchwood Theme
Composed by Murray Gold
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A reasonable second episode to the new series
23 January 2008 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

Showing a notably reduced budget than the impressive season opener, "Sleeper" is a much smaller scale tale with some decent moments. When burglars are brutally slain by an unknown assailant, Torchwood are called in to investigate.

A lot has been said about John Barrowman's acting but he's the bright Christmas ornament that shines out from the otherwise rather unexciting Torchwood team. While Barrowman's acting scale may be somewhat limited, his matinée idol appearance and general jovial nature make him a watchable screen hero. While I've pondered the mysteries of Ianto Jones's appeal to fans for literally minutes, I must confess he does have some half decent one liners in the new series.

7 out of 10. This episode has the atmosphere of an old "Doctor Who" episode mixed with an ITV sci-fi series. It's low budget goodness with a few thrills.

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