Torchwood (2006–2011)
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An old movie theatre, The Electro, has been restored and is opening as a museum. Ianto used to go there as a child and invites Owen and Gwen to the opening. Jack hears faint music, like ... See full summary »


Russell T. Davies (creator), Peter Hammond (as Peter J. Hammond)




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
Julian Bleach ... Ghostmaker
Camilla Power ... Pearl
Craig Gallivan ... Jonathan
Ger Carey Ger Carey ... Greg (as Gerard Carey) (credit only)
Stephen Marzella Stephen Marzella ... Dave Penn (as Steven Marzella)
Hazel Wyn Williams Hazel Wyn Williams ... Faith Penn
Lowri Sian Jones Lowri Sian Jones ... Nettie
Eileen Essell ... Christina
Anwen Carlisle Anwen Carlisle ... Restaurant Owner
Caroline Sheen ... Nurse


An old movie theatre, The Electro, has been restored and is opening as a museum. Ianto used to go there as a child and invites Owen and Gwen to the opening. Jack hears faint music, like pipe organ, at Torchwood. Then the movie projector somehow plays a different film than the one on the reel. Ianto sees Jack in the movie, in a traveling show. Then the projector stops. Two characters from the movie disappear into the night... Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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12 March 2008 (UK) See more »

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This episode takes place in 2009. See more »


Early on when Jack is rushing to the Electro, he can been seen driving the wrong way down a one way street. See more »


Pearl: [to Ghostmaker] Make her cry.
Restaurant owner: Huh?
Pearl: I want to drink her tears.
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Torchwood Theme
Written by Murray Gold
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Not exactly their best work...
14 July 2008 | by LaFeeChartreuseSee all my reviews

I didn't think this episode was as bad as a lot of other people seem to have thought, but it certainly wasn't one of the better ones.

It had its moments -- I found the whole evil circus idea kind of evocative (and reminiscent of the stories behind Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Carnival Diabolique perfume series), and some scenes were nicely creepy, but on the whole it just seemed a bit rushed, and haphazardly put together.

I'm not one of those people who demands a detailed, perfectly logical explanation for everything -- one of the things I really liked about Small Worlds was that it *didn't* attempt to rationalize everything away. But I do like to have things make at least *some* semblance of sense. This episode, on the whole, comes of looking like the writer either had the seed of a good idea but then had to turn it into a script in half an hour with no time to really think it through, or else maybe had a script for a three-hour movie and had to cut it down to 45 minutes by chopping out every bit of explanation or even the process by which the characters arrive at any of their conclusions.

It felt like had the potential to have been good if it had been differently handled, but as it was, I suspect most viewers are more likely to spend most of it going "Wait... what? Where the hell did *that* come from?" than actually enjoying it.

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