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Ghost Machine 

After Gwen Cooper recovers an alien device from Sean Harris, the device seemingly takes her back in time to the 1940s where she sees a young boy, alone on a railway platform. Soon after, ... See full summary »

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Ben McKay ...
Bernie
Llinos Daniel ...
Eleri
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Tom Flanagan
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Christopher Greene ...
Young Tom Flanagan
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After Gwen Cooper recovers an alien device from Sean Harris, the device seemingly takes her back in time to the 1940s where she sees a young boy, alone on a railway platform. Soon after, Owen has a similar experience only this time he is under a bridge in the early 1960s where a young woman is raped and murdered. They trace both the boy and the murderer and learn that the boy was well taken care of. As for the murderer, the case remains unsolved, something that outrages Owen. Written by garykmcd

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Just before filming the first chase scene, which was filmed over several nights, John Barrowman sprained his ankle, forcing a quick rewrite which put Jack at the wheel of a car attempting to head off the suspect. See more »

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When Gwen is first shown in closeup as she chases Bernie through the arcade, the face of Burn Gorman's stuntman is clearly visible in the background. See more »

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Owen Harper: Bernie Harris!
Bernie: Please don't hurt me.
Owen Harper: I'm not gonna hurt you. I'm gonna bloody kill you!
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References Antiques Roadshow (1979) See more »

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Torchwood Theme
Written by Murray Gold
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The darker side of Torchwood emerges
6 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Eve Myles is the revelation of TORCHWOOD so far. Though it was billed as being built around the Captain Jack Harkness character, it has (to date anyway) been all about her character Gwen and she has risen brilliantly to the challenge. Here, she gets some hefty acting moments when she is exposed to the ghost machine, firstly when she relives happy moments with her boyfriend in her flat (sometimes the small moments are the important ones even in flashy sci-fi shows)and then again when she is shown the future and it's one that has her holding a knife and covered in blood. How that future unspools is then the crux of this episode. TORCHWOOD here, more than any of the previous episodes, stakes its claim to being different from its parent programme (DR WHO if you didn't know). In one episode we deal with theft, blackmail, rape and murder (both past and future). There aren't a whole lot of likable characters, including Torchwood team members. Gareth Thomas (once galactic rebel in Blake's 7) makes an appearance as a housebound agoraphobic. The subject matter is very dark, but is beautifully handled in a skilfully built storyline that promises great things to come.


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