Torchwood (2006–2011)
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Small Worlds 

Jasmine is a withdrawn but intelligent child whose new 'friends' exploit her suppressed anger, and while investigating this, Jack encounters elemental enemies from his past that are determined to harm those closest to him.

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Eve Pearce ...
Estelle
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Jasmine
Adrienne O'Sullivan ...
Lynn
William Travis ...
Roy
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Goodson
Heledd Baskerville ...
Kate
Ffion Wilkins ...
WPC
Nathan Sussex ...
Custody Sergeant
Paul Jones ...
Man In Street
Sophie Davies ...
Bullie
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Jack introduces Gwen to his good friend, the elderly Estelle who believes in faeries and thinks she has the photographs to prove it. Estelle likes Jack and tells Gwen that she and Jack's father had a love affair during World War II. Gwen quickly realizes that it was with Jack that she had the affair and sees a wonderful chemistry between the of them. Jack and Gwen soon come to believe that the faeries are not the benign beautiful creatures Estelle believes them to be and when a young girl, Jasmine Pierce, becomes the object of their attention, Torchwood sets out to protect her. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place in 2007. See more »

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Towards the end, Jasmine climbs through a hole in the garden fence to get to the forest. The hole she climbs through was made earlier when a fairy broke through, but in the two scenes the holes are a completely different shape. See more »

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Gwen Cooper: Where did you and Estelle meet?
Captain Jack Harkness: In London. At the Estoria ballroom. A few weeks before Christmas. She was seventeen years old and she was beautiful. I loved her at first sight. But nothing lasted back then. Promises were always being broken. Estelle... to have to die like that...
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Only barely worth watching
24 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The fifth Torchwood episode, Small Worlds, bored me. With Doctor Who (and spin-offs), I want sci-fi. Not supernatural silliness. It annoys me a great deal that almost half the episodes are some kind of ghost stories. I think it's undermining the show's sci-fi status, and I don't even think it's honoring the style of the older Doctor Who serials. They tended to alternate between sci-fi stories and historical time-travel adventures. Not all this supernatural fluff. I don't like it, and I found this episode hard to sit through.

I did like one thing, though: the use of a couple of Celtic folk tunes. During the wind-storm on the playground, wasn't that the Lord of the Dance theme? And the lyrics from Stolen Child that finished the episode ("The world's more full of weeping than she can understand") - that was a nice touch.

Still, an average episode at best. 5 out of 10.


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