Torchwood: Season 1, Episode 12

Captain Jack Harkness (1 Jan. 2007)

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Jack and Tosh investigate when there are reports of music coming out of nowhere in an abandoned dance hall. While in the building, a temporal shift puts them in back in 1941 but they soon ... See full summary »


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Jack and Tosh investigate when there are reports of music coming out of nowhere in an abandoned dance hall. While in the building, a temporal shift puts them in back in 1941 but they soon realize can't get back to their own time, at least not without Tosh sending those in the present day the necessary equations to make it happen. While at the dance hall, Jack runs into someone he knows, an American RAF pilot by the name of Jack Harkness. In the present day Owen, Ianto and Gwen are working to get them back. Owen wants to open the rift and try to get Diane Holmes back as well, but opening the rift could destroy the city. The dance hall manager, Bilis Manger, seems to have little trouble going back and forth in time however. Written by garykmcd

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All the 1940s sequences were shot first. See more »


When Captain Jack first enters the dance hall he is wearing shiny black dress shoes rather than his normal Cat boots. Did he therefore have foreknowledge that this would help him fit in better as an off-duty officer in 1941? See more »


[Jack and Tosh walk into the ballroom of the Ritz dance-hall]
Captain Jack Harkness: Wow. Look at the chandelier. No neon lights back then. Just dashing young soldiers and pretty young ladies.
[Jack grabs Toshiko and starts dancing with her]
Captain Jack Harkness: And as they dance, the girls would look into their partner's eyes, smile softly and say...
Toshiko Sato: [as Jack spins her] Jack! Mind my laptop!
Captain Jack Harkness: I was thinking more along the lines of, "and how long before you head off to war?"
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Above average episode of this British sci-fi drama
1 January 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

As the (first?) series nears its finale, the British-made "Torchwood" steps up a gear with this strong episode.

When Harkness and Toshiko are trapped in a dance-hall in 1941, the team struggle to retrieve them through the rift. There's a real sense of danger in this episode and the tone is set for the finale. Excellent performances from the cast make this a memorable and emotional episode.

This is an above average episode with some genuinely moving scenes. John Barrowman steals the show as Harkness comes face-to-face with his namesake in war-time Cardiff.

Without a doubt, this is superbly performed and gripping drama.

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