Torchwood: Season 1, Episode 10

Out of Time (17 Dec. 2006)

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When a 1950's passenger plane arrives in 21st century Cardiff due to the Rift, the Torchwood team try to help three temporal immigrants adapt a new life in the city.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Diane Holmes
John Ellis
Janine Carrington ...
Sam Beezely ...
Alan Ellis
Marion Fenner ...
Nila Aalia ...
Flying Instructor (as Nila Allia)
Ciaran Dowd ...


The Torchwood teams meets an arriving aircraft at the airport but it's a flight like no other: it departed on December 18, 1953. For the pilot, Diane Holmes and two passengers, only about half an hour has gone by. Jack Harkness tells them they have traveled through a transcendental porthole, a hole in time and space. The bad news however is that having traveled to the future, they cannot return. Adapting to life in the 21st century is not simple as they get used to their new surroundings and the fact that almost everyone they once knew is now gone. Friendships are formed and not all will survive their new reality. Written by garykmcd

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This episode is very different from the rest in the season in that the team are not facing an alien threat or some other kind of horror. Instead, it is a poignant tale of travelers from 1953 who get caught in a time loop and try (and largely fail) to fit in with modern times. See more »


The show description states that "A 1950's passenger plane arives in the 21'st Century" The de Havilland Dragon Rapide is a 1930's passenger plane, and would have already been considered "classic" in 1953. By 1953 Jet passenger planes were already in service. See more »


Diana Holmes: How did it do that?
Ianto Jones: It's automatic. It knows you're there. There are wave-bouncing detectors which emit high-frequency radio waves -
Diana Holmes: Ooh look, bananas!
Ianto Jones: Of course, bananas are far more interesting.
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References The Pink Panther (2006) See more »


Performed by Ray LaMontagne
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Incidental music
23 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

I agree that episode 10 was one of the best and the incidental music was superb. It sounded like Rachmaninov's second Piano Concerto, second movement - the one that Eric Carmen used for "All By Myself" - I have read, though, that the music was written for the series - and I saw nothing on the credits. Does anyone know? The problem is that the site is inaccessible from outside of the UK, so I cannot even ask them a simple question. This is a little peeving for an ex-pat Briton; makes me wonder if the BBC has realised that the UK is part of the European Union.

I saw a few of the episodes here in continental Europe but I just had to buy the DVDs to hear the accents. The other slight disappointment is that there are less and less aliens to be seen. As soon as the second series is out on DVD (30th June in the UK) I'll buy that too.

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