When a passenger plane from 1953 arrives in Cardiff in 2007 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 ...
Rhea Bailey ...
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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Owen Harper: No.
Diana Holmes: So who do all those beauty products belong to?
Owen Harper: Uh, me, actually.
Diana Holmes: No?
Owen Harper: Oi, real men can moisturise too, you know.
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Forever gone
2 September 2009 | by (Belgrade,Serbia) – See all my reviews

At the airport Jack and a team patiently waits for a plane to arrive. The pilot and the two passengers came through a rift from a year 1953. The pilot Diane Holmes befriends Owen, while the passengers eighteen year old Emma stays at Gwens place and Jack is left to help John Ellis. The relationship between Owen and Diane blossoms into love affair, though he called it differently. Gwen eventually became a very good friend to Emma, whose parents have died and in this new world she has no one. John Ellis story was more sad. He left his wife and his son Alan, who know was ninety years old and had Aleichemer's. The episode was very on a personal note. It is always a delight to watch what happens when someone travels through time. The sex scenes was a surprise, specially since Owen had a fling with Gwen. And we only saw Gwen dressed in his shirt at the end of an episode, marking the begging of the affair. She was standing by his colossal window, which I found very discreetly. When Owen brought a dress for Diane,you could see a even greater view from his apartment window. The music at the end was absolutely beautiful.

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