Torchwood: Season 2, Episode 12

Fragments (21 Mar. 2008)

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As the team is trapped in the rubble of a building, their paths to joining Torchwood are revealed.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Craney ...
Emily Holroyd
Little Girl
Simon Shackleton ...
Gareth Jones ...
Security Guard
Clare Clifford ...
Milton (as Claire Clifford)
Toshiko's Mother


Jack, Owen, Toshiko, and Ianto track signs of alien life to an abandoned building, only to find that it is a trap as a series of bombs explode. As the team lies trapped in the ruins of the building, the scene shifts to show how each of them joined Torchwood. Jack's encounter with Torchwood comes in the Victorian era, when two female operatives bring him in to query him as to the whereabouts of the Doctor. Jack confesses that he is waiting in Cardiff in the hope of encountering the Time Lord. Although initially repulsed by Torchwood's procedures, he agrees to join after being told that over a century will pass before he encounters the Doctor again. He remains a member until the eve of the millennium, when he takes over Torchwood after the previous team leader murders the other team members. Toshiko is shown working in the Ministry of Defense, where she steals the plans for a sonic weapon. After building it she delivers it to two people holding her mother hostage, but all are captured ... Written by A. Nonymous

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One of the parts Toshiko uses to build the device is a simple single coil guitar pickup. See more »


Jack Harkness mentions eating dinosaur meat after the asteroid hit. Torchwood shares continuity with Doctor Who (2005) which is a continuation of Doctor Who (1963) in which the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by the crash of a deep space cargo freighter from 65 million years in the future in Doctor Who: Earthshock: Part Four (1982). See more »


[trying to catch a pterodactyl]
Ianto Jones: What exactly is your plan?
Captain Jack Harkness: I'm going to be the decoy.
Ianto Jones: And it will rip you to shreds.
Captain Jack Harkness: Dinosaurs? Had 'em for breakfast. Had to. Only source of pre-cooked food protein after the asteroid crashed. Long story.
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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »


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Torchwood - This Is Your Life
2 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, we always wanted to know how and when the other members of Torchwood joined/were recruited, and this episode tells us. Including how JACK came to Torchwood, and how he came to be in charge.

Each person's tale is spun separately and done well. Of course, Gwen's story we already know, but she and Rhys do appear.

My personal favorite was Owen. Each tale explains a lot about the motivations of each character and what makes them tick, but it REALLY lets you into Owen's mind and heart.

The end, btw, with its preview of the finale, leaves you with your mouth hanging open (after you've said a few expletives probably).

I will be counting the seconds until the finale, and BBC better announce a third series soon before they get picketed. Torchwood has MORE than earned it.

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