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:
Emily Holroyd
Little Girl
Julian Lewis Jones ...
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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This episode takes place in 1899, from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000, in 2004, in 2006, in 2007 and in March 2009. See more »


Jack Harkness mentions eating dinosaur meat after the asteroid hit. Torchwood shares continuity with Doctor Who which is a continuation of Doctor Who 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. See more »


Toshiko Sato: Who are you?
Captain Jack Harkness: Nobody. I don't exist... and for a man of my charisma, that's quite an achievement.
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Featured in Torchwood Declassified: Children of Earth (2009) See more »


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Lost but found
22 September 2009 | by (Belgrade,Serbia) – See all my reviews

Jack, Ianto, Tosh and Owen arrive at abandon factory. They split up in two trying to catch aliens but instead each one of them finds a bomb. When they all simultaneously go off, it is up to Gwen to save them. The only problem is that Gwen overslept and received massage later. When she found Jack trapped in ruins first, he was angry because she came with Rhys.While Toshikos arm was possibly broken, and Ianto shoulder has been dislocated, Owen was the only one in real danger, stuck in a concrete rubble looking at the glass window that is falling from a celling closer and closer to him. The story focuses on how each member of the team was recruited to Torchwood. The most cruel story was Toshikoes it resembled a lot like Orwels 84. Jacks story showed how he from a mercenary waiting to find Doctor again stayed near the rift hoping it will take him, but then he met the two very persuasive members of Torchwood. It was probably the most interesting piece of episode watching how as time goes by Jack becomes the key figure in Torchwood and eventually recruits others. Ianto starts as a disappointed member of a destroyed Londons Torchwood. But I liked the fact that he seemed to be a trained operative, rather then getting to that position by having a fling with Jack. Owens story was the most bizarre one. I don't know what was more strange the fact that he had a fiancé or that she was suffering from Aleichem's disease. Owen genuinely looked in love with the girl. So there was someone he loved before Diane came briefly into his life. The most interesting scene was the one with pterodactyl trapped in a hangar, while Jack and Ianto tried to catch him. It did looked a lot like the one from BBC series "Walking with dinosaurs". In their stories, including the one about Jack they all looked miserable, with shattered lives and joining Torchwood saved them all or it seemed like the only solution. Why ?

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