An old movie theatre, The Electro, has been restored and is opening as a museum. Ianto used to go there as a child and invites Owen and Gwen to the opening. Jack hears faint music, like ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Camilla Power ...
Ger Carey ...
Greg (as Gerard Carey) (credit only)
Stephen Marzella ...
Dave Penn (as Steven Marzella)
Hazel Wyn Williams ...
Faith Penn
Lowri Sian Jones ...
Anwen Carlisle ...
Restaurant Owner
Yasmin Wilde ...
Senior Nurse


An old movie theatre, The Electro, has been restored and is opening as a museum. Ianto used to go there as a child and invites Owen and Gwen to the opening. Jack hears faint music, like pipe organ, at Torchwood. Then the movie projector somehow plays a different film than the one on the reel. Ianto sees Jack in the movie, in a traveling show. Then the projector stops. Two characters from the movie disappear into the night... Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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This show involves a vintage newsreel film, correctly identified in the show as 35mm nitrate film. While the film shown being viewed and edited is clearly NOT vintage but recent manufacture complete with soundtrack, it is, at least, black and white film. This film is correctly shown being loaded into a real 35mm theater projector where it is screened in the presence of the Torchwood people. However, when Jack impounds the print, an amazing thing happens! As he and his friends screen the film in their headquarters we see the film has been transformed into a 16mm print! It also has gotten a lot longer. The original was a "one reel" subject, approximately 1000 feet of 35mm film. It has become 1200 feet of 16mm film, an increase in running time of 300%! See more »


Pearl: [to Ghostmaker] Make her cry.
Restaurant owner: Huh?
Pearl: I want to drink her tears.
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Torchwood Theme
Written by Murray Gold
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Badly, badly written
16 March 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Having just seen episode 10 - about evil carnies coming out of film - it hands down wins the prize for "worst written episode ever" when compared to absolutely every single science fiction series I've ever seen.

I've never seen such blatant pointless redundant exposition since Star Trek: The Pastel Generation. The bad guys do this, Ianto says the bad guys did this, Jack pulls the reason why the bad guys did this straight out of his bot-ox.

Lets not go to where two different murders happen in a straight line on a road - no, that would be logical. Let's instead engage in pointless research to allow them more time to kill other folk.

Hands down, the best acting in this episode was by the octogenarian they spent 5 minutes with in the old folks home.

Oddly,the writer was P.J. Hammond. I quite liked his Sapphire & Steel series, perhaps he's now past his prime?

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