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From Out of the Rain 

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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Greg (as Gerard Carey) (credit only)
Stephen Marzella ...
Dave Penn (as Steven Marzella)
Hazel Wyn Williams ...
Faith Penn
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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 episode takes place in 2009. See more »


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 »


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Not exactly their best work...
14 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

I didn't think this episode was as bad as a lot of other people seem to have thought, but it certainly wasn't one of the better ones.

It had its moments -- I found the whole evil circus idea kind of evocative (and reminiscent of the stories behind Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Carnival Diabolique perfume series), and some scenes were nicely creepy, but on the whole it just seemed a bit rushed, and haphazardly put together.

I'm not one of those people who demands a detailed, perfectly logical explanation for everything -- one of the things I really liked about Small Worlds was that it *didn't* attempt to rationalize everything away. But I do like to have things make at least *some* semblance of sense. This episode, on the whole, comes of looking like the writer either had the seed of a good idea but then had to turn it into a script in half an hour with no time to really think it through, or else maybe had a script for a three-hour movie and had to cut it down to 45 minutes by chopping out every bit of explanation or even the process by which the characters arrive at any of their conclusions.

It felt like had the potential to have been good if it had been differently handled, but as it was, I suspect most viewers are more likely to spend most of it going "Wait... what? Where the hell did *that* come from?" than actually enjoying it.

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