Torchwood: Season 3, Episode 5

Children of Earth: Day Five (24 Jul. 2009)

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With little choice now but to give in to their demands, the British authorities begin to round up the children under the pretense of giving them inoculations. Panic begins to set in as ... See full summary »



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With little choice now but to give in to their demands, the British authorities begin to round up the children under the pretense of giving them inoculations. Panic begins to set in as parents begin to wonder what is happening to their children. Captain Jack is released as are his daughter and grandson and he tries to find a way fight the 456. Gwen and her husband return home to tell Ianto's sister what has happened but they arrive to find a house full of children, whom they try to save from the arriving soldiers. With Fobisher no longer available, Col. Oduya becomes the intermediary and the 456 reveal the reason they need the children. For Captain Jack his finding a way to fight the 456 forces him to make an incredible sacrifice. Written by garykmcd

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The Welsh line, "Croeso i Cymru" spoken at one point by PC Andy, means "Welcome to Wales" in English. See more »


On returning Jack's wrist-strap, Gwen says she's replaced the actual strap. However, in the close-up, the leather is definitely well-used and worn, with indentations from the control buttons. See more »


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Gwen Cooper: There's one thing I always meant to ask Jack. Back in the old days. I wanted to know about that Doctor of his. The man who appears out of nowhere and saves the world. Except sometimes he doesn't. All those times in history when there was no sign of him, I wanted to know why not. But I don't need to ask any more. I know the answer now. Sometimes the Doctor must look at this planet and turn away in shame. I'm recording this in case anyone ever finds it, so you can see... you can see ...
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Is this the Swan Song? I certainly hope not.
13 July 2009 | by (London UK) – See all my reviews

This 5 hour epic is a very difficult production to judge impartially.

I can truthfully say I sat on the edge of my seat throughout - unable to second-guess much of what was to come and that is a strange admission from a mature adult. Perhaps I could have guessed if I hadn't been quite so immersed in the story.

Of course everyone could pick holes in a fantasy drama. Why would the Secret Service employ a temporary secretary? Why wasn't the MI5 actions explained in complete detail? Would the Prime Minister really treat his senior staff in such a manner? The sheer scale of the production and the phenomenal acting and brilliant direction made any such niggles totally trivial.

So for those people who have never seen Torchwood - this can be taken as an unconditional recommendation.

However for those who have followed Series 1 and 2 - there is a big problem.

Torchwood has always been high on humour. The last episode of Series 2 and the whole of Series 3 is harrowing in the extreme. Few, if any lines, could raise a chuckle. Most of the narrative was far from funny while a grim despair pervaded the story.

It is hard to believe the BBC has any intention of continuing Torchwood after this - which might account for some of John Barrowman's comments in interviews. I hope I am wrong because it has gone from strength to strength - both in terms of writing and acting - but I fear it might be following "Firefly" into oblivion.

All credit must go to the writer/producer Russell T Davies, the fantastic main cast, the brilliant supporting actors and everybody associated with the show. This was a production to be proud of.

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