Torchwood: Season 4, Episode 1

Miracle Day: The New World (8 Jul. 2011)

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In an American prison child killer Oswald Danes is given a lethal injection but fails to die. CIA agent Rex Matheson is one of several severely injured hospital patients who should be dead ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Peterssen
William Thomas ...
Sharon Morgan ...
Mary Cooper
Tom Price ...
Penny Bunton ...
Female Hiker
Senior Professor


In an American prison child killer Oswald Danes is given a lethal injection but fails to die. CIA agent Rex Matheson is one of several severely injured hospital patients who should be dead but survive. The phenomenon is worldwide and the press dub it Miracle Day,when noone dies. Rex's colleague Esther Drummond attempts to contact the long disbanded Torchwood and is visited by Jack as a result. The pair survive an attack by a bomber - after Jack - whilst the bomber,though blown to bits,goes on breathing. Gwen and Rhys Williams are living in seclusion in Wales with their baby when Gwen's old colleague Andy tells her that her father Geraint is one of the sick people who cannot die and that the world will be over-populated in a matter of days. Rex and Jack arrive in Wales to bring Gwen back to the States with them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The picture of Captain Jack that Esther finds in the CIA archives, is actually a still from _Doctor Who {The Empty Child (#1.9)}_ which is the episode of Doctor Who in which the character of Jack first appears See more »


When Rex is on the plane ready to take-off for the U.K. a right hand is shown reaching over to grab the phone and disconnect the call, the wrist has no watch. Yet when Rex recalls the sequence later after he sees Captain Jack Harkness save Gwen, Rhys and him - we see a left hand with Jack's leather cuff (his vortex manipulator) clearly visible. And if the 'right hand' had been Jack's we would have seen his wristwatch as he wears it on his right wrist. See more »


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Great Concept and Start to a New Torchwood Season!
21 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode introduces a unique idea from the beginning and sets up the rest of the season. The idea that no one could die even if they wanted to makes your mind think. Of course, there could be advantages to immortality, but there are also so many consequences.

It's great to see Gwen and Jack back once more, as well as Andy, Rhys, Anwen, and new characters! Parts I love include Jack making Esther forget, like Gwen, and using Owen Harper as an alias. Gwen in action with her child is epic, too, and Rex cursing Wales as an American was amusing. Also, the reunion between Jack and Gwen as well as the action scenes afterward was fantastic.

Overall, this season and concept could go in many directions, and I'm looking forward to what's to come next.

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