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
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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In the observation room of the explosion victim, Jack introduces himself as "Owen Harper," referring to the character played by Burn Gorman in Torchwood seasons 1 and 2. See more »


When Danes is talking to the Governor's representative, there is no sign on his arm of the IV insertion that was used in his failed execution. There would be some bruising, at the least. See more »


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Good start to the forth series
15 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I heard that Torchwood would be returning I was pleased if a little concerned that it would be a joint production with a US channel… not that I dislike US TV but because I feared it would lead to too many changes; after this first episode I am less concerned. Obviously it is quite different when compared to previous series but that is inevitable given that all but two of the original characters are dead and Gwen is in hiding in a remote corner of Wales with her husband and baby daughter. The episode starts in the United States where a convicted murder and paedophile is about to be executed; simultaneously a CIA officer is talking on the phone as he drives along… the execution takes place and the officer crashes his car; both men should be dead but neither are; in fact nobody is dying! At the time the CIA man crashed he was talking about a one-word message that appeared on CIA computers; that word was 'Torchwood'… then the computers crashed and all record of Torchwood was deleted. Another CIA officer searches down paper files regarding Torchwood and passes on the information to her injured colleague who then leaves hospital and heads to Wales to seek out Gwen and find out what the connection is between Torchwood and the fact that nobody is dying.

This was a surprisingly good opening episode with some good shocks, an interesting story and some genuinely funny moments. John Barrowman and Eve Myles return to their roles as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper and are joined by newcomers Mekhi Phifer and Alexa Havens as CIA agents Rex Matherson and Esther Dummand; both old and new actors do well in their roles. It looks as though partnering with a US channel has brought in quite a lot more money as the episode featured several dramatic explosions including one that involved a helicopter. The episode also included well-known actor Bill Pullman in a relatively small role as the murderer; I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of him in future episodes. It is too soon to judge the whole series yet of course but I am fairly optimistic that this will be a good one.

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