Torchwood (2006–2011)
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Something Borrowed 

Friday night: Gwen's late for her own hen party. This is because she's been chasing a man-eating shape-shifter, which bites her before Jack shoots it. Saturday morning: Wedding day. Gwen wakes up heavily pregnant.


Ashley Way


Russell T. Davies (creator), Phil Ford

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Burn Gorman ... Owen Harper
Naoko Mori ... Toshiko Sato
Gareth David-Lloyd ... Ianto Jones
Kai Owen ... Rhys Williams
Nerys Hughes ... Brenda
Sharon Morgan ... Mary
William Thomas ... Geraint
Robin Griffith Robin Griffith ... Barry
Colette Brown Colette Brown ... Carrie (as Collette Brown)
Danielle Henry ... Megan
Ceri Ann Gregory Ceri Ann Gregory ... Trina
Jonny Owen Jonny Owen ... Banana Boat (as Jonathan Lewis Owen)
Morgan Hopkins Morgan Hopkins ... Mervyn


Gwen's most recent encounter with an alien is going to make her wedding a memorable one. Just before meeting her girlfriends for her hen night, she is bitten by an alien. The bite seems inconsequential but she wakes up the next morning quite pregnant and appears to be ready to give birth. She has a lot of explaining to do - to Rhys, her parents, his parents - but she flatly refuses to cancel her big day. As the rest of the Torchwood team try to determine exactly what the culprit might be, there's a woman at the wedding who is very interested in Gwen's condition.: the unborn alien's partner who is there to collect the soon to be born creature. Written by garykmcd

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5 March 2008 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The stables where this was filmed, Tredegar House, was also used in the Doctor Who show, "The Next Doctor", as well as "The End Of Time". See more »


Jack refers to Gwen's pregnancy saying 'Haven't you heard of the immaculate conception?' This is a common error. What he should have referred to was the 'virgin birth'. The dogma of the immaculate conception refers to the belief that Mary (Jesus's mother) was conceived without the stain of original sin. Many people get these two ideas mixed up. See more »


Captain Jack Harkness: [having splattered the nostrovite all over Rhys, who's holding a chainsaw] That whole Evil Dead thing looks good on you, Rhys.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


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Written and performed by Paul Weller
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An episode that is pregnant with originality and humour
10 March 2008 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Something Borrowed" is destined to be remembered as a classic episode of "Torchwood". A well scripted, splendidly acted and well paced tale, my faith in this series has been fully restored over recent weeks.

When Gwen is due to tie the knot with her long suffering fiancée, things go quickly downhill with both horrific (and humorous) consequences.

With a generous helping of fun, this episode has a great cast including the one-and-only Nerys Hughes and the always gorgeous Colette ("Ultraviolet", "Holby City") Brown. Brown is a delight as the predatory alien with a grisly appetite.

Director Ashley Way has demonstrated a golden touch with episodes like "Captain Jack Harkness" and "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang". With "Something Borrowed", Way continues to show a genuine talent for gripping and entertaining drama.

10 out of 10. A tale that enables all the cast to deliver memorable performances. Recommended viewing.

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