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Children of Earth: Day Five 

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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Russell T. Davies (creator), Russell T. Davies

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Kai Owen ... Rhys Williams
Peter Capaldi ... John Frobisher
Nicholas Farrell ... Brian Green (as Niholas Farrell)
Susan Brown ... Bridget Spears
Lucy Cohu ... Alice Carter
Ian Gelder ... Mr Dekker
Cush Jumbo ... Lois Habiba
Liz May Brice ... Johnson
Colin McFarlane ... General Pierce
Deborah Findlay ... Denise Riley (as Deborah Finlay)
Katy Wix ... Rhiannon Davies
Rhodri Lewis Rhodri Lewis ... Johnny Davies
Hilary Maclean Hilary Maclean ... Anna Frobisher (as Hillary Maclean)


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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Release Date:

24 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At one point Bridget tries to convince Lois that John Frobisher ( Peter Capaldi ) is actually, "a good man". A running theme of the 12th Doctor (also played by Capaldi) on Doctor Who (2005) is him asking if he is, "a good man". 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 »


[first lines]
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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Alternate Versions

On DVD and Blu-ray, there are differences in music compared to the broadcast version. Last-minute changes were made before broadcast, but the episode had already been released to manufacture leaving it too late to change and still meet the street date. Some scenes have music that went without for broadcast and the climactic dramatic scenes have female vocalizations in the broadcast version while the disc version maintains the episode's intense rhythmic track. See more »


Featured in Torchwood Declassified: Children of Earth (2009) See more »


Torchwood Theme
Written by Murray Gold
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wow! (first emotional response)
11 July 2009 | by KosinusSee all my reviews

...can't decide on my vote yet... I never give 10, maybe I should reconsider... I terms of emotional response: I only had similarly strong responses to bab-5 and Buffy (sorry, if you hate this comparison...) without giving away too much: Russel T. Davis does what needs to be done to serve the story, the characters and the drama. Therefor I would like to put him in one line along with Joss Whedon and J. Michael Straczynski. This time he did not make the same, IMHO, mistake he did with the doctor. He did not just re-arrange his favorite motives and concepts and characters; with this season he wrote a nice story, that caught, at least me, perfectly. In one flow...

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