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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




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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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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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Torchwood: Children Of The Earth Is Fantastic!
20 July 2009 | by urdivineSee all my reviews

After 58 years of watching television. 13+ years on the internet. This is my first comment for any TV show.

A previous commenter is right. This was really good. Great drama and not too many special effects which we Americans are obsessed with. Plus our imagination is all that is needed for some parts of the show. If you know what I mean for those that have seen it.

Five episodes was perfect for this story also. I cannot imagine this being as good if is was only a typical 12o minute movie or the ridiculous 24 episode seasons that we have.

I just thank God for the internet, otherwise I would never be able to see this, Hope Springs, The Office - UK version, Hotel Babylon and others.

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