Monday, 11 May 2015

TW 01-02: Day One

A Guide to Classic Who references (and other references) in Torchwood episodes.

Torchwood: Series 1 episode 2 (Story 2):  Gwen Cooper works for the "secret" organisation Torchwood for the first time.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for

"Day One"

Viewing Order

[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series of Doctor Who (or the film.)  Episode List. [No direct references to classic Who this time.  Sorry.]

For context, the following are also covered:
[1ST] -  The first appearance of things in Doctor Who and related shows.
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series of Doctor Who.
[TW] - Things from previous Torchwood episodes.

Ongoing References...

The following references were also made in previous episodes of Torchwood and so are listed again here.  To get to the new references, skip ahead.

  • [NEW] Torchwood - This "Secret" organisation was created by Queen Victoria in 1879 and named for the Torchwood Estate (Doctor Who "Tooth & Claw") to fight aliens after she met the Doctor and Rose.  The British PM (who wasn't supposed to know about Torchwood) order them to fire upon the Sycorax spaceship.  Torchwood One (London) were responsible for the "Ghost Shift" (Doctor Who "Army of Ghosts") which led to the Battle of Canary Wharf.  In the future, it was well known enough to be a question in "The Weakest Link" (Doctor Who "Bad Wolf").  This group, Torchwood Three first appeared in "Everything Changes."
  • [NEW] Captain Jack Harkness - Was a Time Agent in the 52nd Century, but went rogue and  disguised as an American airman tried scamming the Time Agency in 1941 accidentally meeting and joining the Doctor.  He first appeared in the new series episodes "The Empty Child" and last appeared in that series in "The Parting of the Ways."  He first appeared as a member of Torchwood Three  in "Everything Changes."
  • [NEW]  Vortex Manipulators - A wrist-worn device used for time travel (and other functions) by Time Agents, including Jack Harkness. 
  • [TW]  Weevils - A race that has infested Cardiff.
  • [NEW]  Hand in the Jar - The Doctor's hand from "The Christmas Invasion."
  • [TW]  Jack's immortality - When Jack last appeared in Doctor Who ("Parting of the Ways") he was killed by Daleks and resurrected by Rose/Bad Wolf and left in the future.  He was revealed to be immortal in "Everything Changes."

 This episode...

  • [1ST]  Unnamed Gaseous Alien - First appearance of this alien lifeform.  Another race of gas-like creatures called the Gelth appeared in Doctor Who "The Unquiet Dead."

  • [TW]  Suzie - Suzie Costello was a member of Torchwood Three killed in "Everything Changes."  It seems like she may have had the team high school and may have rocked.

  • [1ST]  Inflatable Cell - First appearance of this tech.

Previous:  "Everything Changes"
Next:  "Ghost Machine"

Gwen is upset I couldn't find references to classic Who.

The Time Crash blog was created to help New Who fans understand Classic Who references - and to know if something isn't a reference but a new idea.  If there's a reference I missed or a subject that you feel needs more explaining, please comment.

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