Monday, 12 September 2016

TW 2-08: A Day in the Death (Part 3)

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

Torchwood series 2 episode 8 (Story 21):  Owen's still dead.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for

"A Day In The Death"

Viewing Order

  • Torchwood [1-08] - "They Keep Killing Suzie" (Recommended viewing - previous use of relic.)
  • Torchwood [2-06] - "Reset" (Required viewing - this episode continues from that one.)


[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic Doctor Who series (or the film.)

For context, the following are also covered:
[1ST] - Things that appear for the first time in this episode.
[TW] - Things that first appeared previously in Torchwood.
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new Doctor Who series.

Ongoing References:

  • [TW]  Weevels -  An alien race that has slipped through the rift and infest Cardiff.    Owen seemed to have a connection with them in the Torchwood episode "Combat."

  • [NEW]  Torchwood An organisation created by Queen Victoria after the events of "Tooth and Claw" (Doctor Who series 2)..  Torchwood-1 (London) was destroyed by the events of "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday" (Doctor Who series 2).  This is Torchwood-3 (Cardiff), who first appeared in "Everything Changes(the first episode of Torchwood.)

Clips sequence:

  • [TW]  Owen running - Chasing Bernie Harris in "Ghost Machine."

  • [TW]  Owen shooting - Destroying a lock to get into the warehouse in "Meat."

  • [TW]  Owen injecting - About to break a needle on Beth's skin in "Sleeper."

  • [TW]  Owen studying - Looking at meat in "Meat."

  • [TW]  Owen spraying - Using a very rapey alien spray to get a woman to kiss him (and more) in "Everything Changes."

  • [TW]  Owen dancing - Romancing Diane Holmes in "Out of Time."

  • [TW]  Owen dying - Shot in "Reset."

  • [TW]  Owen resurrecting - Being bought back to life in "Dead Man Walking."

From the previous two episodes.

  • [TW]  Owen Harper's Death - As noted Owen was shot at the end of "Reset."  This, it appears was three days ago.

  • [TW]  Owen Harper's Resurrection - Being bought back to life in "Dead Man Walking."

  • From this episode:

    • [TW]  The Dark Place - John, who was the first person shown resurrected by the first gauntlet in "Everything ChangesTorchwood - Series 1) saying: "Nothing. I saw nothing. Oh, my God. There's nothing." When asked,  "What's out there?" in "They Keep Killing SuzieTorchwood - Series 1) Suzie stated there was "Nothing. Just nothing."  Owen confirmed this when he was revived.

    • [TW]  Torchwood relationships - Jack and Ianto's relationship has been sexual since at least "They Keep Killing SuzieTorchwood - Series 2).  Gwen revealed that her long term boyfriend Rhys Williams had proposed while Jack was missing ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang").  Martha Jones told Owen she had a boyfriend in "Reset," presumably Thomas Milligan who saved her life in an alternate timeline   ("Last of the Time Lords" (Doctor Who - Series 4)).   Tosh had a brief relationship with Tommy Brockless before he was sent back to 1918 in "To The Last Man" (Torchwood - Series 2).

    • [NEW]  Dalek gun - A schematics of a gun used by the humans the Daleks controlled in "Evolution of the Daleks" (Doctor Who - Series 3) appears on a screen behind Jack when he tells Owen to go home.

    • [TW]  Date - Suggested by Tosh in "Meat," (Torchwood series 2) but Owen thought she was suggesting a pool tournament until she said otherwise in "Reset(Torchwood series 2) .

    • [TW]  Dogon Eye - Appeared in "Random Shoes" (Torchwood series 1).

    • [1ST]  Myakian wings - First mention of these items.

    • [TW]  Arcateen - A member of this unnamed race appeared in "Greeks Bearing Gifts" (Torchwood - Series 1).  When one appeared in the first episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures ("Invasion of the Bane") Sarah Jane identified it as being an Arcateen.

    • [1ST]  The Pulse - First appearance of this alien artifact.

    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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