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Torchwood: Out of Time

The team investigate when a plane from 1953 lands in Cardiff after traveling through a time rift. The three people on the plane learn that they will never be able to return to their own time. All three of them make connections with different members of the Torchwood team and have to try and adjust to their new surroundings.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 110
Airdate: Sunday December 17th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

USA Nov 10, 2007
NL (Sci-Fi) May 13, 2009

Starring Roles
Kai OwenKai Owen
As Rhys Williams

Guest Stars
Louise DelamereLouise Delamere
As Diane Holmes
Mark Lewis JonesMark Lewis Jones
As John Ellis
Olivia HallinanOlivia Hallinan
As Emma Louise Cowell
Sam BeazleySam Beazley
As Alan Ellis (as Sam Beezley)
Manon FennaManon Fenna
As Nurse
Nila AaliaNila Aalia
As Flying Instructor (as Nila Allia)
Ciaran DowdCiaran Dowd
As Barman
Main Cast
John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman
As Captain Jack Harkness
Eve MylesEve Myles
As Gwen Cooper
Burn GormanBurn Gorman
As Owen Harper
Naoko MoriNaoko Mori
As Toshiko Sato
Gareth David-LloydGareth David-Lloyd
As Ianto Jones


Owen, Jack, and Gwen are waiting at an airfield as a 1946 de Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide comes in for a landing. The plane, Sky Gypsy, pulls to a halt and three people emerge. The pilot, Diane Holmes, apologizes for coming down unexpectedly. The two passengers, John Ellis and Emma Louise Cowell, emerge and Jack asks them when they left. Diane confirms they left on December 18… 1953...

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Episode Notes
The airplane used in this episode was a 1946 de Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Groove ArmadaI See You BabyEmma, at the night club
Ludwig Van BeethovenMoonlight Sonataat the hostel, on John's radio
Ray LaMontagneTroubleat Owen's apartment, with Diane
Tony BennettThe Good Lifeparking garage, as Owen and Diane dance

Episode Quotes
(arriving at a grocery store's automatic doors)
Diane Holmes: How did it do that?
Ianto: It's automatic. It knows you're there.
Diane Holmes: But how?
Ianto: There are wave bouncing detectors which emit high frequency radio waves and then look for reflections...
Diane Holmes: Bananas!
Ianto: Of course, bananas are far more interesting.

John Ellis: Look at all this. We’d just come rationing in ’53.
Ianto: Yeah, sorry. We are a consumer society.
John Ellis: It’s bloody fantastic!

(finding a gentleman's magazine)
Ianto: Welcome to the world of scantily-clad celebrities.
John Ellis: But, there could be children around here.
Ianto: She's a children's TV presenter.

Owen: I've, uh, I''ve been reading up on you. England to Australia in four days, 1952, that is impressive.
Diane Holmes: Yeah, terrible wind across the Bengal Bay.
Owen: Something you ate?

Diane Holmes: So what other strides have women made?
Owen: Well, under "strange but true", how about this? You don’t have to have sex to have kids any more.
Diane Holmes: What? How come?
Owen: Get yourself inseminated with a sort of syringe. Cheery little process. Seriously, men donate sperm anonymously. A little shuffle into a pot at a sperm bank. And they say romance is dead.
Diane Holmes: Oh, come on, I wasn’t born yesterday.
Owen: No, but for a bird who's going on 90, you look pretty hot.

Diane Holmes: Do you have a girlfriend?
Owen: No.
Diane Holmes: So who do all those beauty products belong to?
Owen: Uh, me, actually.
Diane Holmes: No?
Owen: Oi, real men can moisturise too, you know.

Owen: I always thought the '50s were uptight, sexually repressed, you know.
Diane Holmes: You didn't invent it, you know.

Jack: There's no puzzle to solve, no enemy to fight, just three lost people who've somehow become our responsibility.

(Jack stops John from killing himself)
Jack: You can’t just throw it away, not without trying!
John Ellis: I’m not as strong as you! You don’t understand.
Jack: I do. I was born in the future. Lived in your past. My time has gone, too
John Ellis: Why are you doing this? Speaking to me in bloody riddles, keeping me here when my wife is dead, my son is a shell...
Jack: John, you’re still young. You can get work, make friends, start a family.
John Ellis: I did all that, Jack. Years ago. When I was meant to.

Jack: I can’t leave you here.
John Ellis: Then we’ll wait. The sun will rise, we’ll have some breakfast, take a walk...
Jack: Yes. A new day.
John Ellis: And I’ll suffer it all and smile and wag my tail. And then, as soon as your back is turned, I’ll make sure I do it properly. Because I want to die.
Jack: You don’t get reunited, John. It just goes black.
John Ellis: How do you know?
Jack: I died once.
John Ellis: Who are you?
Jack: A man, like you, out of his time, alone and scared.
John Ellis: How do you cope?
Jack: It’s just bearable. It has to be. I don’t have a choice.
John Ellis: But I do. If you want to help me, then let me go with some dignity. Don’t condemn me to live.

Owen: I don't know if I can do this anymore. This isn't how it works for me. I've slept with enough women, I've done the fuck buddies thing. This is not it. I can't concentrate. All I see is you. All I can think about is what you're wearing, what you're thinking, what your... what your face looks like when you come. It's been, what, a week? And, uh... it's like, I don’t know, when I'm not with you, erm, I'm out of focus. How have you done this to me? I'm scared. I'm fucking scared.
Diane Holmes: I love you, too.

Diane Holmes: The thing about love is that you’re always at its mercy.

Owen: I’ll come with you.
Diane Holmes: I fly solo, Owen. I go faster and further than others.
Owen: You have no idea how this Rift works. You could end up anywhere.
Diane Holmes: That’s the beauty of it.
Owen: It’s too dangerous!
Diane Holmes: It’s what I do.

Episode Goofs
According to Diane, Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1932. In reality, she disappeared on July 2, 1937.

Diane, John and Emma set off on their journey to Dublin on December 18, 1953. Later, Emma claims that she and her best friend have gone to see Calamity Jane in the cinema five times. Although the film was released in the United States the previous month, it was not released in Britain until 1954. It is therefore unlikely that Emma could have seen it unless she had been in America recently and there is no evidence of that in the episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRussell T. Davies
Executive ProducerJulie Gardner  |  Russell T. Davies
ProducerRichard Stokes
Co-ProducerChris Chibnall
Associate ProducerTerry Reeve
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorBobby Sheikh
First Assistant DirectorNick Rae
Second Assistant DirectorLynsey Muir
MusicBen Foster (3)
Costume DesignerRay Holman
Make-upKate Roberts  |  Sarah Astley-Hughes
GripDai Hopkins
Camera OperatorJenny Budd
Location ManagerPaul Davies (3)
Production CoordinatorCarmelina Palumbo
Assistant EditorMatt Mullins (2)
Post Production SupervisorHelen Vallis  |  Chris Blatchford
Supervising Sound EditorDoug Sinclair (2)
GafferMickey Reeves
On-Line EditorMatthew Clarke (2)  |  Jon Everett
Director of PhotographyRay Orton
Production SecretaryMargarita Felices
Storyboard ArtistShaun Williams
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementCatrin Lewis Defis
Sound EditorPaul McFadden
Script EditorBrian Minchin
Assistant ProducerSophie Fante
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistDave Baumber
Third Assistant DirectorPaul Bennett (2)
Costume SupervisorBobbie Peach
Boom OperatorKevin Staples (2)
Art Department CoordinatorMatt North (1)
Main Title ThemeMurray Gold
Production AccountantCeri Tothill  |  Endaf Emyr Williams
Camera AssistantSteve Davies
Best BoyLlyr Evans
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Unit ManagerGeraint Havard Jones
ColoristMick Vincent
ContinuitySuzanna Binding
Focus PullerAlwyn Hughes
Assistant Art DirectorNadia Dand
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
DesignerPenny Harvey
Supervising Art DirectorKeith Dunne
Standby Art DirectorJon Howes
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Art Department Production ManagerJonathan Allison
Sound Special Effects EditorHoward Eaves
Make-up DesignerMarie Doris  |  Claire Pritchard
Chief Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Props MasterStuart Wooddisse
Costume AssistantSara Morgan  |  Maire Jones  |  Maria Franchi
Script SecretaryClaire Thomas  |  Helen Pugsley
Art Department Operations ManagerAdrian Anscombe
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