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Torchwood: Fragments

When four members of Torchwood are caught in an explosion, the unconscious team recall the day each were recruited to the organisation.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x12
Production Number: 212
Airdate: Friday March 21st, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

USA Apr 12, 2008
DE (RTL 2) Aug 26, 2008
SE (TV4) Sep 21, 2008
CA (SPACE) Oct 17, 2008
NL (Sci-Fi) Aug 26, 2009

Starring Roles
Kai OwenKai Owen
As Rhys Williams

Guest Stars
Amy MansonAmy Manson
As Alice Guppy
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Blowfish / Weevil
Skye BennettSkye Bennett
As Little Girl
Noriko AidaNoriko Aida
As Toshiko's Mother
Heather CraneyHeather Craney
As Emily Holroyd
Gareth Jones (2)Gareth Jones (2)
As Security Guard
Andrea LoweAndrea Lowe
As Katie
Selva RasalingamSelva Rasalingam
As Psychiatrist

James MarstersJames Marsters
As Captain John Hart
Lachlan NieboerLachlan Nieboer
As Gray
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


Jack, Ianto, Owen, and Tosh track aliens to a building in the middle of nowhere. As they notify Gwen by radio to meet them, Tosh confirms the alien energy patterns don't match one they've seen before. They split up and Tosh and Jack detect one creature at either end of the building. As they split up, Owen and Ianto cover the other end. Each member finds an explosive device that goes off just as they find them...

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Episode Quotes
(pulling a bottle out of his gut)
Jack: Ladies! Torso of steel, a shilling a feel. Any takers?

Jack: Silent types? That's okay. I used to date a guy with no mouth. Surprisingly creative.

Jack: Hey, when you joked about the millennium bug, I didn't realise it was gonna have 18 legs stacked with poison. Anyone home? Hey! You know you're supposed to party like it's... (finds his teammates dead) Alex?
Alex: Jack! Just in time.
Jack: Alex? What happened? Who did this?
Alex: Me.
Jack: What? Why?
Alex: We got it wrong, Jack. We thought we could control the stuff we found. And what's it brought us? So much death.
Jack: What happened to them?
Alex: It's good you're here. Always did have great timing. This place, it's yours. Torchwood Three. Mmy gift to you, Jack, for a century of service as field operative. Fill this place with purpose. Before it's too late. Please.
Jack: Alex, listen. It's going to be okay.
Alex: No. It's not. It's really not. I looked inside. It showed me what's coming. They were mercy killings. It's the kindest thing I could do. So none of us see the storm. I'm sorry I can't do the same for you. 21st century, Jack. Everything's gonna change. And we're not ready. (shoots himself)
Jack: Alex!

Tosh: Who are you?
Jack: Nobody. I don't exist. And for a man with my charisma, that is quite an achievement.

(tracking a pterodactyl)
Jack: Yeah, it's quite excitable.
Ianto: Must be the aftershave.
Jack: Never wear any.
Ianto: You smell like that naturally?
Jack: Fifty-first century pheromones. People have no idea.

Ianto: What exactly is your plan?
Jack: I'm gonna be the decoy.
Ianto: And it won't rip you to shreds?
Jack: Dinosaurs? Had them for breakfast. Had to. Only source of food protein after the asteroid crashed. Long story.

Katie: It's like being lost in a place you know really well, you can't get your bearings. Sometimes it comes back to you. and sometimes... I'm sorry, Owen.
Owen: What've you got to be sorry for?
Katie: I don't want to put you through this. Last night, I dreamt that you left me.
Owen: Come on. Nobody's leaving anyone.

Owen: You're not a figment of my imagination and I don't know what's happening any more. Maybe this is what a mental breakdown feels like.
Jack: You're fine. It's the rest of the world that's delusional.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRussell T. Davies
Executive ProducerJulie Gardner  |  Russell T. Davies
ProducerRichard Stokes
Co-ProducerChris Chibnall
Associate ProducerCatrin Lewis Defis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorFergus MacKinnon
First Assistant DirectorSusanna Shaw  |  Nick Britz
Second Assistant DirectorPru Mettyer
Costume DesignerRay Holman
Camera OperatorJames Moss
Set DecoratorClaire Leytes
Location ManagerNicky James
Production CoordinatorHannah Simpson
Post Production SupervisorHelen Vallis  |  Chris Blatchford
Supervising Sound EditorDoug Sinclair (2)
GafferJohn Truckle
On-Line EditorMark Bright (2)
Director of PhotographySimon Butcher (2)
Stunt CoordinatorTom Lucy
Production ManagementSteff Morris
Script EditorGary Russell
Dubbing MixerPeter Jeffreys
Sound RecordistDave Baumber
Costume SupervisorCharlotte Mitchell
Main Title ThemeMurray Gold
Visual Effects SupervisorBarney Curnow
Production AccountantCeri Tothill
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Visual Effects ProducerMarie Jones (3)
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
ColoristMick Vincent
ContinuityVicky Cole
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Incidental MusicBen Foster (3)
Supervising Art DirectorKeith Dunne
Standby Art DirectorBeverley Gerard
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Make-up DesignerMarie Doris
Make-up SupervisorClaire Pritchard
Props MasterStuart Wooddisse
Series DesignerJulian Luxton
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