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Torchwood: Children of Earth (4)

Jack explains to the rest of the team what happened in 1965 and why he had to hand the children over. It is revealed that Clement was one of the children that was going to be handed over. Frobisher tries to find out what will happen to the children if they are handed over to the 456. The 456 announce that if their demands aren't met, then the whole of the human race will be wiped out. With Lois' continued help, the team find out what the world's leaders are going to do about the 456's demands and how the children that will be handed over will be selected.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x4
Production Number: 304
Airdate: Thursday July 09th, 2009

Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: John Fay

Alternate Airdates:

USA Jul 23, 2009
DE (RTL 2) Oct 07, 2009
SE (TV4) Feb 24, 2010

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (16 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
Kai Owen
As Rhys Williams

Guest Stars
Peter Capaldi
As John Frobisher
Paul Copley
As Clement McDonald
Nicholas Farrell
As Brian Green
Susan Brown (1)
As Bridget Spears
Lucy Cohu
As Alice Carter
Cush Jumbo
As Lois Habiba
Liz May Brice
As Johnson
Ian Gelder
As Mr Dekker
Colin McFarlane
As General Pierce
Deborah Findlay
As Denise Riley
Nicholas Briggs
As Rick Yates
Charles Abomeli
As Colonel Augustus Oduya
Katy Wix
As Rhiannon Davies
Rhodri Lewis
As Johnny Davies
Hilary MacLean
As Anna Frobisher
Luke Perry (2)
As David Davies
Aimee Davies
As Mica Davies
Bear McCausland
As Steven Carter
Julia Joyce
As Holly Frobisher
Madeleine Rakic-Platt
As Lilly Frobisher
Simon Poland
voiced 456
Gregory Ferguson
As Young Clem
Ben Loyd Holmes
As Operative
Louise Minchin
As Newscaster
Anthony Debaeck
As French Newsreader
LaChele Carl
As Trinity Wells
Patrice Naiambana
As Defence Secretary (as Patric Naiambana)
Sophie Hunter
As Vanessa
Main Cast
John Barrowman
As Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles
As Gwen Cooper
Gareth David-Lloyd
As Ianto Jones


Scotland in 1965. Jack drives up and meets with a woman who confirms they are at the coordinates specified by the aliens designated 456. She explains that in four months the virus will mutate and it could claim up to 25 million people. The 456 will offer the antivirus in exchange for 12 children. Jack admits it's a good deal and the woman confirms that the children will live forever. She tells Jack that they need him to deliver the children because he doesn't care...

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Episode Quotes
Jack: How many children do they want?
Venessa: Twelve. It's like a sacrifice to the ancient gods. Twelve virgins.
Jack: Just 12? Sounds like a good deal. What do they want them for?
Venessa: They say they'll live forever.
Jack: Yeah. Sure. Why do you need me?
Venessa: Well, assuming 12 children can be found, then we need someone to deliver them.
Jack: What, in case the aliens are hostile? You need someone who can't die?
Venessa: Actually, we need someone who doesn't care.

Alice Carter: I can only assume that you're holding me here as insurance against my father. But let me warn you, if you've angered him, then God help you.
Johnson: This from the woman who spent her life running away from him.
Alice Carter: And why do you think I did that? A man who can't die has got nothing to fear. So you watch it and you keep watching.

Jack: There's a saying here on Earth. A very old, very wise friend of mine taught me it. An injury to one is an injury to all. And when people act according to that philosophy, the human race is the finest species in the universe.
Ianto: Never mind the philosophy. What he's saying is you're not getting one solitary, single child. The deal is off.
Jack: Uh, I like the philosophy.
Ianto: I gathered.

Jack: It's all my fault.
Ianto: No, it's not.
Jack: Don't speak. Save your breath.
Ianto: I love you.. I...
Jack: Don't. Ianto. Ianto. Ianto, stay with me. Ianto, stay with me, please. Please.
Ianto: Hey... It was good, yeah?
Jack: Yeah.
Ianto: Don't forget me.
Jack: Never could.
Ianto: A thousand years' time, you won't remember me.
Jack: Yes, I will. I promise. I will.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRussell T. Davies
Executive ProducerJulie Gardner  |  Russell T. Davies
ProducerPeter Bennett (3)
Associate ProducerCatrin Lewis Defis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorWill Oswald
First Assistant DirectorRhidian Evans
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicBen Foster (3)
Costume DesignerRay Holman
Make-upHannah Proverbs  |  Nel Batt
GripClive Baldwin
Camera OperatorAlwyn Hughes  |  James Leigh
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerNicky James
Production CoordinatorClaire Rutteman
Assistant EditorCarmen Sanchez Roberts
Post Production SupervisorHelen Vallis  |  Chris Blatchford
Supervising Sound EditorDoug Sinclair (2)
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorGeraint Pari Huws  |  Matt Mullins (2)
Director of PhotographyRory Taylor
Stunt CoordinatorTom Lucy
Production SecretaryClaire Thomas
Storyboard ArtistShaun Williams
Production ManagementSteff Morris
Assistant ProducerBrian Minchin
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistJulian Howarth
Third Assistant DirectorDavid Chalstrey
Costume SupervisorLindsay Bonaccorsi
Boom OperatorJeff Welch
Main Title ThemeMurray Gold
Visual Effects SupervisorBarney Curnow
Production AccountantCeri Tothill  |  Carole Wakefield
Camera AssistantJon Vidgen  |  Tom Hartley
Sound AssistantBryn Thomas
Best BoySteve Slocombe
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Visual Effects ProducerMarie Jones (3)
Special Effects SupervisorBen Ashmore
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerJames North
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
ColoristJon Everett
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerJames Southcott  |  Steve Rees
RunnerNicola Brown (2)  |  Tom Evans (2)  |  Alison Jones
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Standby Art DirectorArwel Wyn Jones
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Sound Special Effects EditorHoward Eaves
Make-up DesignerMarie Doris
Assistant Location ManagerGareth Skelding
Make-up SupervisorAbi Brotherton
Chief Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Props MasterStuart Wooddisse
Costume AssistantGemma Evans  |  Sara Morgan
Warning: Torchwood season 3 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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