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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 OwenKai Owen
As Rhys Williams
Recurring

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

Recap

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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