Monday, 15 June 2015

TW 1-04: Cyberwoman

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

Torchwood series 1 episode 4 (Story 4):  Ianto Jones is keeping a woman in the basement.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for


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

For context, the following are also covered:
[1ST] -  The first appearance of things in Doctor Who and related shows.
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series of Doctor Who.
[TW] - Things from previous Torchwood episodes.

Ongoing References...

  • [NEW] Torchwood - This "Secret" organisation was created by Queen Victoria in 1879 and named for the Torchwood Estate (Doctor Who "Tooth & Claw") to fight aliens after she met the Doctor and Rose.  The British PM (who wasn't supposed to know about Torchwood) order them to fire upon the Sycorax spaceship.  Torchwood One (London) were responsible for the "Ghost Shift" (Doctor Who "Army of Ghosts") which led to the Battle of Canary Wharf.  In the future, it was well known enough to be a question in "The Weakest Link" (Doctor Who "Bad Wolf").  This group, Torchwood Three first appeared in "Everything Changes."
  • [NEW] Captain Jack Harkness - Was a Time Agent in the 52nd Century, but went rogue and  disguised as an American airman tried scamming the Time Agency in 1941 accidentally meeting and joining the Doctor.  He first appeared in the new series episodes "The Empty Child" and last appeared in that series in "The Parting of the Ways."  He first appeared as a member of Torchwood Three  in "Everything Changes."
  • [TW]  Jack's immortality - When Jack last appeared in Doctor Who ("Parting of the Ways") he was killed by Daleks and resurrected by Rose/Bad Wolf and left in the future.  He was revealed to be immortal in "Everything Changes."
  • [NEW]  Vortex Manipulators - A wrist-worn device used for time travel (and other functions - including summoning pterodactyls to food, it seems) by Time Agents, including Jack Harkness.

 This episode...

  • [NEW]  Torchwood London - Also known as Torchwood One, appeared (and was destroyed) in "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday."  The events of "Doomsday" known as the Battle of Canary Wharf are referenced here.

  • [NEW]  New Mayor, New Cardiff - The newspaper that the Ninth Doctor had in "Boomtown" is on the inside of the door to the tourist information store (secret entrance to Torchwood).  I appears in this episode, but is difficult to see.

  • [1ST]  Arcan Leisure Crawler - First reference to these beings.  One would later appear in the Sarah Jane Adventures premiere "The Invasion of the Bane."

  • [TW]  Suzie - Suzie Costello was a member of Torchwood Three killed in "Everything Changes."

~ DUG.
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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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