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|The Blood Line|
|Main character(s):||Jack, Gwen, Rhys, Rex, Esther, Oswald|
|Featuring:||Jilly, Andy, Blue-Eyed Man, Allen, Charlotte, Noah, Sarah, and Geraint and Mary Cooper|
|Main enemy:||The Three Families, The Mother|
|Main setting:||Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Swansea, Los Angeles and Langley, VA, 2011|
|Writer:||Russell T Davies, Jane Espenson|
|Producer:||Kelly A Manners|
|Premiere broadcast:||9 September 2011|
The Blood Line is the tenth and final episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day. It shows many deaths when the Miracle is reversed. Jack Harkness's immortality returns, and, in a twist, Rex appears to gain similar resurrection powers as well. The Families don't appear to be finished yet. They have a Plan B that Jilly is willing to be a part of.
The Torchwood team travels around the world on a final, desperate mission; the Three Families are unstoppable unless a terrible sacrifice is made. Can the Miracle that has cursed humanity be reversed?
Oswald Danes and Jack Harkness prepare for their confrontation with the Three Families. Gwen tells them about when she was a little girl and her father came home one day. He told them everyone thought he had taken money from his workplace and he wouldn't be getting as much money. Gwen says she ran upstairs and came back with about £2.50. Her father replied, "It's not about the money, it's just that I can't stand anyone thinking I'm dishonest." As she played with him that night, she thought that he was the nicest man in the world. "And today's the day that I kill him."
As they are now aware that Jack's blood is drawn to the Blessing, the Torchwood teams use small amounts of it to determine headings towards the two sites. Rex and Esther contact the CIA for help in infiltrating the Buenos Aires site of the Blessing, while keeping Jack, Gwen, and Oswald's presence in Shanghai a secret. Director Shapiro puts his team on the task. The team includes Charlotte, who is reporting surreptitiously to the Three Families.
A detachment of the Argentinian Army under the command of Captain Federico Santos soon arrives to assist Rex and Esther. While the group is loading up, a Three Families agent with the army opens the briefcase and, seeing it contains packets of blood, detonates a suicide bomb. This makes the other soldiers Category 1 and destroys the briefcase that contained Rex and Esther's supply of Jack's blood. Although Rex, Esther and Captain Santos survive unharmed, Rex tells Santos to report that Esther and he died in the blast to allow them to better infiltrate the Blessing site.
Director Shapiro realises the Three Families' mole must be inside his team. He has Noah run a newly developed program to track any recent phone calls made using the Three Families' method of avoiding traces. Realising she is moments from being discovered, Charlotte calmly retrieves a hidden explosive device from a side office, puts it in her purse in the main meeting room and leaves. The explosion 'category 1s' Shapiro and the rest of his team and lightly injures Charlotte, shielding her from suspicion.
Jack, Gwen and Oswald infiltrate the Shanghai Blessing site and make their way to its exposed face, where they meet the Mother, Jilly Kitzinger and several armed guards. The guards stand down when Oswald reveals he is wearing an explosive vest. This advantage seems short-lived. A radio transmission from the Cousin at the Buenos Aires site reveals that Three Families' operatives there have captured Esther and Rex, but when Oswald says he didn't expect to leave Shanghai alive, the operatives stand down.
After examining the face of the Blessing, Jack and Gwen question the Mother about the Miracle. She admits the Miracle was produced by introducing Jack's immortal blood to the Blessing. This is the first part in a larger plan to take control of the world. By stopping death and destabilizing the economy, the Families are poised to take control of the banks and influence the world's governments. This will lead to a fascist oligarchy which can "decide who lives, how long, where and why."
When Jack moves to open his veins and release his blood into the Blessing, the Mother stops him. This will not undo the Miracle. The original effect required Jack's blood to be introduced at both Blessing sites simultaneously. Since Rex and Esther's supply of Jack's blood was destroyed, she confidentially informs them that there is no way to do this. The Mother orders all of Torchwood killed.
Before this can happen, Rex interrupts and claims he still has some of Jack's blood with him — or rather in him. When he arrived in Buenos Aires, Esther helped Rex transfuse almost all of Jack's blood into his body. This did not kill him only because of the Miracle. The Mother counters that reversing the Miracle would require almost all of the blood in both Rex and Jack's bodies. This would likely kill at least one of them once the Miracle reverted. Rex and Jack do not back down. The Cousin shoots Esther and tells Rex that by undoing the Miracle he will now be killing Esther forever. Rex falters, torn by his feelings for Esther, but after reassurances from Jack and Gwen, he rises and opens the wound over his heart, releasing Jack's blood into the Blessing. Gwen shoots Jack through the heart, releasing his blood as well.
The Miracle ends almost immediately, accompanied by an effect Gwen calls "a breath": all of the world's Category 1 patients regain consciousness for a few seconds, then die in the next breath. This includes Gwen's father, who awakes to hear his wife wishing him goodbye over the phone. At the same time both of the Blessing sites begin to shake, making the structure around them unstable.
Oswald grabs the Mother and urges Gwen to leave. She does, but as the exit elevator rises, Jack returns to life. A brief struggle ensues between Jilly and Gwen. Gwen incapacitates Jilly and returns in the elevator to rescue Jack. The Mother begs Oswald to let her go, but Oswald proclaims he is happy to die and go to hell, as that is where "all the bad little girls" go. Jack and Gwen flee the facility seconds before Oswald detonates his explosives, destroying the Shanghai facility. The Buenos Aires team also move to leave, but before the Cousin can make it out, Rex regains consciousness long enough to grab him and throw him over the edge of the chasm around the Blessing. Rex falls to the ground next to Esther. They watch each other die, but are rescued by Captain Santos and members of the Argentinian Army. Paramedics immediately start work to revive them.
Several months later, Jilly Kitzinger meets the Blue-Eyed Man at a familiar park bench. When she pleads that she has no place to go and no life to live, he offers her a chance to participate in the Three Families' "Plan B", then departs. After some delay, Jilly follows. Elsewhere, Gwen, Rhys, Jack, Charlotte and Rex attend Esther's funeral. Afterward, as Charlotte is leaving, Rex receives the recovered data from Noah's computer. He finds the phone trace indicating that Charlotte is the mole. When Rex tries to stop her from leaving, Charlotte shoots him and is almost immediately gunned down by other agents.
Jack and Gwen rush to Rex's side. He is without a pulse, dead, but then gasps and regains consciousness. Jack and Gwen ask "What?" in shock. Rex questions them on why they are surprised, and Gwen indicates to look at his wound. Rex opens his shirt to see his wound from the gunshot and the one he intially received in The New World heal without leaving scars. As Gwen keeps gaping in shock, Rex gives an angry and confused look at Jack. "You, World War II, what the hell did you do to me?"
- Captain Jack Harkness - John Barrowman
- Gwen Cooper - Eve Myles
- Rex Matheson - Mekhi Phifer
- Esther Drummond - Alexa Havins
- Rhys Williams - Kai Owen
- Oswald Danes - Bill Pullman
- Sarah - Candace Brown
- Sandra Morales - Noemi Del Rio
- Mary Cooper - Sharon Morgan
- Geraint Cooper - William Thomas
- Charlotte Wills - Marina Benedict
- Noah Vickers - Paul James
- Allen Shapiro - John de Lancie
- Sgt Andy Davidson - Tom Price
- Blue-Eyed Man - Teddy Sears
- The Mother - Frances Fisher
- Captain Santos - Benito Martinez
- The Cousin - Chris Butler
- Jilly Kitzinger - Lauren Ambrose
- Little Girl - McKenzie Applegate
- Female Soldier - Veronica Diaz
- Sandra Morales - Noemi Del Rio
- Young Male Soldier - Fernando Fernandez
- Chinese Woman - Cici Lau
- Category One Nurse - Laura Waddell
Created by Russell T Davies
|Executive Producers Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter|
|Co-executive producer(s) Jane Espenson and Vlad Wolynetz|
|General production staff||Art department||Make-up and prosthetics
Special and visual effects
|Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.|
The Starz broadcast carried a final credit of "Originally Developed and Produced by BBC Cymru Wales". The BBC One broadcast says, instead, "BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC Cymru Wales and STARZ Originals".
- The Doctor, the Silurians, and the Racnoss are mentioned. Jack was living on Earth during the events of TV: The Runaway Bride and referenced the Racnoss in TV: The Sound of Drums, praising the Doctor's thwarting of them. Jack also mentions Huon energy, from the same episode; the Racnoss Empress had been using a Torchwood One facility to recreate Huon energy in that episode, leading to the original encounter with her and revelation that the Earth had formed around a lost Racnoss spaceship.
- UNIT is said to have sealed the sites of The Blessing.
- Jack says, "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry", something often said by the Tenth Doctor.
- When Rex comes back to life, the Torchwood team say, "What? What? What?", another line commonly associated with the Tenth Doctor.
- Rex gains Jack Harkness' ability to resurrect through a nearly whole volume blood transfusion of Jack's blood and the reversal of the Miracle.
Story notes Edit
- This episode begins with a monologue by Gwen Cooper. Children of Earth: Day Five, also the final episode of a season arc, began in the same way. The key difference is that in the earlier episode Gwen is recording a message when she speaks; in this episode, although it is filmed as a monologue, Jack is visible in the background. She is actually speaking to him.
- Also as in Children of Earth: Day Five the Doctor is mentioned, and the epilogue takes place some time after the resolution of the story (though likely not as long as in Day Five).
- The Australian broadcast ended with the caption, "Jack will be back in January 2012." This led to rumour that Series 5 would air only a few months later, but there has been no commencement of production of a new season as of January 2012. The caption referred to "Jackfest," a month-long event on UKTV Australia.
- UK Final: 5.13 million
Filming locations Edit
to be added
Production errors Edit
- If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.On several occasions the reflection of the green screen can be seen on the knife Jack is holding.
- The CIA software states that Charlotte's phone was last used on 9/9/11 at 12.49. This would have been 1.49pm in Buenos Aires, after the explosives sealed off the Blessing.
- When looking at his phone after Esther's funeral, Rex is holding it vertically when facing the camera, but horizontally when the camera is looking at the screen.
- The footage of Shanghai, China before the scene where Gwen searches for the alleyway was actually shot in Hong Kong.
- When Jilly meets the Blue-Eyed Man again, a boom mic can be seen.
- Jack mentions the Silurians and the Racnoss as possible explanations for the Blessing. The Silurians had lived underground for millennia (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians et al), and the Earth was initially formed around a Racnoss nest, which was at the centre of the planet. (TV: The Runaway Bride)
- When Jack reveals to Oswald that he is from the future, Oswald guesses that he knows if they make it through this day, only to be told by Jack that "the future can change". The fact that "time can be rewritten" has been a theme in recent Doctor Who. (TV: Forest of the Dead, Flesh and Stone, A Christmas Carol, Let's Kill Hitler)
- Gwen says that the Blessing may be the most terrestrial thing Torchwood has encountered. However in the first-season episode TV: Countrycide, Torchwood encountered humans responsible for what they believed to be 'aliens' when investigating several disappearances; however, she may have been speaking literally as it is in the Earth itself. That episode stands as the first and (as of 2011 only) episode in the history of the Doctor Who franchise to feature no science fictional elements of any kind.
- The CIA trace to find the mole states the phone was last used on 9th September 2011, meaning part of this episode occurred on the same day the episode was first broadcast, just like TV: The Big Bang and The Wedding of River Song. This theory is strengthened by the fact that a lot of references were shown (mostly outside episodes) claiming, "Death Ends 7.8.11", which was the U.S. broadcast date for the first episode.
Home video releases Edit
This episode was released worldwide in a box set containing all ten episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day. In the United Kingdom, it was released on Region 2 DVD and Region Free Blu-ray on 14 November 2011. In Australia, it was released in Region 4 DVD and Region B Blu-Ray on 1 December 2011. In New Zealand, the same sets were released on 7 December 2011. In North America, it was released on Region 1 DVD and Region Free Blu-Ray on 3 April 2012.