The Gathering (TV story)
|Main character(s):||Jack, Gwen, Rhys, Rex, Esther, Oswald|
|Featuring:||Jilly, The Mother, Blue-Eyed Man, Shapiro, Charlotte, Noah, Sarah, and Geraint and Mary Cooper|
|Main enemy:||The Three Families, Finch|
|Main setting:||Wales, Scotland, CIA Headquarters, Shanghai and Buenos Aires, 2011|
|Producer:||Kelly A Manners|
|Premiere broadcast:||2 September 2011|
|End of the Road||The Blood Line|
|Another memorable moment|
|One more memorable moment|
- You may be looking for the Big Finish audio story of the same name.
The Gathering was the ninth episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day. It advanced the story 2 months from the previous episode and presented an apocalyptic scenario as the economies of the world collapsed as a result of the Miracle Day phenomena. The Cooper family went out of their way to protect Geraint from being discovered and taken to the ovens for Category 1 disposal. Torchwood also had a direct interrogation with Oswald Danes, who attracted their wrath, but willingly approached them and gave them leads to Jilly Kitzinger's involvement with the Three Families. At the same time, Rex Matheson quickly worked to pinpoint the origins of the Miracle, not aware that a Family agent, Charlotte Wills, was manipulating the CIA toward defeat. Finally, a great revelation concerning the Blessing was made.
This story was a landmark moment for former executive producer of Doctor Who, Russell T Davies, who had his very first in-universe role in a Doctor Who-related production, though a small one. His voice can be heard in the opening moments of the episode as a radio announcer, an easter egg for the viewing audience.
Two months have elapsed. Back at CIA headquarters, Rex is making progress trying to track down the Three Families. References to them are few and far between but he soon begins to think that there is a mole in the CIA. After her deportation back to the UK, Gwen has been working at keeping her father hidden from the government agents responsible for rounding up all Category 1's. Esther and Jack are hiding in Scotland while he recovers from his gunshot wound. They are all soon reunited and even Oswald Danes, also on the run, turns up. Collectively, they soon discover a connection in two places, Shanghai and Buenos Aires, and set out to find the source of the Blessing. Jilly Kitzinger is already in Shangai, having been drawn into the secret families. With the help of Oswald and Rhys, Jack and Esther figure out that Jilly is being used to mistranslate news clips from before the Miracle regarding the destruction of blood banks. One is in Shanghai and the other is in Buenos Aires where Rex has tracked the possible location of a man who was in the cellar in 1928 when Jack was repeatedly killed. The man in Shanghai, who died before the Miracle after burning down the blood bank but not before living for awhile, is shown to have said that "the Blessing saved me" which causes them to realize its there but leaves them confused about why the one in Buenos Aires was blown up. Rhys realizes that the two cities are antipodes, exact opposites of the world and that the Blessing must run between them. Splitting up, Esther, carrying her stockpile of Jack's blood, travels to Buenos Aires and meets up with Rex while Gwen, Jack and Oswald travel to Shanghai using old Torchwood connections after Gwen's father is taken away again. In Shanghai, the group discovers that Jack's blood is being mysteriously drawn from his wound into the ground, implying a connection between Jack's blood and the Blessing.
- 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 Drummond - Candace Brown
- Mary Cooper - Sharon Morgan
- Geraint Cooper - William Thomas
- Charlotte Wills - Marina Benedict
- Allen Shapiro - John de Lancie
- Noah Vickers - Paul James
- Jilly Kitzinger - Lauren Ambrose
- Blue-Eyed Man - Teddy Sears
- The Mother - Frances Fisher
- Ralph Finch - Ian Hughes
- Young Man - Adam Silver
- Chinese Man - Willis Chung
- Surveillance Guy - Danny Szam
- Chinese Worker - Jesse Wang
- Old Man - Gilbert Wynne
Created by Russell T Davies
|Executive Producers Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter|
|Co-executive producer(s) Vlad Wolynetz|
|General production staff||Art department||Make-up and prosthetics
Special and visual effects
|General production staff||Camera, lighting and sound departments|
|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".
- "Shanghaied" is a slang term for "kidnapped". Gwen's father is also removed from his home against his family's wishes.
- Rhys mentions the rolling blackouts from the energy crisis of the 1970s. The baby boom that came afterwards was a result of people taking advantage of the dark.
- The Emergency Powers Act enacted after Miracle Day allows warrantless search of private property based on suspicion of harbouring a Category 1 person.
- There was a fire in the Manhattan Central Records Depository, destroying its records.
- Gwen brings back chicken and chips, saying that fish is too expensive.
- Retcon is used on the man keeping the Cooper residence under surveillance.
- There is an app for thermal imaging.
- Jack mentions a Skullion trading route in the black market.
- Gwen uses diamorphene on her father.
- A man named Huw Jenkins, who had a bad back, was put in Category 1.
- Matty Sheldon offered Rhys a job driving Category 1s.
- Gwen warns her mother about a raid on Oystermouth Road.
- One of the books Victor Podesta authored is called The Devil Within, which talks about Satan and blood, likely inspired by the night he saw Jack repeatedly killed and resurrected in a cellar decades ago.
- Rhys remarks he could say the word "Jesus" and not be in Jerusalem when he dismisses the idea the Blessing is located in Shanghai just because the word is connected to the city. He changes his mind when he sees the Blessing could be linked to more than one location.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina and Shanghai, China are antipodes.
- The Blessing is a sentient vein in the depths of the planet Earth that stretches from Shanghai to Buenos Aires. Those who approach it will encounter sensations of dread, possibly brought on by its attempts to communicate. People who stare at it directly will be given messages that can either uplift them or drive them insane, even to suicide.
- Jack's blood is drawn toward the Blessing, some of which is agitated inside his body to the point it exacerbates his wounds trying to get out. Likewise, Rex Matheson feels similar discomfort from his chest wound, but no bleeding.
Story notes edit
- Russell T Davies' voice is heard as a radio newscaster.
- The first time we see the footage of the Chinese man in the hospital, the Mandarin-to-English subtitles read: "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry". This is one of the Tenth Doctor's frequent statements.
- UK Final: 4.63 Million
Filming locations edit
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Production errors edit
- When Rhys mentions Jesus, his mouth doesn't match the audio on the word Jerusalem.
- Gwen hides her looted drugs in Jubilee Pizza boxes. (TV: Dalek, TV: Everything Changes)
- Gwen mentions "two quid a kid". Ianto's brother in law mentioned how "ten quid a kid" should be the slogan for their creche. (TV: Children of Earth)
- Sarah Jane Smith had previously encountered Skullions who were sold as slaves in a black market trade in alien artefacts. (TV: The Man Who Never Was)
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.