Adrift

Roots: This story is essentially the flip-side of Out of Time, and also bears a remarkable similarity to the story Lost in Short Trips: The Centenarian. There are quotes from Field of Dreams and the Serenity Prayer.

Goofs: Why does Tosh believe people can't be taken through the rift from Cardiff when they've seen it happen repeatedly? (Out of Time, Captain Jack Harkness, End of Days, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). And, for that matter, why does Jack feel the need to keep the facility for returnees secret from the rest of the team? Especially once Gwen starts looking into it.

Why isn't Gwen aware that Cardiff has an unusually high number of missing persons? Isn't that something a police officer would be aware of?

Torchwood doesn't seem to be lacking in funds, so why is the facility so grotty? Why can't they afford a tin of paint?

If Jonah spends 20 hours a day screaming, wouldn't that break his vocal chords? And he'd have to spend the rest of the time just eating and sleeping. Also, it's rather a big coincidence that Gwen's visits coincide with his non-screaming phases and that nobody mentions it to her before she decides to bring Nikki there.

Why didn't Torchwood consider retconning Nikki?

Continuity: Cardiff has an unusually high number of missing persons due to people disappearing through the rift. Some of them come back aged and psychologically damaged. Torchwood has a facility on Flat Holm Island where they care for these returnees, but until this story only Jack and Ianto know about it. Jack set it up when he took over, at which point they had just two of returnees. There are now 17, with the number having increased over the last year.

Andy used to fancy Gwen, and missed the wedding because of it.

Rhys wants to have kids, whilst Gwen thinks that her job with Torchwood makes this impossible.

Links: Gwen and Andy talk about her wedding (Something Borrowed).

Extras: This episode of Torchwood has an episode of Torchwood Declassified

Location: Cardiff – March, October, and November 2008. Flt Holm island October 2008.

The Bottom Line: 'Is that it then? We sweep it under the carpet?' Despite being a Chris Chibnall script this story is actually good. There's a strong emotional core that really works.

Discontinuity Guide by Stephen Gray

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