A Day in the Death
Roots: There are references to the Bible (Jesus' resurrection, the angel Gabriel), Howard Hughes, James Herbet's The Fog Tintin, and Chuck Berry. We see a clip from To Buy or Not to Buy.
Goofs: Martha's advice to Owen that he needs to exercise to keep his body working makes no sense. Without biological repairs, exercise will just wear out the muscles. Also, Owen can't perform CPR, but still has enough air in his lungs to talk. Also, part of CPR is chest compressions – which don't require breath.
If Owen's wound needs regular re-stitching, why not just superglue it back together? Glue is often used in place of stitches for surgical cuts.
Given that Henry Parker is hooked up to all that medical equipment, and his dialogue clearly indicates that he's had medical treatment recently it's a bit odd that Gwen thinks nobody's seen him since 1986. [She's using a figure of speech to indicate that he hasn't left the grounds of his mansion.]
Just why is Owen carrying a bit of alien tech when he leaves the Hub? Jack put a stop to Torchwood personnel taking alien tech home in Everything Changes.
If the Pulse is an alien reply to the messages NASA sent into space on Voyager, how did it arrive on Earth before Voyager even left the solar system? [It isn't. It's just an alien thing that fell through the rift.]
Continuity: Martha's choice of coffee is a cappuccino with chocolate sprinkles.
Owen has lost his sense of touch. He permanently injures his hand here, and throws away all the food and drink in his flat.
Henry John Parker is a millionaire who collects alien objects until his death here. Over the last year, he has acquired a Dogon eye, a pair of Myakian wings, some meteorites, and an Arcateenian translation of James Herbert's The Fog.
Links: The episode opens with flashbacks from Everything Changes, Ghost Machine, Out of Time, Meat, and Reset.
Extras: This episode has an episode of Torchwood: DeClassified.
Location: Cardiff, probably September 2008.
The Bottom Line: “You get to live forever. I get to die forever.” There's a nice attempt to use Owen's condition to look at attitudes to imminent death, with the plot being pretty much incidental. Unfortunately, like so much of Torchwood, it falls just short of engaging the emotions. Quite frankly, this theme was done better n just one scene in Out of Time.