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Captain Jack Harkness 

Jack and Tosh investigate when there are reports of music coming out of nowhere in an abandoned dance hall. While in the building, a temporal shift puts them in back in 1941 but they soon ... See full summary »

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Ashley Way
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Episode complete credited cast:
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Burn Gorman ... Owen Harper
Naoko Mori ... Toshiko Sato
Gareth David-Lloyd ... Ianto Jones
Matt Rippy ... The Captain
Murray Melvin ... Bilis
Elen Rhys ... Nancy
Nadine Beaton Nadine Beaton ... Audrey
Gavin Brocker ... George
Peter Sandys-Clarke ... Tim
Ciaran Joyce ... Smiler
Melissa Moore Melissa Moore ... Singer
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Jack and Tosh investigate when there are reports of music coming out of nowhere in an abandoned dance hall. While in the building, a temporal shift puts them in back in 1941 but they soon realize can't get back to their own time, at least not without Tosh sending those in the present day the necessary equations to make it happen. While at the dance hall, Jack runs into someone he knows, an American RAF pilot by the name of Jack Harkness. In the present day Owen, Ianto and Gwen are working to get them back. Owen wants to open the rift and try to get Diane Holmes back as well, but opening the rift could destroy the city. The dance hall manager, Bilis Manger, seems to have little trouble going back and forth in time however. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2007 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Bilis is shown taking their picture using a classic Polaroid Land Camera. Toshiko uses it as well to take an instant picture to plant for Torchwood to find of her calculations. This event is supposed to be taking place in 1941. Not only was that camera not unveiled until 1948, but instant film had only been invented one year earlier, 1947. However, Bilis is a time traveller and may have obtained it in the future. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Jack first enters the dance hall he is wearing shiny black dress shoes rather than his normal Cat boots. Did he therefore have foreknowledge that this would help him fit in better as an off-duty officer in 1941? See more »

Quotes

Toshiko Sato: Why does that man have your name? I'm lost enough here without you holding back on me.
Captain Jack Harkness: It's not my name. It's his. I took his. But I didn't realise he was... so hot.
Toshiko Sato: Jack!
Captain Jack Harkness: I know too much.
Toshiko Sato: Then share.
Captain Jack Harkness: You wouldn't want that. Trust me.
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Connections

Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: The Saxon Mystery (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Mood
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Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
Performed by Dance Band
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Good Acting & Dialogue on top of a Bad Plot
2 March 2008 | by taser-3See all my reviews

I do agree that the actors' performances here are quite good, and the writer did give the character's some good dialogue/development in this episode. This was such a nice emotional episode that one can easily get drawn into the human drama and overlook an otherwise feebly constructed plot -- which is great for those who don't care about details and simply love the human drama. However, if you are a science fiction fan whose suspension of disbelief "circuit" tends to trip up on poorly designed details, this episode is quite annoying. Over all, the writers abandon ingenuity in favor of using overused, contrived, and misconstrued plot-devices throughout. I will fore go giving a list of issues since such a critique is too long winded for my tastes (and they are very obvious anyway), and simply note the general critique for those of us who find this kind of issue important.


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