Torchwood (2006–2011)
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A Day in the Death 

Owen's been dead for three days and finds it unbearable. He meets a woman contemplating jumping off a roof and reveals that there is nothing after death. He then tells the woman how he ended up coming to the roof.


Andy Goddard


Russell T. Davies (creator), Joseph Lidster

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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
Kai Owen ... Rhys Williams
Freema Agyeman ... Martha Jones
Richard Briers ... Parker
Christine Bottomley ... Maggie
Louis Decosta Johnson Louis Decosta Johnson ... Farrington
Brett Allen ... Taylor
Gil Kolirin ... Webb


Owen is effectively no longer a member of Torchwood. Jack as replaced him as the team doctor with Martha Jones and Owen is stripped of any responsibilities. Jack tells him just to go home. He's been dead for three days and has no idea what to do with himself. Tosh spends time with him but he's become cold and resentful. When Torchwood detects a strange and potentially dangerous energy source at the home of Henry Parker, Owen is the best candidate to investigate. Parker is in possession of an alien device that he thinks is keeping him alive. Afterward, Owen takes to chatting to a young woman he meets on the roof who apparently wishes to commit suicide. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


Whilst reading out the list of items Parker has purchased recently, and item called a Dogon eye is mentioned. This is the same item that Eugene had in Series 1 Episode 9 "Random Shoes" See more »


In the scene where Owen and Maggie are sitting on the ledge, and she flips her cigarette, you can see a line coming out from behind Owen. Presumably a harness to keep him from falling off. See more »


[first lines]
Owen Harper: My name is Doctor Owen Harper, and this is my life. A life that is full of action and violence and work and wonder. Secrets and sex and love and heartbreak and death. My death. The death I survived. The death I am now living through. Except that is isn't living. Every day is the same. I get up. Get ready for work, same as everyone else. The thing is, I'm not the same. I get to work and everyone's doing the same old thing. Babbling away about aliens and weddings. I'm not real. Three...
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References The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) See more »


Torchwood Theme
Written by Murray Gold
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A satisfactory conclusion to the "Owen" arc
10 March 2008 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"A Day in the Death" concludes the Owen arc of Season 2 of "Torchwood" in a satisfactory, and unusually upbeat, manner.

Following his experience at the hands of Death, Owen is a changed man in more ways than one. This episode shows the character coming to terms with his new condition. It's another opportunity for Burn Gorman to reveal new elements of Owen's personality. There's no doubt that Harper has been on a journey since the beginning of the first season.

The episode includes an appearance by television legend Richard Briers. Briers plays a man on the edge of death with chilling realism.

8 out of 10. Another strong episode.

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