Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Eve Myles (Gwen), Burn Gorman (Owen), Naoko Mori (Toshiko), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto), James Marsters (Captain John Hart), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Tom Price (PC Andy Davidson), Elspeth Morgan (Menna Trussler), Paul Kasey (Blowfish), Crispin Layfield (Mugger), Nathan Ryan (Mugger’s victim), Inika Leigh Wright (Woman in Hologram), Sarah Whyte (Miss Styles)
|Written by||Chris Chibnall|
|Directed by||Ashley Way|
|Produced by||Richard Stokes|
Chris Chibnall wrote the episode with the knowledge that Marsters wished to appear in the series, and has written the part of John Hart”absolutely” for him. The episode was filmed in Cardiff in July 2007.”Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” was seen by fourmillion viewers upon its original broadcast, with an Appreciation Index of 84, and was met with generally positive reviews in both the United Kingdom and United States.
Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) returns to his team in spectacular fashion, walking into the middle of a hostage situation involving his team and an alien Blowfish, shooting the intoxicated Blowfish in the head. At the Hub, his team question why he left them, and he simply responds that he had found his Doctor and that he belongs at Torchwood. The team is then alerted to a death near a multi-storey car park, where the team detect energy from the Rift on the corpse. Jack, to even his surprise, gets a hologram message on his vortex manipulator from a person he recognises, and leaves the team to talk to him.
The person is Captain John Hart (James Marsters), a fellow Time Agent and former lover of Jack. He is responsible for the death, and a public disturbance at a nightclub.
It is clear that John has an ulterior motive; first, he paralyses Gwen and locks her in a crate telling her that if she is not found in two hours, her main organs will stop working and she would die.
John returns to Torchwood, where he takes a pyramid-shaped object from the Blowfish in the morgue. Gwen (who was saved by the rest of the team) and the others arrive, including Jack, who survived due to his immortality.
Unwilling to be murdered, John handcuffs himself to Gwen and swallows the key. Gwen formulates a plan to use the Rift at the car park to contain the explosion, but at the penalty of her own life.