A Day In The Death
John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Eve Myles (Gwen), Burn Gorman (Owen), Naoko Mori (Toshiko), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), Richard Briers (Parker), Christine Bottomley (Maggie), Louis Decosta Johnson (Farrington), Brett Allen (Taylor), Gil Kolirin (Webb)
|Written by||Joseph Lidster|
|Directed by||Andy Goddard|
|Produced by||Richard Stokes|
“A Day in the Death” is the eighth episode of the second series of British science fiction television series Torchwood, This episode is the last of three to feature Doctor Who companion, Martha Jones, and also features guest star Richard Briers.Owen Harper narrates the opening of the episode, detailing his life and his death, which he is living through. On top of a building Owen sits with a woman, asking her if she is ready to jump.
After revealing his undead state, Owen tells the woman about the days since his death, shown as a series of flashbacks. Jack relieves Owen of his duties so he can be monitored and protected.
Owen is angry when Martha Jones assumes his position, and further disheartened when he is given Ianto’s job of making coffee. He feels useless, conscious that he’s always been alone while each one of the Torchwood team has or has had someone in their life (Ianto and Jack, Gwen and Rhys, Martha and her boyfriend, Tosh and Tommy).
Martha concludes that Owen is 100% human yet will not age. The team discusses a series of energy spikes coming from the estate of a reclusive collector of alien artifacts, Henry Parker. Parker has not been seen since 1986, leading the team to wonder what he has inside his house. They devise a plan to find out the origin of the energy spikes, excluding Owen from the task.
As Owen toys with a scalpel in the autopsy room, Martha tries to reassure him that she doesn’t want his job. While talking, she realises that Owen has sliced his hand – a wound he can’t feel, which won’t heal. Owen heads home, where he begins to clear out his apartment. Tosh arrives to keep him company, and Owen zones out.
On the roof, the woman says Owen and Tosh sound like a married couple.
She tells him that her husband died in a car accident on their wedding day. She asks Owen if things get better when you die, and Owen flashes back to his apartment. He asks Tosh why she is there, and becomes angry when she offers to help. After insulting Toshiko, Owen intentionally breaks his finger to show her how ‘broken’ he is, before attempting suicide. He fails to drown since he has no need for breath.
At the Hub, the team realise that heat-sensors on the Parker estate make it impossible for them to get inside. When Owen points out that he has no body heat, Jack agrees to take him on the mission.