Small Worlds


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Small Worlds

Serial Code


First Transmitted

12 November 2006

Final Ratings



Torchwood Season 1 Blu Ray



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Regular Cast

John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Eve Myles (Gwen), Burn Gorman (Owen), Naoko Mori (Toshiko), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Eve Pearce (Estelle Cole) Lara Phillipart (Jasmine Pierce), Adrienne O’Sullivan (Lynn Pierce), William Travis (Roy), Roger Barclay (Goodson), Heledd Baskerville (Kate), Ffion Wilkins (WPC), Nathan Sussex (Custody Sergeant), Paul Jones (Man in Street); Sophie Davies, Victoria Gourley (Bullies).


Written by Peter J Hammond
Directed by Alice Troughton
Produced by Richard Stokes


“Small Worlds” is an episode of the British science fiction television series Torchwood. It is the fifth episode of the first seriesat the Torchwood Hub, Jack wakes from a nightmare of dead soldiers in a train carriage with rose petals spilling out of their mouths, to find a single rose petal atop his desk. Ianto informs Jack that there are strange weather patterns in the area. The next day, Jack takes Gwen to visit an old friend of his, Estelle, who is giving a talk on fairies. Estelle shows them the Cottingley Fairies photographs, then compares them to photographs she had taken the day before, and claims to have found proof of the fairy’s existence.

After her talk at her home, Jack and Estelle discuss the photographs and the nature of fairies. Gwen asks Estelle and Jack about an old photograph she found of Jack. They both claim it is of Jack’s father and say that he had a relationship with Estelle during World War II.

Estelle mentions that Jack looks and walks just like his father. Jack asks Estelle to call if she encounters any more fairies. On the way back to Torchwood, Jack explains to Gwen that the fairies are creatures from the dawn of time and are not bound by linear time.

He says that the fairies can be very dangerous. Jack instructs Toshiko to watch for strange weather patterns in the area in order to locate the fairies.

Meanwhile, a young girl, Jasmine Pierce, decides to walk home from school alone because her mother’s boyfriend, Roy, did not arrive on time to pick her up. She encounters a man, Goodson, who tries to lure her into his car. When Goodson makes a grab for Jasmine, a strong wind kicks up along with strange, ethereal voices, and Goodson is forced to retreat into his car as Jasmine continues to skip on her way home to play with her fairy friends in the nearby woods. Later, a tense Goodson, still hearing the voices, stumbles through the Cardiff market. He is attacked by something unseen by the other shoppers, and starts to cough up rose petals.

He manages to get himself arrested in order to seek the safety of a jail cell. However, he continues to be attacked by unknown forces, and is found the next day dead by asphyxiation . Torchwood arrives and find Goodson’s mouth filled with rose petals.

Jack confirms that Goodson’s death was by the fairies as part of their protection of a”Chosen One”, a child that will soon become the fairies’ if Torchwood cannot find her in time.


  • Jack wonders if the fairies are part Mara, referring to the female wraiths of Germanic/Scandinavian myth. It isn’t clear if these are the same as the Mara of Kinda and Snakedance.
  • Jack’s presence in India in 1909 has yet to be explained. However a 1908 letter on the Torchwood website suggests that this was part of a diamond mining scam when he was a conman.
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