Torchwood

Torchwood (2006)

30 mistakes

Children of Earth: Day One - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: When the children are possessed by the 456, they're supposed to be frozen and stare blankly ahead. But during the second possession, as the camera is panning across a school playground, a boy on the far right is looking directly at it. As it moves closer to him, he swivels his eyes back to where they're supposed to be.

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Ghost Machine - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When she sees the little boy's ghost, Gwen's hair alternates repeatedly between neatly-combed and windblown/messy, depending on the shot.

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Jean G

To The Last Man - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: In the scene on the pier with Toshiko and Tommy, the soldier from WWI, Toshiko is holding her hand bag but drops it when he picks her up. Immediately, the next shot she is holding it again.

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Captain Jack Harkness - S1-E12

Factual error: When Gwen finds Toshiko's hidden message from 1941, she realizes that it was written in blood, and her flashlight reveals the bright red letters on the now-yellowed piece of paper. But after 60+ years, the iron in the blood would oxidize. The writing on the note should be rust-brown, not red.

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Jean G

Greeks Bearing Gifts - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: While she's talking to Mary in the flat, Toshiko's hair keeps changing between shots, going from combed evenly to split apart with one section hanging in the middle of her forehead and the rest brushed back.

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Jean G

Day One - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, Gwen has a long, loose strand of hair hanging over her left temple - but every time the camera angle changes, it disappears.

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Jean G

Combat - S1-E11

Factual error: Between getting disconnected by the bad guy and calling Ianto, Jack gets a dial tone on the dead man's cell phone. Cell phones don't generate dial tones.

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Jean G

Out Of Time - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: John is about to eat liver and potato with Emma before she storms out saying, "I don't like liver". While they are talking, the potato is facing Emma and Gwen. After Emma leaves, the liver faces Gwen and the spot where Emma was.

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Meat - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: While he's in the van with Jack, Rhys's seat belt shoulder strap vanishes and reappears multiple times as the shots change.

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Jean G

Show generally

Revealing mistake: 3-2 (Children of Earth: Day 2): When Ianto drops the concrete cell into the quarry and it breaks apart, the green foam from which it is made becomes visible. It is evident that the outside of the block was painted to resemble bricks and concrete block. When this breaks apart on the ground, the inside becomes visible, showing the concrete and brick textures are only surface deep.

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sonicdrewdriver

A Day In The Death - S2-E8

Continuity mistake: When the old man dies and Owen is trying to revive him, the position of the man's head changes several times between takes, from lying flat to propped up on the pillow and back again.

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Jean G

A Day In The Death - S2-E8

Continuity mistake: When Maggie walks away from the car accident, the blood smears on her white gown change repeatedly from shot to shot.

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Jean G

Something Borrowed - S2-E9

Factual error: Jack calls Gwen, and when Rhys takes the phone and hangs up on him, Jack's cell phone, for the second time in the series, sounds an audible, impossible dial tone.

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Jean G

A Day In The Death - S2-E8

Plot hole: Owen is unable to give Henry the kiss of life as he has no breath, and yet he is able to talk.

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paolog

Captain Jack Harkness - S1-E12

Factual error: "Captain" Jack Harkness actually wears the rank insignia of a group captain, equivalent to an army colonel and never abbreviated to "captain". In fact, the RAF does not have a rank of captain (the equivalent rank is flight lieutenant). Neither does it have the position of "squadron captain", as he is described - a squadron commander in World War II usually held the rank of squadron leader (equivalent to an army major).

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Necrothesp
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Suggested correction: "Captain" Jack Harkness actually wears the rank insignia of a group captain, equivalent to an army Brigadier. The equivalent rank of Captain in the RAF is Flying Officer.

Mark Andrew

To The Last Man - S2-E3

Factual error: Owen resuscitates Tommy using a defibrillator. The heart monitor shows a flat line, indicating Tommy's heart is not beating. A defibrillator has no effect in this situation. This is a widespread error in many films and TV shows.

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paolog

End Of Days - S1-E13

Visible crew/equipment: After Lisa appears to Ianto in the holding area, she disappears, when the camera changes angles you can still see her standing in the corner of the room on the right side of the screen.

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CommanderKairu

Miracle Day: The New World - S4-E1

Factual error: When Rex is crossing the newer Severn Bridge (when still on the bridge) he sees paying kiosks. The kiosks for this bridge are in Wales, significantly after you have come off the bridge, and would not be in plain sight when you cross.

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Liam D

Children of Earth: Day Two - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When Gwen and Rhys are travelling to London in the lorry full of potatoes, Rhys picks up a potato in his right hand. However when the shot changes, he is holding it in his left hand.

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Reset - S2-E6

Continuity mistake: When the man is being terrorised by the weevil, in close up shots, the weevil is about 6 inches from the man's face. However in the long shots, it is about 3ft away from him.

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They Keep Killing Suzie - S1-E8

Visible crew/equipment: When Owen responds to Susie talking through the computer monitor and says "you frighten the s**t out of me" a boom mic drops into shot above his head.

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Liam D

Ghost Machine - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: From the first "front on" view of Gwen and Owen in the arcade as they are running to catch the alien device, you can see behind Gwen to the right that Owen is being played by a stunt double.

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Liam D

Miracle Day: The Blood Line - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: At the very end of the episode, when Rex is checking his phone, when the camera is facing him, his phone is being held in portrait, but when the camera is over his shoulder, looking at the screen, the phone is in landscape. This is shown twice, when the camera shots switch.

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SuperSumo

To The Last Man - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: Gwen views a transparency of two Torchwood members from 1918. The words "Torchwood" can be seen behind them. When Ianto takes the transparency and holds it up, the slide is different: it contains five people and the word "Torchwood" is above their heads.

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Dead Man Walking - S2-E7

Factual error: Martha picks up a bone saw to start the autopsy on Owen. An autopsy should start with a Y incision from just below the arm pits to the sternum and then down the stomach to the pubic region - using a scalpel, not a bone saw.

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Jeff Walker

Cyberwoman - S1-E4

Character mistake: In this episode Jack tells Gwen that he does not sleep, yet the next episode, Small Worlds, begins with Jack asleep and dreaming of the day his comrades died on a train, with rose petals in their mouths.

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Jeff Walker

Children of Earth: Day Three - S3-E3

Factual error: Frobisher tells the 456 he is the Permanent Secretary of the Home Office of the "United Kingdom and Northern Ireland". It should be the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the UK.

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Necrothesp

Children of Earth: Day Three - S3-E3

Factual error: Andrew Staines was a junior Scots Guards officer in the 1960s according to the Torchwood database. However, the photograph of him in that era shows him with a general's capbadge.

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Necrothesp

Children of Earth: Day One - S3-E1

Character mistake: Lois says that Colonel Aduya's uniform "isn't British Army". In fact, it is entirely (and accurately) British Army with the exception of the small UNIT badge over the pocket.

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Necrothesp

Children of Earth: Day One - S3-E1

Factual error: On the government database, Torchwood is described as being founded by HRH Queen Victoria. As a sovereign, she was actually HM (Her Majesty) not HRH (Her Royal Highness).

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