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S02E08: 'A Day In The Death'

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S02E08: 'A Day In The Death'
Released on Wednesday, Mar 5 2008

Another week, another corker of an episode from Torchwood.

A neatly interwoven dual structure narrative works well in bringing out the central theme of life and what is worth living for (even in death). The story flits between the present moment with Owen and the suicidal woman on the rooftop, and the recent past in which a mentally ravaged Owen is pushed to the brink by his predicament. In addition to another excellent performance by Burn Gorman, the sublime musical score for the episode reinforces the desperation felt by the character.

In his guest role, Richard Briers delivers an emotive portrayal of the dying millionaire Henry Parker. His death is particularly moving and cleverly executed, with Owen unable to breathe air into his lungs. The sadness is maximised by the fact that Briers' appearance is all too brief, although it makes up for his bizarrely over the top performance as The Chief Caretaker in the underrated 1987 Doctor Who story 'Paradise Towers'.

Martha Jones also departs in this episode, with more of a whimper than a bang despite the hilariously sensationalist smooch with Captain Jack. Hopefully this means that Gwen will be given more exposure in future episodes, as she has been somewhat relegated to the Hub furniture since Martha's arrival.

Nonetheless, Torchwood and Burn Gorman continue to impress in this superb second series.

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