Out of Time
17 December 2006
Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Louise Delamere (Diane), Mark Lewis Jones (John), Olivia Hallinan (Emma), Sam Beazley (Alan), Janine Carrington (Alesha), Rhea Bailey (Jade)
|Written by||Catherine Tregenna|
|Directed by||Alice Troughton|
|Produced by||Richard Stokes|
“Out of Time” is an episode in the British science fiction television series Torchwood, which was broadcast on 17 December 2006. It is the tenth episode of the first series.
The Torchwood team meet up with the Sky Gypsy, a vintage twin-engined aircraft that has unknowingly passed through the Rift from 1953 and arrived in the present. The three persons on board, pilot Diane Holmes and passengers Emma-Louise Cowell and John Ellis, are told of what happened, and the Torchwood team helps to set each up with room and board while assisting them in adapting to modern conveniences.
Each of the three begin to go their separate ways with members of the Torchwood team.
Diane and Owen Harper begin to form a romantic bond, though Diane continually yearns to fly again. Owen tries to help her to get flying lessons but finds that she will have to wait weeks to take them, much to Diane’s disappointment.
John finds that his son is still alive but suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is in a nursing home (and no children to help look after him). Assisted by Jack Harkness, John visits his son, who barely remembers John’s presence. John becomes very remorseful at missing his son’s life as well as being unable to adapt to modern times.
Emma-Louise bonds with Gwen Cooper, and discovers that love is much more promiscuous than in the 1950s. Gwen and her boyfriend Rhys Williams help Emma to become more accustomed to modern romance, although Rhys’s trust in Gwen is damaged when he learns that her story about Emma-Louise being a distant relative is false.
When Jack discovers that Ianto Jones’s car has gone missing, he believes John has taken it, and finds him in the garage of his old home ready to commit suicide by running the car to induce carbon monoxide poisoning. Jack tries to encourage him to start his life anew by saying there is no afterlife, only for John to refuse and kill himself anyway, which Jack agrees to help him with. Jack holds John’s hand as he succumbs to the fumes and dies, Jack resurrects immediately afterwards.
Emma’s skills as a “retro” fashion artist land her a job in London, and after trying to convince her to stay Gwen tearfully helps Emma off to a bus station to enjoy her life.
After a romantic night with Owen, Diane secretly leaves to fly the Sky Gypsy off through the same pattern, hoping to fly through the Rift back to 1953, but if not to simply explore the world.
Owen realises that their relationship is different than any he’s had before, he actually loves her as a person, rather just as a person to do it with. When he wakes up, Owen reads a note Diane left him and is able to catch her at the airfield before she leaves.
He tries to prevent her from leaving, warning her that even if the Rift opens, she may end up anywhere, but she refuses to heed his advice. They have a tearful moment before she flies off.