List of Torchwood items

This is a list of extraterrestrial, supernatural, otherworldly and futuristic items featured in the BBC science-fiction drama "Torchwood" and its spin-off media.

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3-D glassesanchor|3-D glasses

Originally used by the Tenth Doctor in "Doomsday" to detect particles from the void between universes, Jack Harkness now owns a pair which he keeps on his desk ("Small Worlds").

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Alien knife

:"See Life knife"

Alien pendant

:A communication device used by the inhabitants of Mary's home planet of Archetine 5. It allows the wearer to hear thoughts and feelings of others. The only known pendant on Earth was destroyed by Toshiko Sato ("Greeks Bearing Gifts"). [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?obj=9 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Alien pendant] ]

Amnesia pill

:Used to cause someone to forget recent memories. The amnesia can be cured if the person's memories are triggered by one specific image (and if they are intelligent enough). Jack used this on Gwen Cooper after she first learned about the Torchwood Hub. It contains a special compound known as B67, also known as "Retcon" (in reference to retroactive continuity). The website reveals the pills were developed by Torchwood One under Yvonne Hartman, [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/brainwashing/retcon.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - Retcon] ] as well as several details about its effectiveness. 2oz of B67 is only sufficient to cause mild confusion in young children (6-7), with 4oz being able to cause memory loss in older persons (61-64), and 8oz is sufficient to cause memory loss in people in their late 20s although in one instance, caused a stress-induced heart attack in a 64-year-old man. It is revealed in "End of Days" that those dismissed from Torchwood are "Retconned" within 24 hours. Other suggested names for the compound included "Goldfish" and "Scooter".

The Amok

:The Amok is a multi-dimensional coin-shaped item which appears to be a recreational game for an alien race. As humans only operate within a four-dimensional world, the incomprehensible dimensions of the Amok cause surrounding humans to go mad with desire to take their turn playing. When in possession of the Amok, humans talk unintelligibly about things being "big "big" big" and witness blue lights behind their eyelids. The madness is so acute that humans can kill each other or themselves in an attempt to take their turn. When the Torchwood team encounter the Amok in the novel "Border Princes" by Dan Abnett, they are also affected by it, but eventually manage to contain it safely behind a physical firewall; it is subsequently destroyed in the same novel by Mr Dine. As with all "Torchwood" spin-off media, the canonicity in relation to the television series is open to interpretation.

Anti-Cyberman Special Weapons

:Anti-Cyberman Special Weapons are special rifles designed and developed by scientists from the Parallel Torchwood to fight the Cybermen, and brought to Earth during the Cyberman Invasion, subsequently being retained by Torchwood in case the Cybermen ever return from the void. Torchwood Three has a supply of these weapons in the Weapons Room (which was sealed during the event caused by Cyberwoman Lisa Hallett, where cutting off the Hub's power supply caused the facility to go into lockdown and prevent access to the weapons).

Anti-Droon audio paddle

:A plastic paddle that, when held to the forehead of a Droon host, ejects the Droon forcibly through the nostril of the victim. The paddle is used in the "Torchwood" spin-off novel "Border Princes" by Dan Abnett. Like all "Torchwood" spin-off media, the canonicity in relation to the television series is open to interpretation.

Antitoxin Kit

:A piece of human-made technology created by Torchwood in response to numerous encounters with alien contagions and diseases. In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Owen Harper used one of the kits to save Gwen Cooper from death by Captain John Hart's lip-gloss toxin.

Anti-Weevil clamps

:A piece of metal tape that, when wound round a captive's ankles or wrists, then pressed together, would meld into an unbreakable loop, mimicking a pair of handcuffs. The loop can only be broken by irradiating it with low-level microwaves. [Slow Decay page 117] Though called Anti-Weevil clamps, they can be used on people or other aliens.

Anti-Weevil spray

:A spray that causes short term pain to Weevils, allowing them to be subdued. It is first seen in "Everything Changes". However, by "Combat", the Weevils appear to be gaining an immunity to it. [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/fightclub/handleweevils.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - How To Handle Weevils] ]

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Bekaran deep-tissue scanner

:An X-ray device of alien-origin used by Owen in his medical analysis. It is capable of producing a photo-realistic X-ray on a tiny screen on the device, that can be viewed at any depth by adjusting the resolution. It appears in the novels "Another Life", "Border Princes" and "Slow Decay". It also appears in the radio play "Lost Souls".

Binoculars

:Jack still has the futuristic binoculars that he used in the "Doctor Who" episode "The Empty Child"."Base Notes". (28 October - 3 November 2006) "Radio Times", p. 10]

Black Tile

:A piece of alien exotic technology that has been in Jack Harkness's possession since he joined Torchwood. Its function remains mostly unknown, but is assumed to be a form of early warning system. It was seen in "Border Princes".

Brudyac psychic receiver

:A small, spherical item, chrome in colour, inserted into the spine of any creature that the Brudyac wishes to control. It allows a Brudyac to take psychic control of the victim, with the only disadvantage being that it uses up the spinal fluid of the victim, requiring them to drink more. The device also injects the Brudyac's food source into the victim's stomach, where it grows. In the novel "Another Life" by Peter Anghelides, several characters have this device implanted into their spines, among them, Owen and Jack.

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Containment Box

:The Torchwood-made Containment Boxes are specially-designed boxes that are used to trap and contain extremely dangerous or hazardous pieces of alien technology that fell through the Rift. Torchwood agent James Mayer used one to trap the Amok.

Cryo-chamber

:Used by Torchwood to store corpses indefinitely. One of its uses is to provide corpses which can be disfigured and dumped to provide identifiable bodies for people who have been vapourised, eaten or otherwise destroyed by aliens ("Day One"). The source of the bodies is unclear. The body of Suzie Costello was seen being placed in storage at the end of "Everything Changes" and it has been used since on several occaisions including when Jack is thought to be dead in "End of Days" and in "Exit Wounds".

Cyber-conversion unit

:Scavenged by Ianto Jones from the ruins of Torchwood One and installed in the basement of the Hub. It was modified following the instructions of Lisa Hallett, a partially converted Cyberman, to become a life support system for her. It was still somewhat operational and was used to attempt to upgrade Dr Tanizaki but resulted in only his death. It was also used to transplant the brain of Lisa into the body of another woman. When used to upgrade it caused a huge power drain on the Hub ("Cyberwoman").

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Dalek-enhanced Thompson submachine guns

:First seen in the Doctor Who Episode "Evolution of the Daleks" and an amagamation of the Dalek Gun with 1930's Weapon Technology, these weapons were carried by Dalek-controlled Humans and were powerful enough to penetrate Dalek Armour and kill the mutants inside. A couple of these weapons can be seen in the weapons section of Torchwood Three in "Adam".

Data-gloves

:These are interface devices capable of digital entry into a computer system. These are referenced in "Another Life" when Owen Harper uses these to enter the MMOG "Second Reality". Like all "Torchwood" spin-off media, the canonicity in relation to the television series is open to interpretation.

Data scanning deviceanchor|Data scanner

:Described by Toshiko Sato as an "iPod for books", the scanner can be passed across any book in order to take digital images of the pages inside. Toshiko hypothesises that it was left behind by alien archaeologists, so that they could decode documents on the voyage home. [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/toshiko/inv-scanner.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - Book Scanner] ] The same prop was also used in "Cyberwoman" as a lockpick device. In "Dead Man Walking", the item showcases new functions - Toshiko has discovered that it is capable of recording a foreign language from the Torchwood CCTV and translating it to English.

Decontamination sponge

:Described only as looking like a "squat loofah" by Gwen, this item can decontaminate up to six different types of nuclear radiation, making it especially useful as only three types exist on Earth. Because of its effectiveness, Jack has to store it in a lead box at all times it isn't being used. When Owen becomes contaminated in "Another Life", he uses the Decontamination sponge to soak up the radiation.

The Depressor

:An alien device salvaged by Torchwood in 1952. It is mentioned on the Torchwood website in a diary fragment of a past Torchwood Three agent. Torchwood team members theorised the device was transmitting a message, not through language but through emotion, and the message was spreading quickly and causing disastrous results all around Cardiff. The device itself directly affected anybody within 40 yards of it, driving them slowly mad. It was named "The Depressor" by one of the scientists studying it. It was filed away in their equipment stores soon after, with a decision on its fate pending. [ [http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/torchwood/1journal.pdf Torchwood External Hub Interface - Torchwood diary fragment (1952)] ]

Direction-Finder

:The Direction-Finder is a special tracking system built by Torchwood's scientists and augmented with alien technology. It is described as an improved version of GPS, and a version of the device was installed for usage in the Torchwood SUV.

Dogon Eyes

:The thirteen eyes of a reptilian race, the Dogon. Dr. Rajesh Singh under Director Yvonne Hartman of Torchwood One did some research into the sixth eye and was able to identify that it exerts an influence on one who holds it; particularly if ingested, enabling them to look back over their lives with a fresh perspective. [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/dogon_eye/notes.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - Dogon Sixth Eye] ] In the episode "Random Shoes", Eugene Jones is shown to have come to possess a sixth eye from a teacher who found it after it fell from the sky. After ingesting the eye and dying, Eugene steadily gained more physical contact with the world in his "ghostly" state until he became corporeal and visible once more. [cite video
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] He was then surrounded by a white glow and floated upward, seemingly vanishing into space. Another eye was mentioned to be owned by Henry Parker, the collector of alien artifacts seen in the episode "A Day in the Death".

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Earpieces

:Bluetooth attachments that act as standard communications devices for Torchwood personnel. One type of earpiece was seen in "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday" and were altered by the Cybermen to control three reanimated technicians and manipulate them into opening the breach. Another variant was seen throughout the series and worn by all members of Torchwood Three when in the field, used for communication. The design of the earpieces has changed between the two series.

EMP Gun

:An EMP gun features in the Torchwood comic, "Jetsam".

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Firing Stock 15 Rifles

:First seen in "Doctor Who" episodes "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit", and later in the background of "Torchwood" episode "Day One", these are fictional projectile weapons used by the Human Empire in the distant future. These rifles are based on P-90's but fire ammunition that is designed to only impact on organic-based targets, preventing accidents in hostile environments. An expedition of the "Torchwood Archives" who landed to conduct investigations on a planet on the other side of the galaxy, had several security guards bearing FS-15 Rifles, and used them to great effect against their rebelling Ood population. These presumably fell through the Rift and were salvaged.

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Gas masks

:Gas masks from the "Doctor Who" episodes "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" can be seen in the Hub. Although supposedly World War II-era masks, they were specially designed by the "Doctor Who" production team for those episodes and are not replicas of any period equipment. [cite episode
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Ghost Machine

:An alien device appearing in "Ghost Machine", containing nanotechnological quantum transducers that can convert emotional energy left over from significant events into visions of those events. One half of the device allows the user to see the past, while the other allows them to see the future. Jack's report on the Torchwood Institute website speculates that it belonged to a "transdimensional being" that used it like a GPS receiver, locking on to significant events to locate itself while traveling in time and space. [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/gadgets/jack.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - Ghost Machine Explained] ] Another memo on the website shows that the team believed that the "ghost shifts" created by Torchwood One in "Army of Ghosts" made it easier for such residual memory "ghosts" to manifest themselves (although actually they were simply helping Cybermen from a parallel universe to enter the world). [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/ghosts/energy.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - Residual Ghosts (Memo)] ]

Goldenrod Device

:The Goldenrod Device is a self-reconfiguring piece of alien technology that fell through the Rift and was confiscated by Torchwood Three personnel. Toshiko Sato spent 72 hours analyzing it to discover its purpose, but failed due to its unique nature. The device later broke free, and started affecting people at random by melting their limbs together, revealing its true purpose as a weapon. Torchwood promptly launched "Operation Goldenrod" with the objective of stopping the device and repairing the damage. Owen Harper was charged with damage control and attempted to repair people's bodies through surgeries and medical techniques, but most of the victims never fully recovered due to scarring and disfigurement. The device also exhibited some sort of influence on its victims that drove them mad, forcing Sato to kill one in self-defense, this was her first kill, alien or otherwise, in the line of service for the Institute. Jack Harkness eventually found a way to destroy the device, but caused a more violent side of his nature to surface, severely affecting his team's view of him. The remnants of the device and associated materials of Operation Goldenrod were then moved back to the Hub and stored in a specially lined chamber inside the facility. Goldenrod has been periodically mentioned throughout the series' first three novels, but its true nature is not revealed until "Slow Decay".

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HD CCTV

:First seen in "Day One", the scanner uses alien technology to convert a raster CCTV image into a smooth vector image, which can then be magnified in order to identify face shapes. [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/toshiko/inv-cctv.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - HD CCTV] ]

Hologram Projectors

:Light emitters that form an illusionary environment around the viewer. These were referenced in the novel "Another Life" as an interface between Owen Harper and the MMOG game "Second Reality". The projectors appear to be all over the Hub and were improved by Toshiko Sato to photo-like-quality and it is revealed the projectors could be used for training exercises and recruiting new members for Torchwood Three. Like all "Torchwood" spin-off media, the canonicity in relation to the television series is unclear.

Hyperspectral Scanner

:The Hyperspectral Scanner is an alien examination tool that was used by Toshiko Sato to examine new pieces of alien technology salvaged by Torchwood Three personnel.

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Invisible lift

:A lift which runs from the Hub to the Roald Dahl Plass. Any person standing on the lift cannot be seen, due to the presence of a "perception filter" that was caused by a "dimensionally transcendental chameleon circuit placed right here on this spot which welded its perception properties to a spatial-temporal rift." In subsequent "Doctor Who" episodes, the Doctor and the Master use their TARDISes to apply perception filters to Chameleon Arch fob watches and in key chain necklaces to simulate invisibility.

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Laser Gun

:The Laser Gun is an alien weapon that fell through the Rift and was confiscated by Torchwood Three personnel. It was tested in the Hub's firing range before being filed away among the Hub's equipment stores.

Life Knife

:A three-bladed knife used by Suzie Costello to kill people to test the Resurrection Gauntlet in "Everything Changes". After Suzie's suicide, the knife was placed in a box in Jack's safe sealed with a "NOT FOR USE" tag. The knife is associated with the glove as they are made of the same metal, and that those killed with the knife are easier for the Glove to resurrect. [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/glove/suzie.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - The Glove] ] [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?.shtml?obj=2 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Alien knife] ] Stabbing the deceased with the knife can increase the connection with the glove even "post mortem". The name "life knife" was coined by Ianto Jones.

Lockpick

:An alien lockpicking device, capable of opening any lock in 45 seconds. The device appears to use the same prop as the data scanner when shown in "Cyberwoman", but in later episodes appears to use a more distinguishable prop.

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Meteorite core

:The core of the meteorite from which the "sex gas" emerged. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?obj=6 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Meteorite core] ] It was taken back to the Hub for analysis.


=Miniature CAT scanner=

:A miniature CAT scanner used by the team to analyse the inside of alien devices. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?obj=7 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Mini CAT scanner] ]

Mind Probe

:A piece of alien technology used to pry into the deeper levels of a human mind or body, used in interrogative purposes to find out information or to uncover a person's true nature. In the case of humans, the backlash caused by the process not only exacts physical and mental anguish, but if the process goes on too long or too hard, then the person's head completely explodes (This happened to an alien it was last used on which was mentioned to have high blood pressure compared to humans). In Sleeper, this was used, reluctantly, to successfully discover Beth's true identity.

Mirrored box

:A portable alien prison that was used by Toshiko to capture an alien radiance sprite. It was mentioned in the novel "Another Life".

Phone Line Jammer

:This piece of human technology renders all telecommunications in the area useless, eliminating exterior contact and making sure agencies such as the police cannot be notified. The device is used when there is an alien in a controlled environment; the humans are retconned later.

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Organic computer

:Referred to as such only on the Torchwood website, the computer used in the Hub is in fact alive. According to the website, the computer "is as old as Torchwood itself — a piece of organic, living, intuitive technology light years ahead of anything on Earth. It salvaged what it could, and continues at the heart of our work today." The computer managed to salvage information from the fall of Torchwood One, and is capable of incredible intuitive feats such as individual tracking, weather monitoring, GPS-navigation and the detection of all things extraterrestrial. [ [http://torchwood.org.uk/html/welcome/introduction.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - What is Torchwood?] ] The computer has been visible several times on the series, where it is shown (as it seen on the Adobe Flash version of the website) to be a pulsating, blue mass with many tentacles networking various pieces of information. In "They Keep Killing Suzie", it is established that the computer's membrane can still recognise commands even without power. In "Captain Jack Harkness", Owen is confident that the computer's artificial intelligence is smart enough to not require precise codes, and in "End of Days", it requests retinal scans to operate the Rift Manipulator.

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Perfume

:A Huon (or possibly Artron) Particle perfume used by Owen in "Everything Changes" that makes the user irresistibly attractive to anyone, male or female. He was using it recreationally without Torchwood's permission and gave it back at the end of the episode. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?obj=4 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Perfume] ] This has drawn criticism from some viewers who have likened it to date rape. [cite web|url=http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/cult/a84181/cult-spy-catching-up-with-torchwood.html|title= Cult Spy: Catching Up With 'Torchwood'|publisher=Digital Spy|first=Ben|last=Rawson-Jones|date=2008-01-13|accessdate=2008-05-07]

Personal digital assistant

:Torchwood Three personnel possess specialised PDAs, seen in "Cyberwoman" and later referenced in the novel "Another Life".


=Personal Geiger Counters=

:Pocket calculator-sized Geiger counters used by Torchwood in the novel "Another Life".

Personal Teleportation Device

:Torchwood Three leader Jack Harkness has a personal teleporter built into his wrist device. The device is effective over distances in excess of several hundred miles, having been used to transport three people from London to a flying aircraft carrier over international waters roughly 700 miles away ("The Sound of Drums"). However, its teleportation capabilities were disabled. In the Doctor Who/Torchwood crossover The Stolen Earth the device was unlocked to once again provide teleportion.

Physical firewall

:A specially-made barrier to contain hazardous alien objects or materials salvaged by Torchwood. It was referenced in the novel "Border Princes" as The Amok was stored behind a physical firewall to contain its psychotic influence on all humans around it. Like all "Torchwood" spin-off media, the canonicity in relation to the television series is unclear.

Portable Meson Gun

:An alien weapon whose components and designs somehow made its way to the Internet upon reaching Cardiff through the Rift. In "Border Princes", an automechanic in Grangetown blogged to find out how to make one of the guns in Sumarian. Unfortunately, this was discovered by Toshiko Sato, who reported it to Jack Harkness who, recognizing the seriousness of this claim, said he would "look into it". As with all "Torchwood" spin-off media, the canonicity in relation to the television series is unclear.

Portable prison cell

:A small device which can create a blue force field around any object, acting as a portable prison cell. The device only has a battery life of one hour. The blue energy field produced by the device resembles the effect from the Chula tractor beam used by Jack Harkness in the "Doctor Who" episodes "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances". [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?obj=5 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Portable prison cell] ]

Power generators

:A form of machinery used in all Torchwood facilities to generate electrical power. In "Cyberwoman", Lisa Hallett recharged herself by draining Torchwood Three's power supply through her Cyber-conversion unit.

Preachers' rifles

:Weapons used by the Preachers (Pete, Jake and Mickey/Ricky) on a parallel Earth. These use the emotional inhibitor disabler code in a weaponised fashion and are extremely effective against Cybermen. These were brought to Rose's Earth by the Preachers, now in control of their parallel Torchwood One in "Doomsday" to fight the invading Cybermen. These are later seen in the background of the Hub in "Greeks Bearing Gifts".

Protein sauce

:First seen in "Cyberwoman," where it is referred to as "barbaque sauce," protein sauce is a special enzyme which helps the Pterodactyl identify its food.

Proton Blaster

:The Proton Blaster is an alien weapon that fell through the Rift and was confiscated by Torchwood Three personnel. It was tested in the Hub's firing range before being filed away among the Hub's equipment stores.

The Pulse

:Recovered from the collection of alien fanatic Henry Parker, the Pulse resembles a glowing red-and-black meteor in its dormant state. Parker believed that it was a healing device that kept him alive despite his ill health, but, as Owen Harper later learnt, it was actually a message sent by a race who had received one of Earth's past transmitted attempts to discover proof of extra-terrestrial life, containing a message that is somehow 'displayed' through a brilliant light show that is generated by the Pulse when it reaches full power.

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Range Rover

:"See SUV"

Resurrection Gauntlet

:A metal gauntlet (also known as The Glove and jokingly dubbed the Risen Mitten by Ianto Jones) with the ability to bring the dead back to life for a limited time, as seen in "Everything Changes". It has a strange but unspecified connection to a knife made of the same metal. The Torchwood Institute website details the testing of the glove, and that Suzie was buying goldfish in bulk and killing them to test the Glove. [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/glove/im.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - Instant Messenger Transcript] ] Suzie's research showed that the glove was slightly radioactive and that the glove possesses "low psych levels" which allows it to directly respond to brain activity. It was later established it has an empathic link with its wearer, like "a rope from [the] heart to the glove" and that transfers the life force of the wearer to keep the dead alive. The Glove is more effective on recent, violent trauma victims, prompting Suzie Costello to murder several Cardiff residents in order to improve her proficiency in using it. Following Suzie's suicide, the Glove is placed in Jack's safe and sealed with a "NOT FOR USE" tag.

:In "They Keep Killing Suzie", it is used to bring Suzie back to life. Jack reveals that the glove was recovered from Cardiff Bay 40 years prior, and theorises that whoever owned it wanted to be rid of it. Gwen is the only one with the degree of empathy required to operate the glove without Suzie. When the glove was used on Suzie, Gwen's life force is slowly drained from her into Suzie and she even began developing the same wound as Suzie in the back of her head where Suzie's was. The only way to break this connection is to destroy the glove, which Tosh does, saving Gwen and killing Suzie again. However, Ianto points out that "gloves come in pairs", implying that there may be another glove, which there is. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?obj=1 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Resurrection Glove] ]

:The second glove appears in the episode "Dead Man Walking" in which it is retrieved from St. Mary's church where the Weevils had established a colony. It is used to revive Owen Harper who had died from a gunshot wound in the previous episode. This glove appears to have the same powers, except Jack can use it unlike the first, implying that the glove works best on those the wearer is emotionally involved with. The power that brings Owen back to life however seems to imbue the glove with a mind of its own and during an attempt to embalm Owen, the glove attacks the team; mainly Martha, who is aged by the assault. This glove was destroyed utterly by a shot from Owen and was not seen or mentioned after in the episode. Unlike the first 'subjects' of the glove, however, Owen continues to walk, unlike Suzie who died when the first glove was destroyed.

Retcon

:Retroactive continuity, "see Amnesia pill"

Rift Manipulator

:First seen in "Captain Jack Harkness" and again in "End of Days", the Rift Manipulator is a device at the Torchwood Hub which manipulates the Rift. With the use of very precise co-ordinates and algebra, it can be used safely to negotiate minor time travel, but it is incredibly dangerous. Improper usage could cause "fractures in time" with apocalyptic results and due to a "preshock" of the "End of Days" events [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/endofdays/memo.shtml Rift Memo, 1913] ] it has many precautions surrounding its usage, including retinal scans of all Torchwood staff in order to facilitate a full opening of the Rift. It should also be noted that the main part of the manipulator is very similar to the central column of the TARDIS console. In the "Doctor Who" series, it was used in the episode "The Stolen Earth" to boost the signal of a distress call to the Doctor and was then used in the following episode "Journey's End" to help the TARDIS drag the Earth back into its regular orbit.

evered hand

:A severed humanoid hand in a transparent case filled with a preservative liquid. The hand originally belonged to the Tenth Doctor and was severed by a Sycorax sword during their invasion of Earth ("The Christmas Invasion"). ["Inside the Hub". (21-27 October 2006) "Radio Times", p. 12] Jack is very protective of the hand, saying that it means something only to him. Despite having been severed for some months by the time it is first seen, the hand has not decayed and continues to twitch with life. It is seen to glow as the sound of the TARDIS engines approaches, much like the TARDIS key ("End of Days"). It was then seen in the Doctor Who episode "Utopia", carried in Jack's backpack. At the end of the episode, it was stolen by the Master, who used it to program his "laser screwdriver" to rapidly age the Doctor in "The Sound of Drums". At the end of the following episode, when Jack returned to the Hub, the Doctor had taken the hand with him on board the TARDIS.

:Becoming a "Doctor Who" item from that point on, it would eventually be used to draw the TARDIS to the planet Messaline and bring about the creation of Jenny, abort the Doctor's regeneration, and a result of this spawn a half-human clone of the Doctor when brought into contact with Donna Noble's human DNA.

ilver Flask

:The ghostly "Night Travellers" escape from their film inprisonment in "From Out of the Rain" and begin stealing peoples "last breaths" for their own traveling show audience, leaving the victims in a cataleptic state with only a heartbeat but no breath. Just as the ghosts are dispatched the "Ghostmaker" throws the open silver flask and, despite Ianto's quick catch, most of the human souls are lost in the air, so the affected victims of Cardiff die, all except for one child. The silver flask ends up being stored by Jack in his safe at Torchwood.

ingularity Scalpel

:In the episode "Reset," Jack cautions Owen in using this alien artifact. The item concentrates energy on an object without damaging anything on the way, for example a piece of paper within a plastic cup. At first, most of Owen's attempts to master the device were unsuccessful, but he manages to save Martha Jones by vapourising the alien mayfly within her at the episode's conclusion. It is later used by Rhys in "Something Borrowed", by which he successfully removes the alien baby from within Gwen's womb. In the series two alternate reality game on [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/ BBC Torchwood] , an online singularity scalpel game features as part of a mission which involves scanning a body.

pecies Database

:Torchwood Three's main database on encountered or catalogued alien species. The database is stored and is accessed in the Hub. In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Gwen Cooper, de-facto leader following Jack Harkness's apparent desertion, ordered it updated with the new information taken by Toshiko Sato in regards to the Blowfish.

top watch

:Ianto Jones' favorite piece of equipment. It is first seen in the episode "They Keep Killing Suzie" and this is the first hint of a sexual relationship between Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones.

ub Etheric Resonator

:An alien weapon confiscated and kept in the Hub. In Sleeper, Beth was attracted to the weapon (secretly because of her intelligence-gathering mission), but was stopped from collecting data on it by Ianto Jones.

SUV

:The Torchwood vehicle is a converted large, black Range Rover with tinted windows and blue lights running along the A pillars. The vehicle has a white-on-black non-standard typeface for the registration plate, usually found only on military vehicles and vehicles from before 1973 on British car number plates, and its registration number, CF06 FDU (indicating the vehicle was registered in Cardiff between March and September 2006), does not appear in the DVLA vehicle register ("Everything Changes"). It contains computers that can connect to the Torchwood Hub and to various databases, including those operated by the police. [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/suv/ Torchwood External Hub Interface - About Us - SUV] ] One such database, featured in the novel "Slow Decay", allows Torchwood to change the traffic lights so that they are on green before they reach them. It is worth noting that although the vehicle is routinely referred to as an SUV, this is not a common designation in British English.

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TARDIS

:The Doctor's TARDIS is heard from offscreen in "End of Days".

TARDIS coral

:Jack has a piece of coral growing in his office which actor John Barrowman identifies as being a piece of the same substance as the TARDIS. Barrowman suggests (as did the Tenth Doctor in "The Impossible Planet") that TARDISes are "grown, not built". The piece in Jack's office has been there for approximately 30 years, and in 500 years the "carving process" begins.

Telepathy pendant

:"See Alien pendant"

Television sets

:The Hub contains three television sets from Magpie Electricals, seen in the "Doctor Who" episode "The Idiot's Lantern". Jack uses them as scanners for unusual signals.

Time Agent Wrist-Strap

:A 51st Century multi-purpose wrist-mounted device worn and operated by Torchwood Three leader (and former Time Agent) Jack Harkness. The range and limits of the device are unknown, though it is known it can function as a remote control, a short-distance communication device (including a built-in holographic projector which also allows voicemail) and a personal teleporter. It also had a Vortex Manipulator built-in to allow time travel (though jumping approximately 198,231 years caused it to burn out). At the end of Last of the Time Lords The Doctor disables Jack's Vortex Manipulator but left the device's other functions intact. Jack's former colleagues, including Captain John Hart also carry Time Agent Wrist-Straps. Jack got his wrist-strap to work as a teleporter again in the "Doctor Who" episode "The Stolen Earth", only for the Doctor to deactivate it once more in "Journey's End".

Torchwood server

:A computer-control mechanism that regulates all computer use for Torchwood personnel. These appear to be far superior to public servers as Toshiko Sato mentioned in the novel "Another Life" that Owen Harper's new game "Second Reality" could only be played when the game was logged through the Hub's server; this implies that Torchwood's special servers can prevent back-tracing of any kind and protect private information. Like all "Torchwood" spin-off media, the canonicity in relation to the television series is unclear.


=Torchwood Stun Gun=

:The Torchwood team possess a specially designed stun gun engineered for use on humans and aliens alike. It has both "stun" and "kill" settings. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?obj=11 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Torchwood Stun Gun] ]


=Torchwood Sub=

:The Torchwood Sub appears in the novel "Another Life" and in the episode "Fragments". It is held in one of the many entrances to the Hub. According to Jack, it only carries two people.

Tracking system

:The Hub has technology capable of detecting and following creatures and objects of alien origin, as seen in "Ghost Machine". It does so by providing an overhead-view, wireframe map of Cardiff, with the target and active Torchwood agents displayed. However, it can only detect the target's position and not its appearance, size or nature.

Two person transporter ship

:The ship arrived in the 19th century with Mary and her guard. It came into Torchwood's possession in "Greeks Bearing Gifts". It can be reprogrammed to send someone anywhere, for example, the Sun. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/safe.shtml?obj=10 BBC - Torchwood - Safe - Two person transporter ship] ]

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Unknown Gun

:A cannon-like gun that appears in the episode "Something Borrowed" in the possession of Captain Jack, who removes it from the back of the SUV before pursuing the Nostrovite. The unnamed gun apparently causes biological targets to self-combust.

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Virtual reality helmets

:These are interface devices capable of digital entry into a computer system. Owen Harper used one of these in the novel "Another Life" to enter the MMOG game "Second Reality". Like all "Torchwood" spin-off media, the canonicity in relation to the television series is unclear.

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