End of Days (Torchwood)

number = 13
serial_name = End of Days
caption = Abaddon runs amok over Cardiff.

show = TW
type = episode
cast =
* John BarrowmanCaptain Jack Harkness
* Eve MylesGwen Cooper
* Burn GormanOwen Harper
* Naoko MoriToshiko Sato
* Gareth David-LloydIanto Jones
guests =
* Murray Melvin – Bilis Manger
* Kai Owen – Rhys Williams
* Caroline Chikezie – Lisa Hallett
* Louise Delamere – Diane Holmes
* Tom Price – PC Andy
* Matthew Gravelle – Doctor
* Noriko Aida – Toshiko's mother
* Jamie Belton – Roman soldier
* Carrie Gracie – Newsreader
* Paul KaseyWeevil
* Rhian Wyn Jones – Religious woman
writer = Chris Chibnall
director = Ashley Way
production_code = 1.13
producer = Richard Stokes Chris Chibnall (co-producer)
executive_producer = Russell T Davies Julie Gardner
script_editor = Brian Minchin
series = Series 1
length = 50 mins
date = 1 January, 2007
preceding = "Captain Jack Harkness"
following = "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang"
imdb_id = 0912349

"End of Days" is the final episode of the first series of the British science fiction television series "Torchwood", which was broadcast on 1 January, 2007.


The Rift fractures violently, setting the stage for an epic battle with Torchwood in the middle as they see echoes and visions of the past.


The episode opens with Gwen and Rhys having a morning in, until Jack calls Gwen, instructing her to watch the news. UFOs have been sighted over the Taj Mahal and police have clashed with English civil war era soldiers. The two speculate, Gwen concluding it can’t be an act of terrorism—terrorists use bombs, this is different.

At the Hub, Ianto recites biblical verses from the King James Bible, sourcetext|source=Bible|version=King James|book=Daniel|chapter=12|verse=8|range=-9 (though he says it is 12:10). Jack cuts in as he moves onto an apocalyptic text on Abaddon the "great devourer," remarking how mankind is obsessed with anything that "denies the randomness of existence."

Institutions across the globe (including UNIT) have their eyes trained on Torchwood and the team question their responsibility. Running a simulation, Toshiko demonstrates how the rift—or more specifically, Torchwood 3—is the epicentre of all the temporal incidents. The rift is expanding and history is falling through the cracks. Jack is quick to put the blame on Owen who justifies opening the rift to save Jack and Toshiko.

Jack has instructed Owen and Toshiko to investigate a quarantined hospital where they find the bubonic plague has broken out after the admittance of a plague victim from the 14th century, the time of the Black Death. Owen is not only terrified by this development, but also blames himself for it, as the one responsible for opening the rift. He instructs the woman's doctor in what medicine to give her. Owen warns the doctors that this may happen more often, and leaves. Gwen and Jack go to investigate a Roman soldier who was arrested by PC Andy. The pair explain to him how the soldier arrived. Andy states that even if he believes them, he is still confused, not knowing how to treat the new prisoner. The pair solve this by drugging the soldier and taking him back to the cells at Torchwood.

Back at the hospital, Toshiko sees her mother who tells her in Japanese that the darkness is coming and that Toshiko must open the rift to stop it all. Her mother then vanishes.

At the prison, Gwen sees Bilis Manger in a cell. He apologises before disappearing. Back at the Hub, Ianto sees Lisa who tries to convince him to open the rift. Ianto does not believe that it is Lisa but being told to open the rift still makes him think. Owen and Jack fall out; Jack fires Owen, who goes to a bar to drown his sorrows. Diane appears and tells him to open the rift. He is tempted enough to do it.

Jack and Gwen go to Bilis' clock shop "A Stitch In Time". There they question him and Bilis reveals that he can step between eras in time, before disappearing. Jack leaves, but Bilis returns and shows Gwen a vision of Rhys dead in their flat. She runs to the flat to find Rhys alive. He won't come quietly to The Hub, so she shocks him and gets Jack to help her get him to Torchwood's base. Once there he wakes up and is very angry at Gwen. She says that she only wants to protect him. The team, minus Owen, are all in the central area of the Hub when the power goes off. Gwen runs to the cells, shouting Rhys' name.

The power goes off and Rhys' cell doors open. He tries to open the door, but Bilis appears and stabs him twice, twisting the dagger.

Gwen arrives and sees Rhys dead and no sign of Bilis. In the autopsy room, she cries and shouts at Jack, who consoles her. Owen then bursts in and tries to console her, but she shuns him. Owen then announces that he's opening the rift. Ianto follows him and Jack orders him to stop him, but Ianto says no. Toshiko and Gwen follow as well and begin to open the rift, however they are stopped by a security protocol that demands retina prints of all Torchwood personnel. Jack threatens Gwen with a gun, but she just walks up to him. He insults the gang by saying "You're a united front now, Toshiko, the poor girl who'll screw any passing alien that gives her a pendant. Owen, so strong he gets in a cage with a Weevil, desperate to be mauled. Ianto, hiding a cyber-girlfriend in the basement. Your three comrades pumped bullets into her. Remember?" He then makes the mistake of doubting Gwen's love for Rhys because she slept with Owen. Gwen subsequently punches Jack, knocking the gun out of his hand. Owen seizes Jack's revolver and turns it on him. They're relieving Jack of command and "getting back what (they) love." Jack tells Owen that if he wants to take charge, he'd need "significantly bigger balls." Jack picks himself up and walks forward and Owen opens fire. Jack is dropped by a head shot but Owen fires another two rounds into his torso. Ianto, stunned, drops to Jack's side and implores Owen, "what have you done?" Owen answers he's "sick of people doubting" him as Gwen tries to calm him down.

With Owen calmed, the team activate the machine with all of their retinal scans, including Jack's. As the Rift opens, Jack revives himself. He comes round and asks what they've done and the team all evacuate the Hub as an earthquake splits across Cardiff. Outside, the team find Bilis, who speaks of " [the] son of The Great Beast, cast out before time" named "Abaddon" trapped inside the Rift, before disappearing. Suddenly, a huge creature (similar to the Beast from "Doctor Who"'s "The Satan Pit") rises above Cardiff. Anyone in its shadow immediately dies, giving Jack an idea: he can't die, so Abaddon can feed off of his life. Gwen drives him to an open space and screaming, she tearfully tries to stop him without success. Jack shoves Gwen away, shouting at her to drive to safety, but still she doesn't leave, only stands crying by the SUV. Jack stands before Abaddon. The shadow begins to kill Jack, but a blue light flows out of Jack's chest and begins to destroy Abaddon. The creature is dead and the rift is sealed. Jack lies dead before Gwen as she holds him, crying over his body.

The timeline has been restored with the opening of the rift. Rhys is alive. But at a cost — Jack has not re-animated. Owen, Ianto and Tosh appear resigned to the reality of his death but Gwen refuses to move from his side, telling them forcefully that she 'wants to sit with him'. Days pass, the team increasingly concerned for Gwen but she remains faithfully by Jack's side, watching him, occasionally smoothing down and re-arranging the body bag he lies in on the morgue slab. Ianto is seen crying into Jack's military coat. Finally, Gwen appears to give up. She picks up Jack's hand, pressing her cheek lovingly to the back of it before hesitantly leaning over him and kissing his lips. Gwen stands and walks away, almost crying from the morgue before hearing him gasp a breath and weakly calling, "Thank-you." Gwen sprints back to find him alive and smiling up at her.

Jack has regained some strength, although he is still pale, and Gwen accompanies him into the main Hub area, taking his hand and smiling up at him. Toshiko runs into his arms and Jack embraces her. Next, Ianto comes forward somewhat uncertainly, extending an unsteady hand but Jack pulls him into an embrace and then kisses him. Owen, clearly shaken, then steps up to Jack as the Captain walks towards him. He begins to stutter his apology but Jack cuts him off. "I forgive you." Breaking down, Owen sobs into Jack’s shoulder and clings to him.

The scene shifts to Jack's office, where Gwen and Jack are in conversation. Jack tells her that although the rift is sealed, it will be more volatile than before. Gwen asks him what vision would have tempted him to open the rift. He says simply, "The right kind of Doctor." Jack walks out of his office to find the severed hand of the Doctor glowing, the preserving liquid bubbling actively, and its tank sounding some sort of alert. His excitement is obvious, a nervous smile mixed with confusion covering his face as a breeze sweeps through the area and the sound of the TARDIS materialising is heard. Jack turns his head to something we can't see and smiles widely, and as the shot cuts to Gwen, the sound of the TARDIS dematerialising is heard and Jack has gone.

Gwen enters the room, calling for Jack who is nowhere to be seen. The rest of the Torchwood team enter with coffee and Gwen asks them if they’ve seen Jack. Owen remarks that the Hub has been dishevelled after they had just cleared up. Gwen looks around the emptiness of the Hub, "He was just here." Crossing her arms over her chest, she frowns, "Something's taken him; Jack's gone."


*In Toshiko's vision, her mother refers to something "coming from the darkness" - a running theme throughout the series.
*Ianto sees a fully human Lisa from the episode "Cyberwoman", convincing him to open the Rift.
*Owen sees Diane from the episode "Out of Time", convincing him to open the Rift.
*Jack refers to Gwen and Owen's relationship seen in "Countrycide", Toshiko and Mary's relationship seen in "Greeks Bearing Gifts", Owen's fight with a Weevil in "Combat" and Ianto hiding Lisa seen in "Cyberwoman".
*Jack refers to "the right kind of Doctor", alluding to the Doctor, this comment is the repeat of a near identical one also spoken to Gwen in "Everything Changes".
*A monster was sealed beneath the Rift, Abaddon. The Torchwood website questions if there are more like him across the universe, [ [http://www.torchwood.org.uk/html/endofdays/abaddon.shtml Torchwood External Hub Interface - Notes on Abaddon] ] asking "Were there other beings like Abaddon? Are they also entombed underneath planets across the universe?" - referring to the Beast as seen in the "Doctor Who" episode "The Satan Pit". Like the Beast, Abaddon was described as having been sealed away "before time". Bilis Manger describes Abaddon as "son of the Beast", and the Beast also says that some cultures have used the name Abaddon to refer to him.
*The sound of the TARDIS arriving at the end of this episode is a forward reference to the season three "Doctor Who" episode "Utopia", which aired several months later and revealed the reason for Jack's disappearance. The Torchwood team itself would next be referenced in the "Doctor Who" episode, "The Sound of Drums", as having been sent on a mission by Mr. Saxon.

Outside references

*In the opening scene, the text along the bottom of the screen during the BBC News 24 announcement reads "Beatles on roof of Abbey Road Studios."
*PC Andy refers to Jack and Gwen as Mulder and Scully, referring to "The X-Files."
*The name of Bilis Manger's antique shop, A Stitch In Time, is a reference to the proverb "a stitch in time saves nine."
*When a hospital employee tells Owen the medicine he has prescribed treats the Plague, Owen replies, "Well done, House" in reference to the American medical drama "House".


*When the first episode list was released, this episode was listed as "End of Days". The episode was later renamed "Apocalypse", only to return to the name "End of Days".


*The song "Begging You" by The Stone Roses features in this episode (heard just before & after Owen sees Diane at the bar).


*This episode was first shown as a double-bill with "Captain Jack Harkness". The two episodes' end credits were merged and shown at the end of this episode.
*This episode was first shown on the same day as the first broadcast of "Invasion of the Bane", the first episode of the "Doctor Who" spin-off "The Sarah Jane Adventures".


External links

* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/sites/episodes/series1/ep13_endofdays.shtml "End of Days" episode guide entry on the BBC website]

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