The New World
Episode 1 of 10 within Season Four : The New World. Item 32 of 41 overall.
Production number 101.
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8.19
17 votes

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep ageing – they get hurt and sick, but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month's time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as CIA agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking: "What is Torchwood?", he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human ... for ever.

original airdate-July 8,2011                                rating: 1.51 million 

                                                                                 UK-6.59 million

Main Enemy:CIA

Main setting:Jacksonville, KY, rural Wales and Langley, VA

18-21 March 2011

Goofs: 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.

  • The helicopter explodes only a few feet from Gwen, yet her hair doesn't even move although there must have been a shock wave.
  • Rex is impaled by a spike that comes from the back of the lorry in front of him when it stops suddenly. The spike should have continued to try and move in the direction of the vehicle rather than changing its direction of motion by 180 degrees.
  • When Danes is talking to the Governor's representative, there is no sign on his arm of the IV insertion that was used in his failed execution. There would be some bruising, at the least.
  • When Danes is talking to the Governor's representative, there is no sign on his arm of the IV insertion that was used in his failed execution. There would be some bruising, at the least.
  • When Rex is on the plane ready to take-off for the U.K. a right hand is shown reaching over to grab the phone and disconnect the call, the wrist has no watch. Yet when Rex recalls the sequence later after he sees Captain Jack Harkness save Gwen, Rhys and him - we see a left hand with Jack's leather cuff (his vortex manipulator) clearly visible. And if the 'right hand' had been Jack's we would have seen his wristwatch as he wears it on his right wrist.

Trivia: Gwen and Rhys's Welsh cottage is called "The Old Rectory" and is owned by the British National Trust. It can be rented as a holiday cottage.

  • The picture of Captain Jack that Esther finds in the CIA archives, is actually a still from _Doctor Who {The Empty Child (#1.9)}_ which is the episode of Doctor Who in which the character of Jack first appears.
  • In the observation room of the explosion victim, Jack introduces himself as "Owen Harper," referring to the character played by Burn Gorman in Torchwood seasons 1 and 2.
  • The name for the CIA analyst, Esther Drummond, was presumably taken from the "Wester Drumlins" house from the Doctor Who episode "Blink".

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regional titles

Dutch
The New World
English
The New World
French
Le Nouveau Monde
German
The New World
Irish
An Domhan Nua
Italian
Il Nuovo Mondo
Spanish
El nuevo mundo