Gadgets & Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos


Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
The Doctor Who Sidestep #2
“The Sound of Drums”
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

At the end of “Utopia” Professor Yana/The Master Regenerated, stole the TARDIS and left the Doctor, Martha and Captain Jack to the mercy of The Futurekind, but not before the good Doctor had performed some mysterious wizzy wiggy stuff with his Sonic Screwdriver.




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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
The Doctor Who Sidestep #1
“Utopia”
By Mickie Newton


 Introduction

Well at the end of ‘End of Days’ we saw the good Captain distracted by the sound of the TARDIS engines and the bubbling of the canister containing the Doctors severed-hand and then the rest of the team coming back to the Hub to find him gone!


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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos

“Captain Jack Harkness”
And
“End of Days”
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

Remember the bumper birthday issue last month? You remember just how much was in it? Yes?!  Well it was because it was so huge that issue 13s Gadgets & Gizmos was left out. I was super busy making pretty covers for all that immense work we had. So, now we have reached the end of season one  with the two end of season stories ‘Captain Jack Harkness’ and  the final earth moving episode ‘End of Days’ and I have written a bumper addition of Gadgets & Gizmos. So what shall we be looking at in Issue 14?




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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
“Combat
By Mickie Newton


Introduction

Well we have reached issue 12 and the world of fight club, sorry I mean “Combat” and we’re not allowed to talk about it. Nobody talks about “Combat” or is that Fight Club? Anywhoo, in this issue we will be looking at the Hacking Device, Jacks Vortex Manipulator/Wrist-strap and also Anti-weevil Spray.



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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
Out of Time” 50s Tech Then and Now
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

In this months issue we take another, slightly, different tact to the usual. Normally, when I write this article I look at the technologies seen either in the episode of focus, or in the case of tech light episodes I look at other technologies that appear somewhere in the series. But not in issue 11. This time I decided to delve elsewhere.


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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

In this months issue we will be only touching on our episode of focus 'Random Shoes' as there are no gadgets to focus on - for a sci-fi show Torchwood is very 'gadget light'. Instead  we will take a look at the object at the centre of the story; the Dogon Sixth Eye.

For this we need to spread our scope a tad and look at a couple of objects that are not seen in this episode, which is not only light on Gizmos etc but also light on Torchwood Team participation! So, we have instead, the Invisible lift, where we shall again be touching on, what we now affectionately call The Mothership,  Doctor Who and also the Cryochambers. Is this a gadget or gizmo I ask myself? Well the 


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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

It’s De-ja-vue time peeps! Just as you thought it was safe to step back into the HUB, Suzie Costello has popped up again in issue 9’s episode of focus ‘They Keep Killing Suzie’ (damn right too you unpleasant lady!) But of course Suzie isn’t the only revisit, as we also have the return of the Resurrection Glove (Risen Mitten), which we shall skim over and then you can click on the provided hyper link to go back to issue’s 2’s article and we shall look more at the ‘Life Knife’ (where does Ianto come up with these names?). And finally we look at something a little off from the episode; the GPS used by Toshiko numerous times!

The Resurrection Gauntlet
(Segment from issue 2 article)

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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

It has to be said, and anyone who has seen all the episodes of Torchwood will know that there are some episodes that lack the tech we expect to find in sci-fi and an example of this is Countrycide. It has to be the least techy of all three series (there’s going to be another out there somewhere I am sure). So I have decided now to change how I do things a little as trying to find the gadgets for every episode is very hard if not impossible, especially if there are none!  In this and future issues I shall try to pull various gadgets and techy things from all points of the series; so touching on just a few bits here and there. If an episode we are focusing on in the issue has plenty of techy stuff then the episode name will head the gadgets and gizmos article.

In this issue I am focusing on three such items. two specific items from the episode ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’ which are The Pendant and The Transporter and also the hand-gun weapons, both Jack’s and the teams.


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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
“Cyberwoman”
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

It is very easy for those who dislike science fiction to ridicule it in the worst possible way but it is partly because of science fiction that man is where he is today. It is from the creative imaginations of such writers as Jules Vern, H.G. Wells and Gene Rodenberry that scientists have been encouraged to think outside the box, the planet; to think beyond stars and what was really possible if we put our best minds to it. Because of the inspiration of these Science Fiction thinkers we have visited the Moon and are now going beyond our own solar system. Because of these thinkers, we have mobiles phones and machines that can see into our bodies without using a scalpel or anaesthetic.


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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
“Ghost Machine”
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

In issue 4 we have arrived at episode 03, 'Ghost Machine’, in which the team are faced with a piece of Alien tech that allows the user to see the past and possible future, associated with their present location. The alien tech in question is the Quantum Transducer, which I shall look at as indepth as possible.

We shall also look at the Mini CAT scanner and the infamous SUV.  And as per usual I shall also look at what we have that is equivalent to the tech in question in our own world.

Quantum Transducer (QT) aka Ghost Machine


The Quantum Transducer, better known as the Ghost Machine, was seen in two episodes. In ‘Ghost Machine’, as the basis of the story, and briefly, when Owen was looking for the Rift Manipulator blueprints in ‘Captain Jack Harkness.’

From what we can tell, the QT fell through the rift sometime in the past. When this happened is unclear, but both halves were found by the same man who collected junk and kept this artefact locked away in a lock-up on Moira Street in Splott, Cardiff, Wales. When Sean Harris, aka Bernie Harris, and a mate were using the lock-up. Bernie found the QT along with some alien rocks and alien money, and took them hoping he could 


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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
“Day One”
By Mickie Newton

Introduction

In issue 3 we continue to look at the various gadgets and gizmos from the individual episodes of Torchwood, be they alien or otherwise.  And to be as in-depth as possible and continue to find gadgets that we may use in everyday life, outside of science fiction, that are similar.

In the last issue we had three obvious gadgets, if the resurrection glove can be deemed as a gadget; alien artefact maybe a closer definition.

In ‘Day One’ we have fewer that stand out, one to be exact; which is the ‘inflatable cell.’ So in this edition we shall look at a couple of other items that appear in the episode, along with the cell.

The Capsule Cell

The Capsule Cell or inflatable cell, so named by Dr Owen Harper, is a small pebble like alien gadget that, on impact with the ground, puts up a force field around the “prisoner” creating a temporary prison cell. Although it’s an incredibly useful gadget, its battery-life is very short, lasting approximately one hour.  And after reading about 'Day One' in the book 'The Torchwood Archives it seems the team have no clue how to re-charge it. 

‘Day One’ is the only episode this gadget is seen in and was initially used by Owen to stop Carys Fletcher (whose body had been inhabited by an alien, in the form of a gas) from leaving her home. Jack then uses it again later to trap the gas life form, once it had left Carys’ body, at the Conway fertility Clinic, after which it soon dies.


It's a shame that nobody wrote it into a later episode that Toshiko had worked out a way to recharge the portable cell as it proved to be a very useful piece of technology.

What Do We Have On Earth?

If you’re looking for anything vaguely close to what we see in Torchwood, then you 







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Torchwood Gadgets and Gizmos
“Everything Changes”
By Mickie Newton

Acknowledgements

Before I start, I would like to thank Gary Russell for writing the excellent 'Torchwood: The Encyclopaedia’ as this was my reference bible during the writing of this article. And also for some little guidance from the man himself along with a fellow fan ThetaSigmaLady on Twitter with regards to one of the gadgets I speak of.

Introduction

Over the coming issues, we shall be looking at the various alien gadgets and gizmos seen throughout the four series of Torchwood that were used by the team and other characters in each of the episodes.

We will look at everything from Toshiko’s book scanner, to the contact lenses used both in Children of Earth and Miracle Day. We'll look at them in as much detail as we can manage and even look, where possible, at our own technologies that maybe 

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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. Many thanks for the time and effort put in to write this article.

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