To The Last Man (Torchwood)

To The Last Man (Torchwood)

16 – "To the Last Man"
Torchwood episode

Toshiko convinces her lover, a stranded soldier suffering from shellshock, to return to World War I where he will eventually be executed for cowardice. Critics praised both the characterisation and the anti-war sentiment in the episode.
  • John Barrowman – Captain Jack Harkness
  • Eve Myles – Gwen Cooper
  • Burn Gorman – Owen Harper
  • Naoko Mori – Toshiko Sato
  • Gareth David-Lloyd – Ianto Jones
  • Anthony Lewis – Tommy Brockless
  • Roderic Culver – Gerald Carter
  • Siobhan Hewlett – Harriet Derbyshire
  • Lizzie Rogan – Nurse
  • Ricky Fearon – Foreman
Writer Helen Raynor
Director Andy Goddard
Script editor Brian Minchin
Producer Richard Stokes
Chris Chibnall (co-producer)
Executive producer(s) Russell T Davies
Julie Gardner
Production code 2.3
Series Series 2
Length 50 mins
Originally broadcast 30 January 2008
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"To the Last Man" is the third episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Torchwood, which was first broadcast on BBC Two on 30 January 2008. The episode was written by returning series guest writer Helen Raynor, directed by Andy Goddard and produced by Richard Stokes. As with every episode of Torchwood's first two series, "To the Last Man" featured the five initial series regulars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori and Gareth David Lloyd, with Mori's character Toshiko Sato given the main focus.

The narrative centres on the intersection of Toshiko's romance with Tommy Brockless (Anthony Lewis), a cryogenically frozen soldier from World War I, and a number of hazardous time slips from 1918. As the impending crisis becomes more severe, Toshiko must choose between the man she has fallen in love with and the world at stake. Tommy eventually elects to sacrifice himself and returns to 1918, where Toshiko knows he will be executed because of his shellshock, in order to save the world.

"To the Last Man" was filmed as part of the first production block of Torchwood's second series. Helen Raynor was inspired to write the episode to explore the issue of soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World War. The episode was watched by an aggregated total of 4.97 million viewers across its first three showings. Critics were divided on the nature of the episode. The characterisation was largely praised, in addition to the romance between Tosh and Tommy, the atmosphere and the criticism of war. However, the storylining of the episode and the reliance on plot devices to advance the narrative was heavily criticised by some reviewers.

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... He felt that though the episode provided a "likeably girlish side of Torchwoods blandest character" the characterisation did not add enough depth ... between Toshiko and Tommy and the appearance of previous Torchwoodemployees ... enjoyed the episode, contrary to his expectations, having not been impressed by either Torchwoods earlier stories nor Helen Raynor's Doctor Who scripts ...

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