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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A glove with the power to bring the dead back to life
- 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". The glove fell through the rift circa 1967 and rested on the bottom of Cardiff Bay until Torchwood Three dredged it in early 2007. 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. 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 by Gwen it worked the same way as before, keeping her alive for the allotted amount of time however, when Gwen felt her begin to slip away she tried to forcefully bring her back and succeeded... but at a price. Gwen's forced attempt to keep Suzie alive established a non-physical connection between the two with Suzie slowly draining Gwen's life force, healing Suzie and killing Gwen. Gwen gradually developed the same wound as Suzie, in the same place (i.e. gunshot wound in the back of the head) and this would have caused Gwen's death if the Glove was not destroyed in time (which Tosh did by shooting it), thereby reviving Gwen and killing Suzie. Again. However, Ianto points out that "gloves come in pairs", implying that there may be another 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, 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 Jones, who is aged by the assault. The second glove was destroyed by a gunshot from Owen (just as the first one was by Tosh) and was not seen or mentioned after that in the episode. While the first Glove existed, Suzie could not be killed just as Owen could not. However, she showed the ability to heal – rapidly – and after her Glove was destroyed she died. Owen, however, never healed after resuscitation and continued to live after his Glove was destroyed.
- Before the Glove was used on Owen, it had been discovered many centuries ago (around the time of the black plague) in Wales by a priest, who attempted to use it on a little girl called Faith.
- Notably, Rassilon wears a similar-looking glove in "The End of Time", using it as a lethal weapon.
- Retroactive continuity—see Amnesia pill
- 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 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.
- See also List of Doctor Who items#Severed hand
The Doctor's severed hand that Jack is preserving in the Hub.
After the Tenth Doctor's hand was severed by a sword during the Sycorax invasion of Earth ("The Christmas Invasion"), the hand was recovered by Jack Harkness. It is stored in a transparent case filled with a preservative liquid. Jack is very protective of the hand, saying that it means something only to him. In "End of Days", the hand glows when the TARDIS is nearby. In the Doctor Who episode, "Utopia", where Jack refers to the hand as a "Doctor detector", the hand is stolen by the Master. The hand is subsequently recovered by the Doctor.
- The ghostly "Night Travellers" escape from their film imprisonment in "From Out of the Rain" and begin stealing peoples "last breaths" for their own travelling 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.
- 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 BBC Torchwood, an online singularity scalpel game features as part of a mission which involves scanning a body. It also appears in Risk Assement.
- Captain Jack is seen using what resembles the Doctor's sonic screwdriver without the noise in the episode "Day One".
- Torchwood Three's main database on encountered or catalogued alien species. The database is stored and 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.
- Ianto Jones' favorite piece of equipment. It is first seen in the episode "They Keep Killing Suzie" and is the first hint of a sexual relationship between Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones. Ianto says in "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" That he always has the stopwatch
Sub 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.
- The Torchwood vehicle is a converted large, black Range Rover Vogue 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. 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.[note 1] Although the vehicle is routinely referred to as an SUV, this is not a common designation in British English.
- The SUV was stolen during the events of Children of Earth by bullies.
The SUV was also stolen in "Countrycide" Episode 6.
During an auction of Torchwood and Doctor Who props, the SUV was sold for £18,000.