Torchwood 1.7 Greeks Bearing Gifts

Beware the charming alien!

Greeks Bearing Gifts was an episode of Torchwood series 1 I remembered well. I knew it was about Tosh and her relationship with the team, but I’d forgotten just how compelling Daniela Denby-Ashe was as alien Mary. The story has some similar themes to earlier episodes with the exploitation of alien tech for personal ends, but it’s not the focus of this story.


While there are no bad performances, it’s Daniela who lifts the whole story into something very easy to rewatch. On the strength of this I’m surprised writer Toby Whithouse didn’t write more Torchwood, but he did have a decent (if uneven) run of Doctor Who stories.

I thought I’d have more to say, but this is one of those episodes that works without changing the world. It’s complete in and of itself.

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