“Out of Time”, gorgeous throughout, ostensibly tells the story of three individuals lost in time thanks to a temporal anomaly caused by the Cardiff Rift. At its heart, it continues Torchwood’s nihilistic view of existence. A series that consistently argues that this present reality is all there is while simultaneously featuring a main character with a death wish suffers from both confusion and clinical depression. Ten episodes in, Torchwood still hasn’t figured out what it’s about, but it appears to be getting closer.
Consider our three travelers, who take off in December of 1953 and somehow end up in Cardiff in 2007. John (Mark Lewis Jones) is a forty-something shopkeeper, the type of control freak father we expect from the early 1950s. Diane (Louise Delamere) is a glamorous pilot, 30-ish, whose pin-up girl looks combine with her obvious intelligence and independent spirit to make her practically perfect. Last is ingénue Emma (Olivia Hallinan), just 18 years old; she expects to find a husband and have a family, and not much else.