This story in a nutshell: Tosh finally meets the man of her dreams...and he's only thawed out once a year.
Hunky Hero: Jack gives a brilliant and completely comprehensible explanation of what is going on with time by using nothing but his imagination and a piece of paper. Raynor should give Steven Moffat some lessons in how to articulate ideas in an elementary way. Jack admits in a quiet moment that he left home many years ago and he doesn't really know where he belongs. He's not even sure that it matters any more. Isn't John Barrowman great when he gets to underplay?
Sparkling Dialogue: 'Once a year for you, it's every day for me.'
'It seems like there's always a war somewhere...'
'The War to End All Wars, they said. And then three weeks later they had the Second World War' - what an inspired piece of dialogue.
Foreboding: There is a thread running through this season highlighting that fact that most Torchwood employees die young. It's excellent forewarning for the dramatic events of the finale and a memorable assassination in Children of Earth.
Result: The Time Traveller's Wife, Torchwood style with some decent frights thrown in for good measure. Some writers are perfectly suited to some shows and a complete mismatch with others. Helen Raynor's Doctor Who contributions have hardly gone down in history as fan favourites, she seems to understand the ethos of the show without being able to tie her ideas to a satisfying narrative. Whereas her two Torchwood scripts were highlights of the first two seasons, stories with simple but heady ideas and plenty of genuine emotional content that have been vital for the audience to get close to some of the harder to understand characters. One of the lesser writers on one show and one the strongest on another. Obviously Torchwood plays to her strengths and exposes how she has matured as a writer. She includes a sweet romance for Tosh, a time bending plot that manages to tie itself up in a very satisfying way, the creepiest abandoned hospital I have visited for some time and lots of lovely character touches that remind us that the Torchwood crew can be presented as people and not grotesques. Naoko Mori isn't the world's finest actress but she does well with this material, she plays the meek and mousy Toshiko very charmingly when the writer remembers to balance her intelligence with sensitivity. Tosh and Tommy have lovely chemistry and their relationship doesn't boil down to the usual Torchwood schlock of hard-ons, cheating and rampant sex. It's just two very sweet people who have found each other through the strangest of means. To the Last Man works because it employs that little seen ingredient in Torchwood: subtlety. The character drama, the scares and the science fiction concepts are all delicately balanced and never swollen beyond their means resulting in a sophisticated piece and the first sign that season two is learning its lessons from the best and the worst of the debut year: 8/10