Torchwood Episode 8:
They Keep Killing Suzie


When a serial killer begins writing the word “Torchwood” in his victims' blood, Jack reluctantly agrees to let Gwen use the resurrection glove which had been the undoing of Suzie Costello. Soon, the words of the dead lead Torchwood to believe that the slayings are connected to Suzie herself. Jack is faced with the grim prospect of allowing the glove to be used one more time -- to revive his former friend and betrayer.


Executive producer Russell T Davies had always intended to leave the door open for Indira Varma to return to Torchwood and reprise the role of Suzie Costello, which she had originated in the series premiere, Everything Changes. The vehicle for Varma's second appearance on the programme was They Keep Killing Suzie -- initially referred to in press items as simply “They Keep Killing” in order to preserve the dual surprises of Suzie's death at the end of Everything Changes and her resurrection in this episode.

They Keep Killing Suzie was scripted by the neophyte writing team of Paul Tomalin and Daniel McCulloch. Tomalin and McCulloch were recommended to Davies by Shameless creator Paul Abbott (who had briefly been one of the scheduled contributors to the first season of the new Doctor Who series). Originally, They Keep Killing Suzie was intended to be an “overcommission” episode -- meaning that it would be used only in case of emergency, and otherwise would be held back until a hypothetical second season or abandoned altogether -- but Tomalin and McCulloch so impressed Davies that he decided to send it into production. The reference to the existence of a second resurrection glove, however, was Davies' own addition to the script.

The director of They Keep Killing Suzie was James Strong. It was made as part of the same recording block -- the third of the Torchwood season -- as Cyberwoman. They Keep Killing Suzie had to be quickly inserted into the production order in order to ensure Varma's availability, as the actress was shortly due to leave for the United States where she had accepted a starring role on the medical drama 3 lbs.

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Original Transmission
Date 3rd Dec 2006
Time 10.00pm
Duration 52'43"
Viewers (more) 1.1m
· BBC3 1.1m
· BBC2 1.9m
(6th Dec 2006)
Appreciation 85%

Captain Jack Harkness
John Barrowman
Gwen Cooper
Eve Myles
Owen Harper
Burn Gorman
Toshiko Sato
Naoko Mori
Ianto Jones
Gareth David-Lloyd
Indira Varma
Yasmin Bannerman
Alex Arwyn
Daniel Llewellyn-Williams
Mark Brisco
Gary Pillai
Suzie's Father
Badi Uzzaman

Written by
Paul Tomalin &
Daniel McCulloch
Directed by
James Strong
Produced by
Richard Stokes

Created by
Russell T Davies
Chris Chibnall
1st Assistant Director
Nick Brown
2nd Assistant Director
Guy de Glanville
3rd Assistant Director
Rhian Salisbury
Glen Coxon
Llywarch Davies
Location Manager
Paul Davies
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Nicky James
Christian Reynish
Unit Manager
Geraint Havard Jones
Production Co-ordinator
Carmelina Palumbo
Asst Prod Co-ordinator
Kate Powell
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Margarita Felices
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Helen Pugsley
Claire Thomas
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Debi Griffiths
Beth Britton
Kath Blackman
Llinos Wyn Jones
Script Editor
Brian Minchin
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Gareth Hughes
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Mani Blaxter Paliwala
Dai Hopkins
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Jeff Welch
Dave Fowler
Best Boy
Steve Slocombe
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Tom Lucy
Chief Super Art Director
Stephen Nicholas
Supervising Art Director
Keith Dunne
Art Dep Prod Manager
Jonathan Marquand Allison
Art Dep Op Manager
Adrian Anscombe
Associate Designer
Matthew Savage
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Matthew North
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Al Roberts
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Brian Patrick Henry
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Will Pope
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Julian Luxton
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Nick Thomas
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Ben Morris
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Charlie Malik
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Mark Cordory
Props Maker
Penny Howarth
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Matthew Hywel-Davies
Construction Chargehand
Scott Fisher
BBC Wales Graphic Design
Costume Supervisor
Charlotte Mitchell
Costume Assistants
Bobby Peach
Sarah Morgan
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Claire Pritchard
Make-Up Artists
Sarah Astley-Hughes
Kate Roberts
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Andy Brierley
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Matt Mullins
Post Prod Supervisors
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Chris Blatchford
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Marie Brown
On Line Editor
Matthew Clarke
Mick Vincent
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Tom Ricketts
Supervising Sound Editor
Doug Sinclair
Sound Editor
Paul McFadden
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Howard Eaves
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Endaf Emyr Williams
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Andy Pryor CDG
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Ceri Tothill
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Jeff Matthews
Costume Designer
Ray Holman
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Marie Doris
Murray Gold
Ben Foster
Visual Effects
The Mill
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Will Cohen
Marie Jones
Visual FX Supervisor
Dave Houghton
On-Set Visual FX Supervisor
Barney Curnow
Neill Gorton &
Millennium Effects
Production Managers
Debbi Slater
Marcus Prince
Mike Jones
Production Designer
Edward Thomas
Director of Photography
Mark Waters
Associate Producer
Terry Reeve
Production Executive
Julie Scott
Assistant Producer
Sophie Fante
Executive Producers
Russell T Davies
Julie Gardner

Updated 18th December 2011