"With 30-odd years lost somewhere, I could tell you almost anything."
IN THIS ONE... People appear in and out of the gas station, appearing as shadows, or solidifying. Time is all jumbled up.
REVIEW: The couple from 1948 continue to stonewall, refusing even to give their names, and this, even after Steel's "divide and conquer" gambit. The truth is, the time elements can't account for their own presence at the gas station either. And not unlike the couple, they (especially Silver) haven't questioned it until now. Normally, they receive a briefing, presumably in person. This time, they telepathically received knowledge of a time breach. One doesn't need fan lore's spoilery titles to realize this is a trap. Has the Enemy finally decided to go after the agents that have been stopping its offensive? While the station seems to have various humans caught in its temporal web, it may be important to note how each of those humans relates to a time element. The man is cold and logical, like Steel. Both the woman and Sapphire share a deep apprehension and wringing of hands (atypical for Sapphire). Even the old man who owns the garage could be linked to Silver, the "technician". Coincidence? Theme? Or something more?
In the gas station, time is severely broken. It has stopped, except when it makes sudden leaps forward. Strange noises and a summer squall manifest even if they couldn't exist in the 1-second moments the station exists in. And there's a jumble of times - the couple from 1948, the old man from 1925, the time elements from 1981 - and the suggestion is that this station has always been "haunted" and that the couple regularly got service from the old mechanic from before their time. These periods go in and out of phase, and the people in them become ghostly, or just creepy shadows. So whose shadow is that, in the cliffhanger, looking like a tramp or a Johnny Depp character? The Enemy itself? But does the Enemy carry a tambourine?
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE VORTEX: Someone with a top hat comes right "out of the rain", the title of one of Hammond's Torchwood episodes.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium - Another tense, mysterious episode. Waiting for it to be more than that.