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Adam Smith
Also known as: Adam
Race: Memory Thief
Appearances: TW: Adam
Actor: Bryan Dick

Adam Smith was a memory-changing entity who could survive if people remembered him. He infiltrated Torchwood Three and passed himself off as one of them.


Adam escaped from "the void" (possibly the Void), presumably via the Cardiff rift and made for the Torchwood team, as their memories were unique.

He inserted himself into all the memories of the team and though he had only come into their lives two days before, they thought he had joined Torchwood years ago.

Adam made Jack Harkness trust him with his secrets and re-awakened his memories of his lost brother, Gray from the Boeshane Peninsula (however, it is possible that some or all of these memories originated with Adam himself.)

He also made Toshiko Sato love him and believe that they had a close, physical and long-lasting relationship. He also changed the personality of Owen Harper, turning him into a nerdy romantic with a crush on Toshiko. Though he made Gwen Cooper regard him as a friend, as an unintended side effect, he made her forget about her fiancé, Rhys Williams. Ianto Jones noticed that Adam never got a mention in the logs that he meticulously took of his work. As retaliation for his suspicion and threat to expose Adam, he made Ianto believe he had murdered three women. The false memory of the serial murders drove Ianto mad; he reported this to Jack who saw Adam making Ianto remember him using the Hub's CCTV.

Jack threatened Adam with his gun before locking him in the vault. Jack then gave the rest of the team retcon pills to forget about Adam (after having deleted the CCTV recordings and other evidence). In a last bid to survive, Adam inserted himself into one of Jack's memories of his childhood. Jack then took an amnesia pill to forget. As nobody now remembered Adam he died. His body shimmered and disappeared into nothing. Although the Torchwood team had no knowledge of Adam anymore, some evidence of his existence remained: for example, his name was found on a bag containing an alien artifact in Torchwood's possession (which was in some way tied to Adam), and Rhys, having briefly met Adam, would have retained his scant memories of the man.


Adam survived only by people's memories of him. If he was forgotten, he would fade away. Adam inserted himself into the memories of others through touch. He would place his hand on the target's shoulder and merely say "remember". Inserting himself into people’s memories often wipes out other memories. (TW: Adam) Presumably, Rhys' memory of Adam was either too minor to sustain him, or did not count as Adam did not insert himself into Rhys' memories himself.

Behind the scenes

  • Coincidentally, Adam's choice of the "generic" human last name, Smith, calls to mind the Doctor's own choice of John Smith as an alias. This is is also the fifth time in the revived Doctor Who franchise that a notable character with this last name has appeared, after Mickey Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, her son Luke Smith and the Doctor's human version, also John Smith.
  • The concept of a being altering the teams minds and infiltrating Torchwood was first explored in TWN: Border Princes. The major difference been, in the novel, the character (James Mayer) believed he was both Human and a member of Torchwood 3 thus making the integration stronger.
Torchwood 3 Staff
Gwen Cooper

Martha Jones  • Rhys Williams  • Lois Habiba  • The Doctor  • Andy Davidson  • Vivien Rook  • Tommy Brockless

Emily Holroyd  • Alice Guppy  • Charles Gaskell  • Gerald Carter  • Harriet Derbyshire  • Douglas Caldwell  • Lydia Childs  • Charles Quinn  • Lucia Moretti  • Alex Hopkins  • Suzie Costello  • Adam Smith  • Owen Harper  • Toshiko Sato  • Ianto Jones  • Jack Harkness

Torchwood Series 2 Aliens and Enemies
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: John Hart  • Blowfish  • Gray Sleeper: Cell 114  • Janet Meat: Harries & Harries  • Cash Cow  • Myfanwy Adam: Adam Smith  • Gray  • Janet Reset: The Pharm  • Aaron Copley  • Mayflies  • Billy Davies  • Weevils  • Janet Dead Man Walking: Durac  • Weevils  • Janet  • Little Girl A Day in the Death: The Pulse  • Janet Something Borrowed: Nostrovites From Out of the Rain: Night Travellers  • Ghostmaker  • Pearl  • Night Clowns  • Stromboli  • Tattooed Man  • Fire Jugglers Adrift: Jonah Bevan Fragments: Blowfish  • Little Girl  • Alex Hopkins  • Mitlon  • Tumour alien  • Weevil  • Myfanwy  • John Hart  • Gray Exit Wounds: Gray  • John Hart  • Weevils  • Janet  • Hoix  • Cowled figures

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