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Bilis Manger
Also known as:
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: 19th century
Actor: Murray Melvin

A dangerous enemy, Bilis Manger has the power to effortlessly time travel, apparently without technical aid. He was a servant of Abaddon and an ally of the Light.




Early life

Manger was born in the early 19th century. In the 1860s, he was the manager of the Amser Hotel in Roath, Cardiff. When the city, generally hotel was attacked by the Rift in 1869, he was trapped by the Rift and forced to do its bidding. (TWM: Broken)

In 1876, the Rift opened up in Tretarri, releasing Abaddon and Pwccm. Bilis Manger and his opposite, Cafard Manger, were both present to help their lords. Abaddon faked defeat, allowing Pwccm to take control. He gave Gideon ap Tarri, who was watching the proceedings, a diary to write down the events and had him bury the diary in Cardiff. He intended to use the dairy in the future to help Abbadon take back power. (TWN: The Twilight Streets)

The Rift ploy

Manger's ability to travel through time make it difficult to put together a linear chronology, from his point of view, so the following presents his encounters with Torchwood from their perspective.

A week or so after events involving Mary and Toshiko Sato (TW: Greeks Bearing Gifts), Manger talked with Owen Harper in a bar, pumped him for information on Torchwood and revealed to Owen that he had given him a combination of retcon and the truth drug sodium pentathol. (WEB:

Next he appeared as a greeter in the Ritz dance hall in January 1941, immediately taking a sinister interest in Jack Harkness and Toshiko. Manger's possession of a file with the hand-lettered label "Torchwood" indicates he had some connection with the Torchwood Institute of that era.

Simultaneously, he seemed to exist in the early 21st century, managing the now-abandoned dance hall. In possession of a missing component of the Rift manipulator found at the Hub, it seems possible that he deliberately allowed Owen Harper to find it in a grandfather clock and and to take it. At the same time, he deliberately scratched out numbers in Toshiko's rift equations so that the manipulator would not function properly and so cause the rift to widen after Owen used the manipulator to bring Jack and Toshiko back to the 21st century. (TW: Captain Jack Harkness)

Shortly after, Manger's appearances took an even more ominous tone. Jack and Gwen Cooper discovered that Manger owned a store named A Stitch in Time and met him there. He demonstrated to Gwen his power to time travel and showed her a vision of Rhys lying dead. Later, he proceeded to stab Rhys to death himself.

The visions of loved ones who appeared to the members of the team (except for Jack), inducing them to open the rift almost certainly have something to do with Manger.

Manger may have the power, himself to appear as other people or at least to induce illusions.

Bilis disappeared claiming that his "work was done" after Abaddon rose over Cardiff. (TW: End of Days)


Manger later returned and orchestrated the rapid renovation of the abandoned streets of Tretarri, the site of Abaddon and Pwccm's battle. Abducting all of Jack Harkness's teammates, he passed the sentient particles called the Light into them in order to show them the future he foresaw when Torchwood killed Abaddon. Without the check on its power, Pwccm would send the Dark through the Rift to possess Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato. With Jack's power of resurrection, they would hold open the Rift and use it to power a world-spanning Torchwood Empire.

The Light passed into the people attending the opening of Tretarri and grew in strength but the Dark took over Owen and Tosh until Bilis transferred the particles to Idris Hopper. Once Torchwood Three agreed to aid Bilis, they were able to open the Rift, draw out the Dark and imprison them in a box, and send the Light through the Rift to hold Pwccm back for all eternity.

Bilis left on a plane with a wooden box that contained Abaddon's ashes. (TWN: The Twilight Streets)


Manger had a quiet, guarded, sardonic demeanour. He does not display overt emotions. He has a fascination with clocks. Manger seemed to worship Abaddon as a god and worked to free him.


Manger claimed to be cursed with his powers, likely due to his deal with Abaddon. He could see all of time; the past, the present and all the potential futures, though he couldn't see his own future or that of Jack Harkness. He could also travel into the past and into into the future, but not far in the future. (TWN: The Twilight Streets) He could also read minds, create illusions (TW: End of Days) move objects and make them disappear (TWN: The Twilight Streets).

Manger could also create illusions with a perception filter, allowing his store to look like whatever was expected. (TWN: The Twilight Streets)

Behind the Scenes

The letters of Bilis' first name, re-arranged spells, "Iblis", an Islamic name for Satan.

In an interview on Torchwood Declassified John Barrowman reffered to him as "An Evil Gay !".

External links

Torchwood Series 1 Aliens and Enemies
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