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Vortex Manipulator

Our guide to creating a vortex manipulator is all you need to cosplay a 51st-century Time Agent. Get ready for some “cheap and nasty time travel”…


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Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) sets his vortex manipulator in the Torchwood Hub.


The Tenth Doctor thought the vortex manipulator was a very primitive form of time travel, describing it as a “space hopper” compared to his “sports car” TARDIS.

The vortex manipulator is a pretty nifty piece of tech. Contained within an elegant, leather-covered wristwatch-like gadget, it offers the user the ability to time travel at the flick of a button. Using it might rip holes in time, but let’s not worry too much about that.

Along with Time Agent Captain Jack Harkness, the gadget made its Doctor Who screen debut in 2005’s The Empty Child. When the Doctor abandoned Jack on board a space station in the year 200,100 in The Parting of the Ways (2005), Jack tried to use his vortex manipulator to travel to the 21st century. However, because the gadget was damaged, he ended up in the mid-19th, forced to live through Earth history. During this time, Jack worked for Torchwood – and even got his own spin-off series.

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