Steven's mother described Jack as his uncle as she wanted not to explain to him Jack's immortality and agelessness. The two appeared close, although their contact was infrequent. (TV: Children of Earth: Day One)
The 456 incident
Steven, along with all the children on the planet Earth, were repeatedly influenced by the 456 to freeze in place and declare the impending arrival of the alien race until they made touchdown in Britain. (TV: Children of Earth: Day One, Children of Earth: Day Two)
By reversing the signal, Steven, as Jack knew he would, died. Steven convulsed horrifically and blood began to spout from his nostrils, then collapsed where he stood. His mother cradled his dead body tearfully as Jack watched. She did not seem to forgive Jack for sacrificing her son. His death was also the final factor in Jack leaving Earth; the deaths of Suzie, Owen, Tosh, Ianto and Steven had become too much. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Five)
Behind the scenes
- Steven's death was the first death of a child seen onscreen in the Doctor Who universe. However, the Doctor Who stories The Chase, Logopolis, School Reunion, Human Nature, The Fires of Pompeii, The Stolen Earth as well as the Torchwood stories Sleeper and Children of Earth and The Sarah Jane Adventures stories Revenge of the Slitheen, The Lost Boy, The Day of the Clown and The Eternity Trap have featured implied or offscreen child deaths.