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The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.
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Captain Jack Harkness, the former Time Agent and con man from the 51st century last seen traveling with the Doctor, ventures to early 21st century Cardiff. There, he becomes a member of Torchwood Institute, a renegade criminal investigation group founded by Queen Victoria to battle hostile extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. Written by rmlohner

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Two of the regular characters - Jack Harkness, and Toshiko Sato - originally appeared on the parent series, Doctor Who (2005). Toshiko (Naoko Mori) was the government forensic pathologist called in to perform the autopsy on the alien corpse in Doctor Who: Aliens of London (2005). Jack (John Barrowman) first appeared in Doctor Who: The Empty Child (2005) and became one of the Doctor's companions. He was last seen in Doctor Who: Journey's End (2008). Eve Myles played a similarly named character on the parent series in the episode, Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead (2005). It was heavily suggested that the two are related in Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth (2008) when the Doctor and Rose Tyler mention that she resembles the earlier character and she confirms that her family has lived in Cardiff since the 1800s. Freema Agyeman was a series regular in series three of Doctor Who (2005), as the Doctor's companion 'Martha Jones'. Agyeman later appeared in Torchwood: Reset (2008) and the two following episodes as the same character. Peter Capaldi plays 'John Frobisher' in the Children of Earth specials, and also played 'Caecillius' in Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii (2008), as well as the Twelfth Doctor from 2013 onwards. Also in Children of Earth, Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Four (2009). Nicholas Briggs plays Rick Yates. Nicholas is the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen in Doctor Who (2005) See more »


Captain Jack Harkness: [voiceover during first season opening] Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth, arming the human race against the future. The twenty-first century is when everything changes. And you gotta be ready.
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Camp and hammy.
28 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Am I missing something in Russel T's writing? The scripts are terrible, badly constructed and extremely camp (which is not in itself a problem if done well) very unoriginal and amateurish. The episode I saw was appallingly directed (all those ridiculous helicopter shots) and over art directed. It must have cost a fortune which makes me angry as there are so many talented writers out there who are desperate to get on air. The plot was mystifying. The policewoman and the caretaker walking up to that 'creature' convinced it was a man in a mask had me hooting with laughter. However read the press including Broadcast and everyone is supposed to be raving about it. I must be mad clearly...

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