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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 / ... (41 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Gwen Cooper (41 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Rhys Williams (35 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Ianto Jones (30 episodes, 2006-2009)
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 Owen Harper (26 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Toshiko Sato (26 episodes, 2006-2008)
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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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Prior to becoming involved in the revival of Doctor Who (2005), Russell T. Davies had conceived of this series as a concept about an alien-fighting team called "Excalibur". After DW became a success, Davies decided to rework the idea as a spin-off, and he latched on to the codeword "Torchwood" for the core organisation. See more »

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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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The Humanity of Captain Jack
4 September 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

is what really makes this series. I've watched it a couple of times now, stories are largely good fun, but the self-sacrificing humanity of the deathless man that is Captain Jack is quite heartbreaking at times and so often, it's his own heart that breaks, but something keeps him going (and the series for that matter).

For what was a spin-off then from Dr Who, by focusing on the characters and not the events, it quickly established its own feet as something different and very worthwhile.

The cast is largely fine, each role is stereotypical in a "secret organization", the geek, the streetwise one, the IT guru, the "everyday" police one that we can all identify with, it's just Jack that is out of the ordinary and John Barrowman plays the role perfectly.

Love the show, recommended viewing.


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