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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Series cast summary:
John Barrowman ...  Captain Jack Harkness / ... 41 episodes, 2006-2011
Eve Myles ...  Gwen Cooper 41 episodes, 2006-2011
Kai Owen ...  Rhys Williams 34 episodes, 2006-2011
Gareth David-Lloyd ...  Ianto Jones 30 episodes, 2006-2009
Burn Gorman ...  Owen Harper 26 episodes, 2006-2008
Naoko Mori ...  Toshiko Sato 26 episodes, 2006-2008


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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Peter Capaldi guest starred in 5 episodes of the series. He later went on to play the twelfth incarnation of The Doctor in "Doctor Who" (2005-) See more »


Captain Jack Harkness: [voiceover during second season opening] Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Fighting for the future on behalf of the human race. The 21st Century is when everything changes -- and Torchwood is ready.
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As this series was released in Spain before Doctor Who, the translation modifies some mayor canon facts in order to make them understandable for the audience. Because of that, the Doctor is always referenced as "Doctor Who" and Cybermen are called Cyborgs. No dubbing actors repeated their roles in both series. Some other modifications were also made when Doctor Who (1963) was first broadcast in Castilian Spanish. See more »


Referenced in Doctor Who Confidential: Episode #4.14 (2008) See more »

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A character driven sci-fi show that is both sexy and fun.
7 February 2007 | by lucy-loo1See all my reviews

I don't normally enjoy science fiction shows, so I was surprised to find myself being drawn into this one.

I initially started watching because I liked John Barrowman but by the time the series had come to an end, I'd enjoyed the series as a whole. It's much more character driven than most other sci-fi shows that I've seen and all of the characters bring something different to the show, as well as being rather nice to look at. If you like your science fiction to focus on character relationships, rather than simply aliens and alien technology, and you don't have any problems with bi-sexuality, then Torchwood is an entertaining and somewhat different science fiction series. It isn't a series for sci-fi geeks, who only watch these shows for aliens, space ships and phaser fights.

Captain Jack Harkness - Leader of the group, 51st century time agent who's currently stranded on modern day Earth, handsome, flirty, can not die using conventional methods, feels sad emotions at times because of his current inability to die.

Owen Harper - medic, a bit rough, a bit full of himself, not afraid to speak his mind, likes the ladies.

Toshiko Sato - technical expert, perhaps the most 'normal' of the group, fairly quiet.

Gwen Cooper - the ex-policewoman who accidentally stumbles upon Torchwood, views situations from a human point of view rather than a hardened point of view, struggles to mix her professional life with her personal life.

Ianto Jones - is to jack what Alfred was to Batman, takes care of the Hub whilst the others are away, young and sexy, likes to wear a suit, quiet and sensitive, keeps his emotions bottled inside until a crisis occurs.

Some people have accused Torchwood of having too much sex. This simply isn't true. Apart from episode two which is a bit fruity, Day One, the sex is kept to a minimum and is never graphic. It would actually be more accurate to say that Torchwood has a fair amount of sexuality and sexual innuendo, not sex itself. And during this first series, there are no male/male sex scenes at all, just two or three fairly heavy kisses.

There's little connection between Torchwood and Doctor Who, apart from Captain Jack himself and a kinky cyberwoman popping up.

It's true that Torchwood is a bit patchy, it's true that the characters are not particularly great at their jobs and it's true that the series does have a few large plot holes - like Jack not knowing that they have a cyberwoman in their basement. But if things like this really don't bother you, give Torchwood a go. Generally the second half of the series is better than the first.

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22 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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(26 episodes)

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