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Torchwood 

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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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4   3   2   1  
2011   2009   2008   2007   2006  
11 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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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 35 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
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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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The 21st century is when it all changes See more »


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BBC [UK] | BBC - Torchwoood.org [UK] | See more »

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UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Torchwood: Miracle Day See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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(26 episodes)

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In several episodes throughout series 1, posters bearing the slogan "Vote Saxon" are visible in several shots, most noticeable in episode 12 (Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness (2007)) on the door of the dance hall. In series 3 of Doctor Who (2005), which was broadcasting during the same year, "Saxon" was the running keyword arc and the identity of "Mr Saxon" was the subject of the season finale. See more »

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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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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Spin-off Torchwood: Web of Lies (2011) See more »

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not the doctor... but who cares :)
12 February 2010 | by Moongate2000See all my reviews

I got addicted to "Doctor Who" a few weeks ago and so I gave "Torchwood" a try. It was worth it. Darker than I expected, heading more for action and thrill. It's different than Doc Who and that's a good thing. Who'd want more of the same :)? And still there are several things here also happening with Doc Who.

"Torchwood" doesn't make a big deal about sexual orientation: The main characters simply are who they are and they don't try to define themselves in terms of sexual orientation. In this world everything is possible – not only considering the visual imagination of the creator of this TV-universe. I find that interesting because so far I have never seen something like it before.

R.T. Davis does a good job - though I strongly doubt it the utter necessity of everyone having sex with everyone. I don't think that really helps to improve the plot and at some moments I think it's just not very credible. I have one core problem with Davies mail main-characters, Captain Jack and The Doctor: to me both seem like a mixture of "head of the family" and (especially "The Doctor") "God". They are just too great for my personal taste. Besides Captain Jack at several points feels like a leader of a cult (which sometimes makes it a little weird). I think that Davies some time projects too much into his characters, but that is only my interpretation of his stories.

Apart from those (for me negative) aspects IMO the biggest plus of "Torchwood" (especially in comparison to "Doc Who") is the strong character development. And the other main characters next to Captain Jack (fascinating but as I said: sometimes too much) are complex and very individual. The cast is great and very likable. While season 1 missed the all episodes connecting plot line (one more thing that reminded me of "Doctor Who"), the character development kept the show thrilling. Right now I'm in the middle of season 2 and here it seems like also a bigger story line is more present and I really enjoy watching it!

Overall: Several things I'm not entirely happy with, but nevertheless a great and entertaining show. R.T. Davies and the BBC made a wise choice doing this spin-off which luckily doesn't feel like a spin-off. Hope it will last for several more seasons. Totally recommendable!


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