Torchwood is a British television science fiction and crime drama
created by Russell T. Davies. It is about the dealings and
activities of the Torchwood Institute. Torchwood approaches crime
in a very different way to other science fiction TV Shows. It is
darker than X-Files TV show. It is one Britain’s best science
fiction shows in decades.
The title ‘Torchwood’ is an anagram of ‘Doctor Who’.
The name was used as the codename for the new series of Doctor Who
while filming its first few episodes and on the tapes to ensure
they were not intercepted. Torchwood name was also used in the
Doctor Who TV series and the character Jack has appeared on it
Running Time: 45 minutes
Creator: Russell T. Davies
Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Original Run: October 22, 2006
Seasons: Season 1 shown on TV (Number of Episodes: 13).
Season 2 will be shown in 2008 on BBC.
John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness (Leader, Torchwood
Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper (worked for the police)
Burn Gorman as Dr Owen Harper 9 Medic)
Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato (Computer Specialist)
Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones (General Support)
Torchwood is set in Cardiff, presumably a short time after the
Doctor Who TV series 2 finale episode ‘Doomsday’, making it
sometime in 2007. It follows the Cardiff (Wales) branch of a
covert agency called Torchwood which investigates extraterrestrial
incidents on Earth and also
alien technology for human use. The public simply knows them as
'special ops' and nothing more.
The Torchwood tv series is based around Torchwood Three, the
Cardiff branch (Wales) of the Torchwood Institute, tasked to keep
an eye on the spacetime Rift that runs through the city and
whatever washes through it.
Torchwood Three is a team of five operatives, led by Jack Harkness
(John Barrowman), with Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) as the "new girl"
who joins in the first episode of Season 1 and acts as a point of
view character for the viewer. Aside from the team, a recurring
character is Rhys Williams, Gwen's live-in boyfriend, who is
unaware of the nature of Gwen's new job.
The programme began filming for series 1 on May 1, 2006.
13-part series was commissioned by the BBC as a spin-off from the
long-running science fiction series Doctor Who.
The first two episodes of Torchwood premiered on October 22, 2006
at 9pm on BBC Three in the UK with all subsequent episodes
scheduled to be shown at 10pm every Sunday evening. Each episode
was repeated on BBC Two every Wednesday at 9pm.
On 12 December 2006, the BBC announced that
it was commissioning a second series.
Season 2 will be shown in 2008 on BBC.
Torchwood Season 3 Revealed
It was announced on 15th August 2008 that
the third series set for broadcast on BBC One in Spring 2009 will
be titled 'Torchwood: Children Of Earth'. Consisting of one
five-part story 'Children of Earth' will be the first venture into
the world of Torchwood for Euros Lyn, who previously directed
Doctor Who episodes including 'The Runaway Bride' and Steven
Moffat's two-parter 'Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead'.
Torchwood is filmed and set in Cardiff. The team's headquarters,
referred to in Doctor Who Confidential as the "Hub", is beneath
Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay — formerly known as the Oval
Basin. This was where the TARDIS landed in the Doctor Who episode
Boom Town, and the location of the spacetime rift established in
The ‘Unquiet Dead’.
1 Everything Changes
2 Day One
3 Ghost Machine
5 Small Worlds
7 Greeks Bearing Gifts
8 They Keep Killing Suzie
9 Random Shoes
10 Out of Time
12 Captain Jack Harkness
13 End of Days
The second series of Torchwood will also
comprise 13 episodes. Filming started on April 30, 2007. The
second season will feature Torchwood's encounter with a rogue Time
Agent, a tragic time-slip from World War One and a memory-thief
who uncovers long-forgotten secrets among the entire team. Freema
Agyeman is set to star in three episodes as Martha Jones, a
Doctor Who. The second series will
be shown on BBC in January 2008.
Series 3 -
Torchwood: Children of Earth
In one epic story told over five nights the new series,
Torchwood: Children of Earth re-joins Captain Jack (John
Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth
David-Lloyd) who are still coming to terms with the death of two
of their closest friends. Despite their pain, they have a job to
This time they are faced with their fiercest threat to date - one
which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race
spiralling into danger. They battle against the odds but do they
stand a chance of saving mankind?
to be broadcast for the first time on BBC One later this year,
promises to be Torchwood's greatest adrenalin-fuelled, high octane
The third series will be shown on BBC in
later 2009. Torchwood will be back on BBC One at
9pm later this year.
Doctor Who and Torchwood
References to Torchwood and the Torchwood Institute have appeared
in various Doctor Who episodes broadcast in Season 1 (2005),
Season 2 (2006) and Season 3 (2007). Some of which set up the
premise for the Torchwood series.
- The "invisible lift" that serves as the back door to "The Hub"
exists in a blind spot that makes it unnoticed by passers-by. Jack
says that it could have been formed by a "dimensionally
transcendental Chameleon Circuit" that "welded its perception
properties to a spatio-temporal rift" in that area. This
particular location was the landing site for the TARDIS at the
beginning of this episode.
The Parting of the Ways
- Jack survives getting shot in the head in the Everything Changes
(Season 1, Episode 1). Jack recounts, very vaguely, the story of
him once dying and then coming back to life, a reference to the
events of The Parting of the Ways, in which Jack is exterminated
by the Daleks resurrected by Rose, using the power of the Time
Vortex. As a result of this, Jack now cannot be killed. He also
hints that he needs to see a 'Doctor', “the right kind of Doctor"
— about his immortality.
The Christmas Invasion
- When talking to Gwen Cooper in Everything Changes, Jack Harkness
mentions the "great big spaceship hovering over London on
Christmas Day." The weapon that destroys the Sycorax ship at the
end of the episode is a product of Torchwood.
Tooth and Claw:
The Doctor Who episode ‘Tooth and Claw’ establishes that the
Torchwood Institute was founded in 1879 by Queen Victoria
after her encounter with the Doctor in order to protect the
British Empire from extraterrestrial threats.
Army of Ghosts and Doomsday:
Torchwood made its first full appearance in these two episodes.
The episode ‘Army of Ghosts’ introduces the modern-day Torchwood
Institute in Canary Wharf, London.
The Torchwood pilot episode ‘Everything Changes’ Jack reveals that
the Torchwood Tower seen in this two-parter was Torchwood One and
refers to "the battle of Canary Wharf", in which the Daleks and
the Cybermen fought and Torchwood One was destroyed, the second
Torchwood is a small office in Glasgow staffed by a "very strange
man", the Hub in Cardiff (Wales) is Torchwood Three and
Torchwood Four is inexplicably lost.
(Part 1): Jack hears the sound of the TARDIS and runs to
Roald Dahl Plass where he jumps aboard a dematerialising TARDIS.
The TARDIS then tries to shake him off, going all the way to the
year one hundred trillion. This is the start of a three episode
Jack reunites with the Doctor and meets his
new companion Martha. After some flirting with Martha, an inquiry
about Rose's death and some discussion about Jack's immortality,
all three find themselves stranded at the end of the universe
while the Master escapes with the Doctor's TARDIS. At the end of
the episode the a stranded in the future.
Sound of Drums (Part 2) and Last of the Time Lords
The Doctor fixes Jack's Vortex
Manipulator to return them to 2008, where the Master has become
Prime Minister of Britain, Mr Harold "Harry" Saxon. They use the
Vortex Manipulator to teleport to an airborne aircraft carrier,
the Valiant, but the Master manages to capture Jack and the Doctor
for a whole year until the Doctor and Martha's plan finally
results in time being rolled back to when the Master first
captured them. After the Master is defeated, Jack is offered
full-time companionship with the Doctor but declines, instead
deciding that his team in Cardiff needs him far more. The Doctor
subsequently deactivates his time travel device, just to be safe.
Near the end of the 'Last of the Time Lords' episode, Jack reveals
his youthful nickname, 'the Face of Boe' (the Boeshane Peninsula
being his early home), implies that Jack may eventually become the
Face of Boe — a disembodied, giant head in a jar in the Dr Who tv
Books / Novels:
Border Princes by Dan Abnett,
Another Life by Peter Anghelides
Slow Decay by Andrew Lane.
Torchwood is not the first Doctor Who spin-off. The first to make
it to air was K-9 and Company TV Show (1981) featuring the
characters K9 and Sarah Jane Smith. There are plans for another
spin off from Doctor Who called
Sarah Jane Adventures.
The Canadian network CBC is co-producer of the series, with
exclusive rights to broadcast the North American premiere of the
Torchwood centres around a team, whereas Doctor Who centres on a
single character and companion.
* The theme music was created by Murray