The 21st Century is when it all changes and you've got to be ready... Separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations: Torchwood sets its own rules. Led by the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness, the Torchwood team delves into the unknown and fights the impossible.
Alongside the charismatic Captain Jack is Gwen. Initially an outsider, her first meeting with the team sparks a burning curiosity to get to the truth, throwing her into an unfamiliar but exciting world. Clear and instinctive, she understands people and is, at times, the group's conscience. But can she completely separate herself from her normal life?
The rest of the bold and passionate team is made up of charming medic Owen Harper, young and hedonistic but utterly brilliant; reserved Toshiko Sato who specialises in computers, surveillance and all things technical; the super-intelligent and intense Suzie Costello who has devoted her life to the strange alien artefacts under her control; and Ianto Jones who is far more important that his receptionist's role suggests.
From an underground base built on a rift in time and space, the team respond to any alien threat - a meteorite crash landing, sightings of extra-terrestial technology, an unusual autopsy report, the spread of a deadly alien virus.
Part CSI, part X-Files, Torchwood is the team we'd all love to be part of, where excitement comes before morality and the rules are made as you go along...
Season 1, Episode 1: Everything Changes
Original Air Date: 22 October 2006
Season 1, Episode 2: Day One
Original Air Date: 22 October 2006
Season 1, Episode 3: Ghost Machine
Original Air Date: 29 October 2006
Season 1, Episode 4: Cyberwoman
Original Air Date: 5 November 2006
Season 1, Episode 5: Small Worlds
Original Air Date: 12 November 2006
Season 1, Episode 6: Countrycide
Original Air Date: 19 November 2006
Season 1, Episode 7: Greeks Bearing Gifts
Original Air Date: 26 November 2006
Season 1, Episode 8: They Keep Killing Suzie
Original Air Date: 3 December 2006
Season 1, Episode 9: Random Shoes
Original Air Date: 10 December 2006
Season 1, Episode 10: Out of Time
Original Air Date: 17 December 2006
Season 1, Episode 11: Combat
Original Air Date: 24 December 2006
Season 1, Episode 12: Captain Jack Harkness
Original Air Date: 1 January 2007
Season 1, Episode 13: End of Days
Original Air Date: 1 January 2007
Season 2, Episode 1: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Original Air Date: 16 January 2008
Season 2, Episode 2: Sleeper
Original Air Date: 23 January 2008
Season 2, Episode 3: To the Last Man
Original Air Date: 30 January 2008
Season 2, Episode 4: Meat
Original Air Date: 6 February 2008
Season 2, Episode 5: Adam
Original Air Date: 13 February 2008
Season 2, Episode 6: Reset
Original Air Date: 13 February 2008
Season 2, Episode 7: Dead Man Walking
Original Air Date: 20 February 2008
Season 2, Episode 8: A Day in the Death
Original Air Date: 27 February 2008
Season 2, Episode 9: Something Borrowed
Original Air Date: 5 March 2008
Season 2, Episode 10: From Out of the Rain
Original Air Date: 12 March 2008
Children of Earth: Day One
Original Air Date: 6 June, 2009
Children of Earth: Day Two
Original Air Date: 7 June 2009
Children of Earth: Day Three
Original Air Date: 8 June 2009
Children of Earth: Day Four
Original Air Date: 9 Jume 2009
Children of Earth: Day Five
Original Air Date: 10 June 2009
Everything Changes - When WPC Gwen Cooper witnesses the
resurrection of a murder victim, it begins her journey into a dangerous
underworld of savage monsters and alien hunters. Her chance encounter
with the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness and the Torchwood team will
change her life forever.
Day One - An alien addicted to sex is let loose on Cardiff’s nightlife, leaving a trail of gruesome deaths in its wake. Captain Jack and Torchwood must track down the creature’s new host and in doing so, confront a violent new form of love in the 21st Century.
Ghost Machine - When Gwen retrieves an alien object from a fleeing hoodie, she’s haunted by a vision of a lonely young boy. As the team track down the object’s owner, the elusive Bernie Harris, Owen experiences an even more terrifying vision and a long buried crime resurfaces.
Cyberwoman - In the basement of the Torchwood building, Ianto Jones hides a terrible secret. As a Japanese doctor attempts to rescue the soul of a half-Cybernised woman (Caroline Chikezie – Footballers’ Wives, Brothers and Sisters), a quiet day in Torchwood quickly becomes a living nightmare. Has Ianto unleashed a force that will destroy his colleagues?
Small Worlds - Supernatural forces stalk the suburbs of Cardiff: but are they friendly or malevolent? And what do they want with the seemingly normal Pierce family? As nightmares of his past haunt Jack, can Jack’s old friend Estelle Cole (Eve Pearce) help him prevent the tragedy brewing in a suburban household?
Countrycide - Concerned that the space-time rift is spreading, Torchwood investigates a series of gruesome deaths in the village of Brynblaidd in the picturesque Brecon Beacons. What sort of creature could cause such shocking injuries? Stranded without communications or equipment, and isolated from one another, the team confronts a terrifying enemy. Guest star: OwenTeale (Ballykissangel, Belonging, Murphy’s Law) as Ewan Sherman.
Greeks Bearing Gifts - Toshiko is given an alien pendant which enables her to hear other people’s thoughts. As the rest of the Torchwood team puzzle over a centuries-old skeleton, the pendant forces Toshiko to question her commitment to Torchwood: is her new-found ability a blessing or a curse? Guest star Daniela Denby-Ashe (EastEnders, My Family) as Mary
They Keep Killing Suzie - Torchwood is linked to a series of brutal murders around the city. As Jack and the team investigate further, it becomes clear somebody wants their attention. What is Pilgrim? And how is it connected to a figure from Torchwood’s past? The resurrection days are far from over.
Random Shoes - When Eugene (Paul Chequer, Sinchronicity) wakes to find himself (a) dead and (b) invisible to the rest of the world, he knows something has gone rather wrong. Eugene knows there is one person he can rely on to discover the truth behind his death: Gwen Cooper.
Out of Time - When a plane from 1953 makes an unexpected landing in present-day Cardiff, its three passengers are shocked to learn that they can never go back to their own time. Torchwood helps them to settle in contemporary society, but this simple task has painful emotional consequences. Guest stars: Louise Delamare (No Angels), Olivia Hallinan (Sugar Rush, Girls In Love), Mark Lewis-Jones (The Knock, Murder Prevention)
Combat - Savage aliens are being kidnapped from the streets of Cardiff and Torchwood wants to know why. Owen is sent undercover to find out who is behind it and soon befriends the charismatic Mark Lynch (Alex Hassell). Beneath the veneer of normal city life, Owen discovers a shocking subculture. Can he avoid being sucked in?
Captain Jack Harkness - While investigating reports of ghostly music, Jack and Toshiko find themselves stranded in a packed dance hall – in 1941. As Gwen, Owen and Ianto work to rescue their colleagues, Jack and Toshiko meet a handsome young American squadron leader by the name of… Captain Jack Harkness.
End of Days - The rift has been opened, and time is splintering all over the world. As events spiral out of control, the Torchwood team members are faced with fragments of their pasts – and terrifying visions of their futures. Can Captain Jack save the world?
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang - Captain Jack returns, as the Torchwood team reunites to fight a rogue Time Agent. The mysterious Captain John Hart (James Marsters) is determined to wreak havoc, and needs to find something hidden on Earth. But with Gwen's life in danger, and cluster bombs scattered across the city, whose side is Jack on?
Sleeper - When a burglary turns into a slaughter, the Torchwood team suspects alien involvement. Who is Beth, and can she be as innocent as she seems? But when the investigation escalates into a city-wide assault, Jack realizes that the whole planet is in danger.
To The Last Man - Toshiko falls for a handsome soldier, trapped out of his time who unwittingly holds key to saving the world. With an old hospital haunted by ghosts from 1918, a crisis foreseen by Torchwood 90 years ago is about to reach its climax. Time zones are colliding and Torchwood must make life-and-death decisions in order to stop an explosive end for Cardiff?
Meat - Rhys discovers the truth about Torchwood and becomes part of the team as they investigate a mysterious alien meat supply. With Rhys in increasing danger, Gwen is under pressure like never before. Will Rhys go too far? Will Jack ask too much of him? And can Torchwood save the alien from being used as cheap meat?
Adam - An alien with the power to change memories infiltrates Torchwood. Can the team save themselves from Adam before it's too late? With Captain Jack caught up in memories of his lost family, and Gwen struggling to remember Rhys, it takes Jack's love of Ianto to reveal the truth. But there's always a price to pay.
Reset - Captain Jack calls in Martha Jones (Freema Aygeman) to investigate mysterious deaths. When the trail leads to a sinister medical testing center, Martha must go undercover. But has Torchwood underestimated how far the testing center will go to find medical breakthroughs? How safe are any of the Torchwood team? Alan Dale guest stars as Professor Aaron Copley, who runs a sinister medical research center.
Dead Man Walking - Deep in shock (after Owen's death), the Torchwood team has to face its darkest hour. In an effort to put things right, Captain Jack uses the resurrection glove, thereby unleashing a primal force that uses Torchwood as a conduit to wreak havoc across Earth, aided by the Weevils and their newly appointed King.
A Day In The Death - A victim of his newfound circumstances, Owen Harper believes he needs absolution. Will the lonely girl on the rooftop help him? And how far will Toshiko go to help him?
Something Borrowed - The night before her wedding, Gwen is juggling work with her hen night, when an alien shapeshifter leaves her carrying more than she bargained for. As everyone gathers for the ceremony, Jack must destroy her big day, unless one of the three mothers present finds a means to stop him.
From Out Of The Rain - When an old cinema re-opens, past horrors emerge to stalk the streets of Cardiff. And as bodies are found, somewhere between life and death, Torchwood must act fast. Who are the Night Travelers? And how can Torchwood capture these mysterious killers?
Adrift - When a local teenager disappears, Gwen is drawn into an investigation that reveals a darker side of Torchwood. Hundreds of people have disappeared without trace, but why is Captain Jack obstructing attempts to find them? The answer seems to lie in the rift. Literally. And as Gwen follows the trail, she makes a shocking discovery.
Fragments - A booby-trapped building explodes and knocks the team unconscious. As their lives flash before their eyes, we learn how each of them was recruited to Torchwood: Captain Jack's initiation into a shocked Victorian Torchwood in1899, Toshiko's daring mission to trade alien technology for her mother's life, how Ianto wooed Jack with coffee and a flair for alien-catching, and the medical revelation that changed how Owen saw the world.
Exit Wounds - Captain John Hart returns to have his revenge on Torchwood in the concluding episode. Taking Captain Jack prisoner, he sends him back in time for a long overdue reunion. Without their leader, Torchwood are faced with a city flooded with Weevils, on the brink of destruction. But who is Captain John really working for? Can anyone trust him? And how great a price must Torchwood pay to save the city?
Day One - An ordinary day becomes one of terror, as every single child in the world stops and delivers a message to all the governments of Earth: "We are coming." As a trap closes around Captain Jack, the sins of the past are returning and long-forgotten events threaten to reveal an awful truth. Captain Jack, Gwen and Ianto are helpless as events escalate to such a degree that mankind faces the end of civilization itself.
Day Two - As the new Torchwood adventure continues, members of the team are hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state, and only one person holds the key to Torchwood's salvation.
Day Three - The eyes of the world turn to Britain and members of Torchwood must battle to protect their own families, as the fight gets personal.
Day Four - Torchwood finally learns the truth and everything now pivots around one man. Old allegiances are destroyed and true intentions are revealed.
Day Five - As violence erupts and anarchy reigns, an ordinary housing estate becomes a battleground where the future will be decided. Torchwood is defenseless – can Gwen Cooper save the day?
An entertainer with a capital E, John Barrowman sings, dances, acts, presents and judges - a unique talent first appearing as Captain Jack Harkness in the 2006 season of Doctor Who. Born in Glasgow, where he spent his early years, John moved to the United States, living in Illinois, and later studied Musical Theatre at the U.S. International University in San Diego, California. John went on to achieve acclaim in professional stage and screen roles both in musical and straight theatre productions on Broadway and in London's West End. John has recently featured on a variety of primetime television shows including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do.
Eve won the 2007 Welsh Bafta for Best Actress for her role as ‘Gwen' in Torchwood, season one. She has appeared in numerous other shows including Soundproof, Doctor Who and is particularly well known in Wales for her role as ‘Ceri' in Belonging. She is currently filming her ninth season of that show. Eve was also a winner of an Ian Charleson Award for her work in The Taming of the Shrew and Titus Andronicus for the Royal Shakespeare Company and most recently was at The National Theatre playing ‘Doll Tearsheet' in Henry IV: Part I and ‘Lady Mortimer' in Henry IV: Part II alongside Michael Gambon and directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Returning as Owen Harper in the second season of Torchwood, Burn adds another high profile credit to his already impressive resume. Born in Hollywood and brought up in London where he now lives and works, Burn is also a gifted musician who was BBC Radio 1 Human Beatbox Champion in 2003. Burn's many successes on stage and screen include playing Mr Guppy in the BBC's Bleak House and Gazza in Matthew Vaughn's film Layer Cake. More recently, he can be seen in Fred Claus alongside Vince Vaughn and Kevin Spacey and in the upcoming film The Oxford Murders by cult Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia.
Naoko Mori was born in Nagoya, Japan and grew up in the US and UK. Her work in the theatre includes performances in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Sadlers Wells, London, Snake in Fridge at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. On screen she is best known as Saffy's best friend Sarah (aka Titicaca) in Absolutely Fabulous and has also played regular roles in Casualty and Psychos. She has made many guest appearances including MI-5, The Smoking Room, Little Miss Jocelyn and Doctor Who. On film she has appeared in Topsy Turvy, Spiceworld - The Movie and Hackers.
Gareth David-Lloyd trained at The National Youth Theatre. His TV roles include parts in Casualty, Absolute Power, Mine All Mine and a drama-documentary about Beethoven in which he played his nephew, Carl. Before he joined Torchwood his theatre credits included Three Women and a Piano Tuner at Chichester and Hampstead Theatre and Sebastian in Twelfth Night for English Touring Theatre.
John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness): Actor John Barrowman didn't need a TARDIS to take him into space. All it took was the news that Captain Jack Harkness would be getting his own show and he was over the moon.
When viewers last saw Captain Jack in Doctor Who, he was stranded on a satellite many thousands of years in the future. He had heroically faced down a Dalek invasion to protect his new friends, The Doctor and Rose - but his fate was unknown.
Now Jack is back, and in Russell T Davies's dark and sexy sci-fi thriller the Time Agent from the 51st century is at the helm of Torchwood, an elite, alien-fighting organisation on the front line in the battle to protect the human race.
"Jack heads up a team of secret agents who are separate from the Government, outside police jurisdiction and beyond the United Nations. At Torchwood, they answer to no one but themselves. They make their own rules," explains John Barrowman, who plays the enigmatic action man with the mysterious past.
"Jack's the leader and the glue - he keeps everyone together. He's the hero ... although I don't think he'd call himself a hero, he'd just call himself a man who does the job because it needs doing."
But, says the actor, the journey from his terrifying Dalek encounter to 21st-century Cardiff - home of the Hub, Torchwood's top-secret HQ - has left its mark on Jack. "Jack's a little bit darker and he's a little bit angrier than when we last saw him. After all, he was ditched on that satellite and who wouldn't be angry about that?" he says.
"Towards the end of Doctor Who, Jack was becoming more human - I mean human in the sense that he was starting to feel for other people rather than just thinking about himself. As Torchwood begins, he's lost some of that. He doesn't always consider other people's feelings - his priority is the good of the world."
Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper):Gwen Cooper, Torchwood's newest recruit, may seem like a feisty, go-getting, all-out action woman who's afraid of nothing but, laughs Eve Myles, who plays the Cardiff policewoman-turned alien investigator, that couldn't be further from her own character. "She really is a feisty chick and you wouldn't want to mess with her. She's a lot tougher than I am - the first sight of a Weevil and I would have gone home for a Chinese takeaway and a cup of tea! I certainly wouldn't have joined Torchwood!"
While Eve admits that she did feel a little odd at first acting to some weird and wonderful creatures, she soon got used to it. "For the first couple of minutes you feel like an absolute berk but you just think, 'well, you're going to sell yourself short if you don't absolutely go for it'. The first experience I've had of doing something supernatural and something alien was playing Gwyneth in Doctor Who, where my character was taken over in séances, and that was all CGI. You've either got to go for it 100 per cent or not bother doing it at all, because if you don't believe in it, no one else is going to."
"She's originally a police officer with Cardiff City police and Gwen comes across Torchwood and instantly finds them mysterious and wants to find out more. The thing with Gwen, which is a running thread with her all the way through, is that she's incredibly inquisitive, and if she needs to get to the bottom of something, she will do it, she will always cross that safety barrier, she'll always go further. "Her skill is bringing Torchwood back from thinking that the human race and everyday life is about numbers, statistics and alien technology, what we can find, what we can scavenge, how we can use it to protect the human race. Gwen brings them back home."
She also has a special relationship with Torchwood leader Captain Jack, who trusts Gwen implicitly. "There's a connection made straight away with Gwen and Jack and it's Jack who invites her into Torchwood because he takes a liking to her. They just connect very well. It's almost instinctive and you think these guys could work really well together.
The origins of Torchwood's team leader, Jack, are obscure and he likes it that way. However, he has vast practical experience of working with aliens and dealing with crisis situations. He has come through a lot of scrapes intact, and is unafraid of dangerous situations. In fact, he's usually ready with a flirtatious quip whatever the threat.
A former police officer, Gwen brings procedural skills to the team and a sensitivity that helps them greatly in dealing with victims. She is grounded, straightforward and very determined, and in the murky world of Torchwood she often acts as the team's conscience. Her ability to co-ordinate activity has led to her being recognized as the team's deputy leader.
|Dr. Owen Harper
Owen trained as a medical doctor, but since joining Torchwood has expanded his expertise massively. As well as attending to the team's emergency medical needs and working on the human victims of alien activity, he has gained much expertise in alien anatomy. He is very confident in his abilities - some would say over-confident - but his commitment to his duty has never been doubted.
The team's technical expert is quiet but highly intelligent. One of the main purposes of Torchwood is to assess the potential application of alien technology for humanity's use, and this is Toshiko's job. She also has a keen understanding of practical physics, which makes her useful as a field agent. She is focused and intensely professional, though sensitive.
Ianto deals with all the team's administrative issues. His knowledge is eclectic, his attention to detail unrivalled and his ability to anticipate the team's needs before they have arisen is uncanny. He dislikes it when his remarkable efficiency is taken for granted, however, and when required, he is also more than capable of undertaking field work for the team.
Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who. When the first series of the new Doctor Who (2005) was being made, television pirates were desperate to acquire the preview tapes. One of the people in the office had the idea of labeling the tapes with the anagram ‘Torchwood' rather than Doctor Who, as a security measure to disguise the tapes when they were delivered from Cardiff to London. Writer Russell T Davies liked this idea so much that it later inspired him to use it as a title when creating this spin-off series.
Torchwood was formed in 1879 by the Royal decree of Queen Victoria as a result of her experiences in Doctor Who: Series 2: Tooth & Claw.
Torchwood is separate from the Government, outside the Police, beyond the United Nations. More secret than MI5 or MI6, not even the Government is supposed to know about them.
The Torchwood Hub is situated deep beneath Cardiff Millennium Centre.
John Barrowman first appeared as Captain Jack Harness in Episode 9 (The Empty Child) of the 2005 series of Doctor Who. He also appeared in The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways in the 2005 series, and again in the episodes Army of Ghosts and Doomsday in the 2006 series.
The part of Gwen in Torchwood was written specially for Eve Myles. She first appeared as Gwyneth in Episode 3 (The Unquiet Dead) of the 2005 series of Doctor Who.
Burn Gorman (Owen Harper) received critical acclaim for his hugely popular role of Guppy in the BBC's award-winning 2005 adaptation of Dickens' Bleak House.
Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato) is best known for her role as Saffy's best friend Sarah (aka Titicaca), in the comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. She first appeared as Dr Sato in Episode 4 (Aliens of London) of the 2005 series of Doctor Who
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