Torchwood

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Torchwood
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Premiere October 22, 2006
Finale September 9, 2011
Creator Russell T. Davies
Network UK:
BBC Three (season 1)
BBC Two (season 2)
BBC One (seasons 3–4)
USA:
BBC America (seasons 1–3)
Starz (season 4)
Style 50-minute sci-fi crime drama
Company BBC Worldwide Productions
Starz Media (Season 4)
Seasons 4
Episodes 41
Origin UK / US (season 4)

Torchwood is a sci-fi crime drama that aired on BBC in the UK and, in season four, Starz in the US.

The show follows the adventures of a team of investigators from the secretive Torchwood organisation, led by the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman. The Torchwood team's job is to neutralise alien threats while scavenging advanced technology in order to prepare humanity for the twenty-first century, "when everything changes". With the addition of WPC Gwen Cooper to the team, Torchwood also solve crime, both alien and human.

The show is a spin-off of long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who, which introduced the character of 'Captain Jack' during the latter half of its 2005 relaunch. The show's name is an anagram of Doctor Who, and actually originated during the early production of Doctor Who when preview tapes were being sent to London. According to executive producer Russell T. Davies, someone in the production office suggested that the tapes be labeled as Torchwood instead of Doctor Who to make them less likely to be stolen in transit by 'television pirates', and he liked the name so much that he kept it for the new show.

The third season consists of only five episodes telling one continuous story and was aired in both the UK and US as a miniseries event nightly over one week.

The fourth season was co-produced by the US premium cable network Starz and retooled to have more of an international feel.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
John Barrowman Jack Harkness 1 2 3 4
Eve Myles Gwen Cooper 1 2 3 4
Burn Gorman Owen Harper 1 2
Naoko Mori Toshiko Sato 1 2
Gareth David-Lloyd Ianto Jones 1 2 3
Mekhi Phifer Rex Matheson 4
Alexa Havins Esther Drummond 4
Kai Owen Rhys Williams 1 2 3 4
Bill Pullman Oswald Jones 4
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Tom Price Andy Davidson 1 2 3 4
Paul Kasey Weevils 1 2
Sharon Morgan Mary Cooper 2 4
William Thomas Geraint Cooper 2 4
Lauren Ambrose Jill Kitzinger 4

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
BBC3
Season One October 22, 2006 January 1, 2007 13
BBC2
Season Two January 16, 2008 April 1, 2008 13
BBC1
Season Three: Children of Earth July 6, 2009 July 10, 2009 5
Starz/BBC1
Season Four: Miracle Day July 8, 2011 September 9, 2011 10

In Depth

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Date #
Season Sets: Region 2
The Complete First Series November 19, 2007 7

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The Complete Second Series June 30, 2008 5

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Children of Earth
Season Three
July 13, 2009 2

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Miracle Day
Season Four
November 14, 2011 4

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Multiple Season Sets: Region 2
The Complete Series One & Two November 10, 2008 12

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Series 1 - 3 October 26, 2009 14

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Series 1 - 4 November 14, 2011 18

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Season Sets: Region 1
The Complete First Season January 22, 2008 7

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The Complete Second Season September 16, 2008 5

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Children of Earth (USA)
Season Three
July 28, 2009 2

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Miracle Day (USA)
Season Four
April 3, 2012 4

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Multiple Season Sets: Region 1
The Complete Original UK Series
Seasons One thru Three
July 19, 2011 14

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Blu-ray

Title Release Date #
Season Sets: Region B
The Complete First Series June 30, 2008 6

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The Complete Second Series June 22, 2009 4

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Children of Earth
Season Three
July 13, 2009 2

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Miracle Day
Season Four
November 14, 2011 4

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Multiple Season Sets: Region B
Series 1 - 3 October 26, 2009 12

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Series 1 - 4 November 14, 2011 16

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Season Sets: Region A
The Complete First Season September 16, 2008 6

purchase

The Complete Second Season July 28, 2009 4

purchase

Children of Earth (USA)
Season Three
July 28, 2009 2

purchase

Miracle Day (USA)
Season Four
April 3, 2012 4

purchase

Multiple Season Sets: Region A
The Complete Original UK Series
Seasons One thru Three
July 19, 2011 12

purchase

External Sites