Torchwood (2006–2011)

TV Series   |  TV-MA   |    |  Action, Drama, Fantasy


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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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Creator:

Russell T. Davies

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24 February 2008 | gilesyoung
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| Better than these reviews would lead you to believe
There seems to be an awful lot of negative comment about Torchwood on these pages and there is definitely a certain 'its not like Doctor Who' element. I love the re-vamped Dr Who, and I was a fan as a child, I grew up with Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and to me he was always the definitive incumbent, until being eclipsed by both the modern incarnations. No, Torchwood is not like Doctor Who, it's a different series; I feel that the characters are very well drawn. They are a team of typical people, they do not have the solutions to all the problems they face, they get scared, they argue, they make mistakes. As far as I see it they behave exactly how most normal people would if recruited and working in a tightly knit team under stressful conditions. There is of course the Russell Davies trademark BLG sexual behaviour, but it is portrayed in a refreshing manner and very much it keeping with the general vibe of the show.

What many of the reviewers seem to miss is the fact that the show is as much about the characters as the aliens, the scripts with a couple of exceptions have been excellent, exploring human relationships and attitudes from a range of perspectives, but most importantly they have been rip-roaring entertainment.

The acting is strong, Barrowman being particularly good, but they all acquit themselves well. The casting is excellent, rather than a stable of beautiful people, they have chosen actors that look, and thanks to good writing, behave, like real people.

A couple of points;

John Barrowman's American accent isn't fake; he lived there from the age of eight.

A lot of comments regarding how derivative the series is; I suspect that Bram Stoker might consider Buffy to be more than a little derivative of his work, but none the less entertaining for it.

This is an excellent series, watch more than one episode before reviewing and please try to approach it with out a particular expectation.

In summary, it is brilliant entertainment.

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Trivia

Two of the regular characters - Jack Harkness, and Toshiko Sato - originally appeared on the parent series, Doctor Who (2005). Toshiko (Naoko Mori) was the government forensic pathologist called in to perform the autopsy on the alien corpse in Doctor Who: Aliens of London (2005). Jack (John Barrowman) first appeared in Doctor Who: The Empty Child (2005) and became one of the Doctor's companions. He was last seen in Doctor Who: Journey's End (2008). Eve Myles played a similarly named character on the parent series in the episode, Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead (2005). It was heavily suggested that the two are related in Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth (2008) when the Doctor and Rose Tyler mention that she resembles the earlier character and she confirms that her family has lived in Cardiff since the 1800s. Freema Agyeman was a series regular in series three of Doctor Who (2005), as the Doctor's companion 'Martha Jones'. Agyeman later appeared in Torchwood: Reset (2008) and the two following episodes as the same character. Peter Capaldi plays 'John Frobisher' in the Children of Earth specials, and also played 'Caecillius' in Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii (2008), as well as the Twelfth Doctor from 2013 onwards. Also in Children of Earth, Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Four (2009). Nicholas Briggs plays Rick Yates. Nicholas is the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen in Doctor Who (2005)


Quotes

Captain Jack Harkness: Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth, arming the human race against the future. The twenty-first century is when everything changes. And you gotta be ready.


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.

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Action | Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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