Torchwood is a British science fiction television series that aired from 2006 to 2011. The show revolves around a team of operatives who work for the secret organization called Torchwood, which is responsible for defending the world against extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. The characters in the show are complex and often flawed, with their personal lives often having an impact on their work.
– John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness
– Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper
– Burn Gorman as Dr. Owen Harper
– Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato
– Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones
– Kai Owen as Rhys Williams
First Episode Broadcast Date: October 22, 2006
Final Episode Broadcast Date: September 15, 2011
Total Number of Seasons: 4
Total Number of Episodes: 41
Torchwood is a spinoff of the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who, focusing on the secret organization named Torchwood that was first introduced in the second season of the show. The organization is based in Cardiff, Wales and is responsible for protecting the planet Earth from various threats including aliens, time travelers, and other supernatural entities.
The central character of the show is Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, who is a former Time Agent from the 51st century and the leader of Torchwood. Harkness is a charming and charismatic figure who initially appears to be invulnerable, but as the series progresses, his past and personal life are explored in greater depth, revealing his vulnerabilities and emotional struggles.
Gwen Cooper, played by Eve Myles, is the audience’s entry point into the world of Torchwood. In the first episode, she stumbles upon the organization while investigating a mysterious death, and eventually joins as a member. Cooper is the audience’s surrogate and the moral center of the team, frequently questioning their tactics and motivations.
Other members of the team include Dr. Owen Harper, played by Burn Gorman, who is the medical officer for Torchwood, and Toshiko Sato, played by Naoko Mori, who is the team’s technical expert. Ianto Jones, played by Gareth David-Lloyd, is Harkness’ personal assistant, and Rhys Williams, played by Kai Owen, is Gwen’s long-term boyfriend who eventually becomes involved in Torchwood’s work.
The show explores a variety of themes, including the nature of humanity and how people deal with loss and trauma. Each season has a different overarching plot, ranging from an alien invasion to a global conspiracy to a pandemic. The show is known for its dark and mature themes, including sex, violence, and adult language.
Torchwood was well-received by audiences and critics alike, with praise going to its world-building, character development, and willingness to take risks. Its legacy can still be seen in modern science fiction television, with its approach to storytelling and themes inspiring subsequent shows such as Black Mirror and Stranger Things.