Torchwood: Season 1 (2007)


Season 1

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Critic Ratings: 9


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User Ratings: 94
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Air date: Sep 8, 2007
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The first season of Russell T. Davies' "Doctor Who" spin-off kicks off as Welsh cop Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) witnesses the resurrection of a murder victim by a mysterious group known as Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who). Intrigued, she investigates and learns it's a top-secret organization that uses scavenged alien technology to solve crimes---both alien and human. The group is also preparing to arm the human race for the 21st century, which, according to Torchwood's charismatic (and seemingly immortal) leader Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), is "when it all changes." Impressed by Gwen's intelligence and intuition, Capt. Jack invites her to join the team, which is also composed of tech whiz Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori), medic Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) and receptionist Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd), who plays a far greater role than his title implies. The spin-off's first season is decidedly darker and more grown-up than its predecessor, dealing with cases such as a sex-crazed alien, a rash of cannibalistic murders, alien kidnappings and a giant demon that threatens to end the world.


John Barrowman
as Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles
as Gwen Cooper
Burn Gorman
as Owen Harper
Naoko Mori
as Toshiko Sato
Indira Varma
as Suzie Costello
Gareth David-Lloyd
as Ianto Jones
Kai Owen
as Rhys Jones
Eve Pearce
as Estelle Cole
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Critic Reviews for Torchwood Season 1

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Torchwood is a very flawed show at times, but it still fills at least a bit of the need for intelligent and adult science fiction. The show could truly be great if it pulled together more of the philosophy and thought-provoking elements of Doctor Who...

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the most robust and positively insane sci-fi series to ever grace the airwaves.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

... a high-energy goof on X-Files featuring a British special cases squad of energetic young agents with more energy than experience and a high-tech equipment locker that has everything but an instructions booklet.

May 22, 2016 | Full Review…

There's a lot to love about "Torchwood," especially for fans of the early days of "The X-Files."

Oct 22, 2006 | Full Review…

Sometimes violent, often sexual and occasionally profane, "Torchwood" is an adult sci-fi show with a sense of humor.

Oct 22, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

You wouldn't have necessarily have thought that John Barrowman would be the man to get his own Doctor Who spin-off series. But then you wouldn't have banked on his performance as Captain Jack Harkness.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Rocky Horror meets Agent Scully, and it's not half-bad.

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

"Torchwood" is a world I wouldn't mind seeing erased.

Oct 22, 2006 | Full Review…

A smart, occasionally salacious hour wryly populated by cheesy monsters.

Oct 22, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Torchwood: Season 1

  • Jan 18, 2019
    if I was to compare the Russel T Davies Era of the Doctor Who universe and it's spinoffs such as Torchwood, then I would have to go with Star Trek's TNG/DS9/Voyager years or even Marvel's Netflix universe
  • Jul 18, 2017
    Torchwood is a generally well-written television program that doesn't only rely on "other-world" monsters but delves into the monsters inside our own society and the enemy within each one of us. I love Torchwood's campiness, and Barrowman and Captain Jack is a master of the one-liners. Barrowman's performances are vastly underrated and his expressions can register a poignancy rarely seen on TV.
  • Jun 08, 2017
    The first time I watched this, I think I was 14. It seemed a lot more edgy and scary back then. Now I just see that they made it as sexual as possible to get as much attention as possible. I like Cpt Jack in gay relationships and there isn't a tone of that in season 1. Also WTF with Owen and Gwen? Total BS.
  • Feb 23, 2014
    As spinoff of Doctor Who, it features female favorite Captain Jack Harkness protecting Cardiff (and the world) from aliens and strange phenomenons. Showrunner Russell T Davies creates some real interesting characters and stories, but without the doctor to save the day, it all comes to a heartbreaking cruel climax. Season 4 changed setting and cast, aiming at an american audience, which was an epic disappointment.

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