Torchwood: Season 1 (2007)

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Branching off from Dr. Who's more whimsical delights, Torchwood assuredly stands on its own with mature intelligence and a genuinely unsettling mood.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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User Ratings: 108

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 8, 2007

When WPC Gwen Cooper witnesses the resurrection of a murder victim, it begins her journey into the dangerous underworld of the Torchwood team.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2007

An alien addicted to sex is let loose on Cardiff's nightlife, leaving a trail of gruesome deaths in its wake.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2007

When Gwen retrieves an alien object from a fleeing hoodie, she is haunted by a vision of a lonely young boy, and more visions follow.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2007

In the basement of the Torchwood building, Ianto Jones hides a terrible secret. Can the Torchwood team save the world, and themselves?

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Air date: Oct 6, 2007

Supernatural forces stalk the suburbs of Cardiff, but are they friendly or malevolent? And what do they want with the seemingly normal Pierce family?

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Air date: Oct 13, 2007

Concerned that the space-time rift is spreading, Torchwood investigates a series of grisly deaths in the village of Brynblaidd in the Brecon Beacons.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2007

Toshiko is given an alien pendant which enables her to hear other people's thoughts, forcing her to question her commitment to Torchwood.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2007

Torchwood is linked to a series of murders around the city. As Jack and the team investigate further, it becomes clear somebody wants their attention.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2007

When Eugene wakes to find himself dead and invisible to the rest of the world, he knows something has gone awry.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2007

When a plane from 1953 lands in present-day Cardiff, its three passengers are shocked to learn that they can never go back to their own time.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Torchwood Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

BBC America's latest import is a magnificent creature.

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"Torchwood" is grand fun and great adult entertainment.

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Neither as witty as "Buffy," as scary as "X-Files" or as eye-popping as "Heroes," Torchwood nevertheless sports a goofy charm.

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The adult show supplies shocking twists.

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This is the highest praise I can give to "Torchwood," a new BBC America sci-fi/thriller that's so good and unsettling and creepy that even grumps like myself can't help but be in its thrall.

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A dark and splendid "Dr. Who" spinoff with overtones of "Men in Black" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

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The hot-and-heavy dysfunctional workplace drama sometimes goes overboard (shouldn't these people have a tad more responsibility?), but the trappings are certainly cool.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The shows are consistently entertaining, but it also could be a much better program than it is.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The series is well cast and written and raises -- albeit on a conversational, rather than scientific, level -- the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What keeps the momentum building is that "Torchwood" never fails to demonstrate potential, even when it's stumbling.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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…

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

Oct 22, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Torchwood: Season 1

  • Jan 22, 2020
    At first glance, an adult orientated spin off of Dcotor Who was not a good idea. Then you actually watch Torchwood and realise that it is the best spin off of any show ever. Absolutely amazing and the best writing of Chris Chibnall's career even though he's ruined Doctor Who
  • 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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