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Torchwood: Season 1 (2007)

John Barrowman , Eve Myles  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (773 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (773 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWE5OY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Torchwood: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary on every episode
  • Torchwood Declassified
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted scenes
  • The Captain's Log video diary
  • Five Torchwood: Out of This World featurettes
  • Four Torchwood: The Team and Their Troubles featurettes
  • Welcome to Torchwood
  • Torchwood on the Scene
  • Torchwood: On Time
  • Torchwood: Sex, Violence, Blood and Gore
  • Torchwood: On the Road

Editorial Reviews

More than a spin-off of the Russell T. Davies incarnation of Doctor Who, the BBC series Torchwood is a wholly enjoyable blend of drama, science-fiction thrills, and mature subject matter that never fails to deliver its main purpose: to entertain on a weekly basis. John Barrowman, who captured the imagination of Who fans during the Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant eras as 51st-century adventurer Capt. Jack Harkness, returns as the dashing, immortal time traveler; here, he's the head of Torchwood, a covert organization that investigates extraterrestrial and supernatural events on Earth without the help of the British government or United Nations. Eve Myles is a police constable who joins the team after discovering them in the middle of bringing a stabbing victim back to life (in the debut episode, "Everything Changes"), and she brings a decidedly human touch to the Torchwood team's tech-driven investigations. Among the mysteries encountered over the course of the 13-episode series: an alien gas that absorbs humans during sex ("Day One"); a half-human, half-Cyberman female with a connection to Torchwood support man Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) in "Cyberwoman"; a rash of cannibalistic murders ("Countrycide"); a very different kind of fairies than the ones of legend ("Small Worlds"); and most impressively of all, a skyscraper-sized demon that threatens to plunge the Torchwood team--and the world itself--into chaos ("End of Days," which features an off-screen cameo by a certain Time Lord). What separates Torchwood from the most modern television science fiction (save, say,

Heroes and Battlestar Galactica) is the frankly adult tone of the series: The violence is plentiful and occasionally graphic, and there are frequent bedroom couplings between the team members and supporting players. There's also a maturity to the relationships that exceeds the usual scope of sci-fi, most notably in the affecting "Captain Jack Harkness," which sends him back to the London Blitz, where he meets and falls in love with a handsome American pilot who happens to share his name. Their love affair, like the majority of Torchwood's "grown-up" storylines, is handled with taste and real emotion. Extras on the First Series are remarkably plentiful; six of the seven discs include entirely new behind-the-scenes featurettes that explore the main characters and their major story arcs, location shooting, the impressive SUV that the team drives, and the show's extensive special effects and alien creations. Barrowman also contributes a very funny "Captain's Log," which invites viewers to join him on one of the final shooting days of the series. The entire seventh disc is given over to Torchwood Declassified, the 13-part program which explored each episode on BBC Three and the BBC's Torchwood website. Commentaries are offered for all 13 episodes, with Davies, Barrowman, Myles, Burn Gorman (who plays Torchwood's medical officer, Owen Harper), David-Lloyd, producers Richard Stokes and Julie Gardner, and various episode writers, directors, and producers all lending their voices. A small battery of deleted scenes and outtakes, as well as previews for DVD releases of other BBC programs, including Doctor Who and MI-5, round out this impressive set. --Paul Gaita

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Separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations, Torchwood sets its own rules. Led by the enigmatic, ever watchful Captain Jack Harkness, the Torchwood team delves into the unknown and fights the impossible. Everyone who works for Torchwood is young. Some say that’s because it’s a new science. Others say it’s because they die young.

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148 of 160 people found the following review helpful
Some SPOILERS here.

TORCHWOOD, a spinoff of DOCTOR WHO, is yet another television show with nifty science-fiction and paranormal elements, and it IS a marvelous and fun show. The premise: the Torchwood Institute is a covert organization given the responsibility of being Great Britain's watchdog against all things malicious and extraterrestrial. This series revolves around the amazing exploits of Torchwood Three, a branch of the Torchwood Institute which operates out of Cardiff, Wales.

In the debut episode "Everything Changes," Policewoman Constable Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) witnesses a deceased stab victim's temporary return to life. This becomes her introduction to a hidden world of frightening monsters, incomprehensible alien technologies, and extreme paranoia. She meets the very charming Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), a man displaced in time and leader of Torchwood Three. Oh, and he can't die. He obligingly places Gwen in the loop: "We don't just catch aliens. We scavenge the stuff they leave behind, find ways of using it, arming the human race against the future." Fairly soon, after some fairly interesting - not to mention, harrowing - moments, Gwen finds herself recruited as the group's police liaison. And with a spacetime rift located in Wales, she and the other Torchwood members remain up to their necks in weirdness and peril. On a more personal scale, Gwen struggles to maintain a normal relationship with her lived-in boyfriend. It's not easy being Scully.

I happened to stumble onto this dark, moody series on the On Demand's BBC America channel and became speedily hooked. It's done by the Brits and they bring their sensibilities to the table.
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212 of 237 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C.S.I. with Aliens and Sex and Alien-sex October 15, 2007
Torchwood is the most-times dark, sometimes gory, adult tie-in to the new Doctor Who series, but that hardly matters as it is the most unique TV you'll ever see. ..Dr. Who producer & two-time Hugo-nominated writer Russell T. Davies created the series as an opportunity to do more than just family fare, part CSI, part X-files and the remaining part is out there on its own. In Dr. Who there have been hidden references to the "secret" organization TORCHWOOD (the name which is an anagram of DOCTOR WHO) since season one (an answer given by the ANNE DROID in BAD WOLF episode 12 ), then appearing more physically throughout season two, even featuring the origin of the organization created by Queen Victorian herself to defend the Earth from alien threats, including The Doctor. The series takes place over a hundred years later as Jack says on the promos, "In the 21st century, everything changes." Captain Jack Harkness (played BRILLIANTLY by the dashing John Barrowman, best known to Americans as the singing Nazi lead in the "Springtime for Hitler" number in the Producers musical) is a character introduced during season one of Dr. Who, an ex-time agent, con-man, the Doctor & Rose meet in the 1940's and turn towards the path of good and righteousness, well almost.

Jack is originally from the 51st century, which is intended to explain his oversexed ways (i.e. he is very liberal in who he "SNOGS"& "SHAGS" ) His background is really complex, even before he meets the Doctor, but he is missing some of his memories from his time as a time-agent, during the "Parting of the Ways" the first season finale of Dr. Who his character becomes even more interesting, but I won't say more without spoiler warnings.

I know I've referenced Dr. Who, a lot, but WATCHING DR.
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I'm always mystified that people think a three or four star review is bad; it's not folks it just shows that a good show could use some improvement. "Torchwood" is one of those shows that has a lot of potential and could become quite exceptional. Russell T. Davies "Dr. Who" spin-off "Torchwood" is a pretty good show and could be an exceptional show if it layed off the sex and violence so much. Why? Because the show focuses entirely too much on it to its own detriment. The first series starts off well if a bit uneven. The pilot "Every Thing Changes" sets up the premise of the series but really would have benefited from a two hour or two episode set up since the serial killer story angle isn't developed enough. We meet Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)the new head of Torchwood a MI-5 like organization that deals with threats from aliens and we don't mean illegal aliens. Torchwood (which is an anagram for "Doctor Who") was developed BECAUSE of the good doctor and, when all of its members were turned into Cybermen, Harkness started the organization again in honor of its original primary target--the good Doctor himself. He and his crew including Owen (who looks a bit like Willem Dafoe), Tosh and Suzie deal with alien incursions that occur because of a rift in time/space located in Cardiff. When Gwen a police officer witnessesTorchwood ressurecting one of the victims of the serial killer to try and find out his identity she starts trying to find out more about the investigation, she gets drawn into their world. Gwen is later invited to join Torchwood and assist the group and becomes its conscience filled with the compassion that have become as alien to them as the creatures they hunt.

The quality of the writing veers from weak to brilliant over the course of the 13 episodes included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly Good fun
Universally well-written and compelling stories from episode to episode... some actually bordering on brilliant. Read more
Published 1 day ago by J. Kenney
4.0 out of 5 stars Not My Usual Stuff, But Thought Provoking
I don't normally watch shows with aliens and other-world characters, but the complex personalities of the team are thought-provoking, especially the principal, Capt. Harkness.
Published 2 days ago by Andrea Hoxie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Start
I personally loved Captain Jack Harkness on Dr. Who. He was much-needed fun and whimsy. However, this Jack is kind of bipolar--less fun, more dramatic and serious but then suddenly... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Corinne
4.0 out of 5 stars great show!
it is very hard to get a 5 star rating from me so starting with a 4 it is doing pretty darn good!!!
Published 2 days ago by Jana
4.0 out of 5 stars Adults only
Adults only a spinoff of Dr who but can't let kids see it. So I'm limited in watching it. To bad.
Published 3 days ago by Jim Deshon
3.0 out of 5 stars The first season
If you like paranormal programs. Torchwood is worth watching. There seems to be to much touchy filly trying to build the charactors.
Published 3 days ago by Paul H Baker Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise
Never knew about this series when it first aired, but really am enjoying it. Love the BBC shows and characters.
Published 5 days ago by Nancy Nurse
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but ...
not as engrossing as Dr. Who. Maybe it is because the whole series is set on earth, but without the crutch of time and space travel, things get silly quickly. Read more
Published 6 days ago by francis
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
A little campy, but a fun series so far. Acting ok; not up to the level of other similar series such as Fringe or The Event.
Published 6 days ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars like a firefly...
story lines, acting, ensemble chemistry, set designs all excellent. reminds one of the firefly series. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Edward
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As of today - August 4, 2009 - I received authorization to return Season One. I order Season One, Two, and Children of Earth in one order. Amazon shipped all three sets in a cheap bubble wrap bag! Season One was totally crushed with the plastic scratching the DVD's. If I'm going to spend more... Read more
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Is This Set Unedited?
It's unedited with everything intact.
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Sorry this is so late, but this morning's the the first time I've posted on amazon.

Anyway, I googled "DVDSAVS" and found it's really "DVDSAV5". According to the forum at, "DVDSAV5 is a coupon code which is good for $5.00 off a $50.00 order at... Read more
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Disc 1 Problems?
I just popped in my old dvd set that I bought right after it came out and I'm having issues with the first disc skipping and freezing during the first two episodes. I don't remember if it did that in the past but I'm guessing so b/c I honestly can't remember ever having watched these dvds. I... Read more
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Torchwood: Children of Earth
You can find the first two seasons of Torchwood as well as the Doctor Who DVDs at most public libraries, although there may be a waiting list.
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