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Torchwood: Complete Series 1 (7 Discs)

Released on 19 November 2007

Featuring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles & Burn Gorman

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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The 21st Century is when it all changes and you've got to be ready... - Captain Jack Harkness.

Set in modern-day Cardiff, Torchwood stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack from Doctor Who.

Captain Jack and a group of renegade criminal investigators are charged by the British government to find and retrieve alien technology and respond to any extra-terrestrial threats posed to Earth!

Episodes Comprise:

1. Everything Changes
2. Day One
3. Ghost Machine
4. Cyberwoman
5. Small Worlds
6. Countrycide
7. Greeks Bearing Gifts
8. They Keep Killing Susie
9. Random Shoes
10. Out Of Time
11. Combat
12. Captain Jack Harkness
13. End Of Days
  • 13 Commentaries
  • Torchwood Declassified: The Complete Series
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Out-takes
  • The Captain's Log Video Diary
  • Selected Episode Guides
  • 5 Torchwood Out of this World Featurettes
  • 4 Torchwood: The Team & Their Troubles Featurettes
  • Welcome to Torchwood featurette
  • Torchwood on the Scene featurette
  • Torchwood: On Time featurette
  • Torchwood: Sex, Violence, Blood & Gore featurette
  • Torchwood: On The Road featurette

customer Reviews

 Average rating (33 reviews)

 A Hit and Miss Series But Worth Watching

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To be balanced, as other reviewers have stated, Torchwood's first series is hit and miss. A lot of it is unoriginal... so here's the good and the bad:
THE BAD:
Lack of originality: The opening credits which are frighteningly similar to that of series one of Supernatural as are a couple of the stories... especially 'Countrycide' which I am suprised hasn't got the writer into copyright lawsuit! Random Shoes was just a Doctor Who 'Love & Monsters' rehash and Torchwood's 'Day One' is another decescendant of the X-Files 'Gender Bender' which was done over ten years ago and with a lot more panache.
WELSH ACCENTS: sounds mad, (and I love the Welsh) but it does take some getting used to - although as the series progresses they seem to hold back on casting Welsh sounding actors.
Characterisation: in addition to what has been written by others I would like to add that none of them seem to like each other and all seem a bit miserable with their lot in life. The only thing that they have in common is to stop alien interference... and they don't all seem to agree on that!

THE GOOD:
Episode One is a strong enough opener (pteradactyls aside!)(but you have to wait for it to get better for a bit after that). Episodes 3 and in particular 5 are really worth a look... even episode 4 Cyberwoman is worth it for a laugh. Lots of alcohol, snacks and friends to have a giggle with are recommended for that one (the episode hasn't decided if it is Dr Who or not so it just does Dr Who post 9pm and hopes no-one will notice).

The series gets better as it progresses and the final two episodes feel as though the production team are just starting to get a feel for what they are doing.

The commentaries etc might help to liven up otherwise dull episodes whilst PJ Hammond's episode you can just sit back and revel in.

So, to some up:

Torchwood is: Supernatural, Pteradactyls (when they remember they have one), The X Files... Doctor Who it is not!

 Needs alot of work...

| | See all Mactastic's reviews (7)

While this show was ok the main problem it had was it tried to hard to be adult, where as with shows like "Angel" it came naturally. And some of the writing was pretty awful, this is no where near as good as the new Doctor Who, but still worth a look. Heres hoping Series 2 is better....
EDIT: It wasn't...

 Dr who has kids.

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Well produced series from the BBC, with reasonable special effects. A sort of adult Dr Who. Episodes vary a bit, some are a lot better than others, but I guess that is true of most series. All in all, if you liked Dr Who as a kid and still want more, then this is worth a watch.

 Bargain!

| | See all WelshAdam's reviews (21)

Nice to see that this boxset has fallen down to a reasonable price. I paid about the same amount just for one of the 'vanilla releases' 18 months or so ago, and they're still going for that amount in alot of places now. So you'll be saving alot of money with this boxset at £17.99.

Anyway, Torchwood is, in a word, great! I love Doctor Who but sometimes it can seem a bit too childish for me (the revived series anyway), so it's nice to have this 'adult' spin-off. However, as the previous reviewer has mentioned, it tends to try too hard to be mature at times. Like it's parent series, some episodes make you feel as though you are watching a CBBC show, perhaps despite the odd swear word, violence and sex. That said, most of the episodes are really good at the very least, 'Countrycide' is a favourite of mine, very much like 'The Hills Have Eyes'.

Torchwood is packed full of fast-paced action, emotion, clever storylines and humour. And it gets even better in the second series, shame about the price on that though.

 Torchwood: Laid Bare

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The show begins with PC Gwen Cooper discovering that 'Torchwood' exists. She has an accidental run in with a Weevil (big creature that does not originate from our world, crumpled facial features, generally not a pleasant thing to look at) and her adventures truly begin.

Torchwood is a secret organisation operating under Cardiff in 'The Hub.' The team - led by Captain Jack Harkness, an enigmatic hunk who oozes mystery and charm - fight aliens and confiscate technology that should not be left in human hands.

Jack works with Dr. Owen Harper, computer genius Toshiko Sato and coffee boy / receptionist Ianto Jones. Gwen joins the team and is exposed to an explosive and deadly world.

There are thirteen episodes of Torchwood. Some are much better than others. Notable episodes include 'Cyberwoman' and 'Countrycide.'

The opening episode promises an exciting series, and Torchwood delivers. For a new series (and a spin-off, no less) it gives its viewers excitement, tension, action and romance.

I had never seen Doctor Who before I watched Torchwood. New to the universe of Who, it nonetheless grabbed my attention and gave me much more than I expected.

I'm so glad something has filled the hole left by Buffy and Angel. Torchwood can only get better with Season 2 being aired on 16th January 2008, 9pm on BBC2. Definitely worth watching, and in my opinion, definitely worth buying too.

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ActorsJohn Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd & Kai Owen
Certificate15 years and over
Year2006 - 2007
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration10 Hours and 50 Minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.