The Best Episodes of Torchwood

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2018

Captain Jack Harkness is a man from the 51st century trapped in the past who leads the last remnants of the Torchwood Institute, a top secret British agency outside the government whose job it is to investigate alien goings on in the world, act in mankind's best interest, and, if needed, be the Earth's last line of defense.

Children of Earth, Day Four

#1 - Children of Earth, Day Four

Season 3 - Episode 4

Torchwood finally learns the truth about the events of 1965. But Britain is in danger of becoming a rogue state, and everything now pivots around John Frobisher, as the Ambassador of the 456 destroys its old allegiances and reveals its true intent.

star 8.61
290 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: John Fay
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The Blood Line

#2 - The Blood Line

Season 4 - Episode 10

As the Torchwood team launch a final, desperate mission against the seemingly undefeatable Three Families, they realize it may come down to the ultimate sacrifice.

star 8.60
288 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Russell T Davies, Jane Espenson
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Children of Earth, Day Five

#3 - Children of Earth, Day Five

Season 3 - Episode 5

Torchwood is defenceless, and Gwen Cooper stands alone, as the final sanction begins. As violence erupts and the world descends into anarchy, an ordinary council estate becomes a battleground where the future of the human race will be decided.

star 8.60
291 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Russell T. Davies
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Children of Earth, Day Two

#4 - Children of Earth, Day Two

Season 3 - Episode 2

Torchwood are forced underground, as the government takes swift and brutal action. With members of the team being hunted down, only Lois holds the key to Torchwood's salvation - but she is helpless as her superiors make plans for the mysterious Floor 13.

star 8.49
280 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: John Fay
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Children of Earth, Day One

#5 - Children of Earth, Day One

Season 3 - Episode 1

At 8.45am, every child in the world suddenly stops, chanting the words "we are coming" again and again. Whilst investigating, the remaining Torchwood team face greater personal and professional challenges than ever before, having to work with their numbers depleted.

star 8.46
309 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Russell T. Davies
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Children of Earth, Day Three

#6 - Children of Earth, Day Three

Season 3 - Episode 3

The eyes of the world turn to Britain, as the 456 announce, 'We are here'. As a pillar of fire descends upon London, the members of Torchwood must battle to protect their own families, as the fight gets personal. But will Clem's memories destroy everything?

star 8.43
289 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: James Moran, Russell T. Davies
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The Categories of Life

#7 - The Categories of Life

Season 4 - Episode 5

Torchwood goes undercover and discovers the terrible truth behind the Miracle. The enemy is closing in, and death is about to make a shocking return.

star 8.41
322 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Jane Espenson
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Exit Wounds

#8 - Exit Wounds

Season 2 - Episode 13

Captain John Hart returns to wreak havoc upon Jack's world, who ends up getting captured. It is up to the Torchwood team to rescue him and save the city.

star 8.37
251 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Chris Chibnall
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The Gathering

#9 - The Gathering

Season 4 - Episode 9

With the whole world in recession, a defeated Torchwood team take their last chance and make a deal with the devil.

star 8.29
291 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: John Fay
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Fragments

#10 - Fragments

Season 2 - Episode 12

As the team are knocked unconscious we find out how Jack, Toshiko, Ianto and Owen were initiated into Torchwood.

star 8.23
243 votes
Writers: Chris Chibnall
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End of Days

#11 - End of Days

Season 1 - Episode 13

With the Rift having been opened, people and objects throughout time are falling through it, and being spread across the world. "The thing in the darkness" has finally come, and Jack realises that he is the only one who can save planet Earth from the destruction that "the son of the Beast" will cause.

star 8.21
317 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Chris Chibnall
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Rendition

#12 - Rendition

Season 4 - Episode 2

As the Torchwood team is reunited, Jack realizes he's the most vulnerable man on Earth. A flight to the United States turns into a desperate battle for survival.

star 8.18
341 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Doris Egan
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Captain Jack Harkness

#13 - Captain Jack Harkness

Season 1 - Episode 12

Whilst investigating an old, derelict dance hall, Jack and Tosh are transported back to the 1940s, during the Blitz. Owen, Ianto, and Gwen realise, in modern day, that this has happened, and go in search of clues Tosh may have left. Meanwhile, back in the forties, Jack meets a very interesting man. One with the name Captain Jack Harkness...

star 8.16
330 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Cath Tregenna
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End of the Road

#14 - End of the Road

Season 4 - Episode 8

Jack faces a showdown with a man he thought was long since dead, while Rex takes extreme action to prevent the collapse of society.

star 8.13
295 votes
Writers: Jane Espenson, Ryan Scott
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The New World

#15 - The New World

Season 4 - Episode 1

Convicted child killer Oswald Danes is executed for his crimes and when he miraculously survives his fate a series of events is set in place that forces CIA Agent Rex Matheson to investigate a global event. His investigation leads him from America to Wales and an old defunct British Institute - Torchwood.

star 8.11
358 votes
Directors: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: Russell T. Davies
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Escape to L.A.

#16 - Escape to L.A.

Season 4 - Episode 4

Torchwood relocates to LA to sneak into PhiCorp's headquarters to find some useful information, unaware that their mission has been compromised. Elsewhere, Oswald and Jilly face a new adversary in Ellis Hartley Monroe, who is using the Miracle Day for her own agenda.

star 8.11
311 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jim Gray, John Shiban
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Immortal Sins

#17 - Immortal Sins

Season 4 - Episode 7

Gwen must fight to protect her family and takes a terrifying journey, covering both miles and decades, as the long history of the Miracle is revealed.

star 8.08
292 votes
Writers: Jane Espenson
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Reset

#18 - Reset

Season 2 - Episode 6

Jack calls in an old friend for a favour, none other than Martha Jones, as they attempt to stop a pharmaceutical facility that uses aliens in the hope of discovering a cure for all diseases.

star 8.07
278 votes
Directors: Ashley May
Writers: J.C. Wilsher
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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

#19 - Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Season 2 - Episode 1

Captain Jack returns, as the Torchwood team reunite to fight a rogue Time Agent. The mysterious Captain John Hart is determined to wreak havoc, and needs to find something hidden on Earth. But with Gwen's life in danger, and cluster bombs scattered across the city, whose side is Jack on?

star 8.04
291 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Chris Chibnall
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Adrift

#20 - Adrift

Season 2 - Episode 11

Gwen finds the darker side of Torchwood when a teenager disappears, investigating why hundreds of people have vanished without a trace. Jack is obstructing attempts to find them, and the answer appears to lie in the Rift.

star 8.03
240 votes
Directors: Mark Everest
Writers: Chris Chibnall
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To the Last Man

#21 - To the Last Man

Season 2 - Episode 3

Toshiko falls for a handsome soldier, trapped out of his time, who unwittingly holds the key to saving the world. With an old hospital haunted by ghosts from 1918, a crisis foreseen by Torchwood 90 years ago is about to reach its climax. Time zones are colliding and with life and death decisions to be made, will Torchwood be able to stop an explosive end for Cardiff?

star 7.99
265 votes
Directors: Andy Goddard
Writers: Helen Raynor
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Dead Man Walking

#22 - Dead Man Walking

Season 2 - Episode 7

Captain Jack resurrects Owen with a resurrection glove, only to find out that the new glove isn't quite what they'd bargained for. Owen, in an undead state, helps the team figure out why he's still around.

star 7.99
254 votes
Directors: Andy Goddard
Writers: Matt Jones
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Something Borrowed

#23 - Something Borrowed

Season 2 - Episode 9

Gwen awakes on her wedding day to find she has been impregnated by a shape-shifting alien male. With it's life-partner eager to retrieve it's mate at the cost of Gwen's life, the team race to intercept her as Gwen decides to go through with her marriage at a secluded location with all of her family present

star 7.97
227 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Phil Ford
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A Day in the Death

#24 - A Day in the Death

Season 2 - Episode 8

A victim of his newfound circumstances, Owen Harper believes he needs absolution. Will the lonely girl on the rooftop help him, or will it be a mission to the retrieve an alien device that is proving more lethal by the second? And how far will Toshiko go to help him?

star 7.95
257 votes
Directors: Andy Goddard
Writers: Joseph Lidster
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Dead of Night

#25 - Dead of Night

Season 4 - Episode 3

Torchwood goes on the run and finds a new enemy, but as they launch a raid on PhiCorp headquarters, Jack must confront the mysterious Oswald Danes.

star 7.94
312 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jane Espenson
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