The BEST Episodes of Torchwood
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Network: BBC Three
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.
#1 - The Blood Line
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 9, 2011
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.
#2 - Day Four
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 9, 2009
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.
#3 - Day Five
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 10, 2009
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.
#4 - Day One
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 6, 2009
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.
#5 - The Categories of Life
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 5, 2011
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.
#6 - Day Two
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 7, 2009
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.
#7 - End of Days
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 1, 2007
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.
#8 - Exit Wounds
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 4, 2008
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.
#9 - Day Three
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 8, 2009
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?
#10 - The Gathering
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 2, 2011
With the whole world in recession, a defeated Torchwood team take their last chance and make a deal with the devil.
#11 - End of the Road
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 26, 2011
Jack faces a showdown with a man he thought was long since dead, while Rex takes extreme action to prevent the collapse of society.
#12 - Immortal Sins
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 19, 2011
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.
#13 - Rendition
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 15, 2011
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.
#14 - Fragments
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 28, 2008
As the team are knocked unconscious we find out how Jack, Toshiko, Ianto and Owen were initiated into Torchwood.
#15 - The New World
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 8, 2011
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.
#16 - Escape to L.A.
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 29, 2011
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.
#17 - Captain Jack Harkness
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 1, 2007
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...
#18 - To the Last Man
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 30, 2008
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?
#19 - They Keep Killing Suzie
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 3, 2006
Using the Resurrection Gauntlet that former Torchwood member Suzie Costello originally had, the team are able to bring a number of murder victims back to life. However, these all have a link with the now-deceased Suzie, and the group have no choice but to bring her back. After the process goes wrong, and permanently keeps her alive, Suzie manipulates the naïve Gwen into taking her to see her father.
#20 - Adam
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 13, 2008
A memory thief gets in to the minds of the Torchwood team, and uncovers long forgotten secrets.
#21 - The Middle Men
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 12, 2011
With Gwen, Rex and Esther trapped on both sides of the Atlantic, it's a race against time as Jack goes straight to the heart of the conspiracy.
#22 - Reset
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 20, 2008
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.
#23 - Adrift
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 21, 2008
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.
#24 - Something Borrowed
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 12, 2008
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
#25 - Meat
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 6, 2008
When Rhys discovers the truth about Torchwood, he helps the gang to find the source of an unusual alien meat supply.