The BEST Episodes of Torchwood

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2020

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.

The Blood Line

#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.

star 8.35
1,405 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jane Espenson, Russell T. Davies
Children of Earth, Day Four

#2 - Children of Earth, 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.

star 8.14
1,302 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: John Fay
Children of Earth, Day Five

#3 - Children of Earth, 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.

star 8.12
1,460 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Russell T. Davies
Children of Earth, Day One

#4 - Children of Earth, 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.

star 8.07
1,670 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Russell T. Davies
The Categories of Life

#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.

star 8.05
2,162 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Jane Espenson
Children of Earth, Day Two

#6 - Children of Earth, 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.

star 8.02
1,370 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: John Fay
End of Days

#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.

star 7.95
1,463 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Children of Earth, Day Three

#8 - Children of Earth, 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?

star 7.93
1,402 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: James Moran, Russell T. Davies
Exit Wounds

#9 - 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.

star 7.93
1,171 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Chris Chibnall
The Gathering

#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.

star 7.86
1,974 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: John Fay
End of the Road

#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.

star 7.75
2,109 votes
Writers: Jane Espenson, Ryan Scott
Immortal Sins

#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.

star 7.74
1,996 votes
Writers: Jane Espenson
Rendition

#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.

star 7.68
2,291 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Doris Egan
The New World

#14 - 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.

star 7.67
2,523 votes
Directors: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: Russell T. Davies
Fragments

#15 - 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.

star 7.67
1,140 votes
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Escape to L.A.

#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.

star 7.66
2,284 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jim Danger Gray, John Shiban
Captain Jack Harkness

#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...

star 7.64
1,615 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Cath Tregenna
To the Last Man

#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?

star 7.59
1,304 votes
Directors: Andy Goddard
Writers: Helen Raynor
Adam

#19 - 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.

star 7.56
1,276 votes
Directors: Andy Goddard
Writers: Catherine Tregenna
They Keep Killing Suzie

#20 - 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.

star 7.56
1,618 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Dan McCulloch, Paul Tomalin
The Middle Men

#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.

star 7.56
2,122 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: John Shiban
Reset

#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.

star 7.54
1,339 votes
Directors: Ashley May
Writers: J. C. Wilsher
Adrift

#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.

star 7.52
1,160 votes
Directors: Mark Everest
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Something Borrowed

#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

star 7.51
1,179 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Phil Ford
Meat

#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.

star 7.50
1,191 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Catherine Tregenna