What is Torchwood?
The Torchwood Institute is the name of a secret organization set up to combat alien threats to the human race. Initially founded by Queen Victoria herself, Torchwood’s head office was based in the Canary Wharf tower in London’s docklands. However, a devastating alien attack (shown in the “Doctor Who” episode “Doomsday”) left virtually the entire staff dead, the organization without a leader and the tiny Cardiff field office to defend humanity on its own. Well, almost on its own…
Torchwood’s small Cardiff office (known as “The Hub”) was established at the end of the 19th Century, on top of a rift in space and time. People, objects and creatures from across the Universe and from all periods of time often find themselves “washed up” in Cardiff—and it’s Torchwood’s job to assess the threat to humanity, to either capture or destroy them if they are dangerous or care for them if they’re not. Torchwood often works in partnership with UNIT, the Unified Intelligence Taskforce—a large-scale international armed force with many decades of experience in fighting alien invasions on Earth.
Children of Earth
In one epic story told over five nights, “Torchwood: Children of Earth,” re-joins Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) who are still coming to terms with the death of two of their closest friends.
Despite their pain, they have a job to do. This time they are faced with their fiercest threat to date—one that puts the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiraling into danger. They battle against the odds, but do they stand a chance of saving mankind?