Writer: Russell T. Davies
Director: Brian Kelly
Producer: Richard Stokes
Summary: Gwen Cooper finds a murder scene being investigated by the Torchwood Institute. Her curiosity inspires her to start snooping around and learn more about the institute. When they realize how much she’s discovered, Captain Jack Harkness recruits her to replace their fallen comrade Suzie.
Review: Before I go any further, I want to say that I’m not a “big” fan of this show, but I did enjoy it enough to watch both seasons and its five-part finale “Children of Earth”. I happen to own the first season, and BBC America aired a marathon so I figured since I’ve already reviewed Class and some of Big Finish’s spin-offs, so I thought why not add it to the queue?
OK, that’s out of the way, so let’s talk about this pilot. I think it’s a great way to start the series. Gwen Cooper is a good POV character, and the episode kind of parallels “Rose”, the first episode for the Ninth Doctor. She’s a good audience surrogate, and having a new character join a team that’s already established is a good formula to use.
Overall Review: 10/10