Torchwood: Everything Changes

Everything Changes

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.

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Tenth Doctor: Utopia

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Writer: Russell T. Davies

Director: Graeme Harper

Producer: Phil Collinson

Series: 3, ep. 11

Companions: Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)

Review: The Doctor and Martha make a pit stop in Cardiff to refuel using the wormhole and the TARDIS is spotted by Captain Jack. He’d been following them (this is left over from a Torchwood episode), He hitches a ride on the TARDIS as it disappears and the three of them arrive on a world at the edge of civilization. He reveals that he’s been tracking them using a vortex manipulator. The civilization houses a facility being maintained by a man named Professor Yana and his alien assistant Chantho. The facility is ravaged by rabid beings called the Futurekind. Yana has been trying to get off the planet with everyone for years, but doesn’t know how to repair the rocket inside the facility.  The Doctor repairs it and everyone begins boarding. Yana and Martha talk and he reveals that he’s been hearing drumming in head incessantly for years. He gives her a pocketwatch similar to the one the Doctor had in “Human Nature”. Martha notices it and opens it, unknowingly awakening Yana’s true self–The Master. The Master then sabotages the facility, killing many of the humans in the facility before entering the TARDIS and regenerating. This leads into Series 3’s 2-part finale.

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Tenth Doctor: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (dual review)

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Writer: Russell T. Davies

Producer: Phil Collinson

Director: Graeme Harper

Series: 2, eps. 12 and 13

Companion: Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)

Summary: The Doctor and Rose return to modern-day London and discover an infestation of ghosts that is being investigated by Torchwood. They came through a dimensional portal. But the ghosts in reality are Cybermen, and Daleks are on the other side of the portal as well.

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Tenth Doctor: Tooth and Claw

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Writer: Russell T. Davies

Director: Euros Lyn

Producer: Phil Collinson

Series: 2, episode 2

Companion: Rose (Billie Piper)

Summary: The Doctor accidentally takes Rose to England in 1879, where the meet Queen Victoria.  They travel to Torchwood Manor, which is besieged by werewolves. The Doctor discovers that the Queen’s Koh-I-Noor diamond was being used to bait the werewolves, and the Manor is actually a trap for them. In appreciation, the Queen dubs the Doctor “Sir Doctor of TARDIS”, and authorizes the creation of the Torchwood Institute, an organization designed to deal with supernatural and extraterrestrial threats.

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