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  • Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XCOS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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All thirteen episodes of the popular Doctor Who spin-off series set in Cardiff. Captain Jack, from Doctor Who is in charge of Torchwood - a disparate crew of investigators, each an expert in his chosen field, searching desperately for alien debris that has fallen to earth. They're beyond the rule of law - hired by the UK government and in a race to find the technology before the UN does, so that they might use it to fight crime here on earth. Episodes comprise: 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang', 'Sleeper', 'To the Last Man', 'Meat', 'Adam', 'Reset', 'Dead Man Walking', 'A Day in the Death', 'Something Borrowed', 'From Out of the Rain', 'Adrift', 'Fragments' and 'Exit Wounds'.


In many ways a far more experimental and variable series than the show it spun out of, Torchwood demonstrates many of the qualities of Doctor Who, but has certainly developed a tone all of its own.

Season two finds the Torchwood team still under the pavements of Cardiff, and still led by John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness. But there’s a lot going on this second series, with a variety of guest stars--including Alan Dale (yup, Jim Robinson from Neighbours), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Richard Briers--along with the arrival of Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones. There are also a variety of intriguing threats that the Torchwood team face, and while the tempo is often uneven, at worst it’s always interesting.

What’s more, Torchwood isn’t afraid of pulling its punches. Unpredictable at times, right through to the explosive final episode, this second season is an improvement on the show’s already-impressive debut. And while it sometimes makes familiar mistakes as it tries to play to a more mature audience, it nonetheless feels riskier than before, and better for it. Furthermore, where they take it now for season three is a fascinating proposition: fortunately, there’s plenty of rewatch value in the show’s second series to cover the wait to find out. --Jon Foster

Special Features included:

- Deleted scenes

- Out-takes

- The Life and Deaths of Captain Jack

- Torchwood Declassified Cut-down

- English 5.1 Surround Sound

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 8 May 2009
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The Torchwood team spring into action once more, investigating alien activity in Cardiff and looking damn cool while they do it. Opening episode `Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' sees the team floundering without their charismatic and immortal leader, Captain Jack Harkness; furthermore, Jack's old sparring partner Captain John (Buffy's James Marsters) is in town, and looking to humiliate his old mucker in any way possible. This fast-paced if slightly uneven story provides a brilliant introduction to the second series of the smash hit Doctor Who spin-off.

Second episode, `Sleeper' is arguably the weakest story here. A young woman finds herself committing acts she never thought she was capable of, and is horrified when she subsequently learns, with the help of Torchwood, that she is part of an alien invasion spearhead. The story has an interesting premise, but is too disjointed and contradictory to be really effective.

Next up is `To the Last Man', a poignant character-based yarn about a cryogenically frozen First World War Soldier, Tommy, who is woken up once a year in preparation for a future catastrophic event that only he can prevent. Providing the lovelorn Toshiko Sato with yet another doomed relationship gives actress Naoko Mori a chance to shine; and shine she does, with a powerful performance that foreshadows tragic events later in the series.

`Meat' has some good moments - not least when Gwen Cooper's dull fiancé Rhys inadvertently discovers what she really does for a living. The story is unfortunately let down by its CGI space creature, a giant whale of sorts, but there is pathos aplenty, Ianto gets some of his best lines, and Gwen's tangled relationship with Jack begins to rear its head once more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 29 Oct. 2014
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Series 2 of `Torchwood' is my favourite season out of the entire series. I found it to be a much better season than series 1, in terms of story and character development. I had the pleasure of watching series 2 of `Torchwood' in 2008 during my first year at Cardiff University. It's a bolder season and I enjoyed watching the locations set in my home city of Cardiff.

`Torchwood' is a spin-off series from the well-known science-fiction show `Doctor Who'. It features John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, who was a companion to the Ninth and Tenth Doctors from the revived series. It also stars Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper; Burn Gorman as Dr Owen Harper; Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones. I've had the DVD box set of series 2 signed by lovely Eve Myles and Kai Owen (who plays Rhys Williams, Gwen's boyfriend in the series) when I met them both at a convention at Cardiff in March 2014.

This is a 5-disc DVD box set.

N.B. This is 15-rated, as it's suitable for persons of 15 years and over containing adult themes; sex references; violence; swearing and supernatural themes.


The first episode of `Torchwood - Series Two' is very impressive. I enjoyed watching it on a Wednesday night after `Master Chef' on BBC Two. I really love the opening sequence where the Torchwood team including Gwen, Owen, Toshiko and Ianto are chasing a Blowfish driving a sports car. Amazingly, the car chase scene was filmed around the area where I live in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

The story of `Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang' is by Chris Chibnall, head-writer of the series.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2008
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I have to say it is disappointing that some people are still criticising Torchwood for the gay scenes - dear me I think it is time to join the rest of us in the 21st Century where (gasp) there are same sex relationships.

Still: to the res. This is a massive improvement on the occasionally uneven first season, the writing is sharper and wittier and because they are easing up on the SFX it is not over-reliant of CG (which occasionally marred the last season). Even better then that there are some real laughs in this series.

The 'special guests' have also fit in well - like it's sister show Doctor Who - they are not simply wheeled in for the sake of it. Alan Dale is nicely sinister (how far he has come from Ramsey Street) and James Marsters looks to be having enormous fun as Captain John.

So ignore the naysayers and enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Helen Archer on 16 Sept. 2009
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This series is absolutly brilliant, after purchasing the first series on box set i just had to buy this one too. I love all the characters especially captain jack. I love the way it is written to appeal to the adult audience and funny and sad moments make you want to watch it over and over. Highly recommend this series.
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"Torchwood" is a British science fiction series and a spin off to the unnaturally popular "Doctor Who". Indeed, the name Torchwood is actually an anagram of Doctor Who.

"Doctor Who" is a very quaint series, often bordering the intentionally ridiculous, and although styled as a family show, it's probably best suited for kids around 13 years of age. The main character, the Doctor, is a immortal, shape shifting space alien who battles evil robots and mad scientists, while roaming the universe in a time machine disguised as a phone boot (!).

"Torchwood", by contrast, was marketed as a more adult series. It does contain more sex, violence and general mayhem, and the characters all seem to suffer from constant neuroses. To all intents and purposes, however, it's really a kind of "Doctor Who for adults". The evil aliens may be more violent, but they are just as comical (or involuntarily comical) as the aliens in "Doctor Who". Don't miss the fat lady dressed in green who turns out to be a monster with strange breeding habits. Or the monster insects from outer space who can cure AIDS. Or the Weevils, a bunch of bizarre aliens who for reasons unknown live in the...wait for it...sewers of Cardiff. Why not move to a public housing estate?

The human characters, with their strange depressions, also come across as a bunch of funny weirdos. I mean, one of them runs around half of season two in mint zombie condition. The leader of the Torchwood team, Captain Jack, is an immortal bisexual. His gay boyfriend has the usual penchant for fashionwear. And then there's Tosh, a Japanese computer geek madly and sadly in love with the zombie.

Well, at least they have diversity on this show!

The first time a saw "Torchwood", I considered it really bad. I guess I didn't see the comic potential. If you take this show with a large grain of salt, you may actually enjoy some of the episodes.

Then, you don't have to torch Torchwood.

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