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This review is from: Torchwood: Series 1-4 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
This series is ideal for someone who likes sci-fi like Doctor Who but who wants something a bit more mature, a bit grittier and a bit more realistic.
Seasons 1 & 2 are of the 'One Case Per Episode' format with the occasional two parter. The five main cast members: Jack, Gwen, Tosh, Owen and Ianto battle everything from alien invasions to a spate of mysterious killings which turns out to be the work of cannibals and not aliens at all.
Seasons 3 & 4 are both one big plot line divided up into hour long episodes.
My only criticism of this show is that they seem to kill of central characters at an alarming rate. If it's down to actors deciding to leave the show then obviously they can't do much about that but if it's down to the script then I think it's a bit severe.
Season 1 has no deaths whatsoever whereas season 2 sees half of the cast eliminated in one foul swoop.
Season 3 sees one of they few remaining team members die for no real reason - the death doesn't really contribute to the plot.
Season 4 sees Torchwood team up with another agency most likely because they seem to have run out of manpower. Again though, several of the most likeable and undeserving characters are killed.
In short, Torchwood is Doctor Who with guns, blood, alien autopsies, sex, swearing and scary realism.