09:22:42 PM Aug 4th 2013
02:13:03 PM Sep 16th 2013
I agree with your categorization of the show. I would simply point out that, as the original trope remarked, Torchwood was a spin-off of an incredibly long-running and well-known family show. And a huge amount of the marketing focused on that fact- naturally, since a known brand is a surefire marketing tool. Yes, the darker tone was evident as well, but especially considering that the other spinoff, The Sarah Jane Adventures, hewed closer to a family tone, it's easy to understand the potential for confusion.