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  • California Doubling: Averted. The producers are on the record as being relieved that the series could (for its first two series) be set in Cardiff, so they don't have to pretend that recognizable landmarks are actually somewhere else.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: "Countrycide" is the cast's favorite episode because they're "sick people" in the words of Eve Myles and the gruesome, horror film like content appealed to them.
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  • Development Hell: A fifth series seems a long way away, despite Miracle Day's cliffhanger ending. Russell T Davies had the absolute intention of continuing production in the US, but his ill partner brought him back to Britain.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Russell T Davies originally conceived this as a standalone series about an alien-fighting team called "Excalibur".
  • Executive Meddling: The reason the Doctor never appeared in the series is because The BBC wouldn't allow it. Probably for the best.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Woodies.
  • Gay Panic: This is why Fox passed on an American version, because Russell T Davies refused to turn Jack (an omnisexual man last seen in a relationship with another man) straight.
  • Name's the Same: Alice Carter should not to be confused with pre-war Torchwood member Alice.
  • Production Nickname: The pterodactyl, Myfanwy.
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  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: The homosexual John Barrowman as the omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness.
  • Recycled Script: "From Out of the Rain" has very strong conceptual and plot similarities to "Assignment 4" from P J Hammond's earlier horror series Sapphire and Steel.
  • Recast as a Regular: Paul Marc Davis played Chiefs before becoming The Trickster.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: In 2021, following John Barrowman's misconduct allegations, the audio play After Life was cancelled.
  • Running the Asylum: Here's a challenge — find a review that doesn't compare this show to fanfiction.
  • Spared by the Cut: Rhys was supposed to be Killed Off for Real in Series 1, but retained him partly because the producers liked Kai Owen as an actor.
  • Troubled Production: The first series was made in an extreme rush, leading to several questionable production decisions; Chris Chibnall reportedly hated the infamous Cyberwoman costume, having envisaged something more Body Horror-based, but there was no time to change it and they were stuck with it. A lot of the series was also accidentally shot in interlaced video and had to have a film effect applied in post-production (which was spun as "camera problems", since strictly speaking they shouldn't have been allowed to filmise it).
  • Unfinished Episode:
    • The creators were in talks with ABBA to do a musical episode. The plan never got off the ground.
    • A Dalek episode was considered for season one, but was nixed on the grounds it might encourage children to watch.
    • "Checkout" by Joseph Lidster, a Jack-Ianto focused episode pitched as "Die Hard in a supermarket". Set shortly after Ianto was brought back from the dead (as was originally planned, before this storyline shifted to Owen), it would have involved getting a woman named Maggie, the supermarket’s last customer, out alive. The store would have been possessed by a demonic creature from the rift that manifested only late at night and which feds of the human life-force. Ianto would have able to save the day due to being already dead.
    • "Into the Silence", also by Joseph Lidster, which would have seen Jack being transported to Hell by a malevolent cab driver. It was later reworked by Lidster as the audiobook Into The Shadows.
    • "Communion", also by Lidster, which would have involved a Messiah like figure controlling nightclubbers. The plot shares similarities with Lidster’s 2002 Doctor Who audio drama “The Rapture”.
    • "Children", also by Lidster, which would have seen a Serial Killer targeting former classmates of Gwen’s.
    • "Deadline" by Phil Ford, an Owen-centric episode which would have involved his medical background as something in the phones causes a series of deadly suicides across Cardiff. The idea originated from a strange phone Russell T Davies recalled having where the line suddenly went dead followed another person’s voice speaking. Ford completed two drafts of the script before being asked to instead work on that years finale episode for The Sarah Jane Adventures. By the time he returned to work on the episode plans for series two had changed significantly. The story arc for series two now involved Owen being killed mid-season and returned to life in an undead state (a fate originally intended for Ianto) meaning this story didn't fit Owen’s character anymore. After the collapse of Phil Ford’s version of the script, Joseph Lidster was invited to develop the idea as "1471" before it was finally reworked by Ford as the radio play "The Dead Line".
    • "Cross My Palm With Silver" by James Moran. This story idea started out as an earlier version of what would become "Sleeper". The character of Beth was originally envisaged as a fake fortune teller who was making her predictions come true with her unknown telekinetic abilities.
    • "Unplugged", also by James Moran, a Tosh-centric episode where she has to cope without gadgets or weaponry.
    • "Ooze", also by Moran, which would have seen a group of Neo Nazis targeting ethnic minorities with an alien weapon that caused the victims to lose all their bones.
    • "The Jinx" by Andrew Cartmel, which involved a curse being placed on Gwen where bad luck befalls the men in her life. It would have featured warring Celtic goddesses who turn out to be aliens and Rhys nearly dying in a washing machine accident. Development stalled due to it conflicting with the death of Ianto/Owen storyline and Gwen and Rhys' wedding in "Sleeper". It was then hoped to be part of the third series until it was abandoned in favor of "Children of Earth" storyline.
    • "Diplomatic Mission", also by Andrew Cartmel, which involved a group of aliens attempting to close the rift by destroying Earth.
    • "The Rift Preservation Society", also by Cartmel, which involved a group of eco-warriors who see the rift as a natural force that shouldn't be interfered with.
    • "Babymother", also by Cartmel, which involved a single mother on a sinister housing estate being controlled by an alien cuckoo that has taken the form of her baby. It was later reworked by Carmel as the short story "The Wrong Hands" which featured as part of the "Consequences" collection.
    • "Dominant Lifeform", also by Cartmel, which would have seen the Torchwood SUV being possessed by an alien consciousness.
    • "Revenants", also by Lidster, which started out as an earlier version of what would become "A Day in the Death". It would have focused on Ianto coming to terms with his recent death and involved a group of people affected by various near-death experiences being targeted by an "angel of death".
    • "Sky Point", also by Phil Ford, which would have seen an alien creature living in an apartment block where other residents are going missing. It was later reworked by Ford as the novel of the same name.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Suzie Costello was supposed to make more appearances, but scheduling conflicts with Indira Varma changed that.
    • When writing the initial outline of Series 2, Russell T Davies' original intention was that Ianto would die and be resurrected instead of Owen.
  • Word of Gay: Word of God has it that Gwen Cooper is just as bisexual as the rest of Torchwood, but apart from a mind-controlled makeout session with an alien, it's never come up.


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