In case you needed another example of the Doctor Who fandom’s dedication, incredible support for Torchwood online has apparently resulted in the BBC extended the show’s time on catch-up service, BBC iPlayer – for another year!
The spin-off series with John Barrowman returning as Captain Jack Harkness was due to come off the service this month, but fans reached out on social media and through emails and asked for the BBC to extend its time on iPlayer – fittingly with Jack being in Revolution of the Daleks on New Year’s Day.
And the campaign was a success, meaning all 41 episodes from the show’s four seasons will remain on there for another 12 months at least.
Realistically, we can’t imagine a considerable number of people rushing out to buy Torchwood on DVD and Blu-ray, so adding it to iPlayer for an extended period is a nice gesture that the Beeb won’t lose too much money on.
Torchwood was added as a boxset in February 2020, alongside The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman (and similarly still available on catch-up). Dan McGolpin, controller of iPlayer, said:
“I’m delighted that these thrilling shows are back on BBC iPlayer, giving us all another chance to enjoy them in full.
“The Torchwood team get into all manner of terrifying adventures as they protect the earth against extra-terrestrial threats whilst The Cry follows a young couple travelling from Scotland to Australia who experience a sequence of unforeseen events, always requiring us to expect the unexpected.”
Do you have any favourite episodes you recommend Doctor Who fans watch? Bearing in mind, of course, that Torchwood is intended for adult viewers only…
Personally, I rather enjoyed Ghost Machine, Countrycide, Out of Time, To the Last Man, From Out of the Rain, Adrift, and Children of Earth.
UK viewers with a TV license can watch Torchwood now.