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Torchwood and Doctor Who Time Line – When to Watch What Episodes

Written By: Gary on July 4, 2009 32 Comments

Doctor Who - The Complete Second Series Sci-Fi Channel, TheSo this isn’t a chronology timeline, but more of a viewing guide on when to watch the TV episodes as they tie together with Torchwood. This is the order I believed they originally aired the episodes and watching them in that order works well.

  • Doctor Who S1 Rose
  • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2005 Rose
  • Doctor Who S2 Rose
  • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2006 Donna
  • Torchwood S1
  • Doctor Who S3 Martha
  • “Time Crash” – a mini-episode (only a few minutes) from a children’s fund raiser (BBC’s Children In Need) starring David Tennant and Peter Davidson The Doctor
  • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2007 Astrid
  • Torchwood S2
  • Doctor Who S4 Donna
  • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2008 The Doctor
  • Doctor Who Easter Special 2009 Christina
  • Torchwood Radio Plays (July 2009)
  • Torchwood Season 3 (Children of Earth)
  • Doctor Who November Special 2009: Waters of Mars Adelaide
  • Doctor Who December 2-part Special 2009: The End of Time Wilf

If you read on, I’ll be giving you some spoilers, but I can’t really talk about continuity without talking about it. If you watch them in the above order you don’t need to read on.

I only mentioned the radio plays since they were just released and definitely take place after season two. I’ve listened to the first two and so far it doesn’t seem significant that they need to take place before they should be listened to before the Children of Earth mini-series (no plot ramifications, but they chronologically take place before the 3rd series).

The Sarah Jane Adventures can be watched any time but after her guest appearance in season 2 of Doctor Who would be best (especially if you don’t know who she is) and as long as you’ve started them before the before the end of season four of Doctor Who.

Torchwood - The Complete First Season BBC WarnerTorchwood Season 1 could be watched any time after the first Doctor Who Christmas episode (but before the end of Season 3 of DW). I don’t think the other Doctor Who specials (or 2009 DW specials) make any difference to watching Torchwood, at least they haven’t yet; but you do want to watch them in order just for continuity of Doctor Who. There are lots of Torchwood references in DW season 2 that might be better if you see them all before watching Torchwood, but I don’t think these tie directly to Torchwood Cardiff (many were just more hints to get you into the new series). Later on, other guest appearances make more sense if you catch them in order, but you’ll probably figure them out, Martha makes appearances on TW and Jack is on DW three different seasons (1, 3, 4) for multiple episodes all at the end of the season. I’m sure someone will disagree with me on some of the significance of some of the references, but I’ll defer back to the original broadcast order listed above.

Torchwood: Children of Earth BBC WarnerI think I originally watched parts of Doctor Who season two and caught up on DW season one and saw many episodes out of order and the different actors were distracting, but then I got it all when I finally caught the end of season one and the first Christmas special. This causes me to mix up Christopher Echelson and David Tennant when I think back about past episodes. Also, I think I was watching Torchwood before I watched most of season two of Doctor Who so some of the references came after the fact.

By the time I watched Torchwood, I knew it was the same actor for Jack, but didn’t remember they were using the same character for him. I didn’t even realize it was SciFi at first, the Torchwood pilot seemed more mystical (think of they way the glove worked) until they explained it. Then I realized it was the same guy.

Update: These aren’t all relevant for Torchwood, but it rounds out the David Tennant part of the series (although for that I should add the cartoons and Srah Jane’s Wedding).

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32 Responses to “Torchwood and Doctor Who Time Line – When to Watch What Episodes”

  1. TravisL says on: 11 July 2009 at 5:45 pm

    After watching Torchwood S3, yes, you DO need to listen to the radio plays first. Listening to them afterward, you’ll recognize that they’re out of place.

  2. Gary says on: 11 July 2009 at 9:20 pm

    That’s true. I’m modifying the original post to reflect that detail.

    Thank you!
    Gary

  3. James says on: 20 July 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Been looking for a viewing list for awhile now, keep running into chronological ones and running into spoilers. Thanks for the list!

  4. Shawn says on: 21 October 2009 at 12:20 am

    Ah thanks so much for this! I’m just starting to watch both of these series so I def needed this!

  5. Shawn says on: 25 November 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I have a question.. Is it really necessary to watch The Sarah Jane Adventures? Does it incorporate any of the events of Doctor Who into the plot line like Torchwood did? Because if not than I’d rather not be bothered with it.

  6. Gary LaPointe says on: 25 November 2009 at 9:52 pm

    It’s not necessary at all. Not really incorporated the same way as Torchwood. And while Torchwood refers to The Doctor (often), Doctor Who doesn’t really reference (Jack’s) Torchwood at all.

    EXCEPT you might want to catch the 2 part wedding episode, “The Wedding of Sarah Jane”, where David Tennant plays The Doctor (mostly in the part 2 of the story).

  7. Shawn says on: 27 November 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Gotcha, thank you Gary :D!

  8. Danny says on: 21 February 2010 at 6:58 am

    Doctor Who / Torchwood intertwined chronologically (Starting 2005)

    1. Doctor Who S01E1 – Rose
    2. Doctor Who S01E2 – The End of the World
    3. Doctor Who S01E3 – The Unquiet Dead
    4. Doctor Who S01E4 – Aliens of London
    5. Doctor Who S01E5 – World War Three
    6. Doctor Who S01E6 – Dalek
    7. Doctor Who S01E7 – The Long Game
    8. Doctor Who S01E8 – Father’s Day
    9. Doctor Who S01E9 – The Empty Child
    10. Doctor Who S01E10 – The Doctor Dances
    11. Doctor Who S01E11 – Boom Town
    12. Doctor Who S01E12 – Bad Wolf
    13. Doctor Who S01E13 – Parting the Ways
    14. Doctor Who S01E14 – The Christmas Invasion
    15. Doctor Who S02E1 – New Earth
    16. Doctor Who S02E2 – Tooth & Claw
    17. Doctor Who S02E3 – School Reunion
    18. Doctor Who S02E4 – The Girl in the Fireplace
    19. Doctor Who S02E5 – Rise of the Cybermen
    20. Doctor Who S02E6 – The Age of Steel
    21. Doctor Who S02E7 – The Idiot’s Lantern
    22. Doctor Who S02E8 – The Impossible Planet
    23. Doctor Who S02E9 – The Satin Pit
    24. Doctor Who S02E10 – Love & Monsters
    25. Doctor Who S02E11 – Fear Her
    26. Doctor Who S02E12 – Army of Ghosts
    27. Doctor Who S02E13 – Doomsday
    28. Doctor Who S02E14 – Christmas Special :The Runaway Bride
    29. Torchwood S01E1 – Everything Changes
    30. Torchwood S01E2 – Day One
    31. Torchwood S01E3 – Ghost Machine
    32. Torchwood S01E4 – Cyberwoman
    33. Torchwood S01E5 – Small Worlds
    34. Torchwood S01E6 – Countrycide
    35. Torchwood S01E7 – Greeks Bearing Gifts
    36. Torchwood S01E8 – They Keep Killing Susie
    37. Doctor Who S03E1 – Smith & Jones
    38. Doctor Who S03E2 – The Shakespeare Code
    39. Torchwood S01E9 – Random Shoes
    40. Doctor Who S03E3 – Gridlock
    41. Doctor Who S03E4 – Daleks in Manhattan
    42. Doctor Who S03E5 – Evolution of the Daleks
    43. Torchwood S01E10 – Out of Time
    44. Doctor Who S03E6 – The Lazarus Experiment
    45. Torchwood S01E11 – Combat
    46. Doctor Who S03E7 – 42
    47. Doctor Who S03E8 – Human Nature
    48. Doctor Who S03E9 – The Family of Blood
    49. Doctor Who prequal- The Infinate Quest
    50. Doctor Who S03E10 – Blink
    51. Torchwood S01E12 – Captain Jack Harkness
    52. Torchwood S01E13 – End of Days
    53. Doctor Who S03E11 – Utopia
    54. Doctor Who S03E12 – The Sound of the Drums
    55. Doctor Who S03E13 – Last of the Time Lords
    56. Doctor Who S03E14 – Cristmas Special :Voyage of the Damned
    57. Torchwood S02E1 – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
    58. Torchwood S02E2 – Sleeper
    59. Torchwood S02E3 – To the Last Man
    60. Torchwood S02E4 – Meat
    61. Torchwood S02E5 – Adam
    62. Torchwood S02E6 – Reset
    63. Torchwood S02E7 – Dead Man Walking
    64. Torchwood S02E8 – A Day in the Death
    65. Torchwood S02E9 – Something Borrowed
    66. Torchwood S02E10 – From Out of the Rain
    67. Torchwood S02E11 – Adrift
    68. Torchwood S02E12 – Fragments
    69. Torchwood S02E13 – Exit Wounds
    70. Doctor Who S04E1 – Partners in Crime
    71. Doctor Who S04E2 – The Fires of Pompeii
    72. Doctor Who S04E3 – Planet of the Ood
    73. Doctor Who S04E4 – The Sontaran Strategem
    74. Doctor Who S04E5 – The Poison Sky
    75. Doctor Who S04E6 – The Doctors Daughter
    76. Doctor Who S04E7 – The Unicorn & the Wasp
    77. Doctor Who S04E8 – Silence in the Libary
    78. Doctor Who S04E9 – Forest of the Dead
    79. Doctor Who S04E10 – Midnight
    80. Doctor Who S04E11 – Turn Left
    81. Doctor Who S04E12 – The Stolen Earth
    82. Doctor Who S04E13 – Journeys End
    83. Doctor Who S04E14 – Christmas Special: The Next Doctor
    84. Doctor Who S04E15 – Dreamland
    85. Torchwood S03E1 – Children of Earth: Day 1
    86. Torchwood S03E2 – Children of Earth: Day 2
    87. Torchwood S03E3 – Children of Earth: Day 3
    88. Torchwood S03E4 – Children of Earth: Day 4
    89. Torchwood S03E5 – Children of Earth: Day 5
    90. Doctor Who S04E16 – Planet of the Dead
    91. Doctor Who S04E17 – The Waters of Mars
    92. Doctor Who S04E19 – The End of Time: Part 1
    93. Doctor Who S04E20 – The End of Time: Part 2

  9. Danny says on: 21 February 2010 at 7:03 am

    Trust me that’s as accurate as you’ll be able to get. i spent a month going back and forth between episodes. initially was going to start torchwood after the episode of Doctor Who’s season 2 where torchwood is instated. but found this order to be better

  10. Gary from http://GarySaid.com/ says on: 23 February 2010 at 12:36 am

    Zoinks. That’s a pretty complicated process to follow, especially if renting the DVDs.

    The intermingling, while (possibly) listing more accurate, is going to offer you minimum continuity differences for Torchwood S1 and Doctor Who S3 (other than just watching Torchwood S1 and then Doctor Who S3). I’ll try it one of these times, but I think it’s just a side reference or two that might tie in. I don’t think the shows actually were broadcast in the order.

    The above list does mention the two Dr. Who cartoons: Dreamland and The Infinate Quest which I left out. They were interesting but another cartoon series nonetheless,

  11. Danny says on: 6 March 2010 at 2:10 am

    oh sorry i just have avi’s of all the episodes so that’s why it was relatively easy to piece the episodes together in a coherent order. the cartoons while being cartoons do bear relevance in the series (i figure) on account of 1 having martha jones and 1 where the doctor is solo. there are significant references in torchwood that prove the episode sequence is necessary in putting the 2 series’ together although they are minute. anyhow, i’m just playing around and not trying to be a doctor nazi or stickler :P but if you do watch the two series in the order i suggested, i think you’ll be most satisfied in its continuity.

  12. Andrew says on: 7 August 2010 at 1:49 pm

    You also forgot to put the mini episode “Time Crash” in there. I have it labeled as episode 55-B because is only a few minutes long. It does however lead quite nicely from “Last of the Time Lords” into “Voyage of the Damned”

  13. Cindi says on: 11 September 2010 at 8:01 am

    I would reccomend very slight changes:

    Doctor Who S1 Rose
    Doctor Who Children in Need
    Doctor Who Christmas Special 2005 Rose
    Doctor Who S2 Rose
    Torchwood S1
    Doctor Who Christmas Special 2006 Donna
    Doctor Who S3 Martha
    (The rest is the same)

    The first Children in Need special is a nice little bit in real time that connects the S1 finale and Christmas special opening. It’s on the same DVD as the Special which makes it easy.

    The only time Doctor Who and Torchwood intertwined while being aired was when Donna’s Christmas special aired between episodes 11 and 12 of Torchwood S1, but they don’t relate story-wise so there’s no need to watch them that way. Donna’s special is in the DW S3 box set so it should be easier to watch right before season 3 anyway.

    All references between shows should make sense if you watch in this order, as it is the order in which they aired.

    (The only reason I’m adding this to such an old post is because it’s still the best and easiest list to find on Google for people wondering in what order to watch the shows)

  14. Marc says on: 13 November 2010 at 6:33 am

    Danny – AWESOME work on the list – I’ve been looking for an episode by episode list for ages. Does anyone have such a list including the Sarah Janes?

  15. Five million Cybermen, no problem. One Doctor? Now you're scared says on: 16 November 2010 at 11:59 am

    thankyou very much for uploading this list. I thought that I would only find crappy out of date lists but this one is up to scratch and well written.

  16. Paul Zagoridis says on: 23 November 2010 at 3:37 am

    Thanks for the list, I just had a pleasant viewing experience with Torchwood S1 and discovered Time Crash which I didn’t know about.

    I also wasn’t that interested in the Christmas Specials until seeing this list.

    Danny’s list is intricate and I didn’t follow it, but I did rewatch DWS03E11+ (Utopia) after TWS01E13 (End of Days)

  17. danny says on: 6 March 2011 at 12:59 am

    i had no idea about the sarah jane adventures, and now that i’ve started watching, find relevance to the entire amalgam and need input. pls hit me up! :)

  18. danny says on: 6 March 2011 at 1:01 am

    and btw, feel free to e-mail me @ phonosapiens@gmail.com cuz i very much need feedback

  19. Alexander (the next Doctor!) Lee says on: 25 April 2011 at 2:24 pm

    this is absolutely wonderful!!!! thanks a bunch I really appreciate this and I have shared with others!

  20. Rose says on: 25 July 2011 at 1:54 am

    So do you have to listen to the radio plays to get season 3 of torchwood?

  21. Joe says on: 4 August 2011 at 10:21 am

    Where is S04E18 ?

  22. Gary from http://GarySaid.com/ says on: 4 August 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Radio plays are optional in my opinion.

    Also, I’ve heard that these 2011 radio plays also take place in/before season 3….

  23. Gary from http://GarySaid.com/ says on: 4 August 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Joe,
    That person took it upon themselves to number things the way that they weren’t supposed to be numbered. They stuck a cartoon in as s04e15. Which is funny because when they numbered the other cartoon (infinite quest), they just put prequel and stuck it in the middle of the season.

    Since 2005, none of The Doctor Who or Torchwood seasons had more than 13 episodes plus a Christmas episode (so 14 tops).
    And most numbering schemes didn’t even number the Christmas episode (is it episode 14 of last season? or episode 0 of the next?).

    I think most people would agree that the shows (with actors, not cartoons) are the canonical plot lines that everything else rolls around. Cartoons, books and audiobooks just aren’t the same authority. The Torchwood audio plays are a little different (I’d say they rank above cartoons) because the BBC actually aired them (and they’re plays, not just one voice reading).

    And the weird 2009 season of David Tennant specials never even seemed to get numbered, they certainly didn’t go with the Donna season. They’ve just been referred to by name most places that I’ve seen them listed. And they don’t come with season 4 of Doctor Who DVDs (do they?).

  24. Rose says on: 13 August 2011 at 4:17 am

    Having just finished children of the earth I’m wondering about after Doctor who: the end of time? do i watch all of season 5 and six of Doctor who before Miracle day?

  25. James says on: 15 August 2011 at 3:39 am

    @Rose
    I would watch DW series 5 and the first half of series 6, Torchwood series 4, then the rest of series 6 as that is the order it has aired in.

  26. Paul says on: 30 August 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Just to let you know, number 28 is the start of Series 3 not the end of series two. apart from that all others look ok.
    1. Doctor Who S01E1 – Rose
    2. Doctor Who S01E2 – The End of the World
    3. Doctor Who S01E3 – The Unquiet Dead
    4. Doctor Who S01E4 – Aliens of London
    5. Doctor Who S01E5 – World War Three
    6. Doctor Who S01E6 – Dalek
    7. Doctor Who S01E7 – The Long Game
    8. Doctor Who S01E8 – Father’s Day
    9. Doctor Who S01E9 – The Empty Child
    10. Doctor Who S01E10 – The Doctor Dances
    11. Doctor Who S01E11 – Boom Town
    12. Doctor Who S01E12 – Bad Wolf
    13. Doctor Who S01E13 – Parting the Ways
    14. Doctor Who S01E14 – The Christmas Invasion
    15. Doctor Who S02E1 – New Earth
    16. Doctor Who S02E2 – Tooth & Claw
    17. Doctor Who S02E3 – School Reunion
    18. Doctor Who S02E4 – The Girl in the Fireplace
    19. Doctor Who S02E5 – Rise of the Cybermen
    20. Doctor Who S02E6 – The Age of Steel
    21. Doctor Who S02E7 – The Idiot’s Lantern
    22. Doctor Who S02E8 – The Impossible Planet
    23. Doctor Who S02E9 – The Satin Pit
    24. Doctor Who S02E10 – Love & Monsters
    25. Doctor Who S02E11 – Fear Her
    26. Doctor Who S02E12 – Army of Ghosts
    27. Doctor Who S02E13 – Doomsday
    28. Torchwood S01E1 – Everything Changes
    29. Torchwood S01E2 – Day One
    30. Torchwood S01E3 – Ghost Machine
    31. Torchwood S01E4 – Cyberwoman
    32. Torchwood S01E5 – Small Worlds
    33. Torchwood S01E6 – Countrycide
    34. Torchwood S01E7 – Greeks Bearing Gifts
    35. Torchwood S01E8 – They Keep Killing Susie
    36. Doctor Who S03E00 – Christmas Special :The Runaway Bride
    37. Doctor Who S03E1 – Smith & Jones
    38. Doctor Who S03E2 – The Shakespeare Code
    39. Torchwood S01E9 – Random Shoes
    40. Doctor Who S03E3 – Gridlock
    41. Doctor Who S03E4 – Daleks in Manhattan
    42. Doctor Who S03E5 – Evolution of the Daleks
    43. Torchwood S01E10 – Out of Time
    44. Doctor Who S03E6 – The Lazarus Experiment
    45. Torchwood S01E11 – Combat
    46. Doctor Who S03E7 – 42
    47. Doctor Who S03E8 – Human Nature
    48. Doctor Who S03E9 – The Family of Blood
    49. Doctor Who prequal- The Infinate Quest
    50. Doctor Who S03E10 – Blink
    51. Torchwood S01E12 – Captain Jack Harkness
    52. Torchwood S01E13 – End of Days
    53. Doctor Who S03E11 – Utopia
    54. Doctor Who S03E12 – The Sound of the Drums
    55. Doctor Who S03E13 – Last of the Time Lords
    56. Doctor Who S03E14 – Cristmas Special :Voyage of the Damned
    57. Torchwood S02E1 – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
    58. Torchwood S02E2 – Sleeper
    59. Torchwood S02E3 – To the Last Man
    60. Torchwood S02E4 – Meat
    61. Torchwood S02E5 – Adam
    62. Torchwood S02E6 – Reset
    63. Torchwood S02E7 – Dead Man Walking
    64. Torchwood S02E8 – A Day in the Death
    65. Torchwood S02E9 – Something Borrowed
    66. Torchwood S02E10 – From Out of the Rain
    67. Torchwood S02E11 – Adrift
    68. Torchwood S02E12 – Fragments
    69. Torchwood S02E13 – Exit Wounds
    70. Doctor Who S04E1 – Partners in Crime
    71. Doctor Who S04E2 – The Fires of Pompeii
    72. Doctor Who S04E3 – Planet of the Ood
    73. Doctor Who S04E4 – The Sontaran Strategem
    74. Doctor Who S04E5 – The Poison Sky
    75. Doctor Who S04E6 – The Doctors Daughter
    76. Doctor Who S04E7 – The Unicorn & the Wasp
    77. Doctor Who S04E8 – Silence in the Libary
    78. Doctor Who S04E9 – Forest of the Dead
    79. Doctor Who S04E10 – Midnight
    80. Doctor Who S04E11 – Turn Left
    81. Doctor Who S04E12 – The Stolen Earth
    82. Doctor Who S04E13 – Journeys End
    83. Doctor Who S04E14 – Christmas Special: The Next Doctor
    84. Doctor Who S04E15 – Dreamland
    85. Torchwood S03E1 – Children of Earth: Day 1
    86. Torchwood S03E2 – Children of Earth: Day 2
    87. Torchwood S03E3 – Children of Earth: Day 3
    88. Torchwood S03E4 – Children of Earth: Day 4
    89. Torchwood S03E5 – Children of Earth: Day 5
    90. Doctor Who S04E16 – Planet of the Dead
    91. Doctor Who S04E17 – The Waters of Mars
    92. Doctor Who S04E19 – The End of Time: Part 1
    93. Doctor Who S04E20 – The End of Time: Part 2

  27. Pony English says on: 2 October 2011 at 9:01 pm

    This is a revised list containing the Sarah Jane Adventures, the cartoons, and the most recent DW and TW seasons/specials.
    • Doctor Who S1 Rose
    • Doctor Who “Children in Need”
    • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2005 Rose
    • Doctor Who S2 Rose
    • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2006 Donna
    • Torchwood S1
    • Sarah Jane Adventures New Years Special
    • Doctor Who S3 Martha
    • Doctor Who “Time Crash”
    • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2007 Astrid
    • Sarah Jane Adventures S1
    • Torchwood S2
    • Doctor Who S4 Donna
    • Doctor Who The Infinite Quest
    • Sarah Jane Adventures S2
    • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2008 The Doctor
    • Doctor Who Dreamland
    • Sarah Jane Adventures “From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love”
    • Torchwood Radio Plays (July 2009)
    • Torchwood Children of Earth
    • Doctor Who Easter Special 2009 Christina
    • Doctor Who November Special 2009: Waters of Mars
    • Sarah Jane Adventures 3
    • Doctor Who December 2-part Special 2009: The End of Time
    • Doctor Who S5 Amy
    • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2010 Amy
    • Doctor Who “Space and Time”
    • Sarah Jane Adventures S4
    • Doctor Who S6 Amy
    • Torchwood Miracle Day
    This is pretty close without breaking it down to individual episodes. Where the Sarah Jane Adventures S5 eps will go is yet to be determined because they’ve yet to air. I assume that they will happen after DW S6 and TW:MD.

  28. a doctor (in real life) says on: 18 March 2012 at 10:19 am

    Here’s a viewing order to consider using (as of March, 2012)….

    dw s1e1 – s1e13; children in need; the christmas invasion; s2e1 – s2e13 (doomsday)

    tw s1e1 – s1e8 (they keep killing sue)

    dw the runaway bride; s3e1 – s3e2 (the shakespeare code)

    tw s1e9 (random shoes)

    dw s3e3 – s3e5 (evolution of the daleks)

    tw s1e10 (out of time)

    dw s3e6 (the lazarus experiment)

    tw s1e11 (combat)

    dw s3e7 – s3e9 (the family blood)

    the infinite quest (dw animated) (optional) (could also be viewed after dw s3e5)

    dw s3e10 (blink)

    tw s1e12 – s1e13 (end of days)

    dw s3e11 – s3e13; time crash; voyage of the damned

    tw s2e1 – s2e13 (exit wounds)

    dw s4e1 – s4e13; the next doctor; planet of the dead

    tw s3e1 – s3e5 (children of the earth: day 5)

    dreamland (dw animated) (optional)

    dw the waters of mars; the end of time

    dw s5e1 – s5e13; a christmas carol; space; time; s6e1 – s6e7 (a good man goes to war)

    tw s4e1 – s4e10 (the bloodline) (s4e10 = the apparent conclusion of torchwood)

    dw s6e8 – s6e13; death is the only answer; the doctor, the widow and the wardrobe; s7 (not yet aired)

    the list above excludes: radio broadcasts, webcasts, “attack of the graske” & “the adventure games” (interactive episodes), the sarah jane adventures, “tonight’s the night” dw sketch, dw’s “music of the spheres”, “meanwhile in the tardis” and “night and the doctor”.

    the main focus is on the actual episodes of doctor who and torchwood, with dw specials, and the optional dw animated shorts.

  29. Tish says on: 20 March 2012 at 7:57 am

    This has been really great, but the Torchwood Radio plays, are they still available to stream or download anywhere? They weren’t available via the link you gave. It looks like BBC only leaves them up for 7 days after original broadcast, which I’m obviously well overdue for.

  30. a doctor (in real life) says on: 13 April 2012 at 2:23 am

    Technically, it’s okay to watch:
    All of Doctor Who straight through &
    All of Torchwood straight through.

    They stand on their own, the stories in both shows are independent enough that they don’t require viewing alternating. The same applies the Doctor Who cartoons and radio shows.

    It’s only necessary to overlap the DW & TW episodes where characters have cross-overs. So far, this only occurs with Jack Harkness and Martha Jones.

    This results in a different, yet simplified, viewing order.

    DW & TW Simplified Viewing Order:

    DW s1-s3e10
    TW s1 (Jack is in DW s3e11-13)
    DW s3e11-13; s3-4 specials
    TW s2e1-5
    DW s4e1-4 (Martha is in TW s2e6-8)
    TW s2e6-8
    DW s4e5-13; s4-5 specials
    TW s2e9-13; s3 (Jack leaves Earth in s3e5)
    DW s5; s5-6 specials; s6; s6-7 specials
    TW s4 (you can optionally view this after TW s3)
    DW s7 (not yet aired)

    Viewing order of the specials:

    DW s3-4 specials = Time Crash; Voyage of the Damned

    DW s4-5 specials = The Next Doctor; Planet of the Dead; The Waters of Mars; The End of Time

    DW s5-6 specials = A Christmas Carol; Space; Time

    DW s6-7 specials = Death is the Only Answer; The Doctor, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    The s3-4 type of labeling simplifies the placement of the specials, since they occur between seasons/series.

    My personal favorite viewing orders are also the simplest:

    TW s1-4, then s5+ if they ever actually air
    DW s1-6, then s7+ as they air

    It’s probably best to just watch all of Torchwood first since it might be finished for good, and then dig into Doctor Who since it is very likely going to still be airing even after the end of time. We can thank our friendly Time Lord for that.

  31. TOrugo says on: 9 February 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Hi people…
    [SPOILERS]
    I’ve been having some doubts about where does “End of Time” takes place on Torchwood’s timeline. Since Ianto [SERIOUSLY, SPOILERS] die on “Children of Earth”, how can he be on The End of Time special?

  32. Gary says on: 9 February 2013 at 7:31 pm

    What part does Ianto have in End of Time? I remember Jack at the end, but I can’t picture Ianto in it.

    I thought that was part of the point of The Doctor seeing Jack meet Alonso at the bar (that he was alone).
    If you recall, Alonso was Midshipman Alonso Frame from Voyage of the Damned (Titanic) Christmas Special.

    IMDB only lists Ianto in two episodes of Doctor Who from the end of series 4 (Journey’s End and The Stolen Earth) which was the year before Torchwood: Children of Earth.

    Gary

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