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The Third series of Torchwood aired on BBC 1 in June 2009. It consisted of a single, five-episode story arc entitled Torchwood: Children of Earth.



Children of Earth was broadcast over five consecutive nights. The series had new Producer Peter Bennett and was directed by Euros Lyn, who had considerable experience on the revived Doctor Who. The first, fourth, and fifth episodes were written by Russell T Davies, who also wrote the story arc. The third episode was written by James Moran whilst the second is by newcomer John Fay, though according to Moran's blog, all three writers had input into the overall storyline.

Production on this series began in August 2008 and was broadcast in July 2009 on BBC 1. The Series aired from Monday the 6th of July to Friday the 10th.[1]


  • Children of Earth: Day One
  • Children of Earth: Day Two
  • Children of Earth: Day Three
  • Children of Earth: Day Four
  • Children of Earth: Day Five


New Cast

Aliens and Enemies


Story Notes

  • Children of Earth was orginally planned to air in the second week in June, but was changed to July.
  • The only returning main cast members for Series 3 are John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Tom Price, and Kai Owen.
  • Reference is made to the events of DW: The Stolen Earth/Journey's End.
  • As of this story, all of the original Torchwood team have died, apart from Gwen Cooper. Jack Harkness has died numerous times, only to return to life.
  • Nicholas Briggs, who has written and acted in many licensed-by-BBC and unlicensed Doctor Who franchise spinoffs since the 1980s, and who is the revived Doctor Who series' resident alien voiceover artist, makes his first on-screen appearance in a televised Who-franchise production.

Myths and Rumours

  • DW: Journey's End included a scene in which Jack Harkness is heard offering Martha Jones a job, with further dialogue hinting at possible involvement by Mickey Smith. This, combined with a comment in Russell T Davies' book The Writer's Tale that Davies had promised Noel Clarke a role in Series 3 of Torchwood, led to speculation that Martha and Mickey would appear in Children of Earth. Ultimately, this did not occur, although Day One includes a dialogue reference to Martha.
  • Similarly, an appearance by the Doctor was also speculated, but did not occur, although once again references to the character are made in dialogue (including a reference in Day Five that serves to cover the issue of why he isn't on Earth to combat the 456).

International Broadcast

Early in 2009, several sources including Doctor Who Magazine reported that BBC One and BBC America were planning to coincide their broadcasts, allowing Children of Earth to be broadcast in the UK and US on the same days. This ultimately did not occur, with the UK showing the miniseries the week of 6th July, followed by BBC America and the Canadian network Space the week of 20th July 2009.

The Australian network UKTV aired the episodes the day after their UK broadcast.

Additional broadcasts of the mini-series are scheduled, including by Space during a daylong Doctor Who/Torchwood marathon on 2nd January 2010 leading up to the David Tennant finale story, DW: The End of Time, and beginning on 8th January 2010 on the Australian network ABC2.

DVD/Blu Ray Release

Children of Earth was released on both DVD and Blu-Ray on the 13th of July in the UK,[2] and in North America on 28th July.

An exclusive 31-minute edition of Torchwood Declassified is included on the DVD.

External Links


Torchwood Series 3
Day One  • Day Two  • Day Three  • Day Four  • Day Five
Previous season:
Torchwood Series 2
Next season:
Torchwood Series 4

This article uses material from the "Series 3 (Torchwood)" article on the Dr Who wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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