Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd (TV: Boom Town)), originally known as St James, (TV: Dead Man Walking) was the capital and largest city of Wales. The Tenth Doctor once reffered to Cardiff as "a Mecca for absent-minded aliens." (COMIC: The Continuity Cap)
A spacetime rift was located near Roald Dahl Plass, where Torchwood Three were based. As a result of the Rift, Torchwood dealt with frequent incursions and anomalies, most often involving aliens. The city was also noted for its unexplained disappearances. (TV: Everything Changes, Adrift, et al.)
Founding of the city
In 27 AD, the city of Cardiff was founded. Jack Harkness, the leader of Torchwood Three, had travelled back to that time period at the insistence of his brother Gray. Gray and his unwilling accomplice John Hart buried him. The immortal Jack remained underground until 1901. (TV: Exit Wounds)
In the 15th century, Cardiff was a small parish called St James. Some of the earliest depictions of the Grim Reaper originated from this small community, especially from wood carvings dating back to 1479, when Duroc walked the Earth.
When the townspeople heard about the Black Death, they built a large wall around their land. Sadly, this did not save the life of a little girl named Faith. According to legend, the town's priest brought her back to life using a gauntlet, but Faith brought Duroc with her. The entity needed to kill 13 people in order to gain a permanent hold on the Earth, but Faith managed to stop it at 12. (TV: Dead Man Walking)
On Christmas Eve, 1869, Charles Dickens' reading of A Christmas Carol in the Taliesin Lodge was interrupted by a Gelth possessing the deceased Mrs Peace. Later that evening, Gwyneth made a bridge through the Rift to allow the Gelth to come through and take over human corpses. Rather than inhabiting a few bodies, the Gelth, numbering in the billions, wished to wipe out all of humanity. Gwyneth lit the gas-filled crypt with a match, trapping the Gelth. (TV: The Unquiet Dead)
When escaping from Satellite Five in 200100 to search for the Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness landed in 1869 using his Vortex Manipulator, which subsequently broke. (TV: Utopia) Torchwood Cardiff, a branch of the Torchwood Institute later called Torchwood Three, was established here, with Jack joining around the turn of the 20th century. (TV: Fragments)
Torchwood Cardiff continued to exist. In 1901, the Jack Harkness that was buried in 27 A.D. was discovered by his associates. As a past version of Jack was already working for Torchwood, he demanded to be put inside a cryo-chamber for the next century to avoid crossing his own timestream. (TV: Exit Wounds)
During World War II, refugees from the Blitz in London travelled through here, changing trains at Cardiff Station. Like London, Cardiff was bombed during the war. (TV: Ghost Machine) Dr. Charles Quinn was killed in one such air raid. (TV: To the Last Man)
On 31 December 1999, Cardiff participated in the worldwide millennium celebrations which were covered on British television. While Jack dealt with a "Millennium Bug", Torchwood Cardiff leader, Alex Hopkins, killed his teammates out of mercy, having seen the 21st century, and gave command of the Hub to Jack before killing himself as the year 2000 arrived. (TV: Fragments)
On 5 March 2005, Cardiff city centre was briefly "brought to its knees" during the Auton invasion of Earth (AUDIO: One Rule) which was brought about by the Nestene Consciousness animating plastic using the London Eye as a transmitter before it was defeated by the Ninth Doctor. (TV: Rose) The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Roy Llewellyn, was murdered by a local councillor named Barry Jackson at about this time. Jackson, who desired the position of Mayor for himself, both for personal gain and acting on the orders of the Committee, used the invasion, announced to the public as a 'terrorist attack', to cover his act up among the casualties. (AUDIO: One Rule)
Jackson proceeded to use an alien device that controlled an unidentified blue, monstrous creature to murder his rivals for the position of Mayor. Over the three weeks until 26 March 2005, the creature murdered five local councillors in a spate of beheadings on Jackson's orders. Despite the intervention of Yvonne Hartman on that night in attempting to stop the creature, it proceeded to murder Ross Bevan, Julie Jones and finally Helen Evans, leaving Jackson unopposed for the position of Mayor. Hartman had worked out Jackson's plot and confronted him at his apartment, threatening to kill him for murdering innocent people and using alien technology to create scenarios that endangered the country. However, as she needed a spy in an official position to keep an eye on Torchwood Three and the Committee, she decided to let Jackson remain alive on the condition that he work for her. As a result, Jackson became Mayor of Cardiff. (AUDIO: One Rule)
Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen, under her guise of Margaret Blaine, was elected as Lord Mayor of Cardiff following her escape from the destruction of 10 Downing Street. She planned to demolish Cardiff Castle and to construct the Blaidd Drwg (English: Bad Wolf) nuclear power station. She planned on using a tribophysical waveform macrokinetic extrapolator as a pan-dimensional surfboard to escape the solar system after Earth's destruction. (TV: Boom Town)
Circa September 2006, the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness (who from his timeline had not yet joined Torchwood), travelled to Cardiff to refuel the Doctor's TARDIS and to meet up with Mickey Smith. The group discovered Blon's plot and held her in the TARDIS, however she tricked them into connecting her extrapolator to the ship causing it to open the Rift. This triggered a devastating earthquake until the Doctor closed down the TARDIS. (TV: Boom Town) Jack once said to Trine-E and Zu-Zana that he'd bought a pair of jeans from a Top Shop store in Cardiff. (TV: Bad Wolf)
By this time, humans living in Cardiff had started to notice and take advantage of the alien presence on their world. Illicit merchants for alien artefacts traded in the city and profited off them. These included the "Ghost Machine", which had fallen through the Rift. (TV: Ghost Machine) An underground "fight club" where the alien Weevils fought humans also briefly existed. (TV: Combat)
Not knowing exactly how to use it, part of Torchwood Three team used the Rift Manipulator in order to rescue two of their number out of the past. (TV: Captain Jack Harkness) The resulting disturbance caused disruptions in time to occur all over Earth, especially in Cardiff. Then, persuaded by Bilis Manger, Torchwood Three used the Rift Manipulator to repair the damage, but also released Abaddon, a demonic being which killed countless of people throughout the city. (TV: End of Days)
Days later, the Tenth Doctor and Martha stopped in Cardiff to refuel, whereupon Jack Harkness, having just left Torchwood Three, hitched a ride on the outside of the TARDIS. (TV: Utopia) Jack returned to Torchwood some time later having changed his mind about leaving. (TV: Last of the Time Lords, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang)
St Teilo's Hospital started being demolished. As a result of this, time shifts between 1918 and the 21st century started occurring. Tommy Brockless, with the help of Torchwood Three travelled back in time to "stitch" the shifts and stop 1918 and the 21st century from colliding with one another. (TV: To the Last Man) When Owen Harper was brought back to a state of undeath with the resurrection gauntlet, he brought about the return of Duroc at St Helen's Hospital. Duroc was thwarted once again before he could reach 13 victims. (TV: Dead Man Walking)
Later, John Hart, under control from Gray set off explosions in key locations across Cardiff and released an army of Weevils into the open causing maximum panic and terror. Torchwood Three cleaned this up, preventing the nuclear power station from going into meltdown, but losing Owen and Toshiko Sato in the process. Jack Harkness went back in time to be buried beneath Cardiff before its construction, but was later discovered inside the Torchwood cryo-chamber vaults. (TV: Exit Wounds)
Cardiff was infected with the Good Thinking virus by Heights Pharmaceuticals, resulting in the city being quarantined per a minister's plans to have the British public "inoculated" with Provictus. The situation was resolved by Torchwood. (AUDIO: Outbreak)
In September 2009, the Torchwood Hub was destroyed by a bomb planted by Agent Johnson's team, as part of the British Government's efforts to cover up their past dealings with the 456. The explosion reduced Roald Dahl Plass to a crater. (TV: Children of Earth: Day One, Day Two)
During the 2010s, Gwen Cooper's revived Torchwood had to deal with temporary holes in space time opening in the city, which they were initially unsure meant if the Rift was still active or if Cardiff was just a vulnerable location. She sought planning permission from the city council to reopen the Torchwood Hub. (AUDIO: More Than This) By 2017, Torchwood had returned to the Hub and was using the Rift Manipulator to prevent Rift breaches in Cardiff. (AUDIO: Changes Everything)
The Sorvix fled to Cardiff via the Rift, (AUDIO: Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy) and took control of the city via 3Sol. Under the guise of terrorist attacks, they arranged the disruption of Cardiff's transport connections to the rest of the country and bombings of tne Refugee Centre, (AUDIO: Changes Everything) so luxury flats for Sorvix could be built in its place. (AUDIO: Orr) Their leader, Ro-Jedda, killed the Mayor of Cardiff and took his place. (AUDIO: Superiority Complex)
Red Doors began carrying out terrorist attacks in the city to oppose the Sorvix. (AUDIO: The Empty Hand) They bombed the airport and, despite a series of successful raids against them by 3Sol, Cardiff City Hall. (AUDIO: Herald of the Dawn)
When the city's population went blind due to the presence of the predator, the police gathered people at Bute Park, which was Yvonne Hartman's plan. (AUDIO: See No Evil) Shortly after, the whole city was put to sleep by the Night Sun, which fed harmlessly on the citizens' dreams. (AUDIO: Night Watch)
Oblation was contracted to deal with the city's homeless population, pledging to having eradicated homelessness by 2020. Tyler Steele forced Torchwood to help him shut them down, as they were actually using leftover Sorvix technology to carry out medical trials on the homeless on threat of death. (AUDIO: Hostile Environment)
The Committee arranged for a tsunami to hit Cardiff by manipulating the Sorvix God and Norton Folgate. Yvonne Hartman alerted the emergency services quite some time after learning of the oncoming tsunami, (AUDIO: Eye of the Storm) resulting in a substandard response which led to the deaths of many people. The Disaster Recovery Committee was formed to deal with the crisis, through which the Committee took control of Cardiff. A camp for those left homeless was setup at Ritz Tower. (AUDIO: A Mother's Son) With Torchwood locked out the Hub after being blamed for the disaster, (AUDIO: ScrapeJane) the Committee set up a new Rift Manipulator to bring their final form to Cardiff. They were stopped by Yvonne and Orr using God's powers and the Lens, causing the Hub to explode. (AUDIO: Thoughts and Prayers)
Behind the scenes
- Brian Badcoe and Terry Nation were born in Cardiff.
- Doctor Who is largely filmed in Cardiff. All five series of The Sarah Jane Adventures were also filmed there, as well as much of Torchwood.
At the beginning of Legacy, the Eleventh Doctor and Vastra arrived in Cardiff on 16 October 1978 to find Sontarans changing history by invading Earth. The Doctor and Vastra defeated the Sontarans, but realised that they had only witnessed the beginning of a Sontaran plot to alter all of time.
According to a file in The Torchwood Archives, which this wiki does not consider a valid source, after Abaddon was killed by Jack's unlimited life force, the deaths Abaddon caused were negated from the timeline.