Norton Folgate was a member of Torchwood One in the 1950s. He spied on his teammates on behalf of the Committee, and later worked with his lover Jeremiah Bash Henderson to restore them to life after their defeat by the Enemy.
Norton's father was a vicar, which meant that he grew up in a church in London. His mother would sew hassocks for the church, spending most of her time during World War II doing so, but the church was bombed and her hard work was destroyed. She had been snobbish and not fond of the cockneys, and the couple moved to a parish in the Cotswolds.
After the war, Norton and his team had to deal with a large amount of black market trading in alien artefacts as a result of the number of spacecraft shot down. However, they were mostly called out to the sites of unexploded bombs. At some point, he began working for the Committee. (AUDIO: Ghost Mission) He met Jack Harkness, and had a sexual relationship with him. (AUDIO: Outbreak)
Norton was reprimanded for using a soft-light projection device to visit the future. (AUDIO: Outbreak) He used it in 1953 to visit 2016 in order to find Object One, under the Committee's orders. He approached Andy Davidson in 2016 claiming to be an assessor for Torchwood. Norton and Andy investigated a spillage of a green liquid which killed a man, and found a clone factory in an abandoned set of flats. Norton found Object One, which gave him a body whilst he wore it, and was congratulated by the Committee. He left a note for Jane, telling her to say hello to Andy. (AUDIO: Ghost Mission)
In the 1950s, Norton gave an alien pathogen to the United States government for the development of Good Thinking. He found the tests abhorrent and, with Torchwood, destroyed the virus, although some survived and was kept by Heights Pharmaceuticals. He was brought from 1955 to 2009 by Ianto Jones to provide answers to Ianto's questions about Good Thinking. (AUDIO: Outbreak)
Norton and his lover Jeremiah Bash Henderson planned to revive the Committee after their defeat by the Enemy, in part because they wanted their money. Jeremiah visited the Torchwood Archive and learnt about Object One and how they could use it to revive them. The two subsequently left, after blowing up the archive using a fake object. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Alternate timeline Edit
As a member of the Torchwood Institute, Norton Folgate answered directly to John Hart in an alternate timeline in which he took control of Torchwood and became King of the British Empire. (AUDIO: The Death of Captain Jack)
Norton was camp, flamboyant and sarcastic. Andy remarked that he very rarely said anything helpful, preferring to make flippant comments. (AUDIO: Ghost Mission) He was sensitive about his age. (AUDIO: Outbreak)