Series 4 of Torchwood, also known under the umbrella title Miracle Day, ran between 8 July 2011 and 9 September 2011. It starred John Barrowman as Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Kai Owen as Rhys Williams, Mekhi Phifer as Rex Matheson, Alexa Havins as Esther Drummond and Bill Pullman as Oswald Danes. The series opened with The New World and concluded with The Blood Line.
It consisted of ten episodes broadcast like series 3, carrying an umbrella title — in this case, Miracle Day. This season marked a major departure from past Doctor Who-franchise productions, as it was a co-production of BBC Wales and the American cable network Starz, and was filmed in both Wales and Hollywood. The episodes of Miracle Day were broadcast on Starz in the US several days before their broadcast on BBC One in the UK.
Production occurred after an aborted attempt to interest the Fox network (which had aired the 1996 Doctor Who tele-movie) in mounting a fully Americanised remake. The Starz/BBC production is a continuation of existing canon, set two years after the events of TV: Children of Earth: Day Five and featuring several returning cast members, primarily John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen, along with several scripted references to the Doctor and creatures from both Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
A trailer for the series was released.
One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next. People keep ageing. They get hurt and sick, but they never die. The populace of the planet dub this "Miracle Day" for the immortality they now seem to have. However, this leads to a negative result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people unable to die and continuing births, resources have become limited. It's suggested that in four months' time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can't be a natural event – someone must have caused "Miracle Day". It's a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?", he's drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.
The answers seem to lie within Torchwood itself. But Torchwood (3rd branch) was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two surviving agents: former Police Officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back for centuries and has disappeared off the face of the Earth.
Things become even more complicated as Rex soon becomes one of the people continuing to live thanks to "Miracle Day". Luckily, Gwen comes out of hiding and Jack returns to Earth to help. Combining their experience with bizarre situations and information gathered from one of Rex's contacts, a new Torchwood team takes shape.
Adding to the bizarre circumstances, Jack has lost his immortality. While some pharmaceutical companies take advantage of the people needing pain killers, Jack begins to think that something from his past may be causing "Miracle Day".
- Jack Harkness - John Barrowman
- Gwen Cooper - Eve Myles
- Rhys Williams - Kai Owen
- Rex Matheson - Mekhi Phifer
- Esther Drummond - Alexa Havins
- Oswald Danes - Bill Pullman
- Dr. Vera Juarez - Arlene Tur
- Jilly Kitzinger - Lauren Ambrose
- Andy Davidson - Tom Price
- Geraint Cooper - William Thomas
- Mary Cooper - Sharon Morgan
- Brian Friedkin - Wayne Knight
- Olivia Colasanto - Nana Visitor
- Agent Allen Shapiro - John de Lancie
- Lyn Peterfield - Dichen Lachman
- Dr. Alicia Patel - Lena Kaur
- Stuart Owens - Ernie Hudson
- The Gentleman - C Thomas Howell
- Prior to the US co-production being announced, James Marsters stated he would like to return as John Hart for the new series and Freema Agyeman stated there was still a possibility for her to return as Martha Jones. Neither character appeared during the Miracle Day arc.
- This series features a whole new cast of characters, with only four original characters returning (Gwen Cooper, Jack Harkness, Rhys Williams, and Andy Davidson) and only two of the original members of the Torchwood team returning (Gwen Cooper and Jack Harkness). However, Sharon Morgan and William Thomas reprise their roles as Mary Cooper and Geraint Cooper from series 2 respectively.
- The baby portraying Anwen Williams is uncredited.
- Note: for the first time in a Doctor Who franchise series, individual episode titles were not displayed on screen.
Aliens and enemies
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Brian Friedkin
- Lyn Peterfield
- Oswald Danes
- Jillian Kitzinger
- The Gentleman
- Three Families
- Blue-Eyed Man
- Colin Maloney
- Trickster's Brigade
- Charlotte Wills
- Ralph Finch
- The Mother
- The Cousin
- The Blessing
Series 4 of Torchwood is available for purchase and/or as part of a subscription on:
- iTunes in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and US,
- Amazon Video in Austria, Germany, the UK and US,
- Netflix in 70 countries,
- BBC iPlayer in the UK