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This page lists appearances of the Torchwood Institute and Torchwood Three in chronological order. This timeline is based upon observations of the Doctor Who universe and the events that occur during each of these stories. From these observations we have attempted to build a concise timeline. It is assumed that for each novel, comic, audio or television series, their published, broadcast or numbered order is the order they occur in.

The layout of this timeline is in part based on the observations on Torchwood Reference Guide and Doctor Who - The Complete Adventures, as well as Lance Parkin's AHistory and other sources that allow us to make observations, such as Doctor Who Reviews, The Discontinuity Guide and Clive Banks databanks. None of these sources should be used solely as a source or considered a "true" timeline for stories.

Limiting factors[]

Any story with Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato working for Torchwood Three must be between TV: Everything Changes and TV: Exit Wounds. Jack takes a leave of absence from the team between TV: End of Days and TV: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

Any story where Owen is dead, but still mobile, must be set after TV: Dead Man Walking and before TV: Exit Wounds. Any story where Gwen is married to Rhys Williams must be after TV: Something Borrowed. Any story where Owen and Tosh are dead must be after TV: Exit Wounds, while any story where Ianto is dead must be set after TV: Children of Earth: Day Four.


The adventures of Torchwood Three and the related Torchwood team in America that was formed after the destruction of the Hub can be categorised as these original to Torchwood television lineups:


Early years of the Institute[]

Queen Victoria founds the Torchwood Institute in 1879 after witnessing the Tenth Doctor vanquish the Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform.
Torchwood Three begins to take in the Weevils that roam the streets of Cardiff and give them shelter and a bathroom within the Hub cells. (AUDIO: Hostile Environment)
Torchwood Three was officially founded in 1885 under the suggestion of Agnes Havisham who believed that the Cardiff Space-Time Rift posed a threat after a recent activation. (PROSE: Slow Decay, Risk Assessment)
Set in 1889. A group of Torchwood operatives attempt to capture the Tenth Doctor in London.
Set in 1893.
On 25 December 1897, Archie begins the Torchwood Archive. He has been working with Torchwood for six months. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Set in 1898.
Set on Christmas Eve.

Jack joins the Institute[]

After being killed in a bar fight in 1899, Jack is discovered following his resurrection by Alice Guppy and Emily Holroyd. They recruit Jack into Torchwood Three while he waits for the Doctor to turn back up in Cardiff.
Set in 17 May 1899. Jack is temporarily seconded to Torchwood One.
Later the same day as The Victorian Age and after completing her annual tour of Torchwood, Queen Victoria records a 20th anniversary speech of the Torchwood Institute.

Operations in the 20th century[]

In 1900, Nicholas I causes the creation of the Committee. He gifts Object 1 to Victoria who enters it into the Torchwood Archive. Later that year, she gives it to Jack to dispose of, who takes it to Cardiff where he plans to wait for the Doctor. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
In 1901, Alice Guppy and Charles Gaskell discover a future Jack buried alive. He instructs them to put him in cryogenic suspension for 107 years. (TV: Exit Wounds)
Set on 10 March 1908. Archie uses the knowledge sponge to record information on various objects recovered by Torchwood. He recalls the events of The Victorian Age. Archie retires from Torchwood One and forms Torchwood Two. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
In 1909 while travelling through Lahore, Jack witnesses a troop of fifteen men killed by the Fairies after they accidentally ran over a Chosen One the previous week. (TV: Small Worlds)
In 1914, Jack discovers that the Red Key has been mutating humans in Cardiff, thus creating the Weevils. He throws the Red Key into the rift in hope that it would stop the Weevils from spreading. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Torchwood India sends Object 1 to Jack in 1924. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
In 1927 New York City, Jack forms a romance with Angelo Colasanto while preventing the Trickster's Brigade from poisoning Franklin D. Roosevelt. Jack offers to make Angelo his companion, but, after a betrayal of trust leads Angelo to think Jack is the Devil and have him tortured, Jack leaves Angelo behind. (TV: Immortal Sins)
Set on 7 August 1941.
Set "during World War Two", Jill Anderson has been sent by Lizbeth Hayhoe to catalogue the Torchwood Archive. There, she meets Bilis Manger.
During the Nazi occupation of Paris, LeDuc investigates Project Hermod on behalf of Torchwood.

Post-War Torchwood[]

In the 1950s, Torchwood Three begins to document Weevils and their activity properly. (TV: Everything Changes)
On a mission for the Committee, Norton Folgate uses a pharadyne projector to travel forwards in time to 2016 from 1953 as a hologram. He recovers Object One.
In 1953, Norton Folgate is interrogated by a group of mobsters. He plants Object One on the Mandrake Association, on a mission for the Committee. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
In 1953, before the coronation of Elizabeth II, Lizbeth Hayhoe, working on behalf of Torchwood One, kidnaps those whose faces had been stolen by the Wire. Unbeknownst to her, the Wire would later be defeated by the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, and the faces of the victims returned. (AUDIO: Parasite, TV: The Idiot's Lantern)
Norton attempts to seize control of Torchwood One.
Following the events of Goodbye Piccadilly, Norton is sent to work with Lizbeth Hayhoe in Room 13, after his attempted takeover of Torchwood One fails. (AUDIO: Parasite)
Norton is working with Lizbeth Hayhoe in Room 13, setting this between Goodbye Piccadilly and Parasite.
Norton and Andy recall the events of Goodbye Piccadilly. Torchwood is aware of the defeat of the Fumifugium of 1952 by the Tenth Doctor. By the end of these events, Norton Folgate and Gideon Lyme take control of Torchwood.
In 1955, via soft light projection, Norton is brought to Torchwood Three by Ianto Jones in 2009, to provide answers in regards to his involvement in the Good Thinking virus. At some point prior, Folgate was instrumental in its trial on American deathrow inmates. After Jack Harkness breaks the projector, Folgate is returned to 1955. (AUDIO: Outbreak)
In 1957, Norton boards Flight 405 to recover the lens for the Committee. However the plane becomes trapped in a time loop leaving him stuck for sixty years. Norton stays in 2017 and works with Torchwood Three for several weeks before returning. (AUDIO: Eye of the Storm)
In 1961, Archie celebrates his 100th birthday while still archiving at Torchwood Two. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Set in 1965, Jack is walking with a woman and Clement McDonald when he discovers a de-aged Scott Thrower, whom he decided will be the twelfth child to give to the 456, leading into the Children of Earth flashbacks.
In 1965 Jack gives twelve children to the The 456 in exchange for an antidote to a mutated strain of Indonesian influenza. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Four)
Set in the 1970s, Marlow Sweet, Charley Du Bujeau and Gabi Martinez work for Torchwood Los Angeles, which is deemed by Torchwood One as the last vestiges of the British Empire. At the end of this adventure, they sever ties with Torchwood One and refuse all calls from Mr Beamish, their former liaison and recruitment officer.
Set on 26 July 1987, Dr James Greco investigates Gabriel Tyler and his psychic powers on behalf of Torchwood and/or the Brotherhood of the Immanent Flesh. The Seventh Doctor briefly hears the word "Torchwood" before dismissing it.
At some point in the late 1980s, the Eighth Doctor finds cryptic references to the Torchwood Institute at the Edinburgh Herald and claims he has never heard of them. He intends to find out one day. (AUDIO: The Scent of Blood)
On 31 December 1999, Alex Hopkins is shown the 456 and The Miracle by The Red Key and then murders his team, leading directly into the Fragments flashback. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive) Alex hands Torchwood Three over to Jack and subsequently kills himself, unwilling to face the threats to come in the 21st century. (TV: Fragments)

The 21st century begins[]

In 2004, Ianto Jones joins Torchwood One. (AUDIO: Blind Summit)
In 2004, Suzie Costello calls Yvonne Hartman to inform her about the Ovid sex dolls. Suzie and Jack plan to get rid of Object 1 by passing it on to Torchwood One. Yvonne speaks to Ianto, setting this after the Blind Summit flashback. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
In 2004, Toshiko Sato is imprisoned by UNIT after stealing plans for a Sonic modulator and building one herself. Jack Harkness rescues her and offers her a job at Torchwood Three, which she accepts. (TV: Fragments)
Set on 26 March 2005. Torchwood Three consists of Jack Harkness, Suzie Costello and Toshiko Sato. Rajesh Singh is monitoring the Void Ship and Ianto is working for Torchwood One.
Set in 2005, a few months after One Rule.
Set in 2006.
Set in 2006.
Set in 2006.
Circa March 2006, Rupert Howarth, a mentor of Ianto Jones and head of biochemical research at Torchwood One, burns down his laboratory and fakes his own death after being threatened by pharmaceutical companies. (COMIC: The Legacy of Torchwood One!)
Circa March 2006, Owen Harper attends the funeral of his fiancée, Katie Russell. Jack Harkness attends the funeral and recruits Owen into Torchwood Three. (TV: Fragments)
Set in March 2006. Toshiko Sato covers for Owen Harper during his second week of work and performs an alien autopsy. Set in March 2006.
In 2006, Jack and Suzie rescue Simon Peters from the Rift, however they are too late to save his wife, Elwyn. Suzie decides not to retcon Simon, calling it an experiment. (PROSE: We All Go Through)
Set between Aliens of London and Boom Town so between March and September 2006.
Set six months after Aliens of London, making it roughly September 2006. Margaret Blaine is the mayor of Cardiff. Idris Hopper meets Jack Harkness for the first time.
In November 2006, a month after the events of Boom Town, Jack takes Idris Hopper out on a date. He retcons Idris to forget about him and the Doctor. (PROSE: The Twilight Streets)
Set in 29 November 2006.
Set 25 December 2006. Torchwood One provides the Prime Minister, Harriet Jones, with the means to blow up the invading Sycorax ship.
After the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler solve the attempted Zaross enslavement of the people of Norwich, Torchwood One cleans up the mess left behind.
Ianto has worked at Torchwood One for three years, setting this in 2007.

The fall of Torchwood One[]

The Ghost Shifts have started, setting this after Infamy of the Zaross.
The Ghost shifts have already started, setting this shortly before Army of Ghosts. A journalist investigates the history of Torchwood, only to be apprehended by them before he can reveal their existence to the public.
The Tenth Doctor investigates the Ghost shifts caused by Torchwood One. The Void Ship opens to reveal the Daleks inside. Ending leads directly into Doomsday.
A Newsreader reports on the Cyberman Invasion as it happens, but is quickly cut off by a Dalek attack.
Most of Torchwood One is wiped out during the Battle of Canary Wharf including Yvonne Hartman, who is converted into a Cyberman.
Ianto Jones searches for Lisa Hallett in the wreckage of Torchwood One. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive) He finds her partially cyber-converted and pulls her from the wreckage. (TV: Cyberwoman)

Continued operations in Cardiff[]

After the Battle of Canary Wharf, Ianto Jones seeks out a new job at Torchwood Three. Initially, he is rejected by Jack, but, after Ianto helps to capture a rogue Pterodactyl, Jack welcomes him into the team. (TV: Fragments)
Set after Ianto joins Torchwood, but before Gwen Cooper is recruited in Everything Changes.
It has been 18 months since Owen joined Torchwood in Fragments.

Gwen joins the team[]

Gwen Cooper is recruited after Suzie kills herself to prevent her arrest for killing three people in her experiments with the Resurrection gauntlet and the Life Knife. Gwen learns of Jack's immortality, and is currently the only team member to know.
During Gwen's first day on the job, she accidentally releases Sex Gas from a fallen meteorite.
At Baps, David tells Ianto about the people "shagging in nightclub bogs, bursting into flames".
Set 66 years after 1941. Gwen is still inexperienced with weapons, with Jack giving her her first lesson on handling a gun. Rhys becomes annoyed at Gwen's absences for the first time.
Set in Cardiff, 2007. Gwen has recently joined Torchwood. (AUDIO: Army of One)
Rhys mentions a co-worker called Lucy who has been on a diet recently, foreshadowing Slow Decay. Gwen has been working for Torchwood for a few weeks now and has experience with weapons, setting this after Ghost Machine.
Set in October 2007.
Ianto keeps something secret in the hub.
Ianto tells Kathy that he has to stay open later tonight to welcome a Japanese visitor. This is a reference to the next story, Cyberwoman.
The Torchwood team learn that Ianto has been keeping his cyber-converted girlfriend, Lisa Hallett, underneath the Hub, and they kill her once she leaves herself vulnerable enough after her Cyberman personality takes hold of her. Owen kisses Gwen for the first time.
Ianto first enters the ferret the night after Lisa dies. A few days later Jack takes Ianto out to hunt Weevils. Later when Ianto returns to the Ferret, he is given advice by Mandy. The next day, Jack is contacted by Estelle Cole and takes Gwen with him instead of Ianto, leading directly into Small Worlds. (AUDIO: Broken)
Ianto visits Baps after the fallout of Cyberwoman. He orders four coffees, suggesting he is not on good terms with the others.
After Estelle Cole rings Jack to view her new photos of fairies, she is killed by them. The fairies also attack Gwen's flat, which is the first time her "work life" has intruded on her "normal life". Jack is forced to surrender Jasmine Pierce to the fairies.
Jack and Ianto fight Scorchies at the Millennium Centre. Ianto opens up to Jack about his life before the battle of Canary Wharf and how the loss of Lisa has affected him. This leads to him being invited on a mission to the Brecon Beacons for a few days, leading into Countrycide. (AUDIO: Broken)
Owen and Ianto recall the recent events of Cyberwoman, specifically that their last kisses were with Gwen and Lisa, respectively, while Tosh has not been kissed since "last Christmas". After their traumatic experience with the Brynblaidd villagers, Gwen and Owen start having an affair.
Horrified by what he witnessed in Countrycide, Ianto attempts suicide before being talked down by Mandy. He returns to work the following day. (AUDIO: Broken)
Using a telepathy pendant, Tosh learns about Gwen and Owen's affair, and hears how Ianto is still recovering from the events of Cyberwoman.
Ianto visits the Ferret on the night that Jack killed Mary. Jack enters the Ferret on the same night investigating rift activity.
Tosh has recently discovered what her friends really think of her and recently had a bad relationship, setting this shortly after Greeks Bearing Gifts.
Set three months after Everything Changes. Susie is temporarily resurrected with the Resurrection gauntlet, but is killed again when Tosh destroys the gauntlet. A sexual relationship is developing between Jack and Ianto.
The events of Cyberwoman are recent and Ianto is in a relationship with Jack.
The events of Cyberwoman are still fresh on Ianto's mind. Occurs over a two week period.
Jack, Gwen, Ianto, Owen and Tosh are all present in the Hub. Jack and Ianto are in a relationship.
Apparently set 14 years after 1992, but this can be attributed to Eugene rounding out the years.
Set in 2007.

Investigating the Committee[]

Jack investigates George Wilson and his connection to the Committee. Jack leaves Cardiff to investigate the Committee further. He leaves a message for the team, explaining his absence and notes that the team has dealt with issues without him before.
One week after The Conspiracy, Gwen Cooper visits a conspiracy theorist possessed by the Committee. Jack is still away investigating the Conspiracy. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Jack is currently missing and investigating the Conspiracy, setting this between The Conspiracy and Uncanny Valley. Ianto feels as though he has had a tough time winning the trust of his colleagues back following the events of Cyberwoman.
Eve Trent confesses to her involvement with the Committee to Jack, imploring him to stop the Committee. She also asks that he looks after her dog before the Committee find and kill her. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Jack decides to return to Torchwood Three.
In 2007, Ivan Putin, a member of the KVI is tasked by Maxim Ivanov with informing five Russian billionaires that their girlfriends are Ovid sex dolls. Neil Redmond has passed away, setting this after Uncanney Valley. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Ianto leads the shutdown of Milne Futures, inadvertently poisoning all its drug-enhanced employees with Retcon. Ianto uses Retcon to keep Torchwood out of the subsequent inquest and erases his own memories of the incident. (AUDIO: The Office of Never Was)

Torchwood Three in crisis[]

Set between 18 December and 26 December 2007. Three people from 1953 emerge from the Rift in a plane, and Owen develops a deep romance with the pilot, Diane Holmes. After her two passengers either leave or die, Diane flies her plane into the Rift in an attempt to return to 1953, leaving Owen distraught. Rhys continues to grow annoyed by Gwen's distancing from him.
Still upset by the events of Out of Time, Owen calls off his affair with Gwen and, after a round in the Weevil Fight Club, starts building a connection with the Weevils. Jack and Rhys meet for the first time.
Neil Redmond was investigated by the KVI, setting this shortly after Uncanny Valley. Toshiko is working on the Time lock from Journey's End. Anna Volokova says she was born in 1930, with Tosh then exclaiming that she must be 78 years old suggesting 2008 setting. Maxim Ivanov is killed.
A week after her visit to Russia, Tosh has reversed the effects of the Bad Penny. She tosses it into another dimension. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Jack and Ianto are in a relationship, setting this after Broken. The team don’t know that Jack is immortal yet, setting this before Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Due to the machinations of Bilis Manger, Jack and Tosh end up in 1941, where they meet the real Captain Jack Harkness, leading Tosh to question Jack's identity. In order to retrieve them, Owen opens the Rift, despite Ianto shooting his shoulder, setting up the events of End of Days.
David and Kathy call in Ianto to show him a cybernetically augmented caveman that has appeared out of nowhere, leading up to the events of End of Days.
Owen's shoulder has only just recovered from being shot. Bilis Manger prays on the vulnerabilities of Torchwood Three to get them to open the Rift further to free his master, Abaddon. During their coupe against him, Jack's immortality is revealed to Tosh, Owen and Ianto. Jack meets Andy Davidson for the first time, and informs him of Torchwood. After defeating Abaddon, Jack disappears from Torchwood.
As Abaddon roams through Cardiff, David is allowing people to shelter in Baps. Cursing the absence of Torchwood, he claims Harold Saxon will put a stop to it all.

Jack's disappearance[]

Set shortly after End of Days with the team arguing over who will take charge in Jack's absence. Tosh is placed in charge as the most senior member, but she defers command to Gwen following exposure to an alien artifact.
Set on Valentine's Day. Jack is currently missing and the events of The Last Beacon were several months ago.
Owen isn’t dead yet, setting this before Reset. Owen breaks his leg and it is put in a cast, meaning this likely takes place in a gap where he has several months to recover before the next televised episode.
Ianto claims that he was sent to Tibet. David asks him about the sudden disappearance of Harold Saxon. David also mentions a friend of his claims a "fish keeps stealing his sportscars", leading up to the events of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

Torchwood Three grows closer[]

Jack returns to Torchwood Three, with the implication that he has only been gone a short time, and explains his disappearance as him having found "[his] Doctor". While confronting John Hart, a figure from Jack's past, Torchwood Three learn about the Time Agency, and John tells Jack that he "found Gray". Gwen and Rhys are now engaged, and Jack asks Ianto out on a date for the first time.
Torchwood Three deals with an attack by Cell 114, and are made aware that other sleeper agents are on Earth. Gwen is still planning her wedding, having not set a date yet.
Owen sees Jack die and resurrect, setting this after Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The comic was released between the airing of Sleeper and To the Last Man.
Set on 20 June 2008, 114 years after 1894 and 90 years after 1918. Gwen has her first and only encounter with Tommy Brockless, who has been annually defrosted from a cryogenic coma since 1894, setting this less than a year after Everything Changes. Tommy successfully closes the time shift he was destined to close, returning him back to 1918. Jack and Ianto are now in a relationship, with Jack implying he has fallen in love with Ianto.
Tosh recalls To the Last Man but Rhys does not yet know about Torchwood, setting this before Meat.
Set in 2008. To the Last Man is referenced and Rhys does not appear to be aware of Torchwood, setting this before Meat.
Set between Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Reset.
Rhys uncovers the truth about Torchwood, and joins them on a mission, during which he is shot, though he quickly begins to recover. On Gwen's urging, Jack allows Rhys to keep his memories. All stories where Rhys knows about Torchwood take place after this one. Tosh begins becoming more proactive in flirting with Owen. Rhys implies that a year has passed since Everything Changes.
Set 4 July 2008. Rhys knows about Torchwood, setting this after Meat. However Owen is still alive, setting this before Reset.
In 2008, Anne Hartman mourns Yvonne on the anniversary of her death. (AUDIO: The Rockery )
Set after Zone 10 but months before Exit Wounds.
Set in August 2008. 22 months have passed since Jack last encountered Idris Hopper. Rhys is aware of the existence of Torchwood, setting this after Meat. However Owen is still alive, setting this before Reset. Owen recalls the emails he exchanged with Archie in The Torchwood Archive.
Some months after the flashback sequences, Ianto is lured back to the abandoned Milne Futures office block.
Jack gives Gwen two plane tickets to Paris, setting this shortly before Adam
Gwen has just returned from a trip to Paris with Rhys, who has fully recovered from the wounds he received in Meat. Torchwood Three use retcon to erase two days of their memory to banish a memory-changing entity back into the Void. While their memories are under its sway, the entity forces Jack to think of his brother, Gray, for the first time in "over a hundred and fifty years".
Rhys knows about Torchwood, setting this after Meat. However, Owen has not died yet, setting this before Reset.
Owen has not died yet, setting this before Reset.
Rhys knows about Torchwood, setting this after Meat. However, Owen has not died yet, setting this before Reset. Gwen and Rhys are getting married in a few weeks time, setting this before Something Borrowed.

Owen's living death[]

Martha Jones visits Torchwood on loan from UNIT, and Jack introduces her to the rest of Torchwood Three. Tosh and Owen agree to go on a date. After Martha helps bring down the Pharm, Aaron Copley attempts to kill her, but Owen is shot protecting her, leading Jack to kill Copley. Despite Martha's efforts, Owen dies, leading directly into Dead Man Walking.
Owen is resurrected by a second resurrection gauntlet, but with no life signs, effectively becoming a reanimated corpse. He is 27-years-old.
Set three days after Reset. Martha returns to UNIT.
Gwen is engaged, setting this between Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Something Borrowed.
The team know that Jack is immortal, setting this after Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Owen is undead, setting this after A Day in the Death. Gwen is about to get married, setting this before Something Borrowed.
Set on 31 October 2008.
Begins on 31 October and continues into early November. Owen is undead, setting this after A Day in the Death. However Gwen and Rhys are finalising plans for their wedding, setting this before Something Borrowed.
Gwen and Rhys get married, despite a Nostrovite interrupting the ceremony.
Set on Gwen's first day back at work following her honeymoon with Rhys.
Gwen and Rhys have just returned from their honeymoon and two weeks have passed since Something Borrowed. Toshiko is working on the Time lock. Gwen has been with Torchwood for roughly a year. Two years have passed since Owen joined Torchwood, while a couple of months have passed since Reset. It is mentioned several times that it is September, however this conflicts with several other dates given.
15-year-old Jonah Bevan was born in 1993, which would set this during 2008. Gwen and Tosh discover that the Cardiff Space-Time Rift is capable of stealing people, and that Jack was aware of it upon finding the hospital on Flat Holm Island, leading to Torchwood Three to begin questioning their trust in Jack. Andy has become interested in joining Torchwood.
Owen is undead, setting this after A Day in the Death. The team know that people can be taken away by the rift, setting this after Adrift.
The Bad Penny arrives through the rift again at Torchwood Three. It is then stored in The Torchwood Archive by lanto Jones. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Owen and Andy work together representing Torchwood and the police respectively to investigate a cold case with suspected alien involvement. Owen and Andy develop a friendship over the course of the story. Owen knows that people can be taken away by the rift, setting this after Adrift.
Gwen mentions the Nostrovite, placing this story after Something Borrowed. The team haven't been able to trust Jack recently, setting this after Adrift.
Owen and Andy are friends, setting this after Corpse Day.
Owen and Andy fall out, ending their friendship.
Set 21 months after the Battle of Canary Wharf, according to Ianto's flashback. Jack, Owen, Tosh and Ianto are caught in a trap set by John Hart, who reveals he has Jack's brother, Gray, as a hostage after Gwen and Rhys save them, leading directly into Exit Wounds. Rhys learns about Jack's immortality.
Upon confronting John, Jack leans that Gray is actually holding John hostage in a plan for revenge on his brother for losing him. Gray buries Jack in 27 AD, but he is dug up by Torchwood in 1901 and frozen for 107 years to get back to Gray in 2008. Jack is able to knock Gray out to be placed in suspended animation, but not before Gray kills Tosh and Owen is atomized in a nuclear meltdown, effectively killing him.
Months after their previous encounter and after hearing about a series of explosions in Cardiff, Stephen Heinz calls Tosh to check up on her and reveal his feelings for her. He gets no response. (AUDIO: torchwood_cascade_CDRip.tor)
David and Kathy from Baps are caught up in one of John's explosions, Kathy mentions the nuclear meltdown. In the aftermath, Ianto visits Baps and accidentally orders five bacon baps before correcting it to just three. (AUDIO: Coffee)

Coping without Tosh and Owen[]

Jack gets pregnant very soon after Exit Wounds. Jack and Ianto are left to run Torchwood alone while Gwen is holidaying in Tenerife.
Martha meets Jack for the first time since Owen and Tosh's funeral. In the real world, The Large Hadron Collider was switched on, on the 10 September 2008 which was also the date this story was released. However no dialogue in the story supports this placement and it conflicts with other dates given.
Andy is still a PC. 1909 was "nearly one hundred years ago", setting this around 2008.
Jack, Gwen and Ianto celebrate New Year's Eve together.
Its still early in the new year.
Two months have passed since the events of Voyage of the Damned, setting this in February 2009. Jack is reunited with The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones.
Torchwood meet Nina Rogers.
Set in 2009, between May and June. Jack, Gwen and Ianto join with Martha, Sarah Jane Smith, and Harriet Jones on the Sub-Wave Network to summon the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble to Earth after it is moved to the Medusa Cascade by the New Dalek Empire. After Harriet is killed by the Daleks, Jack uses his vortex manipulator to join the Doctor for battle, while the Daleks begin an attack on the Hub with Gwen and Ianto still inside, leading directly into Journey's End.
The Dalek attack on the Hub is prevented by a time lock Tosh had installed before her death, but also leaves Gwen and Ianto trapped inside. The time lock is destroyed with the Daleks when the Metacrisis Tenth Doctor destroys the Crucible. Torchwood Three then assist in returning the Earth to its proper location, andJack returns with Martha and Mickey Smith.
Dave mentions the sky being on fire, describing the events of The Poison Sky, and the "ships in the sky" referencing The Stolen Earth and Journey's End. David is reeling from the fallout of the recent Dalek invasion and refuses to open his cafe.

After the Dalek invasion[]

Gwen attempts to send a message to Owen and Tosh in the afterlife. She recalls the events of The Stolen Earth and Lost Souls. (AUDIO: In the Shadows)
The door to the Hub has been repaired since sustaining damage in the Dalek attack. Torchwood Three have a boat called the Sea Queen. It is destroyed by the end of the story.
Preview to Risk Assessment.
Set in 2009. Torchwood Three have replaced the Sea Queen with the Sea Queen II.
Nina Rogers recalls the Dalek Invasion. She is 21 years old and Ianto is still alive, setting this at some point between July and September 2009.
Ianto has done Opera, setting this after Into the Silence.
Takes place 140 years after 1869 setting this in 2009.
Simon Peters feeds Jack and Ianto to the Rift, erasing them from history. This creates an alternate timeline where Gwen has been running Torchwood alone for years. With the help of Andy and Rhys, she investigates recent disappearances in Cardiff, leading her to Simon's gathering at the Millennium Stadium. Nina Rogers is present and believes that Gwen looks familiar. Simon feeds his followers to the Rift, and Gwen remembers Torchwood. Three days later, Gwen lures Simon to Flat Holm and kills him, before taking Retcon to forget. She returns to Cardiff where Jack and Ianto appear in the Hub, having escaped the pocket dimension using Jack's Vortex manipulator.
Rhys makes a delivery for the Committee. He keeps receiving deliveries of fridge parts, setting this shortly before Ghost Train. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Norton Folgate is aware that Ianto will die soon.
Jack is watched by The Committee while he plays with his dog, Untitled. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
In 2009, Andy goes on a date and attempts to brag about Torchwood. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
A long time has passed since Reset, and quite some time has also passed since Exit Wounds. Jack and Ianto are referenced, setting this before Children of Earth. Martha missed a Torchwood Christmas Party that she was invited to after Tosh and Owen's deaths.
The events of Dissected are referred to.

The 456 return[]

Set in September 2009. Martha is on her honeymoon with Mickey Smith, and Ianto is still "new" in his relationship with Jack. Jack looks to recruit Dr. Rupesh Patanjali as Torchwood Three's new medic, unaware that he is trying to influence the team as a government spy. The 456 announce their return by controlling the children of the Earth, as well as Clement McDonald. Jack makes contact with Lois Habiba shortly before the Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, John Frobisher, and Prime Minister Brian Green order Torhwood to be destroyed to keep the 1965 incident hidden. Patanjali and Agent Johnson place a bomb in Jack, and Patanjali is killed by Johnson to ensure Jack remains unaware. Gwen learns she is pregnant, but the Hub is destroyed by the bomb planted in Jack almost immediately afterwards.
David and Kathy realise that the children speaking in unison is happening worldwide, they ring Ianto to ensure he is aware of the situation. Moments later, the Torchwood base explodes near their shop. Kathy works out that "someone blew up Torchwood". They hope Ianto survived. They are watching as a body is taken from the ruins. (AUDIO: Coffee)
Jack is captured by Johnson as he regrows himself, while Gwen and Ianto go into hiding. Gwen collects Rhys, and informs him of her pregnancy while they travel to London to meet Lois. Ianto meets up with his sister, Rhiannon Davies, and uses her laptop to track Jack's body to Ashton Down. Lois guides Gwen and Rhys to Ashton Down, and they join Ianto in freeing Jack. The 456 use to children to announce they shall return the next day.
Torchwood Three sets up a base in an empty Torchwood One warehouse. Gwen convinces Lois to use the Eye-5 contact lenses to spy on the government for Torchwood, and brings Clem back to the warehouse after she finds him in hiding. Jack's daughter, Alice Carter, is captured by Johnson, along with her son, Steven, just as the 456 ambassador arrives at Thames House. With Lois acting as their eyes, Torchwood Three spy on John Frobisher's meeting with the 456's ambassador, and hear it demand 10% of the Earth's children. Clem reveals to Gwen and Ianto that Jack was involved in the 1965 incident.
Through Lois, Torchwood Three see the government plan to give away underachieving children to the 456, and try to use the information to gain control of the situation, only to end up angering the 456's ambassador, who floods Thames House with a virus that kills nearly everyone inside the building, including Jack and Ianto, with only Dekker managing to survive. Clem is also killed by the ambassador using a signal. Jack revives the following morning, just as Gwen arrives to grieve for Ianto.
While Gwen and Rhys return to Wales to inform Rhiannon of Ianto's passing, Jack is able to kill the 456 ambassador with the aid of Johnson and Dekker by sending the signal that killed Clem back at the ambassador, though he has to sacrifice Steven to launch the signal, resulting in Alice cutting all ties with her father.
Andy enters Baps and informs them that Ianto died saving the world. (AUDIO: Coffee)

Torchwood disbanded[]

Jack and Gwen attend Ianto's funeral.
Set one month after the 456 incident, in October 2009. Suzie is briefly resurrected for a second time.
Six months have passed since Ianto died, setting this in March 2010. Jack decides to leave Earth.
In March 2010, six months after the 456 incident, Jack leaves Earth after Gwen retrieves his vortex manipulator for him. Jack hitches a ride onto a cold fusion cruiser at the edge of the solar system who will soon open their transport dock. This is in spite of Gwen's protests against Jack's "running away". (TV: Children of Earth: Day Five)
Set shortly after Ianto's death.[1]
While having a drink at the Zaggit Zagoo bar, Jack is set up with Alonso Frame by the Tenth Doctor.
Set immediately after The End of Time. It soon becomes apparent that Jack and Alonso were put together by the Tenth Doctor to solve a mystery. By the end of their adventure, they are separated when the space station they are on is attacked.
Begins around April 2010 with Gwen seven months pregnant, and continues through to about June of the same year, with the birth of Anwen Williams.
Set nine months after Children of Earth, placing this around June 2010.

The "Miracle Day" crisis[]

In late March 2011, Jack returns to Earth after an email is released to intelligence agencies that only contains the word "Torchwood". Everyone on Earth is rendered unable to die, in an event dubbed Miracle Day; CIA agent Rex Matheson survives a fatal car accident, and is treated by Dr. Vera Juarez, and convicted pedophile Oswald Danes survives his execution. Jack erases all Torchwood history from the internet, and meets CIA analyst Esther Drummond while destroying the last paper documents. When Gwen's father is hospitalised, she and Rhys return to Cardiff, and meet with Andy, for the first time since Children of Earth. Oswald is able to get himself paroled, and Rex travels to Wales when he realises a connection between Torchwood and the Miracle, just in time to see Jack save Gwen from an assassination attempt. Rex forces Jack and Gwen to accompany him back to America in a rendition, leading directly into Rendition.
Set during The New World, on the first day of the Miracle.
Rex allows Rhys to stay in Wales with Anwen while he takes Jack and Gwen on a flight to America, but he and Esther are framed as traitors to the CIA by Brian Friedkin and forced on the run with Jack and Gwen after the CIA tries to kill Jack. Oswald is able to sway public opinion in his favour, and is approached by Jilly Kitzinger on behalf of PhiCorp to act as their representative.
Following on from Rendition, Rex gains Friedkin's phone so the Torchwood team can track down his superiors, leading them to discover that PhiCorp had been preparing for the Miracle. Rex and Vera begin a sexual relationship, and he recruits her as a spy for Torchwood. Jack confronts Oswald Danes for the first time. When Friedkin's superiors use his phone to trace them, the Torchwood team are forced to flee, leading into Escape to LA.
Before they flee Washington DC, Esther visits her sister, allowing an assassin to follow the Torchwood team to Los Angeles, where he interferes with their plan to steal the PhiCorp database hard drive, only to be put down by Rex. Oswald is made the official representative of PhiCorp, and Rex also visits his father. From the PhiCorp database, the Torchwood team learn about PhiCorp's Overflow camps, just as Gwen learns that her father has been placed in one.
Following on from Escape to LA, Gwen returns to Wales to save her father from the South Wales Overflow camp. Vera joins the Torchwood team to infiltrate the California Overflow camp with Rex and Esther, while Jack confronts Oswald again to convince him to expose PhiCorp. However, Gwen's father falls into a coma in the escape and is returned to the camp, Oswald remains loyal to PhiCorp, and Vera is shot and incinerated by camp director Colin Maloney, effectively killing her, with Rex unable to save her.
Following directly on from The Categories of Life, Rex and Esther are able to expose Maloney for Vera's "murder" and reveal the truth of the Overflow camps to the public, though they remain in operation. Gwen and Rhys successfully rescue Gwen's father from the South Wales camp, and Gwen destroys the camp's modules. Jack learns about the Blessing from PhiCorp Chief Operating Officer Stuart Owens. Gwen plans to return to the Torchwood team in the USA, but is contacted by an unknown party demanding she hand over Jack in return for her captured family, leading directly into Immortal Sins.
Gwen delivers Jack to Olivia Colasanto, who plans to take Jack to see Angelo Colasanto, leading directly into End of the Road. Andy fires a gun for the first time.
Rex lures Friedkin to the Colasanto estate, along with high ranking CIA member Allen Shapiro, who arrests Friedkin and Olivia Colasanto, resulting in their demises when Friedkin denotes an explosive, and Angelo dies of natural causes due to being on a null field generator. Oswald leans that PhiCorp plans to lump him in with the "Category Zeros", and flees into hiding. Gwen is deported back to Wales by Shapiro. Rex and Esther help Jack flee from the CIA, but he is shot and left in a critical condition as Esther escapes with him, while Rex stays to work with the CIA.
Set two months after End of the Road. With Jack fully healed from his gunshot wound, he smuggles Oswald into Wales as he and Esther meet up with Gwen. With information provided by Oswald, the Torchwood team learn that the Blessing is linked to Shanghai and Buenos Aires. After Gwen's father is seized by the overflow camp, Ester meets up with Rex in Buenos Aires while Jack, Gwen and Oswald travel to Shanghai, leading directly into The Blood Line.
The Three Families' CIA mole, Charlotte Wills, causes an explosion that destroys Shapiro. Jack and Rex, who has had Jack's blood placed inside him, release the mortal blood back into the Blessing, ending the Miracle, but Esther is fatally wounded by the Three Families in an attempt the stop them. Jack is rendered immortal again, and Oswald dies destroying the Shanghai stronghold. All the Category 1s die peacefully, including Gwen's father, and Esther eventually dies from her injuries.

After the Miracle[]

Post-Miracle, Holly kept a bag of Jack's blood.
After the Miracle is ended in September 2011, (PROSE: Acceptance, and then Understanding) a funeral is held for Esther, where Rex is gunned down by Wills, but is revealed to also be immortal after Wills is taken out. (TV: The Blood Line)
Gwen and Rhys are still in America following Miracle Day. Gwen gives Sarah Drummond a small fortune.
Gwen and Rhys are still in America.
Jack visits Cotter Paluni's World and has a vision of Gwen dying.
Set shortly after Red Skies with Jack returning to Cardiff to check on Gwen following his vision. Gwen and Rhys have returned to Swansea. The events of Fallout were weeks ago.
The Miracle ended a few months ago. Andy recalls the events of Fallout while Gwen and Rhys still live in Swansea. Jack joins the crew of the Ice Maiden.

Torchwood returns[]

Gwen hasn’t seen Jack for five years. The Miracle is mentioned. Gwen decides to set up Torchwood operations in Cardiff again.
Roughly 10 years have passed since Day One, but Torchwood has been forgotten in the space of four years.
Set in 2016. Almost 10 years have passed since Gwen Cooper joined Torchwood and she has recently started trying to set up operations in Cardiff again.
Set during the winter. Gwen and Rhys have a place to store aliens, suggesting that they now have use of the Hub, placing this after More Than This.
Gwen is acting-head of Torchwood Three, while Jack is serving with the crew of the Ice Maiden. Ending leads directly into Station Zero.
Ending leads directly into The Culling.
Jack and Gwen part ways once again after defeating the Vervoids.
Gwen runs Torchwood. Mary Cooper is alive.
Rhys mentions Roger Pugh from More Than This.
Gwen gets a phone call from Rhys, and she mentions Anwen.
Gwen keeps in contact with Rhys over the phone and mentions Anwen, setting this after Gwen decides to start running Torchwood alone following Forgotten Lives.

The Sorvix invasion of Cardiff[]

Having been "dumped" by the crew of the Ice Maiden, Jack has returned to duty at Torchwood Cardiff.
Gwen murders a suspicious Mary Cooper.
Gwen and Rhys attend Mary's funeral. Torchwood meet Orr for the first time. Changes Everything was a few weeks ago.
After helping Torchwood investigate a new hotel, Orr joins the team permanently.
Orr has only just joined the team. Rhys believes that Gwen hasn’t been herself for weeks, since before Mary died.
Bilis Manger says that he is going to see some old friends, suggesting this takes place just before A Kill to a View.
Colchester encounters Bilis Manger.
Anwen Williams is seven years old, setting this after June 2017. Gwen has been working from home since the events of Love Rat.
In 2017, Mr Colchester investigates the Committee. He is working for Gwen Cooper and briefly speaks with Orr. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
Jack has been missing for a few weeks. Ending leads directly into Poker Face.
A few months have passed since Changes Everything. Poker Face was a few days ago.

The Committee's return[]

Set a few days after Herald of the Dawn.
Herald of the Dawn was a "few weeks ago", or perhaps more specifically "the other week". The Mayor of Cardiff has gone missing, setting this after Future Pain. Brent Hayden is still around, setting this before The Man Who Destroyed Torchwood. Flight 405 went missing in 1957 and has been circling Cardiff for 60 years, setting this around 2017. Proper Grub is advertised on the radio.
Set over a period of time, beginning at some point after Superiority Complex and concluding shortly after Colchester's death. Brent Hayden is arrested.
Ending leads directly into Night Watch.
Set weeks after Future Pain. Ending leads directly into Flight 405.
Andy recalls the events of Goodbye Piccadilly, and asks him about Alejandro suggesting that they haven’t seen each other in the interim.
Torchwood haven’t seen Tyler in a long time, and Tyler himself learns about Colchester's resurrection. Tyler joins Torchwood Three when Yvonne allows him to live in the hub.
Gwen has quit Torchwood, and she’s trying to live a normal life with Rhys, however Torchwood is still running and has a team that can be called in to deal with alien threats.
Yvonne recalls the Miracle Day incident; meaning this is Pete's World Yvonne, setting this after Poker Face. Yvonne has a team to help her.
The Empty Hand took place "last year". Norton has been in Cardiff for "weeks" since his arrival at the end of Night Watch. Meanwhile Colin claims that he and Colchester have had a tough few weeks, presumably since Colchester’s return at the end of See No Evil.
Set around two months after Eye of the Storm.
Tyler brings Orr back to Ritz Tower, setting this immediately after A Mother's Son. Colchester died "A few months ago".
Jack, Yvonne and God are all arrested by the Disaster Recovery Committee.
Set immediately after Day Zero with God being brought to a cell with Jack, while Yvonne is put under house arrest. The Hub is destroyed again, and Torchwood go on the run from The Committee.

Andy works alone[]

Andy is on a mission for Torchwood, likely setting this after Thoughts and Prayers.
Andy recalls the events of Goodbye Piccadilly. Andy travels back to the 1950s using a vortex manipulator after picking up a time disturbance relating to Norton on the Torchwood computer. He is "sort-of" working for Torchwood and claims to have a lot of experience with time travel.

Looking out for the Doctor[]

Set in 2020. Torchwood operative Tania Bell works undercover at 107 Baker Street.
Andy arrives in London to check up on Tania and her mission to keep the Eighth Doctor out of harms way.
Andy claims that only a few months have passed since Thoughts and Prayers. He has prior experience with time travel.

Operations in the 43rd century[]

Under Flane's Leadership[]

McMillen sends Captain Walker on an expedition to Krop Tor.
Following Walker's death, Curt searches through his belongings and discovers a notebook filled with satanic writing and is subsequently possessed by The Beast.
In 4221, Zachary Cross Flane, representative of the Torchwood Archive, leads Sanctuary Base 6 on the Walker Expedition following the death of Captain Walker. Ending leads directly into The Satan Pit
Flane escapes Krop Tor with the surviving members of Sanctuary Base 6 with help from the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler.
Set shortly after the Walker Expedition, and after the freedom of the Ood in 4126, Zachary Cross Flane and his synth Chloe visit the Torchwood Archive, located at the vault within the Great Cobalt Pyramid, to uncover the truth behind the death of the Empress, in the hopes that her son will help Flane to re-establish the Torchwood Institute.
After being abandoned for centuries, Jeremiah Bash Henderson visits and destroys the Torchwood Archive. He is aided by Norton Folgate.


Set in March, and Owen appears to be alive. However the whole team have never been together during the month of march.
Yvonne Hartman sends a message to the people of the United Kingdom, as head of Torchwood, urging them to self isolate.

Big Finish[]

Archie takes a call from Owen Harper in the 21st Century. Owen is trying to make sense of some emails that Archie sent him. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
To Bilis' disbelief, Torchwood do not interfere in this story, meaning he is familiar with them, setting this after his meeting with them in Captain Jack Harkness. Bilis says he repairs clocks, referring to Captain Jack Harkness. Bilis has been trapped by The Committee.
Set after Sleeper, Jack and Ianto spend a period of some weeks undercover to destroy the last of Cell 114.
Numerous generic scenes with no tie-ins with pre-existing episodes.
Jack teams up with Jo Grant to defeat BOSS, but allow Proper Grub to continue operations.

We All Go Through[]

537 days to the Glory. Gwen dreams about Jack and Ianto, but no longer knows who they are. Meanwhile Simon brings Elwyn back through the Rift, however she dies shortly after.
502 days to the Glory. Gwen witnesses Simon preaching in the streets, however no one listens to him.
444 days prior to the Glory, Gwen, Jack, Tosh and Owen attempt to talk a man called Bryn out of suicide. Owen is known as "King of the Weevils", setting this between A Day in the Death and Exit Wounds.
336 days to the Glory. Gwen and Jack recover Elwyn's body from Simon's house.
193 days to the Glory. Simon preaches the coming of the Glory to his followers while Gwen dreams of herself, Jack and Ianto discovering a spike in Rift activity in Cardiff.