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Torchwood

A decade ago Torchwood changed television.

You might not think that a show about people fighting aliens in Cardiff would be revolutionary, but it was. In the world before Torchwood, mainstream drama series didn’t really do gay characters – or, if they did, it’d be in a single episode about sad gays in the military. Torchwood changed all that.

Created by Russell T Davies as a spin-off from Doctor Who, Torchwood was a science fiction series where all the regular cast were unashamedly pansexual. Queer characters were never portrayed as victims, and it never judged or punished them for their sexuality. It is also – to date – the only action TV series with an unquestionably bisexual leading man. Torchwood was a world where queer people weren’t the hero’s best friend – they were the heroes. And no one was more heroic than Captain Jack.

Before Torchwood, the best fans had been offered was Xena: Warrior Princess’ feelings for best friend Gabrielle – and that was, however mighty, still a subtext. Star Trek, for all its talk about “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” remained the straightest show on television – even its one “gay” episode was about an asexual character coming out as heterosexual.

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