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Published on October 30th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Torchwood Magazine Closes

I know what you’re thinking: “there’s a Torchwood magazine?!” Well, not any longer, and to be honest we just can’t say we’re surprised.

As reported by LiveTheUniverseAndCombom (probably best if we don’t ask) Torchwood issue 24 will be the last. Over a year after Children of Earth – but just months before a new series starts filming – Titan are closing the curtains on a magazine that promised much but probably didn’t quite fulfill.

The question is: why? Why did Torchwood Magazine – ostensibly a featuring a comic strip and short stories about a man who cannot die – fail? Well the answer is probably two-fold:

  • Torchwood doesn’t have 26 years worth of history to refer back to while the show is off air
  • No one knew the magazine was out

Now that last point might be contentious – sure, you could find Torchwood Magazine in the shops, but without a bit of “as seen on TV buzz” who is going to buy it? Hardcore fans of course; the type that visit websites online to find the latest Torchwood news.

Interestingly, there is an argument that the BBC ‘s treatment of Torchwood (not to mention RTD’s killing off of certain characters) caused this state of affairs. But with new characters to come and a world of possibilities, it seems that Titan can’t manage 10 months of comic strips, short stories and production features on the new series.

As one of the web’s most popular resources for Torchwood news, I can tell you that we’ve had very little contact from Titan over the months who publish the magazine. They seem to be more interested in using Facebook to issue details about upcoming editions rather than reaching out to their target audience in the way that Doctor Who Magazine and Doctor Who Adventures do (and indeed BBC Books, Big Finish and AudioGo).

Titan have done a great job over the last few months in keeping the title alive, but ultimately it’s a sad end for Torchwood Magazine, especially with a new series on the horizon.

(Thanks to bionic_tangfastic)

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




5 Responses to Torchwood Magazine Closes


  1. The funny thing is, I actually DID know about this mag… it’s on newsstands in my area here in Texas! Which is odd, because I doubt many people in my part of Texas even know what Torchwood is.

  2. avatar YorkshireNed says:

    I knew it was out…it was featured prominently in my local supermarket but……….it looked shit!

    Cheap, rubbish paper. People trying to write articles about something that’s had 40 hours of screen time. Interviews with actors (yawn), badly drawn comic strips. Why bother?

  3. avatar 23skidoo says:

    Up here in my part of Canada no one stocked the thing. I only saw it occasionally in the comic book shops, and even then it was usually because it was a special order no one picked up. Granted, the same is happening with Doctor Who Magazine, but at least DWM also shows up in the major retailers like Chapters and Indigo. I honestly thought the magazine had ended a year ago. The only thing I’m curious about is whether this will have an impact on the Torchwood comic being put out by IDW since it relies on comic strips and short stories from the magazine for its content.

  4. avatar badwie says:

    I bought one or two issues in WHSmith Paris but I was disappointed with it and made no effort to collect more issues. It had too many pictures and adds, and not enough content.

    So its end really does not come as a surprise to me, and to be honest I was a bit surprised that it continued for so long after the end of series 3.

    And as you said, Torchwood is still a very young tv series, it does not have a long past, nor nearly as much merchandising as Doctor Who.
    Still, a new magazine might be published some day, if the series lives long enough.

  5. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    As Ned points out, the paper quality was terrible, and considering the cover price it just didn’t seem to present value for money, which is why I never bought it. If it had been the same quality of DWM, I probably would have bought the odd issue from time to time – I like Torchwood a lot, but I’m not obsessed with it as I am with Doctor Who. It’s not surprise that it’s fallen over really – mags with low circulation can’t get enough revenue from advertising, so get binned.

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