I just finished watching series two on DVD last night. The running theme throughout the series was the Torchwood institute - which I gather has something to do with the ‘Torchwood’ spin-off show with Jack Harkness. But as (spoilers!) the Cybermen & Daleks were facing off on Canary Wharf, and human (presumably Torchwood) troops were vainly trying to fight against both races of evil aliens, I couldn’t help thinking whatever happened to UNIT? Wasn’t the point of that group to combat alien menaces? If so, why does England need Torchwood? And given that UNIT has had experience fighting BOTH Daleks & Cybermen, why weren’t they called in when chaos was breaking out?
Since Torchwood was established by Queen Victoria, it certainly isn’t a replacement for UNIT, which was formed in some undetermined mid-late 20th century time. But if Torchwood was there all along, why did the mid-70s British gov’t feel the need to create another agency - UNIT - to fight off aliens?
And exactly what was Torchwood doing all throughout the 1960s & 70s while UNIT was doing the grunt work fighting off Cybermen, Nestene/Autons, Silurians, Axos, Daemons, Sea Devils, dinosaurs, giant-sized robots & Krynoids?
The ill-fated director lady of Torchwood seemed to have an imperiously heavy-handed attitude about Torchwood’s authority. “If it’s alien technology, we own it.” I think was the line. I’d imagine Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart might have a word or two about this snooty middle-management-type chick suddenly demanding that his UNIT scientists hand over whatever alien gadgets they might acquire - especially considering how many of his soldiers probably died getting their hands on it.
So, I’ve yet to see any ‘Torchwood’ episodes. Does this issue get addressed? Or is UNIT just swept under the rug and forgotten?