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Torchwood Magazine — known formally by the title Torchwood The Official Magazine — was a British magazine about Torchwood published by Titan. It had a run of twenty-five regular issues, plus a couple of yearbooks, cover dated from January 2008 until December 2010. It therefore focused only on the first three series of Torchwood and folded around the time Torchwood: Miracle Day was entering production.
As of April 2012[update], it remains the major source of comic stories involving the characters and situations of Torchwood.
Publication history Edit
The first issue was released on 24 January 2008. A United States version was due to be launched in February 2008, but was not; instead, the UK version was imported to North America for a time (much like Doctor Who Magazine) although it was not been widely circulated in North America after early 2009.
Although not connected to Doctor Who Magazine, Torchwood Magazine followed a similar format, featuring behind-the-scenes articles, episode reviews and original fiction in the form of comic strip stories and short stories.
One comic strip arc, Rift War, was later compiled by Titan into a graphic novel and a series of six comics reprinting material from the magazine were due to be released from August 2010.
Initially a four-weekly periodical, it moved to an eight-weekly basis from Issue 14.
The Torchwood The Official Magazine identity was also used for the Torchwood The Official Magazine Yearbook (2008) and a promotional leaflet for the magazine was included in the series 2 DVD boxset release.
The magazine was cancelled in December 2010 after twenty-five issues. According to the editorial note in Issue 24, a realignment of Torchwood merchandising for the BBC/Starz co-production of Series 4 was behind the discontinuation, though it was stated that it was hoped the magazine would resume publication; as of April 2012[update] it has not, with DWM taking on the task of covering Series 4 production and broadcast. The cancellation also resulted in the American Torchwood comic book, also published by Titan, being cancelled.