- "She was okay. Good at her job... loyal... team player. And not as tough as she pretended to be. But she was strong when it mattered."
- ―Nick Cutter on Claudia Brown.[src]
|Organisations worked for||Home Office|
|Skills||Efficient government official|
|Status||Erased from time|
|Appearances||See full list below|
Claudia Brown was a Home Office official who was in charge of the Anomaly operation, and who eventually fell in love with team leader Nick Cutter. Claudia was erased from the timeline and replaced with Jenny Miller, and losing her had large emotional repercussions on Cutter.
Little is known about Claudia's past, except that she joined the Civil Service after studying law at university. For two years, she was engaged to be married, but she broke it off a month before the wedding, and had no significant relationships after that before the Anomaly operation.
When sightings of a giant supposed animal in the Forest of Dean began to spring up, Claudia went to the Forest to investigate. There, Claudia met Nick Cutter in a bar at the Eddington Hotel while the former was being chatted up by a man whom she was uninterested in. Claudia first pretended to be Cutter's girlfriend to get rid of the other man, then introduced herself and explained why she did it. Cutter and Claudia discussed the sightings and what the animal could be if it is real, and Claudia subsequently joined Cutter, Connor Temple and Stephen Hart on their search through the Forest of Dean for the creature. During the search, Cutter and Claudia discussed the sightings, and they initially doubted that the creature was real until they found a dead cow in a tree.
The group subsequently continued searching the Forest after nightfall, and came across a Scutosaurus and met Rex and Abby Maitland. Claudia was shocked and bewildered at the Scutosaurus, and quickly deemed it a classified government secret due to fear of the panic that could erupt if the public learned of this. Claudia subsequently called her superior and demanded that the Home Office sent someone to the Forest to contain the Scutosaurus, before going with Cutter and Abby to the Trent house in the aftermath of a creature attack. While discussing the phenomenon with Abby and Cutter, Claudia tried to comfort Abby over lying about the truth and told her and Cutter that they would have to sign the Official Secrets Act. Claudia also believed that the Scutosaurus was the creature responsible for the deaths and attacks, but Abby and Cutter discredited this and the group then realised that there was another, predatory creature on the loose. The group then ran back into the Forest and used torches to frighten the Scutosaurus into leading them to where it came from, and Claudia and the others then watched the creature disappear through an Anomaly.
The next day, after the Home Office had secured the Anomaly, Claudia took Cutter and Abby back to the Home Office to sign the Official Secrets Act, and was introduced to James Lester who had been appointed coordinator and administrator of the Anomaly operation. Claudia and Abby were later present when Lester and Cutter discussed the latter's theory about the Anomaly being a portal in time and the creatures from it being prehistoric animals from the past, and the four observed the analysis of Rex by Home Office scientists until Rex escaped from the lab and started flying around the building. Claudia and Abby then followed Rex through the Home Office, until Abby coerced Rex into coming back rather than escaping from the building.
The following evening, when Cutter was preparing to go through the Anomaly on an exploration mission into the Permian, Claudia had Captain Tom Ryan go through with Cutter and Rex without any argument or question, to protect Cutter from any danger in the Permian. Claudia also gave Ryan strict orders to ensure Cutter made it back to the present at all costs by the time the two-hour deadline was up. Claudia then waited for Cutter and Ryan to return, but grew increasingly concerned when Connor learned that the Anomaly was weakening. Two hours later, Cutter and Captain Ryan returned through the Anomaly just before it closed, but the Gorgonopsid then attacked the site in a frenzy, causing havoc. While Claudia was fleeing, she tripped and the Gorgonopsid then attacked her and Cutter, but they were saved when Stephen ran over and then gunned down the creature.
The next day, Claudia was present at the Home Office when Cutter and Lester learned that Cutter's long-missing wife Helen had indeed been on the other side of the Anomaly some time before, and when Cutter and Lester argued whether or not the Anomaly crisis was over, Claudia did nothing to stop Cutter and his new Anomaly research team leaving after Cutter declared that the crisis was far from over.
Following the Forest of Dean Anomaly incursion, Claudia had the Forest of Dean cleared of evidence and the incident covered up. While discussing the cover-up with Lester at the Home Office, the two discussed whether or not to keep Cutter in the Anomaly operation. Claudia wanted Cutter to stay on as she felt he was their closest thing to an expert, and Lester agreed to keep Cutter in. Claudia refused to admit to Lester that she had taken to Cutter, simply claiming to trust him.
Claudia subsequently visited Cutter at the Central Metropolitan University to discuss with him what to do involving the discovery of the Anomaly; Claudia was against making the phenomenon public knowledge, and instead decided to ensure the Anomaly stayed covered up and unknown to the public. Cutter and Claudia also discussed the possibility that Helen had known about the Anomaly beforehand before her disappearance; Claudia believed that even if Helen had survived in the Permian she was dead now because of how long ago the Permian was, and tried to comfort Cutter about Helen.
The next day, after a London Underground pest controller was attacked and poisoned in the Underground and admitted to hospital, Claudia and Cutter visited the hospital to investigate, and learned that the poison killing the pest controller was venom and that whatever had attacked him had given him a large insect bite; leading Cutter and Claudia to suspect that there was a new creature incursion in the Underground. Claudia and Cutter went to Lester about this, and Cutter wanted Lester to shut the Underground down to stop the new creature from harming anyone else, but Lester refused due to the chaos it would cause. Claudia ultimately managed to get Lester to instead close down the Arsenal Station area of the Underground where the pest controller was attacked.
Claudia, the team and Special Forces subsequently headed to Arsenal Station, but instead of letting the field team go down, Claudia sent the Special Forces into the Underground to see what creature they were battling first. After Captain Ryan and his men returned from the tunnels in the aftermath of an attack by Carboniferous Arachnids, Claudia and the team learned that what they had discovered would imply that there was another Anomaly in the Underground, this one linking to the Carboniferous. Cutter then convinced Claudia that he and the team had to go down into the Underground and see the creatures for themselves, and Claudia agreed to let them go down; although Claudia was initially reluctant to let Abby go until Abby claimed her animal skills would be useful to the team in the tunnels.
After the team were attacked in the Underground by an Arthropleura and separated from Cutter, Stephen and Abby returned to the surface, while Cutter remained trapped and Claudia lost contact with him. Claudia also refused to let Stephen go back down into the Underground to find Cutter as she was unwilling to risk any more people, and when Abby and Stephen were unable to identify the Arthropleura and how to combat the threat, Claudia agreed to bring Connor back into the team to help. As Connor arrived, when Claudia learned that Stephen had disobeyed and gone back down by himself to find Cutter and that they had now lost contact with Stephen, she was furious at Abby for the team's reckless methods and sent Ryan to find and rescue Stephen.
Though Connor initially identified the Arthropleura as non-poisonous, Cutter and a bitten and poisoned Stephen then returned, confirming the centipede was the venomous killer. When the bitten Stephen claimed to have seen Helen, though Cutter dismissed it as hallucinations, Claudia was uncertain and suspicious about it. Claudia and the team discussed how to save Stephen from dying from the Arthropleura venom, and Cutter decided that they would have to trick the centipede into giving them a pure venom sample by trying to bite Cutter; though Claudia was reluctant to allow Cutter to follow through with this. The team and the Special Forces subsequently searched the Underground for the Arthropleura, until Connor found a burrow in the wall left by the centipede; and Cutter, Connor and Ryan crawled through to find where the Arthropleura had gone to while Claudia and the others stayed behind.
After the Arthropleura was killed and a pure sample of its venom obtained and used to give Stephen an anti-venom, after Stephen had recovered, Claudia visited him in hospital and asked him about seeing Helen. However, the venom's effects had caused Stephen to lose all memory of after he went back down into the Underground for Cutter, and Stephen assumed he must have been hallucinating. Claudia was less sure about it though.Cretaceous era Mosasaur, freed, but Lester preferred to keep her imprisoned until the crisis was over. When the regurgitated remains of the lifeguard surfaced at the Queen Mary Reservoir, Claudia oversaw the operation, and asked Cutter about Helen, but he became distracted by steam indicating the Anomaly's location. She was disappointed by the loss of a Special Forces diver and when Cutter's theory of the Anomaly travelling along a temporal fault line proved correct, she headed to the Wakefield Road Basement site, where the body of the diver had returned to with a hankerchief belonging to Helen on him. Claudia confronted Cutter about this, and was furious with him keeping the knowledge of her still being alive a secret. She informed Lester, who ordered that Cutter go find her and bring her back so that they could have information, although Claudia was reluctant to trust Cutter again. While he was through the Anomaly, Claudia prepared the recovery team Lester had ordered in case Cutter failed, and gave him the kiss of life when he was pulled back without his oxygen tank on. She couldn't meet Cutter's eyes as he watched Helen being taken away by Lester.
When interogating Helen with Lester at the Home Office, she refused to cooperate with them, so she called Cutter in an attempt to get her to talk, and learned that an anomaly that was set to open in Central London and release Smilodon. While investigating, she and Helen argued, and Helen escaped when pretending to help, and ordered Ryan's men to keep Cutter in place. When Dodos came through she helped round them up and noted their cuteness and stupidity. When Connor's friend Tom was infected by a Parasite carried by a Dodo, she threatened to lock up his other friend Duncan for treason (stealing the Dodo). She and the others began to search for Tom so as to keep him from infecting other people, and Cutter kept her from shaking the hand of a doctor he had bitten, and looked at Cutter questioningly as if to say it was Helen's fault. She watched as Tom died in Connor's arms when he was cornered after kidnapping Abby.Pteranodon which appeared to chasing Connor, calling him and his team "a menace" when she finds out Abby had kept Rex when he was believed to have been returned to the Permian. She went with Cutter and Stephen to follow the Pteranodon to a city building, and reluctantly gave them the chance to tranquilize it, and was embarrased when asked to give them her red (magenta) shirt to use as a mating temptation, but was thankful that Stephen had his own red shirt. After she was knocked out when yelling at the pair, Cutter watched over Claudia while she recuperated. She had a mild concussion, causing temporary blindness. Meanwhile, a flock of flesh-eating Anurognathus had encircled the mansion they were in, and they were trapped inside. Claudia was left by Cutter while he went to get help, but before he left he kissed Claudia. While trapped in the mansion, Helen helped her to escape. This persuaded Claudia to be more lenient on Helen in future after she blew up the swarm, and when the Pteranodon was returned to the Cretaceous, she said it was beautiful.
- "Oh, stuff profesionalism!"
- ―Claudia Brown after Lester tells her kissing Nick wasn't profesional[src]
Other referencesJenny Lewis, joined the team later.
Nick believed Helen was responsible for this, although that idea was proved wrong when she claimed that the first change was a complete accident. None of the team - other than Cutter - remembered Claudia, causing Cutter to be distraught. Only Connor believed him. Abby had said to him "I want to believe you but it's hard." Claudia's non-existence shakes his foundation to the core as she is the first woman he had loved in his life since the disappearance of Helen.
When Cutter was preparing to go back inside the burning ARC to look for Helen, Jenny asked him not to go and thought it was a mistake, which is reference to what Claudia said the last time Cutter saw her before going through the Permian Anomaly.
Later, as Cutter was dying in Connor's arms, he started to ask Connor to tell Caludia something, but then changed his mind and said nothing.
Claudia was later mentioned in Eve's journal. She was likely included in the journal because Helen was aware of the changes in the timeline, something only she and Cutter knew of, and because the latter was dead, Connor and Sarah were able to realize that Eve was indeed Helen Cutter in disguise.
Claudia was concerned about the panic that the knowledge of the Anomaly phenomenon could cause if the public learned of it, and thus preferred to keep such subjects secret from the public. She was also shown to be effective at handling tasks involving covering up and containing Anomaly incursions without attracting too much attention or causing the Home Office large repercussions.
Claudia normally tried to appear strong and resilient and determined, but did once show that she could become scared easily. Despite this, Claudia did become internally stronger when it mattered, refusing to allow Helen Cutter's return to get in the way of her relationship with Nick.
Claudia initially disagreed with Cutter's maverick methods of handling the Anomalies and the creatures, but eventually fell in love with him and became concerned about him and did not want anything to destroy her relationship with him.
Claudia trusted Helen less than Nick, and developed something of a rivalry with her over Nick's affections and refused to allow Helen's return to affect Claudia's relationship with Nick.
Claudia often disagreed with Lester, and put more faith than him in Cutter's team.
- Episode 1.1 (first appearance)
- Episode 1.2
- Episode 1.3
- Episode 1.4
- Episode 1.5
- Episode 1.6
- Episode 2.1 (mentioned)
- Episode 2.2 (mentioned, picture)
- Episode 2.4 (mentioned)
- Episode 2.7 (mentioned, picture)
- Episode 3.3 (mentioned)
- Episode 3.5 (mentioned, picture)
- Episode 3.9 (mentioned)
- Episode 4.6 (mentioned)
- In Episode 1.6, Claudia suffered nightmares of a Gorgonopsid, and at one point saw her reflection in a mirror as an Anomaly. It is uncertain what the meaning of these dreams and visions were, but it is believed by fans that they were foreshadowing Claudia's coming erasure from the timeline.
- Also see: Category:Images of Claudia Brown
|Series 1 Main Characters|
|Nick Cutter • Stephen Hart • Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • Claudia Brown • Helen Cutter • James Lester • Tom Ryan|