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The Home Office is an organisation founded by the British Government to deal with problems around the country and in London, involving immigration, finance and strange creature sightings. They also are responsible for covering up stories about creature attacks to avoid creating mass panic. A large amount of staff work at the Home Office - mostly business workers, but many others like scientists, doctors and soldiers work there to. The Home Office was used as a base for Nick Cutter and his team before they moved to the ARC.
In the car park of an ASDA near the Forest of Dean a Gorgonopsid comes out of the Forest of Dean into the supermarket car park. Dr. Helen Cutter, while searching for the creature, ends up on the run from it. She disappears into the Forest of Dean, and her body is never found...
Eight years later, at the Central Metropolitan University, young palaeontology student Connor Temple approaches his tutor, Professor Nick Cutter, who takes Connor to his office and introduces his lab assistant Stephen Hart. Connor provides his dissertation that all earth life is descended from life that came from across space. Cutter abruptly slings it in a waste paper bin. He then shows Connor a fossilised Sarcopterygian, that should have been extinct for 70 million years and comments that he is interested in the finds that don't correllate with evolution. On that note, Connor convinces Nick and Stephen to go with him to investigate a recent unknown animal sighting. Initially disinterested, even when Connor remarks his wife wouldn't have ignored it, Cutter becomes intrigued when he hears the sighting was in the Forest of Dean. Upon further investigation, they find an articulated lorry with its trailer's side torn open by huge sharp claws and a nearby fence smashed down. Stephen concludes it must be a hoax, but Cutter is not so sure. In private, Stephen explains to Connor the Forest of Dean is where Cutter's wife Helen vanished without trace eight years before.
Meanwhile nearby, at Wellington Zoo, the reptile house gets a routine call to collect an unknown lizard from a private house. Reptile keeper Abby Maitland, on the verge of losing her job, goes to collect it. The boy who found the lizard, Ben Trent explains that he found it in the Forest of Dean and that he identified it from books as the modern South-East Asian gliding lizard Draco volans. Abby sees at once that it is not, but a new species, and asks Ben to show her where he found it.
Shortly afterwards, at a nearby hotel, Cutter is approached and kissed by a young woman. She apologises and explains she did so to dissuade a potential date. She then introduces herself as Claudia Brown, an employee of the Home Office sent to investigate the animal sighting. Cutter invites her to join the search; her involvement also gives conspiracy theory-obsessed Connor a field day. Abby gets Ben to show her where he found the lizard, named Rex. They find a dead cow lodged up a tree. Ben runs off, leaving Abby behind. Abby stumbles while trying to catch up and Rex gets loose and flies about. Rex then starts chirping in alarm and hides under the bushes, just as a large therapsid stalks past. It sniffs the bushes menacingly, but doesn't spot them.
Meanwhile Ben, running through the forest, sees a strange sight: an area of fractured reflecting and refracting triangles, like shards of glass, counter-rotating in the air. Ben then gets scared and runs home, locking himself in his room. Meanwhile Abby, still lost in the woods, finds a Scutosaurus, and meets Nick, Connor, Stephen and Claudia who have also found the Scutosaurus. Connor is immediately delighted, but his excitment isn't shared by all: Abby is confused and Claudia horrifed at the implications. The Gorgonopsid, meanwhile, follows Ben home and pushes its head into Ben's bedroom. In panic he throws various things at it, and in the end tries to resist with a toy Star Wars lightsaber, which scares the Gorgonopsid off. Later the team arrive at Ben's house and hear his explanation: most of them don't appear to believe Ben, except for Cutter. They then return to the woods to look for the strange anomaly Ben claims to have seen. As they arrive, a Gorgonopsid comes out of the forest. It watches them, but doesn't attack.
The frightened Scutosaurus flees back through the anomaly, leading them to it: Cutter deduces the anomaly must lead the creature back to its own time. Stephen and Connor are ordered to remain in the Forest of Dean to look for the predator while the others head for the Home Office. Abby and Cutter are made to sign the Official Secrets Act, and along with Claudia, have their first encounter with the person assigned to deal with the anomaly: James Lester. Lester and Cutter's first encounter doesn't go well, as each have severe misgivings regarding the other and different views about what is to be done with the anomaly: Lester is also unimpressed with Cutter's determination to uncover answers regarding the fate of his wife, by any means necessary. Meanwhile, Rex is examined there; under examination by various instruments, Rex takes wing and flies around in corridors, entering a lift and coming out at a top floor. Though he is about to fly away, Abby coaxes him back, as the world is no longer the one he is familiar with.
Lester's scientists prove the Lizard is a living fossil and realize that the Scutosaurus and the strange lizard had to come from somewhere and that Ben's report of a world through the anomaly may be correct. Cutter theorises that the anomaly may lead to Earth in the late Permian period: he also believes his wife may be on the other side of the anomaly and informs Lester he will find out, whatever it takes to do so. Stephen and Connor, meanwhile, find a big reptilian footprint which is not a Scutosaurus's. Connor identifies the possible culprit as a Gorgonopsid, stating that its presence is "really bad news". He sends Stephen off to look for the Gorgonopsid. Ben is in detention at his school when the Gorgonopsid goes past outside. He tries tells the teacher that there is a dinosaur outside. The teacher ignores this remark. The Gorgonopsid attacks the school and tramples down all attempts by the teacher to barricade against it. It traps her and Ben in a classroom and tries to head-butt the door down. Stephen then appears and tries to distract the beast. After a swift chase through the school corridors, the beast breaks out of the school and flees, leaving Stephen unconscious.
Lester provides Cutter with permission to go through the anomaly: Cutter, to Lester's approval, also decides to return Rex through the anomaly, as the creatures should remain in their own time. Cutter, accompanied by the soldier, Captain Tom Ryan go through it, into an area of ash desert and conifer forest in the late Permian geological period; volcanos rumble and herds of Scutosaurus prowl in the distance. After releasing Rex, the pair explore their surroundings finding, to their amazement, remains of a human camp and a male human skeleton, and a camera marked "H(elen) C(utter)". Ryan remarks their allowed time in the anomaly is over and orders Cutter to come back to the modern age in time, as the anomaly is getting weaker, but Cutter wants to stay because he is desperate to find his wife. Ryan apologises, knocks Cutter unconcious with a pistol and carries him back towards the anomaly.
Cutter gradually comes round, and resists with a fist fight, which Ryan wins. Cutter threatens to stay. Ryan says he will stay also to guard him. Not wanting another to be stranded there, Cutter relents and the two go back through the anomaly less than a minute before it closes. While most of the team are distracted by Cutter's return, Abby notices Rex also came back through and sneakily hides him. Suddenly, the Gorgonopsid emerges from the trees and attacks the group. Ryan and the other armed men shoot the animal but it takes no notice of the bullets and keeps killing. Suddenly, Claudia trips: Cutter goes back to help her, but they are left alone in the clearing with the Gorgonopsid advancing on them. Before it can kill them, Stephen comes out of nowhere and drives his SUV into it. The Gorgonopsid is only stunned, but as it tries to get back on its feet, Stephen and the soldiers finish it off.
Back at the Home Office, the film from Helen's camera is developed, showing pictures of Helen in the ancient landscape, seemingly confirming that she is dead: however, Nick is not entirely convinced. Lester seems relieved the immediate crisis is over, but Cutter remarks this crisis is not over: it is only just beginning. After leaving and going back to his office, Cutter discovers a live ammonite on his desk. Racing outside, he sees 'Helen', who walks off into the night as he shouts after her. Cutter now faces the prospect his wife isn't as dead as he thought.
Cutter starts to suspect that his supposedly deceased wife Helen knew about the anomaly that has caused them so much trouble. While everyone presumes the discovery of her camera, millions of years in the past, confirms her death, Cutter has a different theory. But for now, he's keeping his speculations to himself.
Lester, meanwhile, is growing increasingly sceptical of Cutter and his unorthodox methods, but Claudia defends him as their only expert and Lester agrees to keep him involved... for now. However, Lester suspects Claudia has ulterior motives for keeping Cutter onboard.
Meanwhile, following complaints regarding the number of pests in the London Underground, a London Underground cleaner searching for pests in the London Underground sees a giant spider: the spider pounces on him and savagely bites at his neck. Back at the Central Metropolitan University, Connor is unable to keep his mouth shut and blabs about the Gorgonopsid and the anomaly to his friends: unsurprisingly, they don't believe him, and assume he's gone mad. After receiving a lead about another dinosaur sighting, Connor convinces Abby to help him. As he tries to win Abby over with a night's camping, he discovers she is in fact hoping Stephen might see her as more than an 'animal expert'. His hopes for adventure fail dramatically as his 'friends' decide to make a fool of him, and reveal themselves as the people that created the 'dinosaur-sighting' as a hoax, having menaced the pair with a remote-control dinosaur. Matters aren't helped when Cutter and Stephen, who had only just found out what Connor and Abby were up to, charge to the rescue with the police and soldiers, assuming the pair were in mortal danger. When he discovers it was simply a time-wasting hoax, a furious Cutter fires Connor from the team. Abby tries to take her share of the blame, but Cutter lets her stay on account of the fact her skill with animals is still useful.
After that debacle, Cutter and Claudia are called to a nearby hospital, where the London Underground worker is being treated. He's suffered a vicious wound to his neck, but that's not what's killing him: venom is. Cutter examines the wound and concludes it's more like a sting or bite than any blade-inflicted wound. After convincing Lester to close the Underground station where the attack occurred (who is not happy to close the Underground "simply because there might be a fare-dodging creepy-crawly on the loose!"), Cutter and the team arrive to investigate. Captain Tom Ryan and his soldiers go in first, but soon come under attack from giant spiders and are forced to retreat. Back on the surface, Ryan's report indicates to the team that there is an anomaly down there but linked this time, not to the Permian, but the Carboniferous. But when Cutter, Abby and Stephen head down to investigate, they find the anomaly and something far more ferocious than the spiders waiting for them: a huge, slithering, fifteen-foot beast emerges from hiding and attacks– the creature is an Arthropleura: a vicious ancestor of the millipede.
Stephen and Abby escape, but Cutter becomes lost in a maze of underground passages. Lost in the labyrinthine tunnels, Cutter hears the voice of his wife calling to him. Back on the surface, realising they need help from someone who understands how the creature is likely to behave, Claudia rehires Connor. Stephen, meanwhile makes a desperate attempt to rescue his old friend from the fangs of the Arthropleura but only succeeds in getting attacked himself. Waiting to die, in his poison induced delirium, he thinks he sees Helen; and she has a message for Cutter. When Cutter manages to escape the network of tunnels, Stephen gives it to him before falling unconscious: Helen's alive, and she's waiting for him on the other side of the anomaly. Stephen also manages to ask Abby out for dinner before he passes out.
At the hospital, the doctors tell Abby that unless they can get a sample of venom from the creature that bit him to synthesise an antidote, his chances of survival are none. Cutter gives the order for the Arthropleura to be captured so that a sample of its venom can be taken, but the team despair when they can't find the Arthropleura. Assuming it's gone back through the anomaly, Connor discovers it has in fact burrowed deeper underground. Ryan, Cutter and Connor follow the narrow tunnel to a disused machinery room. The Arthropleura is on a rafter watching them. It slithers down and attacks Cutter, who catches its fangs so they inject venom into two absorbent pads under his suit. With their task done, Ryan starts shooting at the creature. It thrashes around in fury, knocking the gun from his hand. As Ryan scrambles for his gun, Connor starts hitting the centipede with a metal stool. The enraged and wounded Arthropleura grasps the stool and rips it from his hands, but in doing so, it collides with an electrical circuit box and receives a heavy electric shock to its head; mortally wounded, the Athropleura goes into convulsions and falls from the rafters to its death.
The team get the venom to the hospital, allowing the doctors to synthesise an antidote, which they adminster to Stephen. Stephen recovers slowly but does not remember anything about seeing Helen or asking Abby out on a date. Back in the underground, Cutter and Connor watch the anomaly while they wait for it to close. He tells Connor that he will give him one last chance ... but not a cool nickname. He then feels at the anomaly before it closes, thinking about his wife, but does not go through it.
Cutter is desperate to make Lester realise the seriousness of the situation, but he remains infuriatingly optimistic, hoping that this problem will disappear as quickly as it arrived. But he's not in luck.
The arrival of a vicious sea creature, a Mosasaur, at a local pool is bad news for a pair of young lifeguards. The boy becomes the Mosasaur's next meal and the girl is charged with his murder. However, Cutter realises the truth when the boy's regurgitated body is found in a nearby reservoir; they've got a prehistoric killer in their waters. Claudia tries to get the girl off the charge, but Lester believes it better to imprison her and quietly drop the charges later, rather than let the press know that "an ancient sea monster is cruising our swimming pools, consuming lifeguards!".
The anomaly has moved from the swimming pool to the depths of the reservoir, something the team haven't seen with the anomalies before. While scouring the reservoir for it, a military diver is lost into the darkness of the anomaly, and the Mosasaur, on the loose in the reservoir, tries to attack Abby and Connor, though he manages to fend it off with an oar. Beaten and wounded, the beast retreats through the anomaly, which closes behind it, leaving the diver trapped in the past.
Cutter thinks the anomaly is running along a kind of temporal fault line, but Lester is quick to dismiss his ideas, claiming the movement is simply coincidence. Meanwhile a young mother (who lives along the predicted line) is in the basement when she notices a small leak, which quickly turns into a flood. She sends a plumber down to investigate, but a creature from the Cretaceous is waiting, ready to pounce. It attacks and eventually kills the plumber. Meanwhile, Connor's friends Tom and Duncan have become extremely suspicious of Connor's strange activities and obsession with prehistoric beasts, and decide to keep a closer watch on Connor.
Captain Tom Ryan and his team are sent to investigate and find the dead plumber, and also the diver who disappeared in the reservoir. The diver is dead, apparently from shock. Tied to the diver's wrist is a message from Helen Cutter written on a handkerchief which is recognised as being Helen's. Claudia then reports this to Lester after she and Cutter arrive at the scene and she learns that he was aware that his wife is still alive. Furious, Claudia tells Cutter he has no right to withhold such information, no matter what it is about.
Lester personally arrives on the scene in an unmarked car and comments that Helen's knowledge regarding the anomalies could be invaluable to them and therefore she is to be brought back to the present day... by force if necessary. When Cutter remarks she is still his wife, Lester retorts by ordering him to go through the anomaly with an armed team and bring Helen back. Faced with that, or the choice of being booted off the project and having Lester bring Helen back by force, Cutter agrees to go through but alone, and if Helen refuses to return, she is to be left alone. He sets off through the anomaly, clad in scuba gear and armed with a harpoon to deal with predators, finding himself in a Cretaceous sea teeming with life. He comes ashore and puts his scuba gear down on a sandy beach. The sky is clear, the calls of dinosaurs and other creatures sound nearby and Pterosaurs are flying above. He climbs over some rocks housing a Hesperornis rookery, and finds Helen swimming in a shallow enclosed pool, and calls to her. Helen answers him as if expecting him, and comes out and dresses. Two Hesperornis investigate, and she shoos them off by throwing small stones, and says that they are aggressive but stupid. Nick and Helen then have a long discussion: Helen reveals that she did know about the anomalies, but kept it to herself because she wanted to study them, fearing Nick would expose them to the wider scientific community and she would never get a look-in. Nick tries to convince her to come back to the modern world with him, but Helen counters, saying that she has been exploring the anomalies, seeing many wonders, and wants Nick to join her in that time-wandering life. Nick cannot forgive her for letting him think she was dead all this time, nor can he bring himself to abandon his work or his friends in the present day; he refuses.
Enraged by his refusal, she claims that he should have moved on after her apparent death, like she did, and that the people who die on the streets of London are just nobodies; she remarks that humans will be extinct soon and nature will not care about them any more than the dinosaurs. Nick realises that the Helen he knew is gone and goes back alone, much to Helen's fury and disgust. While Nick swims back to the anomaly, the mosasaur attacks. He fires a harpoon at its head, but its skin is too thick to penetrate. He keeps dodging it as it charges but it rips away his air tank. As the mosasaur swings round for its final attack, a bigger mosasaur arrives and attacks it. Nick, who is towed back through the anomaly by the rope, needed artificial respiration but lives. When recovering, he is horrified to discover that Lester has sent Captain Ryan and an armed team through the anomaly and have brought Helen back by force. As Lester's soldiers hold Nick and the others at gunpoint to stop them intervening, an enraged and bewildered Helen is dragged out of the house. She glowers angrily at Nick before she leaves in the custody of Claudia and Lester.
Helen Cutter, now in custody at the Home Office, is refusing to co-operate. She is the only one who understands how the anomalies work, but for now she's keeping her secrets safe. Besides, they have more pressing issues to deal with – a new anomaly has opened in a council flat, and apparently a creature's on the loose. Luckily, when the team go to investigate, they discover no anomaly, and the creature is only a relatively harmless, modern-day python. Lester and Claudia conclude that Helen knows more than she's saying, but she refuses to speak to all except one person: Nick. When Cutter arrives at the Home Office, Helen initially accuses him of setting her up, before abruptly changing tact, warning Cutter that unless the team act, "a pride of sabre-toothed killers will be rampaging through Central London!" Though Lester and Claudia suspect a trap, Cutter believes his wife is being sincere. Deciding to give her the benefit of the doubt, they set off to investigate.
Connor, meanwhile, having been kicked out of his flat, moves in with Abby, But this sparks off a chain of events. Connor's secret life, full of late night excursions, is really starting to bug his old friends Tom and Duncan, who assume he must be up to something. They set out on a mission to discover what's going on: they plant a tracking device on his bag and follow him when he goes with the team to investigate the anomaly. Helen leads the team to the kitchens of a deserted football stadium, where they find an anomaly, but no sabre-toothed cats...yet. As the team and soldiers try to get rid of anything that might lure the creatures through, Helen takes advantage of the distraction and makes good her escape. Captain Tom Ryan and Stephen give chase, only to find themselves on a grassy plain, surrounded by at least a dozen anomalies. With no way of knowing where Helen's gone, they have to go back without her.
Suddenly, the anomaly expands and animal sounds ring out. Ryan and his soldiers stand ready to shoot anything that emerges, but the creatures that come through aren't as terrifying as they feared: a flock of curious, chirping Dodos. As the team round up the birds, one escapes out of the stadium, after swallowing the tracking device on Connor's bag. Still following the device, Tom and Duncan find and capture the bird. The team, meanwhile, return all the dodos through the anomaly, save for one, which has mysteriously died. Back at the Home Office, Cutter, Abby and Stephen are about to perform an autopsy on the dodo, when a strange, worm-like creature slithers out of its beak and tries to attack Abby: fortunately, Stephen kills it before it reaches her. After some study, the team call in Lester and let him know the creature is a highly dangerous cestoid parasite that destroys its host's body, keeping them alive just long enough to reproduce itself: once that is achieved, parasite and host die together. Back at Tom and Duncan's flat, the Dodo becomes aggressive after a short time and attacks Tom, biting him. Unknown to them, Tom is now infected with the parasite, becoming more and more agressive and unbalanced. Worried about his friend, Duncan calls Connor, who in turn lets the team know what's happened. The team search the pair's flat and find the dodo's body (Claudia takes the moment to threaten Duncan with charges of stealing Government property), but there is no sign of Tom. Seeing a broken lightbulb by the dodo's body, Cutter realises that the parasite is light-sensitive and wherever Tom is, he'll be trying to stay in the dark. They also warn Lester that they have to find Tom before he infects anyone else and they have a pandemic on their hands. Lester agrees, though remarking that this whole situation is one more part of Helen's 'twisted plan'. Cutter tries to defend his wife, claiming the infected dodos were purely coincidental, but no-one believes him.
Matters are not helped when the team discover Tom has bitten a doctor at a hospital where he tried to get medical treatment. Knowing that the only way to find him is after the alarm is raised when he attacks again (which Cutter argues will take some time as Tom's willpower will be fighting the parasite's influence) and realising that they need to understand more about what Tom is thinking, Cutter and Stephen quiz Connor and Duncan, who explains that Tom will likely be tracking the device that they used to find the dodo. Stephen, realising the device is with the dodo, works out that Tom will be after it, and that Abby-who's been left with the body- is now in mortal danger.
Tom breaks into Cutter's office, where Abby is conducting an autopsy on the dodo. Though he doesn't want to hurt her, his desire for answers and the parasite's influence cause him to become more and more aggressive. Desperate to stop him infecting her, Abby takes Tom to the stadium to show him the anomaly. However, the anomaly has shut and a furious Tom comes to believe Abby has tricked him. Now utterly berserk from the parasite's influence, Tom attacks Abby, chasing her through the stadium and catching her as she runs onto the pitch.
Just before he can bite her, the team arrive and take aim. Though Stephen and Ryan are prepared to kill Tom, Connor begs for the chance to appeal to his old friend and Cutter allows him. Connor, by making numerous references to Star Wars and playing along with Tom's conspiracy theory of mind control (which he had used to explain the parasite's influence), convinces Tom to let go of Abby. Fighting off the parasite's influence to the last, Tom overcomes the urge to attack his friend, and dies peacefully in Connor's arms. A grief-stricken Connor then tries to resign from the team, claiming that Tom would still be alive if he wasn't involved, but Cutter, in a display of remarkable compassion, tells Connor "There's a handful of people in the whole world who know exactly what we're dealing with and you're one of them. He would have loved it, it would have made his day. So you can't back out now". Cutter then consoles an upset Connor, who agrees to stay.
Lester is now utterly convinced Cutter is trouble. He piles the pressure on Claudia to get answers but Cutter has no neat solutions for the enigma of the anomalies. Claudia is stuck in the middle, torn between her head and her heart. Meanwhile, Connor now staying on Abby's sofa, is sure it's only a matter of time before she succumbs to his charms. Unfortunately for him, she still has her eye on Stephen, despite their proclamations of a very platonic friendship.
Meanwhile, at a nearby country club, the discovery of a murdered golfer brings the team in. Cutter examines the body and concludes that the man was torn apart by something of phenomenal power and savagery...something that could only have come through an anomaly. However, when Cutter, Abby and Stephen scour the surrounding countryside, they can find no trace of an anomaly, but there is a strong magnetic field present. Suddenly, they notice there is no sound: the birds and insects have all been scared off. Looking up, they see the reason: an anomaly in the sky. This poses a whole host of new problems; namely, how can you cordon off the sky? As Cutter wonders where the creature has gone, Stephen spots that their aerial killer may be closer than expected; a huge winged reptile, a Pteranodon, with a wingspan of forty feet swooping straight for them, skimming over their heads before flying off.
Meanwhile, Connor has been drafted into help. Unfortunately, he's brought an unwelcome guest to work with him: Rex, who escapes into the surrounding countryside. Connor now has his work cut out for him trying to catch Rex before the team (or more importantly, Abby) find out. Fortunately, the team haven't seen Rex yet...they're more concerned with the fact the Pteranodon is circling directly above Connor. Guessing that the pterosaur has decided on its next meal, the team can only watch in horror as the Pteranodon dives into an attack. But while Claudia orders Captain Ryan to shoot the creature out of the sky, Cutter stops them. To his mind, something's not right. Claudia refuses to put Connor's life at risk on Cutter's hunch and orders Ryan to kill. Determined to prevent unnecessary slaughter, Cutter pushes the gun away, much to Claudia's frustration. The Pteranodon escapes and Connor and Rex are left unharmed.
This incident, along with the discovery of Rex's presence, causes a whole host of problems. Claudia angrily accuses the team of being a menace and that in sparing the Pteranodon, they may have let it escape to kill more people. Determined to prove her wrong, Cutter and Stephen give chase after the pterosaur with Claudia in tow. Thanks to Stephen, the Pteranodon is caught and tranquilized but not before Claudia is knocked out by its flailing beak. Waking up in the club house on the golf course, Claudia is terrified to find she has temporarily lost her sight but Cutter is there to comfort her. Suddenly, they get a call from Stephen, confirming Nick's theory: the Pteranodon is not the culprit- it didn't harm the golfer, and it was after Rex, not Connor on the golf course. While Claudia jokingly makes remarks about Cutter's hunches, he worriedly points out she's missing the major problem: if the Pteranodon didn't kill the golfer, what did?
However, in the undergrowth, Abby and Connor, who have been tasked with searching for Rex, come across a sinister sight. Sitting in a tree above a stripped carcass are a large flock of Anurognathus: vicious, blood-thirsty pterosaurs with razor sharp teeth and a nasty appetite. Scared for their lives, Abby and Connor are relieved when the Anurognathus suddenly take off but they head for the hotel instead. Cutter and a still-blinded Claudia, soaked in blood, swiftly find themselves under attack from the flock. Cutter attempts to escape to get help, leaving Claudia in a secure room, though the pair share a quick kiss before he departs. However, the Anurognathus find their way into the room and swarm Claudia, but just before she is torn apart, she is rescued by an unexpected source of aid: Helen Cutter. After leading Claudia to safety, Helen sets off an explosion in the building, and the Anurognathus perish in the flames. Cutter sees the explosion: initially assuming Claudia has been killed, he is relieved to discover she is still alive. Cutter is shocked to discover her rescuer's identity, but is unsurprised when he learns Helen has once again vanished without trace. Though the pair manage to find Rex, Abby is still furious that Connor let him escape. Connor, by way of apology, says that he will move out of Abby's flat the next day. But Abby gives in and the two make a deal: in exchange for him pulling his weight around the house, she will let him stay. She says, "I quite like having you around." Connor thinks she's talking relationship wise, but she clarifies she means as a friend. The team meet up at the anomaly and release the Pteranodon: with some encouragement from the team, the pterosaur flies back home just before the anomaly shuts.
Helen returns, claiming to know the reason behind a recent spate of disappearances - a dangerous predator is amongst them, claiming its victims for food. This beast is unlike any other. It can move like lightning, is strong, ruthless, intelligent beyond any other animal, and can remain virtually invisible to its prey until the moment of attack. This creature is years ahead of them – it's not from the past, but the future.
Tracking this highly intelligent beast pushes our team to its limits: after a series of attacks that kill several soldiers and puts Abby and Connor in mortal danger, the team deduce the creature is a future evolution of the bat, as its ability to hunt by echolocation proves. At its lair, they find a squirming nest of babies, realising the creature has been killing so many to provide food for its young. But the parent predator, desperate to protect its brood, is not far away. A furious fight ensues, which the team ultimately wins when Cutter, using one of the creature's infants as bait, lures it into a greenhouse then, having jammed its echolocation by shattering the glass, kills it with a single shot. With the creature finally dead, Helen makes a plea to save the babies. She wants to use them to find the future anomaly. Their homing instincts could lead the way. Lester reluctantly agrees – if they can locate the anomaly, then he can attempt to secure it and prevent more predators coming through.
But first, the team must travel back to the Permian Era through the re-opened anomaly in the Forest of Dean. This is where the future predator came through and as Cutter soon discovers, its arrival was no accident...
Claudia is anxious about Cutter returning. He always warned of the potential dangers of interfering with the past but this time, he feels they've got no choice. They can't just wait for whatever horrors the future anomaly might expel next. Helen is clearly riled by Cutter and Claudia's growing affection, but will her attempts to win him back succeed? When they have gone, the team receive another shock: the creature Cutter killed in the greenhouse was male, which means that the mother of the infant predators is still out there. Sure enough, she appears and slips through the anomaly before anyone realises she has gone through...
Cutter and Helen's journey into the past is full of danger and treachery. What are Helen's real motivations for finding the future? There's no time to find out. The mother of the screeching babies has suddenly appeared and is on them. Within minutes, Captain Ryan's soldiers are dead. With just three of them remaining, Ryan goes after the creature and shoots it numerous times but fails to place a kill-shot on the creature. With his position given away, the creature attacks and mortally wounds him. The predator is in a blood thirsty fury, but this beast has clearly never encountered an ancient Gorgonopsid before. The two greatest predators of the past and future charge head on, with the Gorgonopsid temporarily stunning the future predator. Whilst the Gorgonopsid feasts on the defenceless young future predators, the future predator recovers and leaps onto the Gorgonopsid, using its speed, agility and intelligence to tear and bite at the Gorgonopsid's unguarded back and thighs. The future predator than rips an eye out, before the toppled Gorgonopsid leaps backwards, crushing the future predator beneath its weight. The Gorgonopsid sounds a victorious warcry before carrying the carcass of the future predator into the distance. With the battle done, Cutter goes to Ryan's aid, but the soldier dies shortly after (but not before realising the skeleton they found in the first episode was his own). Cutter and Helen bury the slain Ryan and his men then head back for the anomaly. Unknown to them, a pair of infant future predators have escaped into the Permian... But the surprises don't end there. Helen has one final blow to deliver. She's returning to prehistoric times but this time, she doesn't want to go it alone... Secrets from the past are exposed in an explosive showdown that threaten to tear the team apart, as a terrible secret between Helen and Stephen is revealed. As Helen retreats back into the past, the damage done, it seems their adventure into the Permian has had consequences that none of them could have ever imagined, for Claudia Brown is nowhere to be seen, and to the rest of the team, nor has she ever existed. As a horrified Cutter takes in this turn of events, the anomaly begins to close...
Shortly after going back through the Permian, Nick discovered history had been altered and Claudia Brown was erased. It was revealled to him that their base was the Anomaly Research Centre, when Nick said they worked at the home office, Abby said that they moved from there ages ago. (Episode 2.1)
- James Lester - Adminastrator
- Nick Cutter - field team leader
- Stephen Hart - field team member
- Connor Temple - field team member, palaeontology
- Abby Maitland - field team member, zoology
- Claudia Brown - Lester's assisstant
- Tom Ryan - head of Special Forces, field team member
- Tom Ryan's soldiers - one, two and three
- Numerous other medics, scientists, soldiers and Office Staff.