|Profession|| Evolutionary zoologist|
ARC/Home Office team leader
|Organisations worked for|| Central Metropolitan University (Department of Evolutionary Zoology)|
Anomaly Research Centre
|Hobbies|| Collecting records|
|Skills|| Anomaly research|
|Appearances||See full list below|
Professor Nick Cutter (born ca. 1973) was an evolutionary zoologist at the Central Metropolitan University, and the wife of Helen Cutter. He was also the original team leader of the Anomaly research branch of the Home Office and later the Anomaly Research Centre, before being killed by Helen.
Nick Cutter was a hard-bitten and cynical maverick, who struggled with rules and authority to the extent that he didn't even turn up for his own lectures, although he did have a softer side for those whom he cared for. Cutter preferred fossils to live animals, and lacked faith in or respect for the government's intelligence and ability.
Nick met Helen Ambrose in college and they soon had a speedy romance, before getting married. Stephen Hart was one of Nick's and Helen's students, and he later got a job as Cutter's lab technician and became good friends with Cutter.
Nick and Helen's marriage eventually ran into difficulty, and unbeknownst to Nick, Helen had an affair with Stephen. (Episode 1.6) Helen became obsessed with "evolutionary puzzles" which could not be explained by conventional science, and came up with theories which Cutter found ridiculous, leading to them growing apart even more. (Episode 1.2)
In the late 1990s, Helen disappeared while investigating a creature sighting in the Forest of Dean, and no trace of her or what had happened to her was ever found other than her rucksack, and she was presumed dead. (Episode 1.1) This left Nick distraught and grieving for years and wanting to know what happened to his wife. (Episode 1.3)
Eight years after Helen's disappearance, one day, as Cutter and Stephen arrived at the Central Metropolitan University, they were approached by one of Cutter's paleontology students, the geeky Connor Temple. Cutter quickly recognised Connor's obsession and belief in conspiracy theories and was unimpressed at Connor's dissertation that Earth's original lifeforms were sent to the planet by extraterrestrials. Connor tried to convince Cutter to investigate a creature sighting with him, but Cutter dismissed it as a hoax and refused, and became upset when Connor resorted to claiming Helen would have investigated. However, when Connor mentioned that the sighting was in the Forest of Dean where Helen had disappeared, Cutter was immediately interested and decided to head to the area with Connor and Stephen to investigate.
The trio talked with Dave Greene about the creature sighting and the animal attack by it on a truck, and Cutter became increasingly haunted by thoughts and memories of Helen. Later, while the team were at the Eddington Hotel, Cutter met Home Office official Claudia Brown in the hotel bar, who was also hoping that Cutter could solve the mystery and prove the creature sighting to be a hoax. Cutter, Claudia, Connor and Stephen subsequently headed into the Forest searching for signs of the animal, and Cutter initially doubed that there was actually a creature until the group found a dead cow in a tree.
As night fell, Cutter and the group eventually found a Scutosaurus in the woods, which fascinated an awestruck Cutter as he examined it, and they also met Wellington Zookeeper Abby Maitland and Rex. Cutter and the group subsequently went to the Trent house in the aftermath of an attack by what Ben Trent claimed to be a Dinosaur. When Ben claimed to have seen the prehistoric past while in the Forest, Cutter was caught by this and was the only one who believed Ben. Cutter subsequently discussed the phenomenon with Claudia, and he concluded from the dead cow and attack on the Trents that there was another, predatory creature out there. Cutter and the group then returned to the Scutosaurus in the Forest, and deliberately scared it with torches to see where it would look for safety, and followed it to a strange phenomenon which it disappeared into.
The next morning, as the Home Office secured the phenomenon, which Cutter named the Anomaly, Cutter theorised based on Ben's claims and the creatures from the Anomaly the group had seen that the Anomaly was a portal to the distant Past and the creatures where prehistoric animals which were crossing into the Present through it. Cutter also personally realised that if Helen had gone through the Anomaly eight years earlier, it would explain everything about her disappearance except why she didn't return. Cutter and Abby were made to sign the Official Secrets Act at the Home Office, and Cutter discussed his theories about the Anomaly with liaison James Lester, and expressed great dislike for Lester and demanded to be allowed to go through the Anomaly to find out what happened to Helen.
After DNA tests on Rex confirmed Cutter's theory that the creatures from the Anomaly were prehistoric animals, Lester allowed Cutter to lead an exploration mission through the Anomaly, but Claudia also assigned Captain Tom Ryan to accompany a reluctant Cutter through the Anomaly for protection. The following evening, Cutter and Ryan took Rex through the Anomaly into the Permian with them and set him free there, and Cutter went off on his own to explore and try to find Helen. Ryan and Cutter found a ruined Human camp in the Permian, and a Human skeleton and an old camera belonging to Helen. After their time in the Permian was up, Cutter refused to go back with Ryan to the Present and wanted to stay to continue searching for Helen, prompting Ryan to knock him out. Captain Ryan then carried Cutter back to the Anomaly with him, and even when the Anomaly began to close, Cutter still refused to leave the Permian without Helen. However, when Ryan threatened to stay as well if Cutter would, a reluctant Cutter gave in and ran back through the closing Anomaly with Captain Ryan to the Present. Moments later, when the Gorgonopsid attacked the team, Cutter tried to save Claudia from the creature until Stephen arrived and killed it.
The next day, Cutter and Lester found photos of Helen in the Permian on the camera, and discussed the Anomaly phenomenon. Cutter believed that the crisis wasn't over as they didn't know what had caused the Anomaly or whether or not it would happen again, and vowed that it was far from over. That night, while Cutter was alone in his office at the University thinking about Helen, someone unseen to him snuck in and out and left him a live Ammonite. Cutter followed the person out and saw that it was Helen, but the latter vanished before Cutter could reach her; leaving Cutter shocked and thinking to himself about what this may mean.London Underground Cleaner who was suffering from a vicious wound to his neck and venom. After convincing Lester to close the Underground station where the attack occurred, Cutter and the team went to investigate. Captain Ryan and his soldiers go in first, but were forced to retreat due to giant spiders. After concluding the anomaly is linked to the late Carboniferous Cutter, Stephen and Abby went down to investigate. They found the anomaly, and Cutter wondered what was happening to their world. An Arthropleura then attacked them and Cutter became lost in a maze of underground passages. Lost, he hears Helen's voice calling to him. He eventually escaped the network of tunnels and found Stephen, who was critically ill from an Arthropleura bite. Stephen gave a message to Cutter saying that Helen's alive, and she was waiting for him on the other side of the anomaly. The only way to save Stephen was to get a sample of the creature's venom so Cutter ordered that the Arthropleura be captured so a sample of its venom can be taken, but they couldn't find it. Fortunately Connor realized it had burrowed deeper underground so Cutter, Connor who was given a second chance and Ryan followed the narrow tunnel to the Arthropleura. It attacked Cutter, who had it inject venom into two absorbent pads under his suit before it was killed. Stephen recovered but does not remember anything about seeing Helen. Back in the underground, Cutter and Connor watch the anomaly while they wait for it to close, telling Connor that he would give him another chance because he did a good job. Cutter stood by the anomaly, thinking about Helen, but did not go through.
- Helen: "I offer you the key to time. The key to time, Nick, and you turn your back on it. Call yourself a scientist?"
- Nick: "I call myself a human being."
- ―Nick makes it clear he's not like his wife
Cutter tried to make Lester understand the deadly seriousness of the situation, but the Home Office official remained infuriatingly optimistic. A swimming pool lifeguard was killed, and his regurgitated body was found in a reservoir, Cutter suspected that only a prehistoric creature had the ability to do that and that the anomaly has moved in our time, but remained fixed on the other side. While searching for the anomaly at the Queen Mary Reservoir he admitted to Claudia he was thinking of Helen and dismissed her suspicions before he realized where the anomaly was. Diving to reach it he located it and kept an eye on it until a Mosasaur went through and it closed. Cutter theorized that the anomaly was moving along a fault-line, and he predicted exactly the next position of the anomaly - a basement in Wakefield Road, London. Tied around a lost diver's wrist was a message from Helen. Claudia was furious that Cutter hadn't revealed earlier that Helen was still alive, and when Lester arrived he orders Cutter to go through the anomaly to get Helen or he would be fired. Cutter agreed on the condition that no soldiers accompany him. He swam through the anomaly into the Cretaceous period where he found Helen, swimming in a rock pool. They had a long discussion: Helen revealed that she did know about the anomalies, but kept it to herself because she wanted to study them, fearing he would expose them to the wider scientific community and she would never get a look-in. Cutter tried to convince her to come back with him, but Helen said she has been exploring the anomalies and seen many wonders, and want him to join her. He couldn't forgive her for letting him think she was dead all this time. Enraged by his refusal, she states that he should have moved on after her apparent death, like herself, and that humans will be extinct soon. Cutter realized that the Helen he knew was gone and went back alone. While swimming to the anomaly, a Mosasaur attacked, managing to rip open his air tube, leaving him drowning. Luckily a bigger Mosasaur arrived and killed the smaller one. Cutter was pulled back through the anomaly was given CPR by Claudia. After recovering he saw that Lester had sent Ryan and an armed team through the anomaly and brought Helen back by force. As she was carted off to the Home Office, Cutter looked on in horror.
sabre-toothed killers will be rampaging through Central London". Helen led the team to the kitchens of a deserted football stadium where they found an anomaly, but no sabre-toothed cats. While the team prepared, Helen escaped through the anomaly, and Cutter was prevented from going through. Later a flock of curious Dodos come through and they realize Helen's story about sabre-toothed cats was a bluff. The team return all the dodos through the anomaly, save for one which had 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. After some study, Cutter told Lester that the creature is a highly dangerous parasite that destroys its host's body, keeping them alive just long enough to reproduce itself and once that is achieved, parasite and host die together. Just then they receive information from Connor that his friends Tom and Duncan have captured a dodo, and Connor suspects that Tom has been infected with a parasite. The team head over there, and find the dodo's dead body, but not Tom. Seeing a broken light bulb by the dodo's body, Cutter realized that the parasite is light-sensitive and wherever Tom is, he'll be trying to stay in the dark. He warned Lester that they had to find Tom before he infected anyone else or they would have a pandemic. Lester agrees, though he thought the whole situation was part of Helen's 'twisted plan' and Cutter tried to defend his wife. Upon realizing that they need to understand more about what Tom is thinking, Cutter and Stephen talked to Connor and Duncan, who explained that Tom would likely be tracking the device that they used to find the dodo. It transpires that Tom goes after Abby, who ends up being chased round the football stadium by an increasingly vicious Tom. the team arrive just before Tom is going to bite Abby, and who then dies in Connor's arms. A grief-stricken Connor tried to resign, but Cutter, in a display of remarkable compassion, told 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 has been piling the pressure on Claudia to get answers from Cutter about the Anomalies but he has no response. Meanwhile, at a nearby golf course, the discovery of a murdered golfer brings the team in. Cutter examined the body and concluded 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. Cutter noticed there was no sound: the birds and insects have all been scared off. Looking up, they saw the anomaly was in the sky. While Cutter wondered where the creature has gone, Stephen spotted a Pteranodon swooping straight for them, skimming over their heads before flying off. The Pteranodon was apparently attacking Connor, and Cutter prevented Ryan from shooting it, thinking that something wasn't right. The Pteranodon escaped and Cutter and Stephen give chase with Claudia in tow. The Pteranodon is caught and tranquilized but not before Claudia is knocked out by its flailing beak. Cutter was there to comfort her at the clubhouse before realizing she was temporarily blind. Stephen called to confirm Cutter's theory: the Pteranodon didn't harm the golfer, and it wasn't after Connor, but Rex (whom Abby had secretly been keeping).
Cutter and a still-blinded Claudia, soaked in blood, swiftly found themselves under attack from a flock of flesh-eating Anurognathus. After being chased around the house, Cutter attempted to escape to get help, leaving Claudia in a secure room, kissing her before he leaves. Escaping into an ambulance he calls the others for help and uses an oxygen tank a a mini flamethrower to kill some of the small pterosaurs. He initially assumed Claudia had been killed when the building exploded, but was relieved to discover she was alive and shocked to discover that she was rescued by Helen. The team meet up at the anomaly and release the Pteranodon. Cutter used a red flag to draw in the creature (which was how he and Stephen managed to capture it earlier) and watched as it flew back home just before the anomaly shut.
- "Wait, something's wrong! This isn't right... something's happened. Something's changed. We've done something. We've - something we did has changed the past, and she isn't here anymore."
- ―Cutter realises the timeline's changed
Cutter spoke with Claudia on the recent events, and though he claimed that he and Helen could have repaired their relationship with counselling before she disappeared, but found it hard to speak about his feelings with Claudia, made more awkward following their kiss. Helen returned, claiming to know the reason behind recent disappearances: a incredibly dangerous predator which is lightening fast, ruthless, almost invisible until the moment of attack and has near-human levels of intelligence. But worst of all is that this creature is from the Future, literally years ahead of them - a Future Predator. While searching to kill it (due to it being too dangerous and not affecting the timeline with its death) the creature attacked and bested them. Then Cutter and Connor realized it is a highly-evolved form of bat, using echolocation to always stay one step ahead of its prey. They use an oscilloscope to hunt down the Predator's lair, where they find a nest of baby predators. Then a Predator attacked, so Cutter kidnapped one of the babies to lure the creature away into a greenhouse. He starts shooting at the glass panels to confuse the creature's echolocation, and then finishes it off with a shot to the head. The babies are all captured and Helen convinced everyone that they can use the babies to find the future anomaly and secure it permanently. To get to the future anomaly they have to travel into the original anomaly in the Forest of Dean. Cutter, Helen, Ryan and his men prepared to enter the anomaly with the infants. Just before they leave, Claudia walks up to Cutter and kisses him, right in front of Helen. Once they had made a camp, Cutter takes some souvenir photos of Helen. With a shock he realizes that the photos he had just taken were the same ones that he had found in Helen's camera on the first mission into the Permian. He is horrified, as this means that they have created their own past. Suddenly another Future Predator attacks - the remaining parent of the babies. It tears though Ryan and his men, but as it prepares to attack Cutter, a Gorgonopsid appeared. The two beasts fought, ending when the Gorgonopsid crushes the Future Predator under its own body. Cutter goes over to Ryan, realizing that the body they found the first time was his. Cutter and Helen bury the men killed in the attack, and then return home. Cutter tells everyone no one was going back, but Helen had one final blow to deliver. She wished to return through the anomalies, but this time with Stephen, revealing the two had had an affair before she had disappeared, and although Cutter was furious that it had been kept from him Stephen decides to stay in the present day. Helen left, and Cutter realizes that Claudia wasn't there. When he asks the team where she is they say they don't know anyone called Claudia Brown. Cutter quickly realized that something had changed which resulted in Claudia Brown never existing, and turned to the anomaly...
- Stephen: "Are you sure you're alright?"
- Nick: "Under the circumstances I'd say I was doing very well."
- ―Stephen questions Cutter's sanity.
Cutter tried to go back through the anomaly, desperate to make things right again, but Stephen and Connor held him back as it closed. Cutter realized the full extent of the changes that have occurred to his world; for one thing the Home Office was no longer the team base, instead the they have an incredibly hi-tech, highly sophisticated facility called the Anomaly Research Centre, or ARC. There was also a whole new team of secondary staff working for them, primarily Oliver Leek, the man now doing Claudia Brown's job. Cutter tried to tell the team about his theory of the past being changed, but everyone thought he was going mad - except for Connor, who believes him. The team got a call about an incursion at a shopping centre so Cutter, Stephen, Connor and Abby went over there and armed themselves with tranquilizers, as Cutter is adamant that they can't kill any more creatures as it risks changing the past. Stephen tried to explain his affair with Helen, but Cutter was unwilling to confront the issue. They eventually find three Deinonychus in the mall: two adults and one child, and are attacked. When Connor and Abby go off to evacuate a cleaner, Cutter and Stephen are attacked by one of the raptors, but when Cutter tries to tranquilize it the gun jams. Stephen accused him of intentionally allowing the creature to kill him in revenge, but Cutter rebuffed the claim on the grounds that if he wanted Stephen dead, he'd have shot him personally. The creature attacked again and it was successfully tranquilized by Stephen only after he realizes that the gun was actually jammed. Nick then forgave Stephen for his affair with Helen, since he didn't go with Helen and stayed when it really mattered. Connor brings back the baby raptor. The team tie it up, hoping that it would draw in the remaining adult. The plan failed as the tranquilizer wasn't enough and the adult raptor devoured the baby, and Cutter and Stephen argued over using real ammunition. After a lengthy chase the creature is tranquilized. Cutter noticed that all the radios were suffering from some interference on the 86.7FM frequency, and he suspected it to be connected to the anomaly. He theorized that they could build a receiver tuned in to that frequency that would alert them whenever any interference occurs - an anomaly detector. Cutter decided to take the raptors back through the anomaly but alone. After freeing the creatures he stops he starts to walk away from the anomaly and his past life, but Stephen, having expected Cutter to do something like this, tries to get him to come back. Cutter stated that he wanted to travel through the anomalies, find out what went wrong and put it right, but Stephen convinced him to return, on account of the fact he has work to do, and the fear that by meddling with the anomalies he could potentially change things for the worse - even wipe out humanity - and still not get Claudia back. They start to go back, but the now awake raptors come after them. They eventually get back through safely. Back at the ARC, Lester introduces them to a new member of their team, a PR professional named Jenny Lewis and Cutter was shocked when he saw that Jenny Lewis is a complete copy of Claudia Brown...
office block. Cutter was intrigued by Jenny's demeanor when they arrived, and he and Stephen entered the building to find it filled with a thick fog. Rescuing a firewoman from a giant, carnivorous Worm, Cutter speculated the anomaly lead to somewhere in the Precambrian and that the worms cant breathe without the fog. While trying to make their way up, Stephen gets lost and Cutter has to flee. Jenny, who was completely disbelieving about the team fighting prehistoric creatures, entered the building and had to be rescued by Cutter, who used a samurai sword to attack a worm. Though initially furious at her, for defying his orders and for replacing Claudia, he came to respect her determination to help. While sending Connor and Abby to turn up the heating in the building to remove the fog, he and Jenny went to find Stephen, who was surrounded by worms. As the fog lifted, the heat caused the creatures to explode, shooting their parasitic young all over the room. Cutter warned everyone not to let them break the skin, and after setting off the building's fire control system, the worms fall to the ground where they die. Later Stephen offered his opinion that the anomaly's were a test for humanity, but Cutter dismissed him. That night Cutter went to Jenny's house and offered to explain everything to her but he quickly apologized and left when her fiancé came to the door.
Anomaly Detection Device to the team, and Cutter was impressed by his work, although it appeared to not work as the team learned that a paintballer at Blue Sky Theme Park had been mauled to death. Examining the body, he and Abby realized it was a big cat, and though insistent that the park should be shut down, Jenny and Park Manager Peter Campbell refused, believing it would draw too much attention from the press. The team went looking for the creature, and took a detour with Jenny to investigate West, a man who used to illegally breed lions but no longer did, and was unimpressed by Jenny's methods of flirting. Campbell was killed at a nearby railway station by the beast, and the incident was recorded on video by a trainspotter. Upon examining the footage Cutter discovers that the killer is an enormous Smilodon. The team prepared traps to catch the creature, but Cutter noticed a man's body buried in the pit. They were then attacked by the creature, who was patrolling its territory. Abby distracted it with a mechanical digger while Cutter climbed onto an zipwire slung between the trees, and used it to get it into a safe position for Abby to tranquilize it, only for it to escape. Examining the body, Cutter determined the Smilodon had done it, but someone knew about it and had buried the body. While the others went to check on West, Cutter found a photo of Valerie Irwin, the park's deputy manager, in the dead man's wallet. While searching her house he realized the creature had come through an anomaly years before and she had been looking after it. He was cornered by Valerie, who assumed the team had genetically created the creature and were there to kill her pet, and set the Smilodon on him. After a desperate race through the house with the Smilodon in pursuit, Cutter managed to escape outside, and while arming himself, Valerie was killed when she got too close to the frenzied creature while trying to settle it down. Cutter prepared to attack, but the team arrived just in time and tranquilized it. Cutter accused Stephen telling Valerie what they were doing, but Stephen retorted and said that he wish he had. Back at the ARC, Leek informed Cutter the Smilodon had died while being transported and Cutter didn't believe him, and asked to do his own postmortem, but Leek said that the body was on its way to be destroyed after blaming Abby for overdosing the tranquilizer which Cutter quickly snapped at .
Nick and the team get trapped on the other side of a Cretaceous anomaly, and they must fight to survive.
- "Now excuse me, I have hot date with dead shark"
- ―Cutter to Jenny
When an anomaly opened on the Isle of Dogs a teenage boy, Lucien Hope, was dragged into a flooded drain. Cutter and Stephen searched for him in the drains, but only heard a strange mammalian song and were lead to a nearby canal. The team scoured the canal for evidence of a creature, and Jenny was attacked by a strange kind of shark, however Cutter and Stephen arrived and killed the shark. After comforting Jenny and admitting he was not very good with women after calling her Claudia Brown, he began the creature's postmortem. After finding out that there was no body and that sharks take days to digest its food he states that the future evolution of a shark and had not killed Lucien, and Lester assumed the crisis was over, but while Stephen believed there was a second Future Shark, Cutter thought it was a marine mammal after the team finds shed skin (similar to a modern day marine mammals) and that they were looking it in the wrong place. Despite orders from Lester, Cutter decided to follow his hunch, but came across what looked like one of their special forces, and pursued him, and realized him to be the Cleaner that was meant to have been killed in he mall. He knocked Cutter out and Cutter voiced his suspicions to Abby and Connor that they were being watched by someone. Cutter, with Connor and Abby, put into action a plan to lure the creature to them, however it jumps out of the water and grabs Abby, dragging her beneath the water. The team searched for Abby but could find no trace of either her or the creature. Stephen and Cutter presumed her dead and called off the search, at which Connor started yelling at Cutter. Lester arrived and told Cutter to go home for disobeying orders, however he remained nearby to work on his own. In secret, Jenny provided Cutter with information about a flooded warehouse, which Cutter realized could be the lair of the creatures . Cutter contacted Connor and convinced him to help, and while searching the warehouse that they find Abby and Lucien are still alive: the creatures were storing them for food. This excitement is short lived when Abby is taken by a creature, 'the Mer'. Connor went off to search for her, while Lucien and Cutter were left to fight the remaining Mer on their own. Fortunately Stephen arrived to save them. After figuring out that Connor went through the future anomaly to rescue Abby, Cutter and Stephen followed and turned up in time to save him and Abby from the gargantuan MerQueen, which they gunned down. Lester reluctantly thanked Cutter for disobeying orders, and Abby asked Cutter if what they saw was their future. He explained humanity will be extinct long before then, or perhaps simply return to the waters from where they came: the Mer could potentially be descended from humans.
- "Damn it!"
- ―Cutter's evidence is stolen
The anomaly detector registered an anomaly but there was an apparent power surge, and when Connor rebooted the Detector, it registered no anomalies. Cutter suspected someone tapped the power and stole the location of the anomaly using spyware, possibly the Cleaner. After clearing the system they discovered the anomaly's location and Cutter, accompanied by Jenny, went to investigate. When the found the anomaly a small dog ran out and Cutter feared the owner might have gone through. Connor sent his remote control camera buggy through the anomaly, and the arid desert landscape lead Cutter to deduce the anomaly led to the Silurian. On the screen, they saw a girl, and Cutter and Stephen decided to go through to retrieve her. On the other side, they came across the remnants of a group of mercenaries' battle with an unknown creature, which Cutter viewed on a pair of night vision goggles that had recorded the whole thing. Stephen pointed this out to be evidence of a traitor's presence in the ARC and accused Cutter of withholding the information and they were supposed to be working as a team. Moving on, they head in the direction of the girl and narrowly reach her position on a rocky outcrop, just ahead of a mysterious creature pursuing them beneath the sand. Cutter, Stephen and Taylor attempted to get back to the fading anomaly but were unable to reach it due to more creatures blocking their path under the sand, and it closed. While waiting to see what would happen, they were relieved when the portable anomaly detector registered another anomaly. After enduring a sandstorm, the group were confronted by the Cleaner, who forced the trio to hand over their water and the anomaly detector at gunpoint. Cutter tricked him into attracting one of the sand creatures with vibrations, which killed the mercenary. When forced to cross a series of sand dunes slowly, Taylor accidentally drew one of the creatures, which took Stephen. Fortunately they managed to get it above ground, revealing it to be a giant scorpion, and a second, bigger scorpion attacked it. Stephen fell, and Cutter grabbed the night vision goggles for the proof of the traitor's identity. The trio raced down the dune and ran through the anomaly. On the other side of the anomaly, the group found themselves in what they thought to be the days of the caveman. An early human appears and Cutter swiftly knocked him out with a well-placed punch, however it was only an actor. Abby and Connor arrived to meet them and Lester was also present but Cutter, wary of treachery, dealt with him coldly. After returning Taylor home, Cutter left the night-vision goggles in his office when he went to get a cup of coffee: on his return, he found they had been stolen...
Columbian Mammoth had appeared and was rampaging on the M25 in broad daylight. Cutter and the team responded, and Cutter went to help a woman trapped in her car. Then Cutter tried using female elephant urine to lure the Mammoth to the anomaly but it closed, so Cutter quickly decided to lead it into the back of a lorry. Cutter was angry with Stephen when he finally turned up with Helen, claiming she was there to help with the traitor. Cutter refused to talk to either of them, abruptly firing Stephen and dismissing any notion that Helen had come to help. At the ARC, Stephen attempted to bring Cutter around to his way of thinking, but Cutter refused to listen, and Stephen called Cutter arrogant and stubborn, and remarked "No wonder Helen turned to me!". Outraged, Cutter punched Stephen in the face and set work with Connor on tracking down their enemy, refusing to talk about Stephen or Helen. They installed a virus into the ADD to sabotage whoever is hacking into the system, faking the appearance of an anomaly and see who would go to it first, knowing that it would be the traitor. The plan apparently worked, and Jenny arrived at the fake location. When he confronted her, she claimed to have no idea what he is talking about - she had been ordered to go there. After threatening to shoot her, and despite soldiers pointing their own guns at him, Jenny told Cutter that Oliver Leek had sent her: he was is the traitor. The team returned to find Lester badly wounded after a vicious battle with a Future Predator Leek had let loose in the ARC. While trying to hack into his personal files they activated a bomb hidden in the ARC, and with Connor's help he only just managed to deactivate it by removing the car battery it was attached to as a power source. After tracing the signal from a neural clamp used to control the Predator, Lester left to deal with Leek, and Cutter, Connor, Abby and Jenny tracked down Caroline Steel (Connor's ex-girlfriend) hoping to recover Rex after she had taken him. Arriving at a strange facility, they found Leek waiting for them , and he captured the team and had Cutter knocked unconscious. When he came around, Cutter learned that Helen had been in a conspiracy with Leek the whole time. The team then take in their surroundings with horror. They saw Leek's collection of creatures, including Rex, Scutosaurus, Arthropleura, Raptors, the Smilodon, Mer Creatures and Silurian Scorpions, as well as many Future Predators.
- Stephen: "Sorry mate. I'm doing this one."
- Nick: "No! Open the door, open it!"
- ―Nick can't bear the thought of watching his friend die
Leek kept Cutter and Jenny in one cell, and Abby and Connor in another. Cutter deduced that Helen was in charge, since Leek "doesn't have the wit to do this", and Cutter falsely admitted to Jenny he still had feelings for Helen; a revelation that had Helen release him so that they could have a chance to talk. She explained that the change to the timeline was an accident, and she had no doing in what happened to Claudia but she wished to replicate the accident as a scientific experiment to see the effects of altering time through the anomalies. Cutter attempted to convince her that changing the timeline was wrong and that they shouldn't disrupt nature's course but she refused. Leek arrived and tortured Cutter by locking Jenny, Abby, Connor and Caroline in a sealed room and released a Smilodon to attack them. Leek ignores Cutter's pleads, so he desperately turned to Helen but Leek ignored her also. Desperate, Cutter damaged Leek's computer system by pouring water on it: and when it was re-booted, the virus implanted into the ADD system by Connor beforehand wiped out the system. The group was freed from their captivity and Leek's collection on creatures were unleashed. Helen helped Cutter take down the guards while Leek fled. She offers her help, but he refused; he turned a gun on her and insisted she lead him out of the base, upon which she would be handed over to Lester. Helen rebuffs this, thinking Cutter still had feelings for her, but he retorted that what he said in the cells was an act to get her attention and his release. However they were jumped by guards and Helen escaped.
Cutter made his way through the base, stalked by a Future Predator Leek had sent to kill him. Cutter reached the feeding chamber with the creature in pursuit. He distracted it with blood from a cut on his hand, then tore out the neural clamp, killing the Predator. Leek reappeared and revealed he had control of an entire pack of Future Predators, ignoring Cutter's comments that the predators would likely destroy mankind if they ever escaped their captivity. Leek tried to engineer a hostage situation, ordering Lester to call off the soldiers coming to his base or he would order the Predators to kill Cutter. Cutter told Lester to refuse; and before Leek could go through with his threat, Cutter deactivated the neural clamps by inserting one in a circuit box. The electrical charge short-circuited the device, deactivating them all and freeing the predators from Leek's control. Cutter narrowly escaped as the Future Predators descended and devoured Leek. Stephen arrived and Cutter convinced him Helen had lied to him, and Helen suggested a plan to lure the creatures into the feeding chamber and locking them in where they could destroy each other. However, in the chamber, an attacking raptor destroyed the external door controls, they were only able to lock the chamber from the inside, requiring the sacrifice of one of them to do so. Cutter was prepared to go back, and tells Stephen that Lester is not the enemy but Stephen knocked him to the ground and sealed himself in, ignoring Cutter's desperate pleas to open the door. Cutter and Helen watched in horror as Stephen was surrounded and devoured by the creatures. As Cutter wept over the death of his friend, Helen fled. After Stephen's funeral Jenny offered to go for a drink with Cutter and he agreed but not right now; however Lester said that there was another anomaly, apologizing for the untimely interruption. As the team left, Cutter pulled out a photo of himself and Claudia Brown. Accepting that the changes to time were permanent and like Stephen, he had lost her forever, he tore up the photo and let the wind take the pieces away as he walked towards car.
- "It will be a disaster. An extinction-level event, in two distinct eras. We could lose vast areas of Russia and Continental Europe. To put it mildly, this is going to be a very bad day for mankind."
- ―Nick realizes that his world is about to end.
Some months after Stephen's death, a deadly Entelodon came through an anomaly, and rampaged down Oxford Street, killing three people. However Cutter refused to allow Captain Jake Hemple to kill it. However after bringing it down with a tranquilizer, a second creature attacked Jenny, and he reluctantly ordered its death in fear of losing another dear friend. At Lester's office, Cutter shared his feelings about having creatures killed, however, Lester was unsympathetic and Jenny furious. Connor meanwhile, had noticed a change in the recent anomalies, and that it was growing, while Cutter wondered as to whether any other countries were dealing with anomalies and thought they should share resources. A few weeks later, while dealing with many Euparkeria at a gas station, Cutter noticed the anomaly was also erratic. Cutter decided to go back to the Central Metropolitan University to check out some of the stuff he had left in his old office, even if it had been written by the version of him from this timeline. While there, a Russian paleontologist named Nikolai Medyevin approached him, and Cutter was suspicious as to how he had known he was going to be there. Then a Russian soldier named Koshkin arrived, holding Connor and Abby at gunpoint. They were all kidnapped and (having been injected with a dose of tranquilizer) woke up to learn they were on their way to Siberia. While speaking with Medyevin, Cutter realizes the Russians also had an anomaly problem.
After arriving at the advance camp, he met Professor Rina Suvova, whom used to be his and Helen's mentor when they were in college. Cutter was introduced to other scientists who believed the creatures were the result of a survival, and were reluctant to accept the idea of anomalies, however Connor convinced them to give them a chance to prove themselves. After building a crude detector they set out to find the anomaly, and encounter Torosaurus with an injured calf, leading to Connor and Umarov being injured and the detector ruined. That night there was an explosion, and Koshkin explained it was an event similar to the Tunguska incident, and Cutter insisted on investigating. On the way they found an enormous herd of dead Anatotitans, which died from shock, and Troodons that were feasting on one of the larger carcasses. When they finally find the impact site, Yushenko was killed and eaten by a female Tyrannosaurus Rex, named Baba Yaga, while everyone was distracted. After an Ankylosaurus crashed through their camp, Cutter's group located the anomaly, and they went through it. However, it closed, leaving them stranded in the past. Cutter feared the strange occurances were to do with the impending K-T meteor about to strike in the Cretaceous, and while waiting, Helen who came to "help", Jenny, Hemple, and the rest of the Alpha Team arrived, having used Helen as a guide to find the Russian anomaly. Helen said that the Tunguskan anomalies erratic behavior was to do with the repeated meteor impacts. Cutter asked for Helen's help in closing the anomaly to prevent the K-T impactor from wiping out present-day Earth, but she only wanted him to leave it behind. Refusing, he decided they would take her back to the ARC, but she escaped again as the anomaly opened.
Arriving back, Yuri Torosyan and several other men took them back to the advance camp, where they were kidnapped, handcuffed, and imprisoned under Shvachko's order, who didn't believe in the anomalies. Koshkin freed them and agreed to help, having been convinced by his experience, but then Baba Yaga attacked the camp. Cutter helped the others in trying to bring it down with his tranquilizer gun. and was nearly eaten before Abby finally managed to bring it down. However a second T-Rex, a smaller, yet still very dangerous, male, arrived and attacked, killing Medyevin. Baba Yaga woke up, and killed the male, and then retreated back into the dark, dank forests of Siberia. Meanwhile Connor and Koshkin managed to successfully fire a Russian EMP weapon that permanently sealed the anomaly. Afterwards Cutter and the others are all sent back home, and have come to an agreement that if the anomaly reopens they only need to ask for their help.
You have just joined the ARC team when Eve contacts you through your television, and tells you about how Nick changed history. She recruits you on a mission to stop it from happening again, and says that, if you don't succeed, the ARC, and possibly the whole world, would be in grave danger.
- Jenny: "But you can't change the past."
- Nick: "You don't know the half of it, Claudia Brown."
- ―At least he can still joke
In the ARC, Jenny tried to dissuade Cutter from blaming himself for Stephen's death, asking him out for a drink when the ADD went off, detecting an anomaly in the British Museum. Cutter, Jenny, Connor and Abby, along with their newest team member and security chief Captain Becker, entered the museum, found the body of an attacked woman, and start searching for the anomaly. They encountered Sarah Page, an employee of the British Museum who accused Cutter of being a thief, then ran off upon seeing Marion dead. The team followed her, and in the room containing the Sun Cage (an Ancient Egyptian artifact made of magnetite) they found the anomaly while a giant crocodile-like creature escaped through an open door. Cutter and Abby followed the beast through the town, and Cutter was disheartened when Abby states that Stephen could have tracked it better than them. Connor identified the creature as a Pristichampsus and they pursued it into shopping outlet, where Cutter rescued a cleaning lady from the creature's jaws and severely injured it in the process. Arriving back at the British Museum and, thanks to some quick thinking by Sarah, the Pristichampsus was returned back through the anomaly. Back at the ARC, Sarah made a remark about Pristichampus being the Egyptian goddess Ammut, which gave Cutter an idea: a connection between legends and anomalies. To do research on that, he asked Lester to get Sarah onto the team, which Sarah accepted, and set her the task of researching mythological beasts and seeing if they correspond to creatures that may have come through anomalies. He also sets Connor to work on experimenting on the effects of magnetite and electricity on anomalies (magnetite can allow anomalies to be contained and moved, and electricity can temporarily close them-all found out by Connor while the rest of the team were chasing the Pristichampus). The team also argue about the fate of the Sun Cage: Cutter argues it is now too dangerous to be put on public display; however, Lester informs him the artifact has left the British Museum, and is now being shipped to Pyongyang, North Korea.
Eve tells you about a new theory that Cutter is working on. She doesn't know what it is yet, but she knows it will bring about bad consequences. But the only way to convince Cutter to stop is if she shows him hard proof. Eve instructs you sneak into Cutter's office, take photos of whatever is there and send them to her. You proceed to enter Cutter's office, where you connect points that mark famous mythological creatures on a map, but without crossing the same path twice.
Cutter, using Sarah's research, came up with a way to use the data by putting it into a 'Matrix', an intricate graph device designed to be a 3-D representation of all anomalies throughout history. Cutter explained to Jenny that the Matrix's aim was to try and predict where and when the next anomaly would appear. Using the latest information, Cutter predicted that the next anomaly would appear in an abandoned house, but he is uncertain of the time it will open. Cutter sends Jenny, Abby and Connor to investigate, and when Sarah wants to go he insists she stay with him to continue researching. Later, Cutter was deep in thought when the alarm went off, caused by the invasion by the Cleaner, the one killed in the Silurian, and had tried breaking into Cutter's locker, but shot dead by Becker. Cutter recognized the impossible and realized there was only one logical explanation for the intrusion: Helen, saying "Something inexplicable happens, Helen's usually behind it." Connor later called, having dealt with a Camouflage Beast from the Future, confirming Cutter's prediction. At the end of the day Cutter returned to his home, unaware Helen was there too and narrowly missed catching her when he finds his front door open despite having shut it.
- "Connor, tell Claudia Brown... Nevermind."
- ―Cutter's last words
Cutter explained the Matrix's function to Lester and his and Connor's idea to use electricity to lock anomalies. Then an anomaly was detected opening in the middle of a crowded hospital so Cutter, Connor, Abby and Becker went to investigate. After some investigation, the team discover that a group of cute but not completely harmless Diictodon have emerged through an anomaly from the Late Permian, chewing through electrical wires and playing havoc with the hospital's electrical systems. Cutter and Abby fell afoul of journalist Mick Harper, who locked them in an operating theatre with the anomaly and a young woman going into labor. Cutter helped Abby deliver the woman's baby and in attracting the Diictodon back to the anomaly. Upon their return to the ARC, Cutter, Connor and Abby were ambushed by some clones of the Cleaner, as the ARC had been invaded by Helen. She used a clone of Cutter to infiltrate the facility and then ordered her clones into an all-out attack. Helen and the Nick Clone interrogated Cutter, explaining that the ARC's work would ultimately result in the creation of the Future Predators and the eventual destruction of the life on earth unless she stopped it, ignoring Cutter's warnings her interference would never yield the result she desired. Helen then produced the Artefact, claiming that Cutter knew its purpose. Though unaware of what it was or what it did, Cutter pretended to know its purpose, but refused to tell Helen. She ordered the Cutter Clone to shoot Cutter unless he agreed to speak, and though Cutter tried to appeal to the clone by telling it it has free will and the right to make its own decisions, the clone remained focused on its task. Cutter decided to give in to Helen's demands, just as the others managed to break Helen's control over all the clones except Cutter's. She ordered it to complete its mission, then flees into the ARC. The Cutter clone takes prepared to detonate a bomb, and Cutter urged it to want to live, but the clone, having no fear of death, was unmoved but told Cutter to save himself. Once he was gone, the Cutter clone detonated the bomb, killing itself and the Cleaner clones, along with causing massive damage to the ARC. The ARC was evacuated, but in the aftermath, Cutter realized Helen was not present. Despite the pleading of Jenny not to go back, Cutter ran back into the ARC, and found a semi-conscious Helen and the artefact. He took it from her and hid it, and offered to take Helen out of the ARC. However she pulled a gun on Cutter, telling him "The future is more important than either of us!". Helen apologized but claimed it is the only way to save the future. Cutter coldly taunted her by saying "You know what, Helen? You're not as smart as I thought you were". Helen shot him in the chest, then ran off. Soon Connor came looking for Cutter, only to find him dying on the floor. Cutter didn't want to be moved, and asked Connor to stay with him. Handing him the artefact, he asked Connor to unravel its secrets, knowing it was important somehow, before he finally died in Connor's arm.
One day after Helen's siege, Sarah is talking to you about the events of yesterday, and informs you how lucky you are to have your lab still intact, unlike Cutter's office. She confides in you the fact that she wishes she knew Nick better, due to the fact that he was responsible for her employment at the ARC. Sarah leaves, after letting you know of her plans to carry on Cutter's work - if only she knew where to start. You receive an email from Lester officially informing you of Cutter's death. He states that despite this the ARC will continue as normal, though their will be a staff memorial to be held. Connor uses this week's vlog to talk about heroes. Despite not actually mentioning him, it is obvious that Connor is talking about Nick. You find that Abby has left a voice mail on your telephone, asking you to try and cheer up Connor, as Cutter was a mentor to him.
The team are still struggling to come to terms with Cutter's death. Connor is overworked, with unraveling the Artifact added to his workload of building an Anomaly Locking Mechanism. Lester appoints Jenny the temporary field team leader. After fighting off a Giganotosaurus, Jenny and Connor congratulate each other on a job well done. Jenny says, "Cutter would have been proud of you." Connor replies, "And you."
Jenny is given Cutter's personal items, since he has no family to pass them onto. She is horrified to discover a photo of Claudia Brown, extremely confused and frightened at the meaning of it. Lester's boss Christine Johnson insists that he take on military officer Captain Wilder as Cutter's permanent replacement. Danny Quinn has been following the team. After defeating a Fungus Creature he is made the permanent team leader. Jenny resigns from the ARC, traumatized by recent events, including Nick's death. She says that she wants to try for a life where she can 'just forget the ARC, the creatures, the anomalies and above all, forget about Nick Cutter and Claudia Brown'.
Connor and Sarah begin experimenting with the Artifact. On unlocking it with a laser beam they discover a series of lights projected out that look just like Cutter's Matrix. They then theorize that the Artifact is a device used to predict anomalies.
When Sarah is reading Eve's notebook she finds a disturbing name - Claudia Brown. She shows Connor and Becker, and Connor realizes that, besides Cutter, Helen was the only one who knew about Claudia. This means that Eve is actually Helen in disguise.
Helen is confronted by Danny, Connor and Abby in the future, where she used the artefact to plot a route to Site 333 in the Pliocene epoch. Connor was amazed, and he and Abby realized that Cutter had been right and that there was a pattern in the anomalies. When Helen and Danny were in the middle of a stand off, Danny says that despite her efforts to kill the Australopithecus the human race would survive in some way, Helen noted that he sounded just like Nick, and that they were both wrong. Almost immediately after, Helen was pushed off a cliff by a Deinonychus, killing Nick's former wife.
New team leader Matt Anderson is arguing with Becker about the uniform of the soldiers. Matt thinks that they should be in civilian clothes, but Becker believes that they should be in uniform, as it promotes unity and confidence in the field. He also says that Cutter and Danny never had a problem with uniform.
Matt is talking to his new team. He tells them how dangerous their job is, and refers to the deaths of Nick, Stephen and Sarah.
In Lester's opening monologue, he talks about how the ARC's leading research scientist was murdered by his insane wife Helen. A flashback of Nick's death is seen. Connor and Abby have just returned from a year stranded in the Cretaceous to find themselves being fired by Lester. A new regime has been implemented meaning all field team members must be from a strictly military background, meaning no civilian hiring. Connor is outraged, shouting at Lester and new co-owner Philip Burton that the whole reason they made the sacrifices and fought to get back home is to carry on Cutter's work.
When Connor and Abby meet Jenny again, she says again that after leaving the ARC that she wanted to start afresh and forget about Cutter. She later mentions Nick to her fiance when she comes clean about her work at the ARC, saying that there was this man she loved who died in action. When she is asked if she is finished with Nick, she affirms it and she is soon married.
After Matt and Abby discover that Connor has made the first artificial anomaly, Abby confronts Connor about it, to which Connor retorts its for progress and could change the future. Abby then tells Connor that Cutter wouldn't like what he was doing; Connor disagrees and says that he would like that he wants to change the future since he erroneously believes Cutter wanted to himself, though Abby is quick to remind Connor that he really didn't (especially after what happened to Claudia after messing with time) and that Helen wanted to do so. Later, Connor is disheartened by Philip's acquaintanceship with Helen Cutter and apologizes to Abby, thinking that he was only continuing Cutter's work.
Professor Nick Cutter is a hard-bitten and cynical man. He constantly struggles with authority - to the extant he never even turns up for his own lectures. There are, however, rumors that he has a softer side among the ARC team, but he's keen to dispel those. He prefers fossils to live animals and The Stones to The Beatles. Cutter also extremely dislikes government officials, such as James Lester, and is convinced that there's more chance of finding intelligent life elsewhere in the universe than in the government.
Skills and abilities
Nick Cutter was a very skilled team leader of the ARC team, as he was both an expert in prehistoric creatures and also a very reckless and decisive man, being able to come up with many on the spot decisions based on his knowledge of creatures which has saved the team from many crises.
- Episode 1.1 (first appearance)
- Episode 1.2
- Episode 1.3
- Episode 1.4
- Episode 1.5
- Episode 1.6
- Episode 2.1
- Episode 2.2
- Episode 2.3
- Shadow of the Jaguar
- The Lost Island
- Episode 2.4
- Episode 2.5
- Episode 2.6
- Episode 2.7
- Extinction Event
- Primeval Evolved Intro (mentioned)
- Episode 3.1
- Primeval Evolved Week 1 (mentioned)
- Episode 3.2
- Episode 3.3 (death, last appearance)
- Primeval Evolved Week 3 (mentioned)
- Episode 3.4 (voice, mentioned)
- Episode 3.5 (mentioned)
- Episode 3.6 (mentioned)
- Episode 3.8 (mentioned)
- Episode 3.9 (mentioned)
- Episode 3.10 (mentioned)
- S4 Prequel Episode 3 (mentioned)
- S4 Prequel Episode 4 (mentioned)
- Episode 4.1 (mentioned)
- Episode 4.2 (mentioned)
- Episode 4.6 (mentioned)
- Episode 5.4 (mentioned)
- Episode 5.6 (mentioned)
- After Cutter dies, from Episode 3.4 onwards, he was replaced in the Series 3 opening credits by Danny Quinn, played by Jason Flemyng.
- ITV continuity announcers repeatedly referred to him as "Nick Cutler".
- If you look very carefully and closely at Connor's database in Episode 1.1, there is the picture of Nick Cutter in the Episode 1.6 promo.rom time-to-time. Interestingly, Helen Cutter always referred to him as Nick.
- Cutter is one of the seven characters, including Stephen, Connor, Abby, Helen and Lester to appear in all the Younger Storybooks.
- Character guide on ITV.com 
|Series 1 Main Characters|
|Nick Cutter • Stephen Hart • Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • Claudia Brown • Helen Cutter • James Lester • Tom Ryan|
|Series 2 Main Characters|
|Nick Cutter • Stephen Hart • Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • Jenny Lewis • Helen Cutter • James Lester • Oliver Leek • Caroline Steel • The Cleaner|
|Series 3 Main Characters|
|Nick Cutter • Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • Jenny Lewis • Helen Cutter • James Lester • Hilary Becker • Sarah Page • Danny Quinn • Christine Johnson • Joseph Wilder|
|Older Novels Main Characters|
|Nick Cutter • Stephen Hart • Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • Jenny Lewis • James Lester • Helen Cutter • Jake Hemple • Danny Quinn • Hilary Becker • Sarah Page|