|Profession|| Physics prodigy|
|Affiliations||Cross Photonics (Special Projects Group)|
|Hobbies|| Scientific research|
|Skills|| Network hacking|
|Appearances||See full list below|
Toby was born to a Chinese mother and a preacher father, and learned to speak fluent Cantonese from her mother. Toby's father was apparently highly strict with her, and Toby herself usually tried to keep her romantic relationships secret from her parents. (Angry Birds, Babes in the Woods) In high school, Toby at one point dated a football team captain, but secretly had an affair with the same cheerleader as him. (Undone)
As an adult, Toby developed a romantic relationship with Natalie, and the two joined the Fatal Babes. (Babes in the Woods) At some point, Toby apparently left the Babes and subsequently joined Evan Cross' Anomaly-hunting Special Projects Group.
While the Special Projects Group were attempting to track and study a recurring Anomaly in Stanley Park, when Evan brought Mac Rendell into the SPG and showed Mac the Tank, Toby was introduced to Mac and then began discussing the Stanley Park Anomaly with Evan. Evan and Toby decided to set up a magnetometer network in Stanley Park to detect and reach the Anomaly quicker, and went to the Park to do this.
Mac and Toby covered the west side of Stanley Park to set the magnetometers up, with Toby setting the magnetometers up while Mac looked her over to her slight irritation. After the magnetometers were set up, when Mac asked about the Anomalies and how the magnetometers would detect them, Toby was confused at how Mac got on the Special Projects Group if he knew nothing about the job, and was shocked and further confused when she learned that Evan had simply given him the job and hired him out of the blue.
Later, when the Special Projects Group returned to the Tank from Stanley Park, Evan and Dylan Weir showed Toby pictures of a Utahraptor that had attacked them in the Park, and Toby was shocked and amazed that the Anomalies were spacetime portals and were releasing dinosaurs into the present. When the team then learned that Tony Drake was tracking a creature at a SkyTrain service tunnel, Evan, Mac and Dylan left to help Drake.
Shortly after, when Trevor Molison was abducted by a Pteranodon in Stanley Park, Evan had Mac tell Toby to meet them at the Park to help track Trevor down. When Evan, Dylan and Mac began searching the Park, Toby alerted Evan over the radio when they detected a distress call from Trevor over a weak radio signal. After the Pteranodon and a Utahraptor still in the present were killed, Toby helped Mac and Evan take the bodies back to Cross Photonics and store them in the freezer room, and discussed Evan's decision to keep the Anomaly phenomenon secret from the public and keep the dead creatures preserved until they could be returned to their time. After the Pteranodon and Utahraptor wer frozen, Toby left the freezer room with Mac to show Mac around the Tank more.
Following the Stanley Park incursion, Toby built a new Anomaly detector at the Tank which covered the city area and would alert the Special Projects Group when it detected an Anomaly. A week after the Stanley Park incursion, as Toby finished the detector, when Evan arrived, Toby activated it and it immediately picked up dozens of Anomaly signals throughout British Columbia. Evan ruled the majority of Anomaly signals out as false positives from radio towers and hospital MRI scans, but the trio realised that one of the signals at a rural coastline had to be a real Anomaly, and Evan and Mac immediately left to investigate while Toby stayed at the Tank to monitor the Anomaly.
Toby eventually pinpointed the Anomaly's exact location at the coastline on the detector, and called Evan to tell him. Evan had already tracked the Anomaly down, and warned Toby that a Titanoboa had come through and instructed her to send out a fake warning to stop anyone going into the coastal waters where the Anomaly and the Titanoboa were located.
A short time later, Mac and Toby talked over the phone about the incursion as Mac contained the Anomaly, until interference in the phone signal from the Anomaly broke up the signal. Ange then came into the Tank, and Evan sent Toby's phone a photo of vomited up human remains he had found, which repulsed both Toby and Ange. Ange asked Toby if she thought it could be possible to block the Anomalies and stop them from opening, and a suspicious and hesitant Toby admitted that it could have been with enough funding and genius minds, but wanted Ange to talk to Evan about it first.
While Evan was searching through a storm drainage system for the Titanoboa, he called Toby and had her hack the sewer system's plans and send them to his phone so that he didn't get lost in the drains. Shortly after, Dylan called Toby and asked her to track Evan's phone, but Toby was unable to do that as Evan was underground, so she instead sent the sewer plans to Dylan's phone. Later, after Dylan rescued Evan from the Titanoboa in the drains, the two contacted Toby, who looked at the sewer plans and warned them that the creature would probably head for the nearby Merison Oil loading facility. They then had Toby raise the facility alarm and get it evacuated.Evan subsequently had Toby tell Mac to use the latter's motorboat to draw the Titanoboa back to the Anomaly, and Toby phoned Mac to tell him, noticing as well on the detector that the Anomaly was weakening. The Anomaly initially closed a few minutes later when Mac lured the Titanoboa back to the bay, but Toby then alerted Mac when the detector picked up the Anomaly briefly reopening. Toby cheered and celebrated moments later when Mac successfully sent the Titanoboa back through the Anomaly just before it closed again.
One morning while Toby was unhealthily sleeping in at the Tank, the Anomaly detector awoke her to alert her to a new, gigantic Anomaly at Spring River Airport. Toby immediately called Evan about the new Anomaly and gave him the location, and Evan then had Toby call Mac and Dylan to meet him at the airport. When Toby called Mac, who was out biking, she learned that Samantha Sedaris, whom Toby knew from their bathroom at work, was with Mac, and unsuccessfully tried to warn Mac that Evan would be upset about Mac having to bring Sam to the Anomaly incursion.
After all the SPG apart from Toby, who remained at the Tank, had arrived at the Anomaly site, Toby called them to inform them of a video which confirmed that a local airport plane, Eastern Airlines Flight 443, had flown into the Anomaly and gone missing, and Evan and Dylan subsequently went through the Anomaly on a search-and-rescue mission for the plane's crew on the other side. While Evan and Dylan were on the other side of the Anomaly, Toby tried to monitor the Anomaly incursion from the Tank and kept Mac up-to-date when she feared the Anomaly could be closing, and Mac had her try and stop any more planes arriving at the airport and try to predict how long Evan and Dylan would have to return before the Anomaly closed.
Toby was highly intelligent and possessed incredible computer and technology skills. Because Toby spent most of her life feeling too smart to be where she was then, she was very determined with making inventions and upgrades she was responsible for as perfect as possible, and impatient with even the smallest of flaws in them. Toby also displayed signs of workaholism with her work.
Toby outwardly possessed a sarcastic and sometimes cynical demeanor towards others, but beneath this, she was shown to be a fiercely loyal friend to the rest of the Special Projects Group. Toby also loved seeing a world beyond what most knew, with the Anomalies, even if and when this world was dangerous and frightening. Like Evan Cross, Toby also strongly believed in returning as many of the creatures as possible through the Anomalies alive to avoid causing a ripple effect.
Toby and Evan seemed to have a mentor-student bond, and Toby was determined to do her very best with her work for Evan and was strongly and deeply loyal to him.
Toby and Dylan were on good terms and seemed to be close.
Toby was good friends with Mac, but was irritated by his childish antics towards her; Toby compared her relationship with Mac to one with "the little brother [she] never wanted."
While Ange was with Cross Photonics, Toby seemed to get along with her relatively well. After Ange chose Project Magnet over the Special Projects Group, Toby was horrified and upset at Ange's choice.
Although Toby and Hall didn't actually meet each other in person, Toby considered Colonel Hall a reckless and thoughtless fool and lunatic for attempting to manipulate the Anomalies and the timeline on such a massive scale.
- The New World
- Fear of Flying
- Angry Birds
- Clean Up on Aisle Three
- Babes in the Woods
- The Great Escape
- The Inquisition
- The Sound of Thunder: Part 1
- The Sound of Thunder: Part 2
|Primeval: New World Main Characters|
|Evan Cross • Dylan Weir • Mac Rendell • Toby Nance • Angelika Finch • Ken Leeds • Henderson Hall • Connor Temple • Samantha Sedaris • Harlow • Brooke Cross • Leggy|