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Helen Magnus almost meets Helen Magnus.

Episode No.   Season
47 4x01 4
Original Air Date
October 7th, 2011
April 6th, 2012 FlagIcon UK small
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"Tempus" is the first episode of the fourth season of Sanctuary, and the forty-seventh episode overall in the series.


The episode continues the storyline surrounding Hollow Earth, Adam Worth, and Magnus' return to London in 1898.


Opening Sequence

Having followed Adam Worth into the late 19th century, Dr. Helen Magnus hunts him through the dark streets of London. A firefight ensues, resulting in Magnus being hit by a number of bricks from a wall and being left unconscious and surrounded by locals.

Act I

A policeman leads a much younger Dr. James Watson to the cell where Magnus is being held. Watson frees her, being stunned by her strange attire and "improper" way of talking. They return to the local Sanctuary, where Watson quickly deduces that he is talking to a Magnus from the future. Magnus realizes she cannot tell him what is going on because it might change the timeline. However, she lets him know that they have to find Adam Worth.

On Watson's advice, Magnus goes to "her" room and changes into something more proper, but is almost caught by a younger version of herself.

Act II

Having changed into clothing more proper for a woman of the time, Magnus watches Watson destroy all future technology and documents she has brought with her. They decide to start looking for Adam.

Meanwhile, 19th century Adam leaves his daughter's bedside for a short time, just for his future self to enter and begin treating her with advanced techniques he brought with him. She awakens, finding him strangely dressed and with a new hairstyle. He tells her that he he found a cure for her, but quickly discovers that one of Magnus' bullets damaged part of it.

19th century Adam arrives in the Sanctuary, as he did in the original timeline, but now finds Watson in the presence of Future-Helen, and begs their help because his daughter has disappeared. They visit the hospital and realize future Adam took her. He has already altered the future forever.

Magnus demands from past Adam to know his safehouses and plans, but he refuses. Watson calms her down and they return to the Sanctuary, where Helen arrives just in time to witness the moment her past self confronted John Druitt with her suspicion that he is "Jack the Ripper", the person who ten years earlier committed several murders similar to recent ones. He threatens her with a razor, but eventually slams it into a wall. Looking at her face, he sees only horror, and teleports away. Past Helen leaves heartbroken, and future Helen looks at the razor in the wall.


Future-Magnus returns to Watson, and they plan their next move, when Past-Magnus arrives and wants to start working on the apparent new Ripper cases.

Some time later, Future-Helen arrives at a Gentlemen's Club to talk to Future-Adam. The establishment's butler grabs her and tries to force her to leave, but she easily overpowers him and is asked inside by Future-Adam. She points a concealed gun at him, but he calls her bluff and explains that they can form the future as they please. She deduces that his plans have gone wrong and he needs more money, but he makes her leave.

Soon after, Future-Helen witnesses her past self and Watson investigate another murder of a young woman.

Act IV

Back in the UK Sanctuary, Watson asks Magnus to help her with the investigation. She tells him that he should have caught the real Ripper by now, and that history has been altered again. Watson also realizes that she is working on a toxin that will kill Imogene in the "proper" way should Adam be able to cure her.

She then goes hunting for Future-Adam in the rainy streets of London, when all of a sudden, Druitt materializes in front of her. Believing that she is hunting him, he attacks her, but is surprised to find her quite capable of fighting him off. She tells him to stay away from her.

Once Druitt is gone, Future-Magnus looks up to find a strange, grey-skinned Abnormal with a monstrously deformed face looking down at her from the rooftops.

"Hello, Jack", is all she says.

Act V

"Spring-heeled Jack" jumps down from the top of the building without effort, landing in front of Future-Helen, and realizes that she is Gregory Magnus' daughter. His abnormal powers would have allowed him to commit the recent murders. London is his hunting ground, and he is unwilling to leave and go with her to the Sanctuary.

In one of his safehouses, Future-Adam works on the cure as a fascinated Imogene watches on. She tells him that he looks tired, and he explains that once his work is finished, they will be able to go anyway they want and form the world into whatever they want it to be.

Watson and Past-Magnus discover evidence for another creature possibly responsible for the recent murders -- Jack.

Future-Magnus discovers the safehouse and confronts Future-Adam. She soon realizes that he has cured Imogene already.

Act VI

Future-Helen tells Imogene that her father (Future-Adam) will cause unimaginable harm to millions of people; Future-Adam attacks her and hunts her through the streets with a Praxian energy gun, drawing the attention of Past-Magnus and Watson.

Future-Worth uses a sonic stun grenade on Future-Helen and prepares to shoot her, but she throws a knife at his leg and escapes. He goes after her and shoots again, hitting a wall, which collapses and buries Imogene, who has followed them. Seeing his beloved daughter dead once again, Future-Adam tries to shoot Helen, but Future-Helen uses his own energy weapon on him, vaporizing him.

Soon police and bystanders arrive, including Past-Helen and Watson, who kneel over the dead Imogene just as Past-Adam arrives. Once again, he is heartbroken by his child's loss, and puts the blame on the Sanctuary team. Although altered in some ways, the timeline remains basically intact.

On the following morning, Future-Helen and Watson go to a rooftop. Future-Helen indicates that she must kill herself in order to keep herself from interfering with history, but Watson offers another solution: as she is immortal, she could simply go into hiding at a remote location, and wait for 113 years, just to rejoin her team in the future the moment after she left. Future-Helen realizes that she might actually need a "vacation", and they share the view over a peaceful London as the sun rises.


Series Regulars
Guest Starring


Notable Quotes

WATSON: Time travel is actually possible. H. G. would be ecstatic.

Deleted and Extended Scenes

Extended Scene: Scene 32 "You're In A Mood"

Extended Scene: Scene 52 "You Bet Your Arse"

Background, Notes, and Trivia

  • According to Amanda Tapping, people who liked the Adam Worth storyline would love "Tempus".[5]
  • Agam Darshi and Ryan Robbins do not appear in this episode.
  • The title sequence has been changed to only feature Dr. Helen Magnus, Dr. Will Zimmerman, Henry Foss, and Bigfoot as main characters.
  • After fighting and trouncing Druitt in the alley, Future-Helen encounters Jack, a very tall, deamon faced creature capable of remarkable jumps. This was Spring-heeled Jack, an urban myth popular in London from the 1830s to 1900.
  • The Sanctuary website clarifies that "Spring-heeled Jack" did eventually give in to Past-Magnus, and became the first permanent patient of the UK Sanctuary.
  • Robin Dunne does appear in this episode, but only as the actor playing "Spring-heeled Jack".
  • It's interesting to note that it wasn't until at the London Sanctuary itself that anyone in the past had decided to investigate Future-Helen's belongings further than just collecting the items and briefly glancing at them; only thinking they looked rather odd (mentioning that they had never seen anything like it before) and simply moved on to question no further. None of the Police Bobbies, Jail personnel, nor Watson while at Scotland Yard had thoroughly examined her weapons, cell phone, or card carrier (which held her Old City Driver's license, Old City credit card, and Sanctuary business card). It's one thing for a person to overlook someone's odd clothing / attire, but unrealistic for perhaps at least a handful of people to not fiddle and explore strange-looking objects, especially a card holder that's easily noticeable to have an end flap that can be opened.
  • As Watson is getting Future-Helen released from jail, he speaks with a man named Lestrade. Lestrade was the nearly incompetent police detective in several Sherlock Holmes stories.
  • Factual Error: Dr. Watson, played by Peter Wingfield, says he's never heard of the "Browning Automatic, and, yet, I know every weapons manufacturer in the world." Technically, the Browning Arms Co. wasn't founded until 1927, however, the Browning family began gunsmithing in Illinois in the 1830s, their designs were manufactured by Winchester - the names were almost synonymous - for decades. Watson would have recognized the name.
  • Revealing Mistake: While Future-Helen is chasing Future-Adam in the past, she is shooting at him with her semi-automatic pistol. During the chase, she has obviously shot all her ammo because the slide on her gun has locked back. But right after that she is shown firing at him again with the same gun. Now she could have reloaded her gun between the two scenes, but when we later see a pile of her possessions there are no spare clips for her gun.
  • Chronology: As this episode takes place during the year 1898, it means that Ashley has been a frozen embryo for the last 9+ years now ever since November of 1888. Had she been born in the middle of 1889 like she was originally supposed to be, Ashley would have been turning or had just turned 9 years old if this episode takes place near or after the middle of the year.

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References, External Links, and Websites

  1. Margot Berner on The Internet Movie Database
  2. Andrew Kavadas on The Internet Movie Database
  3. Justine Herding on The Internet Movie Database
  4. Simon Webb on The Internet Movie Database
  5. sanctuaryspoilers: Tempus
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