- This article is about the Claudia from Adam's World. For the Claudia from Eva's World, see Claudia Tiedemann. For the Claudia from the Original World, see Claudia Doppler.
Claudia Tiedemann was a time traveler and the main opponent of the secret society Sic Mundus in the war for control of time travel. She was born in the 1940s to police officer Egon Tiedemann and his wife Doris, and was the mother of Regina. She never married, but had affairs with Tronte Nielsen and Bernd Doppler.
She grew into a headstrong career woman and in 1986, became the first female director of the Winden Nuclear Power Plant. There, she unveiled that the god particle had been discovered.
Visited by her future self in 1987, she found that time travel existed and became a key player in manipulating the events that unfold in Winden, earning the nickname "The White Devil".
1953 (child Claudia) Edit
Being good at math, she tutored Helge Doppler, but otherwise paid him little attention. One day, as she was walking in the forest with Helge, her dog Gretchen disappears. Unbenowknst to her, the older Claudia secretly lured her dog deeper into the caves after Helge threw a stick for the dog to chase.
One day while her mother and Agnes Nielsen were fooling around, young Claudia walks in on them, saying she forgot her milk money. Agnes gives her some money to buy a sweet. Young Claudia complains to Tronte that her mother acts like she doesn't understand anything. She says when she becomes a mother she will be different. She asks him about his time before they came to Winden. He says his mother was sad all the time, and that she has a brother, but they seem to hate each other. She asks him if his mother is happy here, but he shrugs. She then asks Tronte if now is a good time and he pulls down his pants.
1953 (elderly Claudia) Edit
Agnes goes to the bunker where the elderly Claudia waits. Claudia tells her that they sent Helge back today and Noah has also returned. Agnes tells her that she is not afraid of her brother Noah any more. Claudia then reports that Sic Mundus is preparing for the next cycle, which will begin in four days. She tells her that all the suffering that Noah causes will come to an end. She hands her a newspaper clipping. Claudia thanks her and tells her that her mother loves her. They hug.
The older Claudia visits Egon at the police station. He observes she has different cloured eyes, like his daughter She tells him he is too good a person, the world doesn't deserve him. She asks for his forgiveness, saying he never deserved any of what happened. He will understand someday. He is unsettled by her remarks and orders her out.
The younger Tannhaus is visited by the older Claudia. He tells her the time machine is not ready yet. She tells him it will take 33 years. He says he does not understand the blueprint. She hands him a copy of his book A Journey Through Time, saying she will be dead soon, and no longer needs it. Claudia says they will meet again- after she dies, which perplexes him. She then says that when he next sees her, he will have to show her how to use the time machine—and that someone else will explain it. Tannhaus is confused and has more questions to ask. She tells him everything will happen as it always does.
The older Claudia is met by Noah at the bunker, who brandishes a shotgun. He says Agnes has betrayed her, that she took it all from him, and that she will die. Claudia responds that she knows she is going to die and meeting him is part of the game he still doesn't understand how to play. He says he is not one of her pawns anymore. Claudia says that Noah is himself being manipulated by Adam and the paradise promised is a lie. He is not free. He shoots her.
1954 (child Claudia) Edit
September 24 Edit
Young Claudia Tiedemann is looking at a nude magazine with young Ines Kahnwald and Jana Nielsen. They start talking about seeing men naked. Claudia mentions it is not fair that there are no magazines with naked men. Jana tells Ines she is crazy, and Ines asks her if she has ever seen manhood that is not her father's. Jana gets judgemental, and Claudia says she has. Curious, Ines asks what it looked like, and Claudia describes it as peculiar, and not looking like it was not a part of him. Ines asks if she was referring to Tronte, and Claudia nods. Ines believes he is weird, and asks if his mother has returned. Claudia says that she had not, which Ines finds strange.
Claudia is at the Doppler's house. She is greeted by Bernd, who comments Helge will be pleased to see her. He hands her 10 DM, which she thinks is too much, but Bernd tells her to accept things she wants, so she thanks him and heads upstairs.
Claudia and Tronte enter their house. Egon is angry, and seated with a bottle. Claudia greets her father, and asks where her mother is at, and Egon repeats what Doris had said to him about the ways of the heart. Claudia and Tronte look at each other before the latter tells her to leave him be and they both leave. Later, she enters Tronte's room and removes her clothes.
1986 (Middle-aged Claudia) Edit
Claudia has a teenage daughter, Regina, in whom she is obviously and openly disappointed.
November 5 Edit
She drives her daughter Regina to school while practising her first speech as newly appointed director of the Winden Nuclear Power Plant, a position previously held by Bernd Doppler.
At the entry gate of the Power Plant, she meets Helge Doppler who gifts her a copy of the book "A Journey Through Time" by H.G. Tannhaus. Inside, her secretary gives her data on the plant from 1985 and 86 which she had previously asked for. She is surprised by the numbers. In the hallway, Tronte Nielsen is waiting to interview her but she tells him she has no time for it. Tronte tells her he misses her.
She confronts Bernd Doppler over the numbers. He tells her the whole city depends on the Plant and some things are better kept quiet. He shows her the entry to the Winden Caves on the Plant's estate where yellow barrels of secret nuclear waste are stored. She calls her daughter to tell her she will be coming home late.
She hired the newly arrived Aleksander to contain the barrels and weld a door shut.
In the cave, Claudia encountered her dog Gretchen, which had disappeared 33 years ago. She realized that the time periods were somehow connected and began reading the book "A Journey Through Time" by H.G. Tannhaus.
Claudia looks at the time machine she dug up. She suggests that Regina skip school that day so that they can spend the day together. Regina, however, says she has an exam and swimming. Claudia hugs her and compliments her hair. Regina says she has no time and has to go. This makes Claudia think of the book Helge gave her—A Journey Through Time—and takes it out.
She takes the book and goes to visit Helge, asking him why he gave it to her. He replies that he thought she might be the only one who can understand him, saying "time is always with you." Claudia says she does not understand this. Helge tells her that Noah said there is a struggle between good and evil and that the travellers can undo everything. He grabs her tightly by the arm and tells her she must never trust him.
Claudia takes the book and time machine to H.G. Tannhaus' shop, asking him whether he wrote the book. He observes that she has different coloured eyes- heterochromia. He tells her he has been waiting to meet her again. Claudia is surprised to hear this, telling him they do not know each other but he tells her he knows her and it is an endless cycle. He tells her that things have no origin, existing without ever being created. The book has travelled back in time before he even wrote it. A "bootstrap paradox". Is there a beginning? He tells her that her older self told him she would come so that he could explain the device to her.
Egon goes to visit Claudia at the nuclear power plant, telling her he has something important to discuss. She tells him she is too busy, he can't show up unannounced and should set up an appointment with the secretary next week. He tells her he has cancer. He didn't want to worry her but the cancer is spreading. Claudia is shocked and does not know what to say. He gets up to leave, and she hugs him.
Claudia takes the time machine into the chamber containing the radioactive barrels from the 1986 incident and activates it. She travels to 2020.
1987 (Middle-aged Claudia) Edit
Claudia looks at a newspaper article concerning the death of her father Egon on 26 June 1987 (the next day). Her assistant comes in to remind her that the French delegation is waiting for their meeting, but Claudia tells her to reschedule and leaves.
She goes to visit Egon. He tells her it is a long time since she visited him. He tells her he is proud of all her accomplishments, and that her mother would be too. Claudia becomes emotional. She gets up to leave, telling him he should move in with her and Regina, so he would not be so alone, suggesting tomorrow. This surprises Egon, who says she is acting as though he is inches from death.
Claudia goes to visit Bernd Doppler at his palatial home and says she has checked the data and found it to be normal, so what really happened to cause the incident at the power plant? He shoves a binder across the table to her, saying he knew she would refuse to let it go; the binder contains the full results. She looks through it and says the values make no sense. He replies that the tests always came back the same, matching calculations of Englert, Brout and Higgs in 1964. Claudia knows it as the God Particle: the particle that gives all things the mass they have. She says this is sensational, such a discovery should be made available to everyone. Doppler, however, tells her that it is sometimes better to let sleeping dogs lie. The nuclear plant is his only legacy; he wants his name and the plant kept secret, at least until his death.
Claudia meets with a technician in her office, and asks him to test a sample in secret. He asks what it is, and she replies that if it is what she thinks it is, it will change their understanding of the world forever.
June 26 Edit
Claudia is sitting at her desk in her office at the nuclear power plant, recording her research findings. When she realizes that it's the day her father Egon is supposed to die, she hurriedly rushes out to see him. She continues to push him to move in with her, and Egon shows increasing reluctance to leave his comfortable apartment. Claudia, disheartened, then asks if she can come with him to his first chemotherapy appointment that day, to which Egon responds with heartfelt joy.
Egon begins to tell Claudia that he knows time travel really exists. When he starts to put the facts together and realizes that Ulrich kept returning to the caves, Claudia grows increasingly hostile and defensive. He tells Claudia she knows about time travel too and it is connected to the power plant. He starts phoning the police to search the caves. Claudia stops him and says this is too important to be jeopardized. He tells Claudia she has no heart. They struggle over the phone and Egon falls backwards, cracking his head open on the table. Claudia calls an ambulance (which could have saved his life) but hangs up, remembering what her older self said about sacrifices and everything happening as it always has so Regina will live. Egon speaks his last words to his daughter: "You are the White Devil."
After leaving her father to die, she heads home, visibly distraught, and begins to wash the blood from her hands, sobbing uncontrollably. She is then startled as the teenage Jonas enters with a key but she does not know who he is or how he has a key. She realizes he must have got it from her older self. He tells her that they have to go and don't have much time. He knows what she did, but it doesn't have to happen again. Next time. "Where are we going?" she asks, "To the future," he responds.
June 27 Edit
The younger Jonas and Claudia are in the Winden Caves. His future self had tried to close the wormhole, to reverse it all, but had not broken the cycle. The elder Claudia had told him that they could change one factor in the equation so that he would be successful on the next attempt, and all the subsequent events- Mikkel vanishing, their fathers dying- would never take place. All he would need to do is change the details- a grain of sand. The younger Jonas leads Claudia deeper into the cave to open the portal again, telling her he has accepted that he has to be part of the very disaster he wanted to prevent, having learned much from the older Claudia. There are two sides at war: Adam and Sic Mundus, who want to create a new world, and Claudia and himself, who want to save this one. Claudia does not know who Adam is. Jonas inserts a vial of radioactive waste in the cave into the machine, which activates it. "'This is time"', he says, '"We connect past and future".
Claudia became a time traveller and Noah's opponent in their war on control over time, claiming that she aims to prevent the deaths of the children. She was seemingly allied with the adult Jonas Kahnwald. As an old woman in 2052, in the post-apocalyptic Winden, she maintained a string wall in the bunker to keep track of Winden's inhabitants.
She returned to 2019 following a long absence. Claudia met Tronte Nielsen and Peter Doppler in the bunker, just after Peter had seen the dead body of Mads Nielsen materialize before his eyes, and told them where to leave the corpse so the police would find him. She recruited their help and gave Tronte the Triquetra notebook. She also visited her grandson Bartosz, who believed her to be dead, and gave him an old photo as a gift for his mother.
Adult Claudia travels to 2020, where she observes Regina remove her scarf, revealing her hair loss, causing Claudia to burst into tears.
June 27 Edit
Teenage Jonas and Claudia (1987) exit the cave in 2020, the day of the Apocalypse. He tells her to take the machine to the bunker near Helge's cabin and heads off, saying he must find Hannah and Martha.
Alone at home, Regina is on the phone with the police, pleading for Aleksander's release, or to be able to visit him, but gets nowhere. Suddenly, 1987 Claudia appears at the door, telling her not to be afraid, quite unsuccessfully. Claudia apologizes for how she left and asks Regina to come with her now. Regina bursts into tears as Claudia embraces her. They go to the bunker to join Peter and Elisabeth. Peter realizes Claudia is the white devil from the picture there. Claudia stares at it strangely. They are later joined by young Noah.
September 22 Edit
Middle-aged Claudia removes a wooden stick blocking the entrance to the police station as a radio mentions scientists are looking for an explanation for what happened on the day of the apocalypse. She turns the radio off and grabs pills from her backpack, which she gives to Regina Tiedemann, asking how she was doing. When Claudia turns around, Regina inquired as to why, but Claudia simply responds that she would be back before the sun went down.
Claudia looks at the broken time machine and records herself mentioning three months had passed since the catastrophe, but saying it was unclear what exactly had triggered the events, but mentions that if the God Particle could be stabilized, then maybe everybody could be saved.
When Claudia returns to Regina, she finds her body unmoving and drops her flashlight. She puts her hand on Regina's as she cried in sadness.
September 23 Edit
Claudia walks back to a dilapidated police station during a downpour outside. After hearing noises inside she grabs a piece of rebar, only to find another version of herself waiting there for her.
Claudia is confused because her other version tells her she is from another world. Claudia asks what she wants, and is told the other Claudia is there to guide her to the light because there were two groups time traveling: light and dark. The other Claudia tells her to join her side: Eva's side. Claudia is confused, so her alternate version tells her she cannot trust Jonas because he belongs to the dark. What Eva wants is to save both worlds. In order for this to succeed, Jonas needs to bring the cesium to the passage so the apocalypse can occur.
Alternate reality Claudia tells her other self that Adam must not untie the knot, so she needed to guide Jonas, Elisabeth and everybody else. alternate reality Claudia tells her she must maintain them on the same path so the knot is preserved. She says that is their mission in their respective worlds. Claudia is left alone with a Sic Mundus book, which alternate reality Claudia says contains everything.
September 24 Edit
Claudia looks at blueprints for the nuclear plant, where she sees the location of the God Particle and is told to follow the signal. She walks into the room where she sees it and tries to touch it before she is told to stop by Jonas.
Claudia asks Jonas what the God Particle is, and he tells her it is what was leftover from the catastrophe. She asks what the machine they see next to it is, and Jonas mentions the passage no longer exists, but if he figures out how the God Particle works, he could go back in time to save Martha and Mikkel. Jonas asks how she had found him, but Claudia asks for the apparatus which needed dark matter. Jonas asks if she has it, and is taken to the time machine, which Claudia mentions does not work. Claudia mentions that they brought dark matter into the passage again, and so the variables in the equation had changed, but Jonas loses his temper and shouts he cannot wait 33 years to try again. He asks himself why older Claudia had never told him anything, knowing Martha would die and wonders why he should trust middle-aged Claudia. She tells him that she knows what the material at the power plant is, and can help him save Martha and everybody else.
In 2023, Jonas (from the Non-Martha loop and who will later become the Stranger and Adam), working in tandem with Claudia, continues to try and open the dark matter portal.
In 2040, Noah, Claudia and Jonas (now all 17 years older), successfully open the dark matter portal, but cannot stabilise it enough to travel. It is at this point that Jonas formulates his plan to go back and change things in the past, to break the cycle (a plan we see him enact throughout Season 1 that ends in failure). Elisabeth is now pregnant with Charlotte. Claudia continues to meet with her otherworldly self and eventually rebukes her advice, realizing she has been manipulated and kills her in the woods. Taking her other-world self's device, she travels to their world and meets Eva, who gives her the time machine plans that she will later give to H.G. Tannhaus.
In 2052, Claudia (now the old woman we will meet in Seasons 1 and 2) tells Stranger/Jonas what he must do in the past and to speak to Tannhaus about completing the device. Jonas then leaves to travel back to 2019, beginning his Season 1 journey aiding Jonas, while Claudia rips out the last pages of her diary.
September 22 Edit
Agnes is looking at the unstable God Particle while Adam is with her telling her she has chosen the correct side. He hands her a newspaper which mentions old Claudia was found dead in the woods, and tells her to hand it to Claudia when it was time to do so. Agnes asks if he will tell Martha what The Origin really is, but does not answer as his eyes begin to water.
September 25 Edit
In 2053, Adam activates his machine and kills Other-World Martha, but the dark matter disappears. Realising his plan has not worked, he is interrupted by the arrival of Old Claudia.
Old Claudia Tiedemann tells Adam his journey begins when Michael Kahnwald leaves his suicide note on top of a desk, and proceeds to commit suicide with a rope. She tells him he is there to help it come to an end. Adam is confuse, and mentions it is impossible she is alive because he had her killed. Claudia tells him he still has no idea how the game is played; she tells him he wants to destroy the knot, yet keeps it intact with every action he takes. Adam is in shock because he killed Martha and The Origin, but Claudia tells him that his or Eva's World should have never existed in the first place. She explains that the concept of dualities is wrong, and Adam realizes she means the triquetra. Adam realizes this means there is a third world, which Claudia explains as the world that gave birth to the knot, and where everything originates. In this world, H.G. Tannhaus committed a single mistake: he tried to bring his family back from the dead, but instead destroyed and divided his world. However, Claudia assures Adam that there is a way to destroy the knot: preventing the travel of space and time in the Original World.
The two walk to Adam's study, which is now destroyed. Claudia apologizes for having him go through everything he had to go through, but comment thats the path needed to stay the same. Adam asks if the conversation they are having has happened before, and Claudia tells him he has tried to kill the Origin many times, but that was the first time they had ever had that conversation. She tells him everything Adam and Eva have done has maintained the knot for eternity.
Claudia tells Adam that everything he and Eva have done has been because of love, and yet have brought nothing but pain and suffering. Adam asks Claudia how she knows about the Origin World, and Claudia tells him she has tried to put the pieces together to understand how it works, and she realized that not everything is part of the knot. In the woods, Claudia and Tronte stand in front of Regina's grave. Tronte tells her he thought he was her father, which Claudia admits she wanted for a long time. She mentions that it's better that she be dead for now because she was not part of the knot and would live. She tells Tronte to go kill her, but to not let her suffer because she is hardly living a life anyway. The two hug, and Claudia admits to Adam that she has led people to pain and suffering so that she could be there on that day, adding that everything she has done has been for Regina. She has been looking for a way for her to live, trying to understand how everything is connected until she understood that Regina would only live in the Origin World. She tells Adam she lied to him, and to Eva, but the knot had to stay intact, with both worlds havingthe same events happening at different times or places. However, now she knew how to untie the knot. She explains how during the apocalypse, time stands still for a fraction of a second, which Eva uses in order to send her younger self to Adam's World, and keeps the knot intact and now explains that he must use it to send Jonas on a different path. He must send Jonas and Martha to the Origin World so that they put an end to everything.
Claudia talks to her other self, and the younger version tells old Claudia to tell Egon she is sorry for what she had to do. Old Claudia tells her that if everything works, Regina would live before she leaves.
When her plan works, Claudia looks at her hands as she begins to vanish in light, shedding a single tear.
Origin World Edit
- Episode 3 "Past and Present" (1986)
- Episode 8 "As You Sow, so You Shall Reap" (1953, 2019)
- Episode 9 "Everything Is Now" (1953, 1986, old time traveler: 1953)
- Episode 10 "Alpha and Omega" (1986, old time traveler: 2019)
- Episode 2 "Dark Matter" (1987, old time traveler: 1987)
- Episode 3 "Ghosts" (1954, 1987, old time traveler: 1954)
- Episode 4 "The Travelers" (1987)
- Episode 5 "Lost and Found" (1987)
- Episode 6 "An Endless Cycle" (old time traveler: 2019)
- Episode 7 "The White Devil" (1987, old time traveler: 1954)
- Episode 8 "Endings and Beginnings" (1987 --> 2020)
- Episode 2 "The Survivors" (2020)
- Episode 4 "The Origin" (1954)
- Episode 5 "Life and Death" (2020)
- Episode 6 "Light and Shadow" (2020)
- Episode 7 "Between the Time" (1987, 2020-2053, old time traveler: 2053)
- Episode 8 "The Paradise" (2020-2053, old time traveler: 2053)