Family background Edit
Helge was born in the 1940s and grew up in the palatial Doppler home. His mother Greta was cold and strict with him, and showed him no affection, because he was the product of her being raped, although his adoptive father Bernd was more indulgent.
Helge is a shy, quiet child. He collects dead birds, as his future daughter-in-law Charlotte Doppler will also do as a child. On November 10, while riding past the construction site for the power plant, he sees police activity and the newly discovered bodies of Erik Obendorf and Yasin Friese. Arriving home to report this, his mother scolds him and forces him to disrobe in the entrance hall, though his father takes an interest in the story, assuming coal plant operators are attempting to sabotage the project.
Helge meets Ulrich Nielsen, who beats him on the head several times with a rock in a failed attempt to kill him. This incident leaves a scar on his face that will never go away. He wakes up in the bunker and then travels through the wormhole to 1986.
In the bunker - decorated like a nursery - Noah straps young Helge Doppler into the chair, telling him that having seen what lies ahead for him, God has chosen him. He inserts a vial and pulls a lever, the chair is enveloped in a chamber. He utters "tick, tock."
June 23 Edit
On June 23, 1954- four days until the apocalypse- a scarred Helge suddenly walks into the Doppler mansion, otherwise unharmed. His mother Greta is overjoyed and thanks God for returning him. Egon goes to question Helge. Greta informs him that since returning he has not spoken. She allows him to question him but Helge remains silent. She yells at Helge to talk to the inspector.
Greta tells Noah that Helge still hasn't spoken and seems like a shell, which frightens her. Bernd is gone, and she does not know how to handle the situation; she wonders if Helge is possessed by the devil. She calls Helge to come downstairs, and when he sees Noah, he runs to him and embraces him. Noah tells him that "time is always with you… it sees and hears everything you do and say." He tells him to show his mother there is no reason for her to be worried about him. He tells him to read from the Bible, which he does. Greta is relieved to hear him finally speak. Noah tells her to give him time; he is surely choosing his words with great care. Noah tells Helge to keep the Bible and tells Greta that his return is a miracle. Later Helge prays.
June 26 Edit
When an old Claudia dies, Egon visits the Doppler residence to see if Helge knows who she was. Helge says that while he doesn't know her, he has heard about her, calling her "the White Devil", and while he doesn't reveal his source for this information, he claims that Claudia "wants to kill everyone". Egon then points out that Claudia is dead, so she can't hurt anyone any longer, to which the boy responds, "...she hasn’t even begun yet."
Helge is working as a cleaner at the nuclear plant and secretly as Noah's henchman. He drives a dark red VW Passat. He is responsible for the kidnappings of Mads Nielsen and the other children, done at the behest of Noah; the children are taken to the bunker, where Helge assists Noah with his time travel experiments.
He is questioned by Egon Tiedemann regarding Mads' disappearance. When asked as to why he drove home on the state highway instead of the forest road, Helge begs off the interview, asking to reschedule. He gets involved in a non-fatal accident with his future self, preventing him from arriving for the interview, and leaving that part of Egon's case journal blank.
Claudia visits Helge, asking him why he gave her A Journey Through Time. 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.
Helge is an elderly man living in a nursing home and suffering from dementia. He often runs away from the clinic and tries to warn people about the children's disappearances, but doesn't seem to remember exactly what happened. At one point, he remembers everything and travels to 1986 to stop himself from continuing to kidnap children. Young Helge's car is T-boned on a crossroad by his older self, the latter in a Volvo that looks like Tronte Nielsen's. The 1986 Helge is loaded into an ambulance while the elder Helge is zipped into a body bag.
2019 (alternate version) Edit
November 4 Edit
An elderly Helge Doppler with his left eye destroyed mutters "it will happen again" repeatedly, while holding a coin, as Peter looks at him. Charlotte walks in, and Peter tells her he had not said anything all morning. He asks Charlotte how the doctor's appointment had been, and she says it was the usual, and leaves. Helge starts saying "Ticktock" instead of his other phrase, visibly agitated.
Elisabeth visits Helge, who is still saying "it will happen again" repeatedly. She calls for her parents using her voice. Worried, she asks her grandfather if he is alright, and he suddenly grabs her and tells her the beginning is the end and the end is the beginning.
November 5 Edit
Helge gets up and walks over to the police station, starting to confess to the murder of Mads Nielsen. When Peter gets to the police station, he asks Helge why he was confessing because it made no sense to him. He remembers Helge never left the house, but Helge reiterates that he killed the child. Peter begs him to stop, but Charlotte points out that all the things they found on the child were from 1986 on Mads Nielsen. Helge simply repeats that he killed the child as Ulrich gets to the police station. Shaken, he grabs Helge and asks him what he did to Mads before Helge simply recognizes Ulrich is alive, and realizes that it was him while holding up the necklace with the coin. Ulrich asks what he is saying, while Helge repeats that it was him, referring to the man who destroyed his eye. He is later placed in a jail cell.
November 8 Edit
Helge is in his cell when he is visited by Ulrich, which scares him. Ulrich grabs him and asks how it is possible he murdered Mads and a boy showed up that looks just like him. Helge says he was forced to send the boy to the future by a woman to fill the gaps. Ulrich puts Helge down, and asks him about the pennies, to which Helge only responds he must stop a man. Ulrich grabs him and asks who it is he needs to stop and is surpised to hear it is him who needs to be stopped. Ulrich tells Helge he can leave, and so the latter does.
Helge goes to the cave, where he hides until he sees Ulrich bash his younger self's eye. He kills Ulrich using a metal rod. After dropping the bar, Claudia enters the room, and Helge stares at her. What happened afterwards is unknown, but when Jonas and Martha broke the loop, he, along with the two worlds, faded from existence.
- Episode 1 "Secrets" (2019)
- Episode 3 "Past and Present" (1986)
- Episode 4 "Double Lives" (2019)
- Episode 7 "Crossroads" (1953, 1986, 2019)
- Episode 8 "As You Sow, so You Shall Reap" (1953, 2019)
- Episode 9 "Everything Is Now" (1953, 1986, 2019)
- Episode 10 "Alpha and Omega" (1953, 1986, 2019 --> 1986)
- Episode 1 "Deja-vu" (2019 alternate)
- Episode 3 "Adam and Eva" (2019 alternate)
- Episode 6 "Light and Shadow" (2019 alternate)
- Episode 7 "Between the Time" (1953)
- Episode 8 "The Paradise" (1953, 1986 alternate, 2019 alternate)