In 2019 he wears a bandage wrapped around his head covering his right eye with visible wounds on his nose and face. In 2020 he is using a right-side eye patch covering his deformed eye. The incident which caused injury to his eye is unknown. Detective Clausen asks him about the cause, but he was reluctant to answer, and does not end up sharing it.
Charlotte Doppler, the chief of police, has him working on a variety of tasks:
- coordinating the search for Mikkel Nielsen 
- finding a location of the red soil 
- matching tire tracks found on road near where Erik Obendorf disappeared 
- answering phone calls about the leaked news of the dead boy being found 
- going though missing persons database for dead boy, 15 years prior to 2019 
- obtaining the search warrant to search the Winden Nuclear Power Plant 
- checking if the cave system goes under the forest road/track by the Doppler shack
He seems to be on the take from Aleksander Tiedemann. When Hannah Kahnwald blackmails Aleksander in 2019 with the contents of the bag he hid in 1986 to force him to destroy Ulrich Nielsen, Aleksander calls Torben and orders him to find any useful information on Ulrich. Torben then asks what to do with the truck. Aleksander responds that in a few days they will move the barrels back.
7 months later, Torben has removed the bandage and is wearing a special type of glasses. He is present in the assembly of a special task force dedicated to finding the other missing people cases. Later that night, he is seen leaving Bernadette's trailer, revealing to be siblings with her, and leaves with the truck of barrels. Sometime later, when Charlotte is absent, the head of the task force, Clausen, has Torben drive him to the Kahnwald Residence for an interview, but find the house empty and leave. As they are leaving, Clausen asks Torben what happened to his eye, but before Torben can answer, they suddenly swerve to the side when a strange woman comes out of nowhere on the road. Eventually, Clausen arrests Aleksander on the suspicion of identity theft and murder as a helpless Torben can do nothing. When Aleksander asks Torben to help him out, Torben refuses to, saying it's for the best, as. Out of guilt, he confesses to Charlotte that he has been doing shady work for Aleksander by hiding the existence of several chemical barrels. Charlotte realizes the barrels are the trigger of the apocalypse, and the two rush to stop Clausen from opening the barrel, but become helpless as the apocalypse is triggered, killing almost everyone in Winden, including Torben.
In the alternate world, Torben has both his eyes intact, however his left arm is gone for unknown reasons. He is present when Ulrich is lecturing the station on the missing child case. Later, Torben accidentally walks in Ulrich and Charlotte having an affair in the station. When the body of Mads is found, Torben is put in charge of the investigation.
In the Origin World, he is present in a house party for Regina with Katharina, Peter, his sister, Bernadette, and his pregnant wife, Hannah, and has both eyes intact, with the exception of a scar appearing below his right eye. The moment he is about to share how he got this scar, a loud thunder-strike interrupts the conversation and shuts down the electricity in the house and the scar is not brought up again.
- "Double Lives"
- "Sic Mundus Creatus Est"
- "Everything Is Now"
- "Beginnings and Endings"
- "The Travelers"
- "The White Devil"
- "Endings and Beginnings"