Thomas Newton

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Profession:  Spy/Saboteur From The Parallel Universe Portrayed by:
Sebastian Roché
Connections:  Smith, Bolivia Dunham, Secretary Bishop
Seen In:  6 of 100 episodes
Death Episode:  Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?
Status:  Disabled
Remarks:  Terminated himself while in custody to avoid compromising Bolivia's mission

Thomas Jerome Newton was a foot soldier in Secretary Bishop's army in the war between the universes.


  • His severed frozen head was the objective of the hybrid soldiers as they robbed various cryonics facilities (Momentum Deferred)
  • Visited mental health institutes to collect brain fragments taken from Walter, then abducts Walter to restore his memories to determine how to travel between parallel universes (Grey Matters)
  • With the assistance of two shape-shifters, he sets-up three harmonic rods to establish a temporal bridge from the alternate universe. The bridge allowed Mister Secretary to transfer to this universe and continue his mission of retrieving Peter (The Man From The Other Side)
  • He raids Peter's motel room in the rural northwestern United States to reunite him with Mister Secretary. Peter seems to encounter Newton a few times, but it is not clear if all these encounters are real, imagined or psychically generated by Newton (Northwest Passage)
  • He hires two men to procure an item buried beneath a house in Milton, under the order of Bolivia Dunham. He leaves the device with a homeless man in the train station. He tells Bolivia he has been in this universe since she was in high school (The Box)
  • He enlists an undercover shape-shifter to retrieve a memory disk from a captured shape-shifter at Massive Dynamic. He is placed in Federal custody after he fails to elude Peter in his vehicle. Bolivia slips him a tab he can swallow that will terminate his bio-mechanical functions. Newton utilizes the tab after she has left (Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?)


"And, Olivia, now I know how weak you are." - (taunting Bolivia on the phone after she decided to spare Walter's life on her secret mission in the war between the universes) (Grey Matters)

"...and now you'll have another life, just like you had another one before. This is simply a way-station for you. A stop along the way. It's what we do. It's what we're made for." - (to Ray Duffy, trying to coak him back to his shapeshifter ways after five years of emotional attachment with a human family) (Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?)




  • Thomas Jerome Newton is the name of the lead character in The Man Who Fell to Earth. The title character was played by David Bowie, whose birth name is David Robert Jones.

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  • Did he utilize the body of a shape-shifter to remount his head, or some other type of hydro-mechanical biped?
  • Can he use a shape-shifter's device to change his physical form?
  • How did he know where Doctor Paris kept the three brain pieces from Walter?
  • Is he loyal to Bolivia Dunham's directives, or does he have separate orders to follow?


Central Characters: Olivia DunhamPeter BishopWalter BishopPhillip BroylesAstrid FarnsworthNina Sharp
Central Characters (alt): Bolivia DunhamSecretary BishopColonel BroylesLincoln LeeAgent FrancisAgent FarnsworthBrandon Fayette
Recurring Characters: The ObserverAgent LeeHenrietta BishopEllaBellCaptain WindmarkRachelBrandonSam WeissDavid Jones(alt) Nina SharpCharlieNick LaneHenry HigginsThomas NewtonSanford HarrisMitchell LoebJohn Scott
Additional Characters: Episodic CharactersMinor Characters