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Premiere web:
May 14, 2007
October 3, 2008
Finale December 30, 2011
Creator Damian Kindler
Network Syfy
Style 60-minute action fantasy
Company Stage 3 Media
Seasons 4
Episodes 59 + 8 webisodes
Origin Canada/USA
Official Site Syfy

Sanctuary is a fantasy series originally developed for the Interent. It premiered on May 14, 2007 and had eight 15-minute installments that could be purchased for download forming a complete two-hour story. It was then picked up for television by Sci Fi and the eight webisodes were reworked, combined and fleshed out into a two hour pilot movie suitable for television. It stars Amanda Tapping, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robin Dunne and Emilie Ullerup. The series is produced by Stage 3 Media, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, founded in 2006. The two hour pilot episode was filmed from January 3 to January 31, 2007 at MGM Bridge Studios. Sanctuary is filmed almost entirely using the green screen technique. All sets seen in Sanctuary are created using CGI technology. The CGI effects for the pilot are all being redone with an increased budget for television

Amanda Tapping plays Dr. Helen Magnus, one of the first female doctors in the Royal College during Victorian England. She is 157 years old, and was at one point engaged to Jack the Ripper. Magnus has a daughter by him, Ashley, who is unaware who her father is. Dr. Magnus has acquired her great longevity working with supernatural creatures collected from all over the world into a sanctuary set up by her father.

The original distribution method for Sanctuary was the internet. Episodes were sold directly to viewers from the series' official website. Each episode, or 'webisode', is about 15-20 minutes long and a new episode was released every two weeks. The first four of the eight-part Pilot will be available for free viewing in low resolution on internet video sites such as YouTube allowing people to try before they buy.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 W
Amanda Tapping Dr. Helen Magnus * * * * *
Robin Dunne Will Zimmerman * * * * *
Emilie Ullerup Ashley Magnus * * *
Ryan Robbins Henry Foss o * * * o
Agam Darshi Kate Freelander * * o
Christopher Heyerdahl Bigfoot * * * * *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 W
Christopher Heyerdahl John Druitt * * * * *
Jonathon Young Nikola Tesla * * * *
Robert Lawrenson Declan McRae * * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Webisodes May 14, 2007 August 20, 2007 8
Sci Fi
Season One October 3, 2008 January 9, 2009 13
Season Two October 9, 2009 January 15, 2010 13
Season Three October 15, 2010 June 20, 2011 20
Season Four October 7, 2011 December 30, 2011 13

In Depth

At a Glance: Additional information about the series

DVD and Blu-ray Releases


Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series October 23, 2012 purchase 18
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season September 15, 2009 purchase 4
The Complete Second Season June 15, 2010 purchase 4
The Complete Third Season September 13, 2011 purchase 6
The Complete Fourth Season July 17, 2012 purchase 4


Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region A)
The Complete First Season June 15, 2010 purchase 4
The Complete Second Season June 15, 2010 purchase 4
The Complete Third Season September 13, 2011 purchase 6
The Complete Fourth Season July 17, 2012 purchase 4

External Sites