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Genre  Science fiction
First episode date  24 February 2015
8.3/10 IMDb

Creative director(s)  Javier Olivares
Networks  Televisión Española, La 1
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Created by  Pablo Olivares Javier Olivares
Written by  José Ramón Fernández Paco López Barrio Javier Olivares Pablo Olivares Anaïs Schaaff
Directed by  Marc Vigil Jorge Dorado Abigail Schaaff
Starring  Aura Garrido Rodolfo Sancho Nacho Fresneda Cayetana Guillén Cuervo Jaime Blanch Juan Gea Natalia Millán
Awards  Premio Ondas National TV Award for Best Spanish Series, Fotogramas de Plata for Best TV Actor
Cast  Rodolfo Sancho, Aura Garrido, Nacho Fresneda, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, Jaime Blanch

El ministerio del tiempo (English: The Ministry of Time) is a Spanish fantasy television series created by Javier and Pablo Olivares and produced by Onza Partners and Cliffhanger for Televisión Española. It premiered on February 24, 2015 on TVE's main channel La 1. The series follows the exploits of a patrol of the fictional Ministry of Time, which deals with incidents caused by time travel.


On March 24, 2015, it was confirmed that TVE had renewed the series for a second season. The show was renewed for a third season on September 22, 2016. On December 29, 2016 it was announced that RTVE had sold the rights to Netflix to broadcast the third series internationally, outside of Spain, resulting in a bigger production budget.


The Ministry of Time is the best kept secret of the Spanish state: an autonomous government institution that reports directly to the Prime Minister. Its patrols have to watch the doors of time so that no intruder from other eras can change history for their own benefit.

The series follows the assignments of the Ministry's newest patrol: the one formed by Army of Flanders soldier Alonso de Entrerríos, 19th century student Amelia Folch and 21st century Samur paramedic Julián Martínez.


  • Rodolfo Sancho as Julián Martínez one of three members of the protaganist patrol. He is a trained SAMUR paramedic from 21st century Madrid. Present as a member of the patrol through season 1 and second half of season 2. Sancho left the series at the end of the second season having not reached an agreement with the producers of the show. His absence during the first half of season 2 was due to his shooting for Mar de plástico.
  • Aura Garrido as Amelia Folch, the leader of the protaganist patrol. She is a late 19th century pioneering university student and an only child from an upper class Barcelona family, still living with her parents.
  • Nacho Fresneda as Alonso de Entrerríos one of three members of the protaganist patrol. Highly experienced 16th century soldier from Madrid portrayed as an expert in fields of combat. Recruited just prior to being executed, he lives in the 21st century.
  • Cayetana Guillén Cuervo as Irene Larra Girón, Head of Logistics inside the Ministry. A lesbian from the repressed 1960s, her character is used to express a less rigid viewpoint within the Ministry.
  • Juan Gea as Ernesto Jiménez, Chief Operating Officer inside the Ministry. Recruited from the 15th century, he is fiercely incorruptible and perfectionist.
  • Jaime Blanch as Salvador Martí, Head of the Ministry directing overall priority and management of time reparation and protection.
  • Francesca Piñón as Angustias Vázquez, personal secretary of Salvador and widow.
  • Hugo Silva as Jesús Méndez Pontón "Pacino", replacement member for Julián in the second and third seasons. He is a handsome police officer from 1981 Madrid, given the nickname 'Pacino' due to a resemblance with actor Al Pacino, whom he admires.
  • Recurring characters

  • Lola Mendieta (Natalia Millán): A former agent of the Ministry who was believed to have died on a mission. She has provided information about clandestine doors of time to a number of people.
  • Diego Velázquez (Julián Villagrán): One of the most important painters in Spanish history, known for Las Meninas and Las Lanzas, who was recruited by the Ministry as a facial composite draftsman.
  • Enric Folch (Xavier Boada) and Carme (Fanny Gautier): Amelia's parents. While he appears more tolerant about his daughter's concerns, she presses her to marry and settle down.
  • Blanca (Susana Córdoba): Alonso's wife, who believes him to be dead since she does not know his execution was avoided by the Ministry.
  • Elena Castillo (Susana Córdoba): Alonso's love interest in the present day and Blanca's doppelgänger.
  • Susana Torres (Mar Saura): The liaison of the Ministry with the Prime Minister. Her visits usually mean bad news for Salvador.
  • Ambrogio Spinola (Ramón Langa): One of the main generals of the Spanish Army during the 17th century, most notable for the siege of Breda. He works for the Ministry, and admits he made the mistake of reading about his fate in the books.
  • Enriqueta Martí (María Rodríguez): A serial murderer who worked as Amelia's maid for a short time.
  • Marisa (Nieve de Medina): An old love interest of Ernesto's who has returned to work in the Ministry.
  • Armando Leiva (José Antonio Lobato): A former agent who rebelled against the Ministry when Salvador refused to allow him to bring his 10-year-old son, diagnosed with leukemia, to the present so that doctors from the 21st century could tend to him.
  • Maite (Mar Ulldemolins): Julián's late wife, whom he visits by way of the doors of time.
  • Paul Walcott (Jimmy Shaw): An American time traveller who worked for mysterious corporation Darrow Ltd.
  • Episode 1

  • Hovik Keuchkerian as Juan Martín Díez "El Empecinado"
  • Josep Linuesa as Thibaud
  • Iván Villanueva as Benito
  • Episode 2

  • Víctor Clavijo as Lope de Vega
  • Miguel Rellán as Gil Pérez
  • Miguel Ángel Somé as Alonso de Entrerríos, Jr.
  • Episode 3

  • David Luque as Heinrich Himmler
  • Pep Miràs as Francisco Franco
  • Miko Jarry as Adolf Hitler
  • Frank Feys as Heinrich Müller
  • Markus Lambauer as Captain Schweinsteiger
  • Pep Sais as Antoni Maria Marcet i Poal, abbot of Montserrat
  • Jorge Pobes as Luis Orcajo
  • Julio Arrojo as Ángel
  • Episode 4

  • Michelle Jenner as Isabella I of Castille
  • Juan Gea as Tomás de Torquemada
  • Eusebio Poncela as Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros
  • Paco Obregón as Rabbi Abraham Levi
  • Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa as Don Manuel López Castillejo
  • Ben Temple as Aaron Stein
  • Aitor Mazo as the Inquisition fiscal
  • Episode 5

  • Raúl Pulido as Pablo Picasso
  • Roberto Álvarez as Julián's father
  • Vicente Gil as Fernando Jiménez del Oso
  • Episode 6

  • Juan Blanco as Lázaro de Tormes
  • Alberto Amarilla as Fray Juan
  • Francesc Orella as Alberto Díaz Bueno
  • Episode 7

  • María Cotiello as Nuria Celaya (Irene's wife)
  • Carmen Sánchez as Isabella II of Spain
  • Carmen Gutiérrez as Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies
  • Celine Peña as Infanta Luisa Fernanda
  • Manolo Solo as Undersecretary Emilio Redón
  • Episode 8

  • Ángel Ruiz as Federico García Lorca
  • Enrique Alcides as Salvador Dalí
  • Jordi Coll as Luis Buñuel
  • Antonio Alcalde as Pepín Bello
  • Secun de la Rosa as Antonio Lancha
  • Iria del Río as Silvia (Amelia's granddaughter)
  • Mar del Hoyo as Rosita Díaz Gimeno
  • Jordi Hurtado as himself
  • Episode 9

  • Antonio Velázquez as Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar "El Cid"
  • Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Rogelio Buendía / Imposter Cid
  • Savitri Ceballos as Jimena Díaz
  • Luis G. Gámez as Ramón Menéndez Pidal
  • Pablo Scola as Charlton Heston
  • Episode 10

  • Andrés Gertrúdix as Francisco Morán
  • Santiago Meléndez as Pacino's father
  • Antonio Reyes as Morán's father
  • Ximena Vera as Morán's mother
  • Carmela Lloret and Eva Llorach as two of Morán's victims
  • Episode 11

  • Pere Ponce as Miguel de Cervantes
  • Víctor Clavijo's second appearance as Lope de Vega
  • Jimmy Shaw as Lord Charles York/Walcott
  • Markos Marín as John Bennet
  • Miguel Rellán's second appearance as Gil Pérez
  • Episode 12

  • Fernando Cayo as Napoleon
  • Ismael Martínez as Rodolfo Suárez
  • Jordi Martínez as Michel Ney
  • Nadia de Santiago as Rosa del Amo
  • Selica Torcal as Sor Flora
  • Aránzazu Zorate as Sor Paula
  • Sonia Almarcha as Sor Antonia
  • Episode 13

  • Elena Furiase as Micaela Amaya
  • José Luis Torrijo as Doctor Vargas
  • José Ramón Iglesias as Germán
  • Tania Vilamarín as Maria Pita
  • Joaquín Gómez as Germán's father
  • Jaime Zatarain as Ramón de la Vega
  • Pepe Zafra as young Velázquez
  • Guillermo Vallverdú as Mariano
  • Javier Laorden as Pepe
  • Juan Carlos Villanueva as Gregorio Marañón
  • José Luis Patiño as Francisco Pacheco
  • Sergi Méndez as young Alonso de Entrerríos
  • Nicole Valle as young Blanca
  • Episode 14

  • Miki Esparbé as Joaquín María Argamasilla
  • Gary Piquer as Harry Houdini
  • Rick Zingale as L. Gromek
  • Mari Carmen Sánchez as Josefa
  • Miguel Hermoso as J. Edgar Hoover
  • Juan Carlos Sánchez as Ramón del Valle-Inclán
  • Juan Antonio Quintana as Santiago Ramón y Cajal
  • Pedro Miguel Martínez as Joaquín José Javier Argamasilla
  • Episodes 15/16

  • Pedro Alonso as Saturnino Martín Cerezo
  • Paco Marin as Rogelio Vigil de Quiñones
  • Aitor Merino as Antonio Sanchez Menache
  • Jordi Vilches as José Lafarga Abad
  • Joan Carles Suau as Miguel
  • Borja Maestre as Heredia
  • Alberto Jiménez as Enrique de las Morenas y Fossi
  • Juan José Ballesta as Vicente González Toca
  • Nacho Sánchez as Rafael Ríos
  • Andrey Finanta as Alejo
  • Vanessa Castro as Maria
  • Pastora Vega as Pacino's mother
  • Mónica Estarreado as Asunción
  • Santiago Meléndez as Luis Méndez (Pacino's father)
  • Episode 17

  • Fernando Conde as Philip V of Spain
  • María Álvarez as Elisabeth Farnese
  • Algis Arlauskas as Ferguson
  • Episode 18

  • Carlos Cuevas as Javier
  • Mario Tardón as Dr. Madrigal
  • Arnau García as young Salvador Martí
  • Alexandra Jiménez as Teresa Méndez / Julia Lozano
  • Rosa Vivas as Salvador's adoptive mother
  • Episode 19

  • Roberto Drago as Sebastián Lombardi
  • Anna Castillo as Sonia Lombardi
  • Joan Carreras as Christopher Columbus
  • Episode 20

  • Nancho Novo as Don Fadrique de Villaespesa
  • Alba Ribas as Constanza
  • Chusa Barbero as Claudia
  • Raúl Cimas as Isaac Vila
  • Richard Sahagún as Alberto Ortigosa
  • Garbiñe Insausti as Natalia Vila
  • Maitane San Nicolás as Rocio
  • Patrick Criado as Sancho
  • Félix Arkarazo as Ernest Hemingway
  • Javier Mula as Saavedra
  • Pepe Rodríguez as himself
  • Episode 21

  • Carlos Hipólito as Philip II of Spain
  • Carlos Kaniowsky as Mateo Vazquez de Leca
  • Víctor Duplá as Agustín Argüelles
  • Jon Ariño as De las Cuevas
  • Carlos Cuevas as Javier
  • Maitane San Nicolás as Rocio
  • Marta Nieto as Isabella of Portugal
  • Jordi Hurtado as himself
  • Awards

    The series won the 2015 Ondas Award for Best Spanish Series. In 2017 it won at Premios Feroz the awards for best drama series, best lead actress (Aura Garrido) and best supporting actor for a television series (Hugo Silva, tied with Velvet's José Sacristán).

    International Adaptations

    Portugal was the first country to have the series adapted locally, with a version entitled Ministério do Tempo produced by Iniziomedia. As of December 2016 the format has also been sold to China, with negotiations mentioned for Germany, France, Italy and US.

    Timeless lawsuit

    On September 27, 2016 Onza Partners presented a lawsuit to the CDCA against Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, and executive producers Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke and John Davis for copyright infringement and breach of implied contract, claiming that the U.S. TV series Timeless is a copy of El Ministerio del Tiempo.


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