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Basira Hussain is a police officer who has signed a Section 31 form, which means that she's investigated spooky cases in the past, and will be called upon when other cases turn weird.[1]


Season TwoEdit

Basira is in charge of the case of Gertrude Robinson's murder, but does not get much assistance from the rest of the police force, lest they be branded with Section 31 as well. As part of this, she has been providing Jonathan Sims with some of the tapes recovered from the room where Gertrude's body was found.

Tim believes that Basira and Jonathan are in a relationship, a lie that they agree to uphold to explain her infrequent visits.[2] Basira's partner Daisy later explained that Sims was under investigation for Gertrude's death, and that the tapes were initially being delivered in order to explain away Basira's investigation. CCTV later exonerated Sims, and according to Daisy, Basira was still delivering tapes out of sympathy.[3]

Sims later goes to visit Basira to ask for more tapes, where she tells him that she is now under scrutiny for assisting him and that they both suck at spy-craft.[4]

She later phones Sims asking him for advice before they move in to assault a compound where Maxwell Rayner is located.[5] Following the raid, she gives a statement to Sims about the raid, where Rayner and some other cult members were killed. The events badly shook Basira, and she said she would be resigning from the police force, and advising Sims to leave his job as well.[6]

Season ThreeEdit

Following Sims leaving the archive and being under suspicion for murder, Basira shows up to interrogate Martin as to his whereabouts. She admits that she liked Jonathan as a friend, but isn't as convinced that he couldn't be a murderer. When she hears that Daisy was using full "operational discretion" to hunt down Sims, she quickly leaves, telling Martin to contact her if he learns about Sims's whereabouts.[7]

Basira waits for Daisy at the place where Daisy "kills monsters", and rescues Sims before Daisy can execute him.[8] She is present at the confrontation with Elias Bouchard where she signs an employment contract with the Magnus Institute in order to prevent Daisy from going to jail for murder.[9]

She is essentially a hostage but finds the role surprisingly comfortable. She investigates statements but also researches the paranormal on her own. She eventually starts plotting against Elias and planning for The Unknowing with the others.

She accompanies Tim, Daisy and Jon to the House of Wax in Great Yarmouth but the Unknowing starts before they can blow it up. She knows she's in a place but everything is too much and there are things that want to hurt her. She decides to leave by simply picking a where and moving. Bit by bit, she reasons her way out of The Unknowing and she is the only one who leaves the waxworks mostly unharmed.

Episode AppearancesEdit

Bold marks episodes where Basira has read a statement.

Episode Appearances


  • Basira's D&D class would be paladin.[10]
  • Basira used to listen to Georgie Barker's podcast "What the Ghost?". She loved the first two seasons but thinks it took a weird turn in season three.[11]


  1. MAG 43: Section 31
  2. MAG 52: Exceptional Risk
  3. MAG 61: Hard Shoulder
  4. MAG 64: Burial Rites
  5. MAG 72: Takeaway
  6. MAG 73: Police Lights
  7. MAG 88: Dig
  8. MAG 91: The Coming Storm
  9. MAG 92: Nothing Beside Remains
  10. Season 4 Q&A Part 2
  11. MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective
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