The Voyager Doctor's Key Moments

Latent Image (5x11)

The crew finally catches up with us when they realize what we've known about the Doctor since "Projections" in Season 2: the Doctor has a soul and a conscience.

The Doctor was at one time faced with a no-win scenario, which resulted in the death of a crew member. The solution to his subsequent reactions was to rewrite his program, and lock him out of any memories involving that incident and the existence of the deceased. Eighteen months later, his resourcefulness unearths those memories, and the same things start to happen. Only this time, Captain Janeway realizes that what the Doctor is experiencing are grief and a nervous breakdown.


Someone to Watch Over Me (5x22)

In this Pygmalionesque story, the Doctor's mentoring of Seven of Nine's social skills take a turn when it is decided that she is ready to start dating.

An interesting development on his part is an achievement of social tact which usually escapes artificial intelligences; he decides not to tell Seven that he has fallen in love with her. Such restraint was nonexistent in Season 2's "Lifesigns."


Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy (6x4)

The Doctor adds cognitive projection to his program. Translation: the ability to daydream. His fantasies resemble that of a typical human male.


Blink of an Eye (6x12)

In which the Doctor shacks up with a ladyfriend and helps raise her son for over three years during a timeskewed away mission. And his true nature wasn't detected? Bravo, Doctor!


Virtuoso (6x13)

The Doctor learns humility - and how fickle fandom can be.

Touched upon in "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy," we see now that, since the Doctor's personal goal is no longer trying to become human (for all intents and purposes, he already is), it is now to be accepted and appreciated. By the end, the Captain once again catches up with us and accepts him as a full person, flaws and all.

Speaking of flaws, this episode contains many with regard to series & character continuity (for example: as needy as he may appear, it is highly unlikely that the Doctor would ever forfeit his medical programming to make room for vocal enhancements. And in light of events one year earlier in "Latent Image," the notion is incomprehensible. And I won't go into Doc's moot comparison to Harry Kim he uses to justify leaving the ship).

Some of the Doctor's most memorable scenes appear in this episode. So, for sheer entertainment - as a story isolated from the Voyager Universe - this episode should not be missed.


Life Line (6x24)

The Doctor meets his maker - literally. By the end of this classic tale, he has a place to write home to and someone he can call "Dad." One might say that he helped Lewis Zimmerman exceed his programming.

Based on a story by Doc actor Robert Picardo.




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