While Trek alum Benedict Cumberbatch is dazzling fans and critics as Doctor Strange, almost 25 years ago one popular Star Trek actor donned the Sorcerer Supreme’s cape – kind of.
In 1992, our very own Jeffrey Combs starred in Doctor Mordrid. A direct-to-video film studio by the name of Full Moon Features had an option to bring the Marvel Comics magician to life, but their rights expired before production could begin. So the studio changed the name from Doctor Strange to Doctor Mordrid and tweaked a few details.
Combs’s Anton Mordrid is no Stephen Strange, but he frankly comes closer to the character than Cumberbatch did to Khan.
It’s not exactly cinematic wizardry, but the special effects are pretty good for the time. Combs played eight different, mostly antagonistic, characters in Star Trek – notably DS9’s Weyoun and Enterprise’s Shran – so it’s fun to see him in a heroic role for a change.
The villain of the piece is played by Brian Thompson, who fans may recognize without the make-up for his role as several aliens in Trek, including a Romulan and a couple of Klingons. Trek would later reunite Thompson and Combs on screen in three episodes of Enterprise and DS9’s To The Death, where Thompson played a Jem-Hadar and Combs’s first appeared as Weyoun.
The whole movie is available on YouTube here. C’mon. The Founders want you to watch it.