At San Diego Comic-Con it was revealed that a number of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars will appear on the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard, along with Star Trek: Voyager‘s Jeri Ryan (Seven). And it’s possible she won’t be the only crew member from the USS Voyager to appear in the new TV show.
The doctor is in?
At the London Film and Comic Con last weekend, our friends (and occasional contributors) the Trekkie Girls caught up with Robert Picardo, The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager. In the interview with Picardo talking about his seven years on Voyager, he also dropped a bit of news regarding the Picard show:
I am pleased that they (CBS) have expressed interest in me. They have reached out to my agent about next season. So I’m looking forward to seeing what it is. As you know I play two characters, primarily the Doctor but also Lewis Zimmerman.
Not only is this news that Picardo may reprise one of his Star Trek roles on Picard, but it also shows a high level of confidence in Alex Kurtzman’s team that they are already reaching out to talent for the second season of the show. The first season is still in production and expected to wrap in October for an early 2020 release. In addition to Jeri Ryan, the first season will include the return of Trek veterans Brent Spiner (Data), Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Marina Sirtis (Troi), and Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh). It appears the producers plan to keep the Trek vets coming in season two.
Jeri Ryan has confirmed she will have a recurring role in season one, so it’s possible she may appear in season two and Seven could be linked to Picardo’s appearance. The Doctor on Voyager had a close relationship with Seven of Nine, helping her transition from drone to individual.
As “The Doctor,” Picardo played the Emergency Medical Hologram which became the Chief Medical Officer on the USS Voyager for its seven years trapped in the Delta Quadrant. Like Seven of Nine, he was aboard the ship when it returned to the Alpha Quadrant in 2378 (21 years before the start of Star Trek:Picard), as seen in the Voyager finale “Endgame.” As noted by Picardo, in a couple of episodes of Voyager (and one of Deep Space Nine) he also portrayed Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, the scientist who headed up the Emergency Medical Hologram program for Starfleet.
Picardo also appeared in one of the Next Generation films. He portrayed the Emergency Medical Hologram onboard the USS Enterprise-E in First Contact, where he helped Dr. Beverly Crusher escape from sickbay during a Borg attack. As Chief Medical Officer of the Voyager, The Doctor became uniquely expert in the physiology of many species of the Delta Quadrant, as well as the Borg, who appear to play a role in the first season of Picard.
Listen to full Picardo interview
Courtesy of The Trekkie Girls.
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