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Star Trek was a popular American science fiction television series of the 1960s, featuring among other characters, Spock, Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy. A Time Lord, Marnal, going by the human alias Marnal Gate, also sold a script to Star Trek, but unhappy with the changes made, he saw to it that he was not credited for it. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) One of the rules of engagement in Star Trek was the so-called Prime Directive not to meddle in other civilisations. (PROSE: The Secret in Vault 13)
Star Trek later spawned a long-standing entertainment franchise that included motion pictures and additional TV series lasting into the 21st century. There were many avid fans who were thrilled by the debuts of movies based on the series beginning in the late 1970s. (PROSE: Return of the Living Dad)
Izzy Sinclair, a companion of the Eighth Doctor, watched Star Trek to vicariously escape her unhappy home life. (COMIC: Oblivion) She frequently watched Star Trek: The Next Generation on VHS. (AUDIO: Izzy's Story) Her comment upon entering the TARDIS for the first time was to say, "Not exactly the Starship Enterprise, is it?" (COMIC: Endgame) Her affinity for Star Trek — as well as her use of it to escape her home life — was something she shared with Destrii. Indeed, when the two first met, they bonded over Sulu's dialogue from the episode, Spock's Brain. (COMIC: Ophidius)
The Star Trek franchise faded out of public consciousness within a few centuries. 26th century native Bernice Summerfield thought The Next Generation was a documentary when she first saw it. (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird) 51st century native Jack Harkness was unfamiliar with the name "Spock". (TV: The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances)
Specific mentions Edit
Upon seeing her future self for the first time in Los Angeles in 2009, the Fifth Doctor's companion Peri Brown wondered if she was an actress who used to play the Fonz's girlfriend in Happy Days or a "green good time girl" in Star Trek. (AUDIO: Peri and the Piscon Paradox)
"Spock's Brain" was an episode of Star Trek that both Izzy Sinclair and Destrii had seen. Destrii even went so far as to call it her "favourite". She cited "the bit where Sulu has to do the captain's log" as a particularly memorable moment and even quoted back a portion of the log, in unison with Izzy: "Captain Kirk's hunch that Spock's brain is on this planet appears to be correct!" (COMIC: Ophidius)
Craig Owens compared the Cybermen's teleporter to something out of Star Trek, mentioning the phrase "Beam me up". (TV: Closing Time) Rose Tyler used the same phrase to describe Lect's transmat, (COMIC: Weapons of Past Destruction) and later asked Pete to "beam [her and Clive] up" back to Pete's World, with their dimension cannon. (AUDIO: The Flood)
Sarah Jane Smith told Clyde Langer and Luke Smith that she didn't have a sonic lipstick and other helpful devices to escape from St Agnes Abbey. Clyde answered that they wouldn't need any Star Trek gadgets because Luke Smith knew about the secret passages of the abbey. (TV: Eye of the Gorgon)
Captain Kirk Edit
When Clyde Langer and Luke Smith were on Kudlak's ship Luke asked Clyde if he could use his mobile phone to which Clyde sarcastically asked if he had a phone number for Captain Kirk. Luke was unfamiliar with the character. (TV: Warriors of Kudlak)
The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble once compared the sonic screwdriver to Star Trek's tricorder. Shortly afterwards, the Doctor and Donna, briefly adopted the aliases Doctor McCoy and Captain Kirk, respectively. (AUDIO: Pest Control)
Rose Tyler compared the Ninth Doctor to the Star Trek character Spock, a name Rose later gave as the Doctor's own when she introduced him to Jack Harkness. Harkness subsequently began calling him "Mr. Spock" until he was corrected. (TV: The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances)
Behind the scenes Edit
The first six live-action Star Trek series have been mentioned in Doctor Who media, but not all have been explicitly identified as Star Trek series:
- Star Trek: The Original Series (Only identified by its original title, Star Trek)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Deep Space Nine
- Star Trek Discovery
Metafictional references Edit
- Ace occasionally wore Starfleet insignia earrings. (COMIC: The Mark of Mandragora)
- The Eighth Doctor explained the chameleon circuit to Grace Holloway in terms of a "cloaking device", using a term coined by and closely associated with Star Trek (although in the context of Star Trek cloaking devices were used to make things invisible as opposed to merely changing their appearance). (TV: Doctor Who)
- Destrii watched a spacecraft design closely resembling that of the fictional Enterprise. (COMIC: Oblivion)
- The Eighth Doctor once wore a Starfleet-style space helmet that bore the ship registry NCC-1701-D, the registry of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a spin-off from the original series. (WC: Shada)
- In The Blue Angel by Paul Magrs and Jeremy Hoad, Captain Robert B. Blandish of the Federation starship Nepotist clearly parodies Captain Kirk.
- Bang-Bang-a-Boom! is a pastiche of Star Trek and its associated tropes and storytelling styles.
- The Teselecta bridge is also of a similar Star Trek style design. (TV: Let's Kill Hitler)
- In 2050, a spacecraft known as the NX-2000 began flight tests. This shares its name with the Starship Registry of the USS Excelsior, which also underwent flight tests. (TV: The Bounty Hunter)
- In Jaws of Orthrus, a CCPC states "Resistance is Futile" to Darius Pike, a catchphrase used by the Borg, and previously in several instances in Doctor Who.
- In The Time of Angels, River Song mentions that the Byzantium has gone to warp, a possible reference to Star Trek. In Flesh and Stone, the Doctor calls the Byzantium a Galaxy class ship, most likely a reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- In The Lodger, the Eleventh Doctor's greeting to the autopilot hologram includes the line "please state the nature of the emergency", very similar to the line spoken by the Emergency Medical Hologram, also called The Doctor, ("Please state the nature of the medical emergency") in Star Trek: Voyager when he is activated. Similarly, the phrase "Please state the nature of your ailment or injury" is heard in The Night of the Doctor.
- In The Pandorica Opens, a Cyberman states "You will be assimilated" to Amy Pond, which is another catchphrase used by the Borg, who in turn resemble the original Cybermen, who also previously used the same phrase.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation² causes challenges for those wishing to rectify it with established canon, given that Star Trek is established as a fictional franchise in the Whoniverse, yet this story depicts the Eleventh and Fourth Doctors encountering characters from the franchise. Other than a few vague "alternate universe" dialogue references, the story does not explain how this is possible in the context of previous on-screen references.
- In Into the Dalek, Rusty uses the phrase "Resistance is futile.", often used in Star Trek by the Borg. The Twelfth Doctor also states that himself and Clara Oswald are going "into darkness", which was the title of the Star Trek film released the previous year, Star Trek Into Darkness.
- The interior panels of Colony Sarff's spaceship are almost identical to those of Cardassian design, as seen throughout Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- In Under the Lake, a door is seen to have the serial number "1701B", the registration of the third U.S.S. Enterprise as seen in Star Trek: Generations. The alien craft is also of a similar shape to several Starfleet shuttle craft seen throughout various Star Trek series. A mural of a naval scene in the mess hall also features three sailors wearing red, gold and blue uniforms, the colours of Starfleet uniforms throughout various series.
- The Vesuvius is sent to the Mutara Nebula, a location in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. (AUDIO: Vesuvius Falling)
- The first lines in Oxygen, "Space, the Final Frontier", are said in the opening credits in both Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation.