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- Picardo urged a singular relationship for The Physician and Seven of 9 after Kes left, with The Physician turning into her mentor in reclaiming her humanity.
- The Physician noticed himself as a greater instructor of humanity than people, and taught Seven of 9 tips on how to behave appropriately utilizing position play.
- Their relationship had comedian potential and culminated in an episode the place The Physician falls in love together with his star pupil. #StarTrekVoyager
Star Trek: Voyager‘s Robert Picardo explains the origin of how his character, The Physician, fell in love with Seven of 9 (Jeri Ryan). Picardo performed The Physician, Voyager‘s sentient Emergency Medical Hologram, in all seven seasons. Jeri Ryan joined Voyager on the finish of season 3 and Seven of 9 grew to become arguably the present’s hottest character. Voyager teased a romance between Seven and The Physician, though Seven and Commander Chakotay (Robert Beltran) briefly grew to become an merchandise on the finish of the sequence, to the dismay of followers.
Showing on The Shuttlepod Present recorded previous to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Robert Picardo spoke in depth to hosts Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Erica LaRose, and producer Mark Cartier about how The Physician’s romance with Seven of 9 happened on Star Trek: Voyager following Kes (Jennifer Lien) leaving the sequence. Learn his quote under and watch the video from The Shuttlepod Present. The time stamp begins at 1:04:28:
The connection I had with Seven got here out of a suggestion I made to Brannon [Braga, executive producer]… When Kes was leaving our present, Kes had been the Physician’s confidant. Kes was the one character that he felt, as a result of she was the youngest, she handled me like an individual. On the similar time, I’m ostensibly mentoring her to be my assistant in Sickbay. She is admittedly mentoring me in my creating sense of self, and what I’m entitled to and all that as a synthetic intelligence.
So when she leaves, I mentioned to Brannon, “I’m actually involved that I’m simply gonna return to being the smug windbag once more for the remainder of the crew, which is enjoyable, however we’ve already seen he has a unique aspect. And now who do I present that to? I don’t have a confessor anymore. And he mentioned, “Properly, we have now this new character coming. Seven of 9. Consider a singular method to relate to her…” I went again to Brannon per week later and I mentioned, “Wouldn’t it’s enjoyable if I take the connection with Kes, flip it round, and the Physician now thinks that he’s a greater instructor of tips on how to be human than a human?”
She’s been a Borg, she has to reclaim her humanity, [and] I’ve to show her tips on how to behave appropriately in numerous skilled and social conditions. And I’ll do it with position play… and I’ll educate her tips on how to behave. As a result of as a Borg, she has zero social expertise and 0 have an effect on. Not in contrast to the way in which I had been at first of season 1, however now I had developed. So it had a great deal of comedian potential… however that culminated in that episode the place I fall in love with my star pupil.
Supply: The Shuttlepod Present