Robert Picardo has revealed that he is in early talks to appear in the second season of Star Trek: Picard in an unspecified role.
Move over Seven of Nine. It looks like you may not be the only member of Voyager‘s crew to hang out with Jean-Luc Picard.
Robert Picardo has revealed while being interviewed by The Trekkie Girls at London Film & Comic Con that he is in early discussions with the producers of Star Trek: Picard to appear in the second season.
Picardo, as almost every Trekker knows, played The Doctor in all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. The Doctor was actually the Emergency Medical Hologram (or E.M.H) but became much more as Voyager and her crew tried to return to Earth.
Interestingly, Picardo is noncommittal when it comes to the role he would be playing in Picard Season 2.
"“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.”"
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While it would be a huge thrill for fans everywhere to see The Doctor again, it does provide certain challenges to the producers. Much like Brent Spiner’s Data, the E.M.H. does not age and Picardo would likely have to be digitally de-aged to play the role again.
Of course, The Doctor and Seven of Nine developed a close relationship over the course of their time together on Voyager. While there has been no word if Jeri Ryan will return for Season 2, the addition of Picardo as The Doctor might be a good clue that Seven of Nine will feature into the series for the long haul.
On the other hand, if Picardo is playing Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, who led the Emergency Medical Hologram program for Starfleet, that could be done with no digital hijinks whatsoever. How that would fit into the narrative of Picard is anyone’s guess, but it could work regardless.
It is a great sign that the producers have so much faith in Star Trek: Picard that they are already thinking past the first season. Picardo would make the sixth Star Trek veteran to make an appearance on the series. In addition to Jeri Ryan and Brent Spiner, Season 1 is confirmed to include Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Del Arco.
And with Seven of Nine and The Doctor possibly showing up on Picard, could a Captain Kathryn Janeway appearance be far behind?
Season 1 of Star Trek: Picard is currently in production with the series set to debut early in 2020. Keep it here on Redshirts Always Die for more news and information about Season 2 as it happens.