Star Trek doctors were known for emphasizing just what they could and couldn’t do.
It started with Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek: The Original Series. When asked to do a job he wasn’t qualified to do or undertake a task that he felt wasn’t in his core line of duties, he would angrily protest with “I’m a doctor not a…”
the three seasons, he was not an engineer, a bricklayer, an escalator and more. And the Youtube channel John DiMarco has shared them all in a new video that encompasses Dr. McCoy and other doctors from the franchise who’ve made the same announcement.
Star Trek fans were appreciative of the video, thinking it long overdue.
Of course, they also pointed out one DiMarco had missed with Youtube user TheMultiGunMan, sharing “What about the famous Discovery Doctor line?… I’m a Doctor on a sci-fi show. Not a Doctor on a Star Trek Show.”
And one user asked about the EMH’s one line that never appeared in a Voyager episode. “I’m a doctor not a lightbulb” was the question asked, but in reality, the line Robert Picardo used in his audition for the EMH for Star Trek: Voyager was “I’m a doctor not a nightlight.” It was an ad-lib by Picardo who wasn’t familiar with DeForest Kelley’s use of the phrase in The Original Series. He was glad that he didn’t know Kelley had been known for those lines as he wouldn’t have used it.
The tradition started in The Original Series and has continued with other doctors, though, not quite as often as the EMH on Voyager. There aren’t that many doctors on the new series except for Dr. Culber on Discovery, T’Ana on Lower Decks, and Dr. M’Benga who will be the ship’s doctor aboard the Enterprise when Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts in May. We’ll gladly take a few more “I’m a doctor not a…” from any of these doctors to keep the tradition going.