Catherine Hicks played Dr. Gillian Taylor on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and that was the only time she was in the Star Trek universe.
Catherine Hicks played the skeptical but determined Dr. Gillian Taylor in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and plenty of fans have wondered over the years what happened to Dr. Taylor when she left to catch up on 300 years of science. She hasn’t been seen in the Star Trek franchise since, and even though the character is featured in the novel Lost to Eternity written by Greg Cox, she won’t be featured on any other series as the actress has retired from acting.
TMZ recently caught up with Hicks to ask her about a 7th Heaven reboot. Hicks played the matriarch on the family-friendly television series that featured her as a mother of seven kids. Hicks shot down the possibility of such a reboot, saying all the children were gone and that she doesn’t act anymore as she just doesn’t have the tears in her. (Her character did a lot of crying on the series.)
Catherine Hicks’ last performance was a voice role in JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales in 2020.
Though only seventy-two, Hicks has chosen to retire from acting to spend more time with her adult daughter who she didn’t get to spend much time with when she was working full-time.
It’s a shame we won’t see her again onscreen as with all of the new Star Treks happening, it would have been possible to bring back Dr. Taylor even if just in a voice role on Star Trek: Lower Decks. But Hicks played a wonderful role in Star Trek IV, and though we’ll never get to see this Dr. Gillian Taylor onscreen, knowing Star Trek, there’s always the possibility of a recast if the character is ever determined to be needed for a plot development.