Nerys Myk wrote:
To do that, Mitchell would have to be completely rewritten. The guy we see in WNMHGB does not fill the Doctor role of "emotion." He's a cocky womanizer, not unlike the guy Kirk would evolve into. If Kirk was more cerebral, Mitchell might be the Riker to his Picard.
He was a cocky womanizer in the "Gary Mitchell must die" episode they ended up with. My idea would hold that had they felt they wanted Gary to be the McCoy-like emotional character, they write him like that, the doctor becomes a secondary character, and someone else becomes an omnipotent megalomaniac and dies.