Peach Wookiee wrote:
I don't think it was a bad thing. Sometimes a doctor needs another doctor.
True. And we've seen that there's more than one doctor aboard the Enterprise
. TOS had M'Benga. TNG had Selar. But that doesn't mean it had to be Chapel.
In fact, if Roddenberry and Barrett had wanted to cement her status as an important member of the crew, I think it would have made more sense for McCoy, when he was drafted, to have specifically requested her to be his head nurse, thus bringing them back together. Nothing that she did in TMP required her to be a doctor. She could have been a nurse and had the exact same lines of dialogue.