"I decided then from the character that I read [Spock] that I wanted to be very much like that character but in a feminine way. And Gene said, and I was sharing this with George [Takei] the other day, when I told him that I thought of Spock as my mentor. Because if you remember Uhura was the only one he was able to teach the Vulcan lyre to(*) and he sang and spooffed on Spock. Now, you could have never had a love scene in 63 between Uhura and Spock but there were several hints and [back to Roddenberry] Gene was one in the kind of beginning to follow that and he wanted to do episodes if we had gone past the third year" - Nichelle Nichols TrekFest 09 in Riverside, Iowa
Deleted scene from “Elaan of Troyius”
Mr. Spock, that music really gets to you.
Yes, I find it relaxing.
Relaxing? It's... I don't know what to call it -- but
relaxing's not the word.
Most interesting. I suppose it works differently on
non-Vulcan nervous systems.
I'd certainly like to learn how to play that.
I'd be glad to give you the theory. The mathematics are somewhat
complex. To my knowledge, no non-Vulcan has eve mastered the skill.
You see, we Vulcans have natural rhythm.
Uhura looks impressed.
adding to the scenes already listed here, one that is often underrated is the one from the episode “Is There in Truth No Beauty?”. Kollos addresses Kirk, McCoy and Uhura as Spock knows them:
Spock: This is delightful! I know you! All of you!
James Kirk, captain and friend for many years.
And Leonard McCoy also of long acquaintance.
And Uhura, whose name means “freedom.” She walks in beauty like the night.
McCoy: [to Kirk] That’s not Spock!
Spock: Are you surprised to find that I’ve read Byron, doctor?
McCoy: [to Kirk] That’s Spock!
what is interesting about this is that unless you think that Kollos could be so familiar with ancient earth poetry and he could know that "Uhura
" comes from the Swahili
(ancient earth language) word uhuru that means "freedom", you now know that Spock looked for the meaning of her name and he reads poetry in regards to her. (and after all Kirk and McCoy are really his friends too, no?)
I don't think people are saying there was a Spock/Uhura thing in tos and they don't need to prove anything here to validate the romance being canon in the reboot that is an alternate reality
I think that people are simply saying that the idea of them together isn't so "crazy" and non canon because there were hints
even in the old trek that:
a- they were attracted to each other
b- it could have been an idea that the tos writers had too but due to the time being too racist and bigot they gave up.
So it isn't so far fetched to put them in an actual relationship in an alternate reality
where they met each other under different circumstances, sooner and younger than in the prime timeline.
You know that thing called "what if?
" This is what alternate realities should be for.