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Old April 11 2013, 01:43 AM   #1
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The Doctor and McCoy

I was just thinking. The Doctor was programmed with the knowledge and experience - and, conceivably, personalities - of 47 (there's that number again) medical officers. Do you think it's probable that one of them was Leonard McCoy?

I'd say it's more than likely. They both have similarly grumpy personalities, and the same dry sense of humor. And then there's the frequent use of the "I'm a doctor, not a..." line. Plus Lewis Zimmerman's pet iguana's name was Leonard. Obviously, a lot of the Doc's personality is based on Zimmerman himself. But I like to think that Zimmerman had a certain admiration for McCoy, and programmed the EMH with certain aspects of his personality as well.

What do you think? Too much of a stretch?
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Old April 11 2013, 01:47 AM   #2
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Re: The Doctor and McCoy

How well know is McCoy in the 24th century?

I think this sounds super likely especially with the iguana clue, just curious about whether McCoy would be known as well as Kirk.
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Old April 11 2013, 01:55 AM   #3
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Re: The Doctor and McCoy

Well, McCoy did write at least one book, because in "Message in a Bottle", when Tom and Harry are trying to create a replacement for the Doc, one of the texts they include is "Something About Alien Physiology" (can't remember the exact title) by Dr. Leonard McCoy. So evidently he's fairly well-known in the 24th century.
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Old April 11 2013, 02:01 AM   #4
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Re: The Doctor and McCoy

And even if not known by the folk who have framed photos of Kirk on their walls Zimmerman might have been familiar with him or admired him.

To me he's famous for dating a Dax!
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Old April 11 2013, 02:42 AM   #5
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That's right, I'd forgotten about that! Which Dax host was it?
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Old April 11 2013, 02:43 AM   #6
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Emony?
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Old April 11 2013, 03:41 AM   #7
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Oh right. The gymnast. (Unless I'm mistaken; I never can keep those Daxes straight.)

Your latest avatar just made me do a triple-take.
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Old April 11 2013, 03:58 AM   #8
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teacake's gone from J/7 to J/R to J/O since I got here 5 months ago.
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Old April 11 2013, 04:01 AM   #9
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Teacake is just Janeway/teacake. That's why she can't commit her to any other chars.
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Old April 11 2013, 04:51 AM   #10
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Re: The Doctor and McCoy

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Janeway/teacake
Oh my..

I'm going to photobomb tumblr with 10,000 J/T pics of my hands and Janeway!!

Or, I've already done that.
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Old April 11 2013, 06:21 AM   #11
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Oh right. The gymnast.
I wonder if that a euphemism for "sexual contortionist." Since I like Doctor McCoy, I hope so.

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Old April 12 2013, 10:25 AM   #12
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Re: The Doctor and McCoy

Isn't McCoy supposed to be one of the giants of the medical world (certainly in keeping with the endless myth building surrounding the OS)

I would say The doctor definitley has aspects of him in his character

one mildly off topic question (can't be bothered starting a thread for such a little thing) but how did the Doctor speak...how does a hologram produce sound (or any holodeck programe for that matter)...was this ever mentioned/explained
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Old April 12 2013, 10:54 AM   #13
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If the hologram can slap Paris, use complicated medical instruments, operate control panels, I think a holographic larynx would be a small thing. Heck he was able to keep Neelix alive one episode with holographic lungs.
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Old April 12 2013, 10:54 AM   #14
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hux wrote:
. . .how does a hologram produce sound (or any holodeck programe for that matter)...was this ever mentioned/explained
You can explain it by subscribing to teacake's Hand Wave Hypothesis, where an explanation that can be either canon or personal conjecture exists: The ship's internal communications speakers and personal communicators transmit the sound, while dynamic forcefields manipulate the soundwaves to simulate the EMH as being the source.
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Old April 12 2013, 09:45 PM   #15
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Re: The Doctor and McCoy

I always assumed that any sound a hologram produces is transmitted through speakers, either on the holodeck, sickbay, or any area equipped with holo-emitters.

Now, as far as the Doc's mobile emitter goes, I have no idea. That thing has never made sense to me.
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