Andy Probert on Designing the Enterprise-D

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Ryan Thomas Riddle, May 7, 2020.

  1. Ryan Thomas Riddle

    Ryan Thomas Riddle Writer and occasional starship commander Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2003
    Where No One Has Gone Before
    Just came across this Doug Drexler video where Andy Probert walks through designing the Enteprise-D, highlighting some things that I didn't know about. Such as:
    • The main bridge was almost placed at the rear of the Star Drive's cobra head.
    • Ambassador was at first the class of the "D" not the "C"

    Watch the entire video here:
  2. Angry Fanboy

    Angry Fanboy Captain Captain

    Feb 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    My favourite of all the Star Trek ships by quite a margin. Absolutely love the Enterprise-D and always get a kick from seeing her 'remade' for the ENT finale and the PIC premiere.

    I understand Probert wanted to bury the bridge deep within the ship (which lets be fair we can probably all agree makes sense) but Rodenberry insisted it be placed on top of the saucer to provide a sense of scale.
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  3. M2m

    M2m Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Dec 2, 2016
    I agree with both the D being the most beautiful ship and also of course logically it makes sense to have the bridge 'buried' inside. On the other hand all modern aircraft carriers also have the bridge quite exposed on top. And providing a sense of scale makes also sense.
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  4. JesterFace

    JesterFace Fleet Captain Commodore

    Jun 1, 2014
    Suomi Finland
    Galaxy class, best looking starship ever anywhere.

    Both outside and inside.
  5. NCC-73515

    NCC-73515 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 18, 2019
    I thought so too before FC came out ;)
  6. Lance

    Lance Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 9, 2012
    The Enterprise's Restroom
    I love that Trek designers back then thought out every aspect of a ship, even in the event those things were never to make it to screen. Little details like this show the craft that went into it. A lot of love for it.
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  7. Dukhat

    Dukhat Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland, USA
    Agreed 100%. Probert has always been one of my favorite Trek ship designers.
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  8. Arpy

    Arpy Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 22, 2001
    Great video, thanks so much for sharing. :bolian:
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