Doctor’s Daydreams

Story: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy
Written By: Joe Menosky
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 1999

This episode is actually a lot of fun. You know when I of all people say that it has to be really fun. It is standard practice on Voyager in even generally good episodes to have an element of awful about them...but the awful was pretty damned limited here. I’d go so far as to say this was in the Top 10 of the series, being one of the few Voyager episodes I might enjoy watching again.
The Doctor has installed a daydream algorithm in his program, the results are often dreams of him being some kind of hero. Meanwhile the ship is being spied on by a group of aliens who look like Sontarans and Vogons had a baby (at least they look different from standard Voyager aliens). The main alien spying on the ship uses the Doctor’s holographic matrix to learn about the ship, its crew compliment, and the ship’s safety protocols and weaknesses. But he isn’t actually watching the Doctor’s activities...he is watching the Doctor’s daydreams...and in doing so triggers a malfunction in the algorithm that makes the Doctor daydream constantly.

It is all very entertaining, from the odd little hierarchy on the alien ship, to the Doctor’s hilarious fantasies. Yet again this show is saved by the talented Picardo, who does a great job in all of his daydreams. Very entertaining, so good to escape how awful this season began.

NEXT TIME: Paris Manipulated