Will the EMH Return?

Actor Robert Picardo, best known for his portrayal of “The Doctor” in Star Trek: Voyager, might be appearing in the upcoming Star Trek: Picard show.

Recently at the London Film and Comic Con event, Robert Picardo took to the stage and spoke about his possible involvement in the upcoming Star Trek: Picard show. Picardo stated that he was approached by the creative team for Star Trek: Picard, but was waiting on further information before making a decision.

Lucky for us, a lovely group named the Trekkie Girls did an interview with Picardo and asked about his possible involvement in the new show:

In the interview, Robert said the following about his potential return to Star Trek:

” I am pleased that they (CBS) have expressed interest in me. They have reached out to my agent about next season. So I’m looking forward to seeing what it is. As you know I play two characters, primarily the Doctor but also Lewis Zimmerman.”

This is interesting, as it further confirms that Star Trek: Picard is actively looking at multiple seasons, which is something we have heard a few times now. Hopefully this will allow the new crew of Star Trek: Picard to develop as much as Picard’s old crew from The Next Generation. It also confirms that the creative team for Picard are looking at bringing back even more legendary Star Trek characters to star in the show. It does raise one question, how will these characters, like the Doctor or Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, fit into the story of Star Trek: Picard?

It is also interesting that Robert Picardo mentions both those characters.

In 2376, Dr. Zimmerman was terminally ill, but was saved by the EMH who had travelled from the Delta Quadrant to treat his creator. Luckily, the treatment worked and he lived. It also raises this question, is Dr. Zimmerman still alive by the time of Star Trek: Picard?

During the panel, Picardo also noted on some ideas that would explain the age difference between the EMH and himself. Namely the fact that Dr. Zimmerman wouldn’t like to keep seeing a younger version of himself, so he would age the EMH appropriately. This is an interesting idea, which I am sure the Doctor would have had some humorous reservations about being aged. Perhaps he has embraced a more human life, similar to what we saw in Star Trek Voyagers final episode, “Endgame”.

What do you think? Should the Doctor or Dr. Zimmerman return? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments!


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