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Fan-Favorite Things ‘Star Trek’ Doctors Are Not

For any fan of the Star Trek franchise, the phrase “I’m a doctor, not a…” is practically as well-known and beloved as “Live long, and prosper.” Made famous by the late DeForest Kelley in his performance as Dr. Leonard McCoy on the original Star Trek series, it has been emulated and referenced elsewhere in pop culture in everything from Battlestar Galactica to SpongeBob SquarePants. The phrase was also used numerous times in other Star Trek series; in fact, the only series that didn’t offer a nod to the iconic catchphrase was The Next Generation. As we continue to join in Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary celebration, we thought it might be fun to ask some die hard fans how many different versions of these phrases they could remember, and find out which ones were their favorites. The response was overwhelming! There were too many to list every single example, but here are the most frequently referenced versions from those we polled, in no particular order. See how many you remembered:

Dr. Leonard McCoy, The Original Series

McCoy Bricklayer Post Star Trek

Dr. Julian Bashir, Deep Space Nine

Bashir Botonist Post Star Trek

The Doctor (Emergency Medical Hologram), Voyager

EMH Bartender Post Star Trek
  • “I’m a doctor, not a bartender.” (“Twisted)
  • “I’m a doctor, not a dragon-slayer.” (“Bliss)
  • “I am a doctor, not a peeping Tom. (“Drone)
  • “I’m a doctor, not a database.” (“Future’s End, Part II)
  • “I’m a doctor, not a counterinsurgent.” (“Basics, Part II)

Dr. Phlox, Enterprise

Phlox Engineer Post Star Trek

Bonus: Emergency Medical Holograms

EMH MK-I MK-II Post Star Trek

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