Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 18

Distant Voices (10 Apr. 1995)

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After being attacked in the infirmary, Dr. Bashir has a dual mystery on his hands: what has happened to the station while he was out and why is he aging so rapidly now?



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Ann Gillespie ...


Quark introduces Altovar, a Lethean to Dr. Bashir. He wants to buy biomimetic gel. Since that is a restricted substance, Bashir refuses to cooperate. Later on he finds the Lethean breaking in in the infirmary. He attacks Bashir with a telepathic weapon and the doctor passes out. When he awakes, the lights are malfunctioning. No one answers his communicator, the computer isn't in operation and the station seems to be deserted. He notices in a mirror he has gray hair, he seems to age very rapidly, and hears loud noises coming from the bar. There he finds Quark, afraid and trying to hide. Quark mentions that someone is going to kill them all, then runs for his life. When Bashir meets Garak the two try to find out what is going on. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The "elderly" Julian Bashir resembles Alexander Siddig's uncle Malcolm McDowell. See more »


Doctor Bashir: You may be inside my head, but you don't know me half as well as you think you do. Take Dax. I do have feelings for her. But the important thing is, she's my friend. You know? Friend? Hm? And I wouldn't exchange that friendship for anything. As far as my career is concerned, I may have been a good tennis player, but I am a great doctor. Maybe I could have been first in my class; but it wouldn't have changed anything in my life. I still would have chosen this assignment. This is where I belong.
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The doctor gets older
30 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Dr Bashir finds an alien trying to rob his infirmary he is attacked, as he awakens he realises something is wrong; there doesn't appear to be anybody else on the station, he also appears to have gained a few grey hairs. As he searches the station he eventually finds some other people but none of them are acting quite as they should. He has other problems too; he is ageing rapidly and the alien who attacked him is there too and he hasn't finished with the doctor.

For much of the episode I had no idea what was causing the doctor's ageing problem or the disappearance of all the inhabitants of DS9 this gave the episode a rather claustrophobic feel. Alexander Siddig did well as the ageing doctor and those responsible for his ageing make-up also did a fine job.

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