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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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)


Quark introduces Altovar, a Lethean to Dr. Bashir. He wants to buy biomimetic gel - a restricted substance, Bashir rebuffs the request. Soon, he finds the Lethean breaking in to the infirmary. Altovar attacks Bashir with a telepathic weapon and the doctor passes out. When he awakes, the lights are malfunctioning. No one answers their communicator, and the entire station seems to be deserted and in a state of disarray. Julian caches a glimpse of himself, notices he has gray hair, and seems to be rapidly aging. The sound of whispers and loud noises coming from the bar. sends Julian towards the bar, where he finds Quark, afraid and trying to hide. Quark mentions someone is going to kill them all, then runs for his life. The questions are: who is going to kill them, why is Dr. Bashir appear to be aging rapidly, and why are the few people on DS9 acting so abnormally? Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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10 April 1995 (USA)  »

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Doctor Bashir, in his discussion with Garak about mystery novels, says that he prefers human mystery novels to Cardassian, because Cardassian mysteries always end with everyone being guilty. Two of the most famous human mystery novels, both written by Agatha Christie, use variations on this idea. See more »


Altovar: You're staying right here, trapped on this station, watching while I destroy you piece by piece. And when all the best parts of you are gone, when there's nothing left but a withered shell, then - and only then - will I put you out of your misery.
[Bashir flees]
Altovar: You can't escape, Doctor. You can run if you want to, but you can't outrun death!
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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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