Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Message in a Bottle 

Using an alien communications net, Voyager sends their Doctor to the Federation ship USS Prometheus only to find that it has been taken over by Romulans.


Nancy Malone


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Judson Scott ... Cmdr. Rekar
Valerie Wildman ... Nevala
Andy Dick ... EMH-2 Dr. Bradley
Tony Sears ... Starfleet Officer
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Alpha-Hirogen Idrin
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


Seven of Nine's discovery of a tenuous link to the Federation excites Capt. Janeway. When the normal method for sending messages proves inadequate, sending the Doctor, as a hologram, might work. The Doctor beams over to the Prometheus, a prototype starship ruthlessly captured by Romulans. The Doctor finds an ally in the ship's EMH, also a new prototype, but one who looks with disdain upon the earlier EMH model. Written by statmanjeff

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Did You Know?


Tom Paris' line "I'm a pilot, not a doctor!" at the 26 minute mark is a parody of the running gag which all doctors in the various Star Trek series have said. It originated with Leonard McCoy on the original Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), and has moved on through every series since. See more »


Just before Voyager transmits The Doctor to the Alpha Quadrant, he steps upon a platform in Astrometrics, still wearing his mobile emitter. (It can still be seen on his left arm as he disappears as he is transmitted.) Since the mobile emitter is made of real matter, it should've stayed behind and clattered onto the Astrometrics' platform when the Doctor vanished. See more »


The Doctor: [having sent EHM Mark-2 to tactical] What are you waiting for? Shoot!
[EHM Mark-2 looks about]
The Doctor: Shoot!
EMH #2: There are so many controls.
The Doctor: Find the one that says 'fire' and push it!
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Referenced in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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A Letter Home
1 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Doctor is set on a journey to a Federation ship, discovered by Seven. There he meets a fellow hologram and they do battle with the Romulans in the home sector. There is a lot of humor in this, but the serious nature of it involves a possible connection to Earth and home. There is some really fun byplay between the two holographic personages and this highlights this episode.

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21 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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