Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy 

The Doctor's experiment with daydreaming gets out of control when his program is compromised by an alien race. The aliens bully passing ships for supplies, but, before doing so, they first ... See full summary »


John Bruno


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 / ECH
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Jay Leggett ... Phlox (as Jay M. Leggett)
Googy Gress ... The Overlooker
Robert Greenberg Robert Greenberg ... Devro
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


The Doctor's experiment with daydreaming gets out of control when his program is compromised by an alien race. The aliens bully passing ships for supplies, but, before doing so, they first consult their command; The Hierarchy. One of the aliens mistakes the daydreams for reality, and gets permission to attack. Upon realizing his mistake, he offers to help Voyager, but only if they act out one of The Doctor's fantasies where he is in command of Voyager. Written by Meribor

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Release Date:

13 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The premise is based on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber. In the short story, Walter Mitty daydreams heroic adventures while running an errand for his mother. See more »


A close-up of the rank pips as they appear on the Doctor's uniform shows that the CG tracking is off. The uniform beneath moves while the pips remain stationary. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: Somewhere, in that totality known as the universe, is a galaxy called the Milky Way. Tucked into the corner of that galaxy is a planet named Earth. On that planet is a city called Mantua. Go straight ahead, past the fountain, turn right, then left, and right again. You'll find yourself walking along the water, listening, as a man sings of his beloved's unfaithful heart. And even the fish begin to weep. Quando La Donna E Mobile.
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References Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) See more »


La Donna e Mobile
Variation written by Joe Menosky
Original and variation performed by Robert Picardo
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I love this episode
15 January 2017 | by dcobbimdbSee all my reviews

Star trek TNG and Voyager were my two favorite shows of the ST universe. And every once in a while I go on binges where I watch favorite episodes of both and this by far is one of my favorite Voyager episodes.

Mainly because it just exploits things that aren't the status quo such that we get to see the actors so out of normal character, that and I love it when they bring comedy into such a serious show as this, and repeatedly throughout the episode. Robert totally stole the show, as he should considering this episode was all about him anyway. But what's great is it really lets him shine as he is such a fine and versatile actor, plus you get to see and hear him sing, yes that's his voice...

Outside of the obvious comedic situations is the more subtle looks & gestures from the rest of the crew during such situations, in way too many scenes to mention, which makes an already hilarious episode even more over the top. I can only imagine how fun this episode much have been to film.

ST universe is normally a pretty serious universe with humor spliced in here and there, which is what makes this episode so special, that and we get to see a wider range of acting from our family of actors in this show. Makes me laugh again and again every time I see this episode. 10/10!

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