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I've seen in quite a few places a claim that when Star Trek Enterprise was being written, the character of Captain Archer was going to have the first name Jeffrey, and it was only because a British person on the team said, "You can't call him that!" that it was changed. (For the benefit of non-UK readers, Jeffrey Archer is the name of a British peer who is a prolific author and crook.) Is this true, or is it an urban myth?

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    According to the Guardian newspaper, yes; theguardian.com/media/2001/jul/23/… – Valorum Oct 4 '16 at 9:09
  • Wouldn't be the first time something like this had happened. Al Pacino's character in Heat was called Vincent Hanna, a name well known in the UK at the time as that of a respected political journalist. – Daniel Roseman Oct 4 '16 at 17:16
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This one seems to have the slight ring of truth about it. The character of the captain of the Enterprise was originally going to be "Jackson Archer" but was likely changed because the name was not sufficiently either widespread or unique

An early casting call sheet acquired by TV Guide reveals that the fifth series in the Star Trek franchise will be a prequel about the infancy of the Federation that predates the time of Kirk and Spock by 100 years

Trek's usual emphasis on ethnic and intergalactic diversity will be evident in the other characters, including Capt. Jackson Archer, a bold rule buster with a grudge against the Vulcans; Lt. Joe Mayweather, an African-American helmsman with more experience than his captain; Ensign Hoshi Sato, who can imitate alien sounds; Dr. Phlox, an exotic alien who specializes in New Age medicine; and Chief Engineer Charlie "Spike" Tucker, a Southern good old boy. Now that's the real McCoy.

TrekToday - Brannon Braga Registers 'Enterprise' Domain

The article points out that these may simply be net rumours, but in hindsight, given the accuracy of the article, it's much more likely that they had the real casting sheet.


Some two months later, it was stated that the name had been changed from Jackson to Jeffrey, a common enough name in the US, but one that would come up immediately on a websearch for the UK politician. It's not especially surprising that they changed it again.

Industry trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable, which originally revealed the Enterprise name, reported that Bakula has been "cast as [the] Enterprise skipper," and said the actor was in final negotations with Paramount. The paper's sources said that executives at UPN have been wanting to announce the new series for months now, and that the actual announcement could be expected by the end of this week.

This was confirmed by television executive subscription service TV Tracker, which updated its listing for Enterprise Tuesday. The site said that Paramount was still in negotiations with Bakula for the role, which it was now referring to as Jeffrey Archer. The original casting sheet referred to the character as Jackson Archer, but it is of course possible that he underwent a slight name change.

TrekToday: Scott Bakula: Is He In Or Out?

  • That casting sheet is awesome! I'd watch that Enterprise. – Z. Cochrane Oct 4 '16 at 15:11
  • I think they should have made a sterling effort to be bolder with their casting. – Valorum Oct 4 '16 at 15:16
  • Hoshi's bio is kind of weird though. The Hoshi we ended up with was fine. – Z. Cochrane Oct 4 '16 at 16:31

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