In the Voyager episode Living Witness a backup copy of the Doctor sets off to follow Voyager's path, to see if they ever made it home. As this copy of the Doctor did not begin his pilgrimage until roughly 700 years after being separated from Voyager, I would imagine much of Voyager's trail would have been lost and forgotten to time. This would have made following Voyager's path very difficult, although ultimately the destination would be the alpha quadrant.

Was it ever mentioned what became of this Doctor by anyone affiliated with the show? If there is no word-of-god fate for him, has his fate ever been brought up in anything else (books, etc)?

  • Since it was an alternate future, I doubt it was revisited.
    – Force Flow
    Feb 26, 2013 at 20:14
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    @ForceFlow It wasn't really an alternate future. It was just "700 years in the future" of the the Voyager setting.
    – Xantec
    Feb 26, 2013 at 21:14
  • Oh, from what I recalled, I thought it was a scenario where voyager didn't make it back to earth.
    – Force Flow
    Feb 27, 2013 at 14:46
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    No, it really happened. Voyager accidentally left a backup copy of the Doctor on a planet. 700 years later that copy woke up in a museum and headed home. While chronologically the Doctor woke up centuries after Voyager got home, the episode broadcast well before they did. Mar 4, 2013 at 4:09

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The EMH doctor activated in the Kyrian museum isn't mentioned in any further TV episodes or films.

There are, however a couple of fiction sources (non-canon) that relate to fate of the "Backup EMH"

  • In Personal Log by Kevin Killiany in "Strange New Worlds IV" (an anthology of short Trek stories) The Doctor encounters a number of species mentioned in the Voyager series including the Borg and the Hirogen. Basically by hiding from everything and drifting he eventually ends up back in the Alpha Quadrant.

  • There is also a short fanfic called "The Witness" posted on Robert Picardo's official website which relates to the Backup EMH's trip home.
    I won't spoil the ending for you but be warned that it's a real tearjerker...

Voyager Living Witness

  • You probably should have spoiled it. Picardo's fanfic now throws a 404.
    – Ellesedil
    Sep 5, 2018 at 21:13
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    @Ellesdil - Ah yes, but via the magic of the internet, nothing's ever truly gone
    – Valorum
    Sep 5, 2018 at 21:32

When Q came aboard Voyager in Voy: Death Wish he said humans would be in the Delta Quadrant in a few hundred years.

This means the Doctor wouldn't have had to go that far to run into a Starfleet ship.

QUINN: I, I'm not sure how. Humans. Humans. Who would have more recent experience with humans?

Q: What have you done now, Q? Well, now, isn't this just fine. Humans aren't supposed to be in this quadrant for another hundred years.

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    Clever, but space is very very big and Q may have been referring to exploration vessels rather than a more substantial presence
    – Valorum
    May 19, 2014 at 6:13
  • This is a good point. And @Richard, even if it is only exploration vessels in 100 years, that gives the Federation and Star Fleet 600 more years to create some permanent colonies or outposts.
    – Xantec
    May 19, 2014 at 13:15

It was not specifically mentioned in any episode after. He stayed on the Kyrian planet for many years before leaving to follow voyager home. I would like to think the cunning and resourceful hologram made it back; the last voyager crewmember to return home.


There is no canon information of what happened to him. The only thing we know is that he took a ship and headed for what he knows of as home. We don't even know what will be the state of affairs should he manage to get there.

In the end this is another one for the Fanfiction writers ;).

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