DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow Part-1":

GARAK: When were you brought here?

BASHIR: Over a month ago. I was attending a burn treatment conference on Meezan Four. I went to bed one night and woke up here.

Two episodes which was two weeks earlier in our time the episode "The Begotten" came out. I know just because the episodes came out weekly doesn't mean that a week in STU past.

I can't seem to find stardates for either of these episodes to know how much time past.

I'd like to know if during the episode "The Begotten" when Odo tries to raise a baby changeling and eventually got his shape shifting back, was the Doctor Bashir on the station the real Bashir or his changeling replacement?


The Changeling Bashir was on the station in that episode.

As confirmed by writer / producer Ronald D. Moore, Bashir was captured and replaced before the episode "Rapture" (see Memory Alpha).

"Rapture" is the 108th episode of DS9, while "The Begotten" is the 110th. We learn that the real Bashir is in a Dominion prison in the 112th episode — "In Purgatory's Shadow (Part 1)" — and the Changeling Bashir's ruse is foiled in "By Inferno's Light (Part 2)", which is the 113th.

Putting all of this together, it was the Changeling Bashir who was on the station in "The Begotten".

|improve this answer|||||

All in-universe evidence indicates that Bashir was himself during this episode. The only way his visit to Meezan Four "over a month ago" fits in is after the events of "The Begotton."

As far as him wearing the old style uniform, that is as expected, since he was visiting Meezan Four where the old-style was still the common uniform.

Doctor Bashir was the real doctor and not a changeling during "The Begotton."

|improve this answer|||||
  • 4
    Can you amplify as to what the "in-universe" evidence is that makes your answer better than the existing accepted answer? – user888379 Mar 29 at 17:40

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.