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Questions tagged [star-trek-emh]

For questions regarding the Emergency Medical Hologram (aka "The Doctor") in the Star Trek: Voyager television series. Use this tag with the [star-trek] tag, as well as the [star-trek-voyager] tag.

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Does the EMH ever laugh?

From time to time the EMH seems to "chuckle," usually because he's made a clever comment. I'm referring here to genuine laughter (as genuine as a computer program can laugh; no need to split hairs and ...
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What is the EMH's/Voyager's definition of “voluntary”?

In "Vis à Vis," the EMH materializes inside of the holodeck as Tom Paris is working on a car. The Doctor blows the horn to test Paris' hearing. He then states, "I realize that your sickbay training ...
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What is meant by the EMH's “motion sickness”?

In "Dark Frontier," after entering transwarp in the Delta Flyer, the EMH complains about motion sickness to Captain Janeway. He states that he'll have to "adjust his matrix to accommodate for extreme ...
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Why did the Voyager Doctor have to scrub in?

In S03E04 episode of Voyager (The swarm) we see the Doctor aka EMH, prepare to operate on Lt Tom Paris. Surprisingly, he seems to be sterilising his hands with a machine that emits a faint red light. ...
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Why was the EMH Mark I used to scrub plasma conduits?

Apparently it's pretty easy to create a holomatrix, even more so with only basic algorithms, such as scrubbing plasma conduits. Why did Star Trek go to the trouble of changing the EMH Mark I, instead ...
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How does the EMH get into the “system”?

In the episode "Thaw," a few inhabitants of a planet and Harry Kim are taken hostage by "The Clown," an "evil" entity that is the product of the humans' fears. The Clown won't permit the hostages to ...
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Does the EMH have a sense of smell?

The EMH clearly can hear and see. He doesn't have a sense of taste. Can he smell?
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Can the Chief Medical Officer relieve the captain during any situation?

In "Persistence of Vision," the EMH lets Captain Janeway know that he, as the CMO, can relieve Janeway if he deems it necessary. He does just that, and the captain retires to the holodeck. Now, ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Both The Enterprise-D/E's Data, and Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, are crew members who are artificial intelligences. In TNG, Data is depicted as being incapable of feeling emotion (at least ...
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How did the EMH remain “solid” when beamed aboard the hologram ship?

In "Flesh and Blood," the holograms beam the EMH over to their ship. Just prior to doing so, Tom Paris attempts to download the EMH's program into the mobile emitter. I assume this would keep the EMH "...
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Did Robert Picardo have a cold in 'Jetrel'?

This may seem a bit of a weird question (to be honest, it is) but I was watching the Voyager episode 'Jetrel' and noticed that whenever the EMH spoke, he sounded like he was suffering from a cold. I ...
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How did the Backup EMH make the journey back to the Alpha Quadrant without the mobile emitter?

When he was activated at the beginning of VOY: Living Witness he obviously has no mobile emitter since he is a backup copy. He is also seen outside of the holo-recreation of Voyager and walking around ...
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In which Voyager episode did the Doctor have sexual relations?

In the Star Trek Voyager episode "Message in a Bottle" (which is the 14th episode of the fourth season), the following dialogue takes place: The Doctor: I'm as close to a sentient life-form as any ...
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Wouldn't Zimmerman or Starfleet have rights to the Doctor's works before a random publisher in “Author, Author?”

In Voyager's episode, "Author, Author," the rights to the EMH's holonovel come into question. While I can understand a discussion as to why the novel may not belong to the EMH, I can't understand why ...
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Did The Doctor on the Starship Voyager ever explicitly reference memories or knowledge from the EMH Diagnostic utility grafted into his programming?

This answer got me wondering, The Doctor spent seven years on Voyager and expanded out of his role to a significant degree, not to mention he is literally a part of the ship, so it would make sense ...
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How could Janeway not punish the EMH for disobeying a direct order, transporting off voyager, & giving shield frequencies to an enemy vessel?

ST Voyager "Flesh and Blood": EMH: You've given me extraordinary freedom over the years. I've obviously abused it. JANEWAY: Maybe. Or maybe you've simply become as fallible as those of us ...
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The EMH had a son and it was a “long story”. What happened?

In the Star Trek: Voyager  episode "Blink of an Eye", Voyager is stuck in orbit of a planet with a tachyon core which causes time on the planet to elapse at a much faster rate than normal. ...
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Why does the Doctor display such loyalty to the Equinox crew?

When the Equinox Doctor's ethical subroutines are deleted, he is capable of doing all sorts of things he normally would not do, like killing alien life forms to turn them into fuel. I do not ...
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Why do the Borg not focus on assimilating The Doctor's mobile emitter?

During the "Drone" episode, the mobile emitter's technology is used to create a much more advanced drone than what the Borg are currently capable of producing, and they detect this drone and focus ...
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Why did the EMH never take on a name?

In at least two episodes in Voyager’s first season, their EMH expressed desires of a ‘people’ name, as he was striving to be more than than temporary substitute for a flesh-and-blood doctor—yet later ...
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EMH reciting pi

In "Virtuoso," the EMH is adored by his "fans" of a Delta Quadrant planet. One of his fans sends him a subspace message, asking to how many digits he can recite pi. Since pi is (apparently) an ...
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Why was the EMH's personhood ever questioned?

In the final season of Voyager, the EMH is forced to undergo a hearing where his personhood (for the purposes of authorship of a holonovel) is questioned. Ultimately, the arbitrator declined to decide ...
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What is the “default” strength level of Voyager's EMH?

By "strength" I mean physical strength, not mental strength, combat strength, or anything else. As a being of forcefields and light, is the EMH stronger than the members of the crew (including Tuvok)? ...
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Why do they worry about losing the Doctor (EMH)?

In several episodes, they worry about losing the Doctor. Either his program may be corrupted, or in one episode they wanted to transmit him to Earth through the long-range communication but worried ...
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What became of the backup Doctor from Living Witness?

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 ...
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Is The Doctor (EMH Mark I) technologically similar to the holodeck?

The creator of the Emergency Medical Hologram - EMH (beginning with Mark I), Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, was the 'Director of Holographic Imaging and Programming' at Jupiter Station. It can be expected his ...
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Why does the Doctor in Voyager tell everyone about his mobile emitter?

In multiple instances in Star Trek: Voyager, this sequence of events happen: A character asks the Doctor how he is able to exist outside of the holodeck/sickbay The Doctor informs them of the mobile ...
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Why does the Doctor need so much time to think and do research?

The Doctor is a holographic program and runs off the computers processing power. Why then would he need time to make decisions and do research at the same pace as a person? His brain should run ...
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Is The Doctor (EMH) a Doctor Who reference?

Is Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, which doesn't have a name other than "Doctor": a tip of the hat from Paramount to The Doctor from BBC's Doctor Who? While Robert Picardo doesn't have any ...
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Why doesn't the Doctor duplicate himself when he has multiple medical emergencies at the same time?

The Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager is a hologram. Voyager's Sick Bay is loaded with holo-projectors. The episode "Living Witness" shows that the Doctor regularly makes backup copies of himself. After ...
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In the novels, what happens to the Doctor and the rest of the Voyager crew after they return home?

Voyager was a great show with a terrible ending. Basically the entire show revolved around the characters getting home, but when they finally do the credits roll five seconds later. So I wonder if ...