Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 4

Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1999 on UPN
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The Doctor programs himself with the ability to daydream. When an alien spy gains access to The Doctor's visions he mistakes them for reality.

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  • Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy

    Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy was a perfect and overall awesome episode of Star Trek: Voyager. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of great character development and humor which was delivered effortlessly. This was a fun episode exploring the Dr.'s ability to daydream and take command. These are the best types of episodes which have the actors playing dual roles of their characters as normal and then in a dream sequence or something. The aliens in this episode were funny and fun to watch. In the end the Dr. makes important contributions and has gained more of the Captains respect. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

  • Voyager firing on all cylinders and defining it's own brand of Star Trek charm

    It took six seasons, but this episode, perhaps Voyager's equivalent to 'Trials and Tribble-ations' from DS9 in terms of charm, is a tour-de-force that finds the writing, directing and acting secure in itself and exemplifying the cast's strengths and personalities in this witty and well-performed comedic episode.

    This is a near-flawless 45 minutes, which is saying something considering Voyager is arguably the weakest of the three 7-Season series from the 90's. The episode draws from all it's strengths: the most versatile, nuanced and well acted character on the show, The Doctor, is in the lead, Seven's overtly sexual and liberated self is a welcome counterpoint to her typical behavior, Tom is used as a great punch line as his wife (BLT) gets dumped by the EMH, and Captain Janeway manages to both stay in character during real occurrences and catty seductress during The Doctor's fantasies.

    Even the rampant fan complaint of Voyager ruining the Borg and making them weak is indirectly referenced (if not made fun of) when the doc pivotally destroys them in a single shot using his fictional 'Photonic Cannon'.

    Voyager is one of my favorite Star Trek series because, beyond its flaws, there is a ton of charm, memorable characters, great two-part episodes, fantastic special effects (compare the Borg in Voyager to that of TNG), and while it all took awhile to come together, with many bumps along the way (even afterwards), I think the positives definitely outweigh the negatives and has produced some great Trek and is worthy cannon.

    What excites me about this episode is that it takes much of what the series has done right over the years, bundles it into one fantastic package, and delivers one of the best fan-service episodes to date with his humorous and soulful piece, WITHOUT CHEATING (ala Star Trek V); the humor derived from this episode is built off long-standing character development throughout the series and the cast does not break from that for a forced punchline -- the comedy flows naturally and is perfectly integrated within the story.

    Frankly, I'm surprised this episode has only garnered an 8.5 -- I feel its one of the best arguments for Star Trek: Voyager's merits as a fully-fledged member of the ST universe, and only wish there had been more moments like this in the series.moreless
  • ''what i wouldn't give right now for a whoopie cushion'' ..........finally a Star Trek Comedy episode!

    this is a great episode, its very funny and has some totally great scenes.

    The Doctor starts to daydream, his fantasies are hillarious, they range from saving voyager by taking command as the ECH - Emergency command hologram to the female senior offices fighting over him and trying to flirt with him.

    there is an alien ship nearby spying on voyager, they use the doctors program as their eyes and ears on voyager, however instead of tapping into his program they get his daydreams! so when the ship attacks voyager the doctor has to live out his fantasies.

    the doctor is humiliated to find that not only have the senior officers watched his day dreams but an alien vessel has been watching them also. He is further embarrassed when he gives a death bed confession revealing his love for seven of nine

    the daydream kinda pay off because Janeway ends up letting the doctor have the ECH protocol as part of his program and even gets to use it in the future (7:16 Workforce)moreless
  • The Doctor becomes disappointed when he was left out of the selection for the next away mission. He files a formal complaint with the Captain about the crew treating him poorly.moreless

    The Doctor becomes disappointed when he was left out of the selection for the next away mission. He files a formal complaint with the Captain about the crew treating him poorly. In his report he asks to be made Emergency Command Hologram in case of catastrophic event happened on Voyager. The Doctor begins daydreaming. He daydream Torres, Janeway, and Seven are all competing for his's affection. In the meantime, an alien vessel is trying to access Voyager's internal sensors. The aliens tap into The Doctor's program. They are planning to attack. This is where The Doctor bluffs the aliens. I rate this episode a 9.5moreless
  • Suspension of disbelief is essential to enjoy the most wildly imaginative Voy episode to date. Lots of fun if you don't take it too seriously!


    *** More good character development for the Doctor. Once again his willingness to expand on himself makes him more human than humans.

    *** A few wildly funny kickers to remember, such as "La donna e' mobile" and Seven posing for the Doctor.

    *** Clearly takes after TNG's "Hollow Pursuits" (some scenes are identical) but in a wholly different and creative way.

    *** The Hierarchy is yet another original alien race in Voyager. The think tank at Paramount is indeed top-notch in this regard.


    *** Not terribly original despite the premises. In a few occasions it feels as though you know where the episode is going.

    *** Completely unrealistic from a wide variety of points of view. One above all: for the plot to work the aliens must be either incredibly dim, or their ship must have amazingly inaccurate sensors, which does not quite match with their superior firepower.

    Once again, suspension of disbelief is everything: shun realism for an hour, relax, and enjoy this one.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips


Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Jay Leggett

Jay Leggett


Guest Star

Googy Gress

Googy Gress

The Overlooker

Guest Star

Robert Greenberg

Robert Greenberg


Guest Star

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (12)

    • Seven: (in one of The Doctor's fantasies) I require The Doctor's assistance in Astrometrics.
      B'Elanna: What for?
      Seven: That's none of your business.
      B'Elanna: I think it is!
      (Janeway walks over next to Torres, clutches at her side and moans)
      Neelix: What's wrong, Captain?
      Janeway: It's nothing, really. An old Academy injury. Flares up every now and then. (glances at The Doctor) I've learned to live with it. But maybe you should stay here and have a look. (The Doctor places his hand on her thigh.) Right... there.
      (Paris gives a disgusted look and The Doctor raises his eyebrows)
      B'Elanna: (rising angrily) Get away from him!
      Janeway: (growling) You... are dismissed.

    • B'Elanna: They say a doctor who operates on himself has a petaQ for a patient.
      (The Doctor grimaces but doesn't argue. Then, he unwittingly slips into a fantasy.)
      Seven: (snatching a Padd from Torre's hands) I can help him.
      B'Elanna: I'm sure you can!
      Seven: The Doctor and I are going to Sickbay.
      B'Elanna: Any excuse to be alone with him, eh, Seven?
      Seven: Assimilation is an unpleasant fate.
      B'Elanna: Is that a threat?

    • (In one of The Doctor's fantasies, the Borg attack and he assumes command as the Emergency Command Hologram.)
      The Doctor: Computer, (the computer chimes in response) activate the ECH.
      Computer: (chimes) Acknowledged. (A triumphant theme plays as the coloring of The Doctor's uniform changes to command red and, in a close-up, four rank pips appear one by one on his collar.) Transferring all systems to your command. You have the Bridge.
      The Doctor: Indeed.

    • (Seven kisses the doctor on his cheek to congratulate him on his medal.)
      Seven: That was a platonic gesture, don't expect me to pose for you. (Seven had witnessed one of the Doctor's daydreams where she was posing naked for one of his paintings.)

    • (The Doctor dressed as the ECH enters the bridge)
      Paris: Captain on the bridge. (The Doctor nervously walks towards the captain's chair, but pauses before sitting down)
      Chakotay: It won't bite.
      Paris: What I wouldn't give right now for a whoopee cushion.
      Kim: A what?
      Paris: Ancient technology.

    • The Doctor: (singing about Tuvok to the tune of La Donna e Mobile) Tuvok I understand / You are a Vulcan man / You have just gone without / For... seven years about / Paris, please find a way / To load a hypospray / I will give you a sign / Just aim for his behind. / Hormones are raging! Synapses blazing! / It's oh so very... illogical!

    • Tuvok: Firing phasers.
      Kim: Direct hit.
      The Doctor: Hah! How do you like that, huh?! A taste of your own medicine!

    • (The Doctor is daydreaming)
      Computer: Warning! Last chance to be a hero, Doctor. Get going!

    • The Doctor: The Borg, the Hierarchy, it's all the same to me. Just another bully who didn't know when to back off!

    • (The Doctor is daydreaming)
      Borg: You will be assimilated.
      The Doctor: Over my dead program!

    • (The Doctor is daydreaming)
      Computer: Warning. Warp core breach a lot sooner than you think.

    • Borg: We are the Borg.
      The Doctor: I know very well who you are. Stand down your weapons.
      Borg: State your designation.
      The Doctor: Emergency Command Hologram, at your service.
      Borg: Designation unknown.
      The Doctor: Not for long.

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    • Episode Title: "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy" This episode's title refers to John Le Carre's spy novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, in which a retired employee of the British Spy Service is brought back to uncover a Russian mole high up in the British Service's hierarchy. The novel's title is in turn an allusion toan English nursery rhyme,Tinker, Tailor.