After over two decades since his last appearance on Star Trek: Voyager, Robert Picardo is back to reprise his role of The Doctor in Star Trek: Prodigy. Fans will be thrilled to see an animated version of The Doctor in StarTrek.com‘s first-look at the premiere episode of the second season. Joining a cast of characters that fans will recognize from the first batch of adventures, The Doctor will be a wonderful addition to a series that celebrates the legacy of Voyager.
Robert Picardo‘s The Doctor returns to Trek in a clip from Season Two of Star Trek: Prodigy.
In the clip, the gang’s back together and happy to be that way with Dal R’El (Brett Gray) reuniting with most the rest of his team: Jankom Pog (Jason Mantzoukas), Zero (Angus Imrie), Rok-Tahk (Rylee Alazraqui), and Murf (Dee Bradley Baker). As the friends are reminiscing about old adventures and looking forward to new ones, they come face-to-face with the legendary Doctor as Robert Picardo’s Star Trek character steps off the ship to introduce himself as a new member of the team.
Recruited by Kate Mulgrew’s Kathryn Janeway, with whom he served alongside during Voyager, it appears as though Robert Picardo’s beloved character will be a staple in the new season of Star Trek: Prodigy. Uncertain of yet another hologram, the crew isn’t sure what to make of The Doctor but will undoubtedly learn to lean on him for wisdom the same way that the former Janeway did all those years and missions ago.
One in a long list of titles that have dropped the live-action characters and traded them in for vibrantly formed animation, Star Trek: Prodigy is the first title to specifically gear itself toward a younger audience. While it may not be the first time the team has turned to an animated style to tell its story, it does hold the bragging rights of being the first show to use 3D animation.
Recruited by Kate Mulgrew’s Kathryn Janeway, with whom he served alongside during Voyager, it appears as though Robert Picardo’s beloved character will be a staple in the new season of Star Trek: Prodigy.
Even though it’s made for the younger crowd, bringing in beloved characters like Robert Picardo’s The Doctor has been a way to ensure that even long-time fans of Star Trek will also tune in for the weekly episodes.
Along with roping Robert Picardo in to reprise his beloved Voyager role, Star Trek: Prodigy came in with guns fully blazing when it was decided that the series would blend the old with the new by signing on Kate Mulgrew to lend her vocal talents as Kathryn Janeway.
Up there with other fan-favorite leaders, Captain Janeway stood at the helm of the USS Voyager during the show’s seven-season run. After reprising her role for the first time in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis, audiences were excited to see the character back in action in Star Trek: Prodigy.
Star Trek: Prodigy’s Uncertain Future
Unfortunately, we don’t yet know when fans will get to experience more of Robert Picardo in Star Trek: Prodigy. Back in June, Paramount+ canceled the series and removed Season 1 from its platform. But with production on the second season completed and fans getting increasingly vocal about wanting more, the show’s creative team has vowed to find another streaming home for the series.