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Christine Chapel 2266
Caption:Nurse in 2267
Gender:Female
Species:Human
Actress:Majel Barrett
Christine Chapel 2271
Caption:Doctor in 2273

Christine Chapel (played by Majel Barrett) was a nurse aboard the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk in 2266. (TOS: "The Naked Time")

Early Career

Chapel began her medical career aboard the USS Enterprise, sacrificing a biology career with several university degrees in research medicine. She became Head Nurse to Enterprise Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy in 2266.

When the Psi 2000 intoxication afflicted the crew of the Enterprise, Chapel admitted her love towards Mr. Spock, who was there upon emotionally shocked. Her love for him was an ongoing issue, which never inferered with her professional duties, though. (TOS: "The Naked Time")

In 2266, the Enterprise was sent to find Dr. Roger Korby on the planet Exo III. Dr. Korby was Chapel's lost fiancée. His last communication had been five years ago. When Korby was found, he was disocovered to be, in fact, an android. After the android died, Chapel doubted if she should stay aboard. She eventually elected to remain with the Enterprise, and she would become good friends with Uhura and Dr. McCoy. (TOS: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?")

Chapel once housed Mr. Spock's consciousness to keep him from being destroyed by Henoch. (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow") She was later forced by powerful telepaths to kiss Spock, but neither enjoyed the forced situation. (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren")

Late Career

When under the influence of the women of Taurus II, the male crewmembers of the Enterprise were incapacitated by the siren's song. Lieutenant Uhura took command of the vessel, and assigned Chapel to acting Chief Medical Officer. They led a landing party down to the planet's surface to rescue Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy. (TAS: "The Lorelei Signal")

In 2269, Chapel obtained a love potion from Harry Mudd, and she used it on Spock. He was in love with her for some time, but the effects of the drug were only temporary. (TAS: "Mudd's Passion")

When in miniaturized state, Chapel assisted Dr. McCoy mend Hikaru Sulu's broken leg. (TAS: "The Terratin Incident") When Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock were mutated into water breathers, Chapel assisted Dr. McCoy when he reversed their mutations. (TAS: "The Ambergris Element")

Majel Barrett provided the voice for Nurse Chapel on The Animated Series.

Following the Enterprise's five-year mission of exploration, she finished her own medical degree, and was promoted to Chief Medical Officer of the refitted Enterprise, now under the command of Willard Decker. However, when Dr. McCoy returned to the ship in 2273 during the V'Ger crisis, she willingly stepped down to allow McCoy to return as Chief Medical Officer. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Appearances


Background

Little canonical information exists about Chapel's life outside of her career in Starfleet. Simon and Schuster's Star Trek: Starship Creator interactive software listed some biographical details about her, such as a birthdate in 2237, Starfleet Medical Academy nursing degree in 2366 and doctorate by 2271. She graduated in the 98th percentile of her class, with degrees in bioresearch, medical archaeology, endocrinology. It assigns her original rank as a "brevet" (or provisional) ensign, and rose to become the director of Starfleet Emergency Operations by the time of her Star Trek IV appearance. It mentions he is the child of Lauren Chapel and Patterson Chapel of New Orleans, Lousiiana, Earth; and has an interest in ballet.
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