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See Hippocrates (disambiguation) for other variations of the name.
Hippocrates Noah
Name: Hippocrates Noah
Gender: Male
Species: Holographic Human
Holoprogram: Julian Bashir, Secret Agent
Portrayed by: Benjamin Sisko
Actor: Avery Brooks

Hippocrates Noah was a holosuite character created for Julian Bashir's Secret Agent holographic program revolving around the espionage of Earth's nation-states during the Cold War of the 20th century. His henchmen included Falcon and Duchamps.

In 2372, Bashir was running the holo-program when the USS Orinoco was destroyed by a warp core breach during its return to Deep Space 9. The explosion of the runabout caused a massive power feedback in the station's power grid through the transporters, shutting down all but emergency power and forcing station personnel to store the transporter patterns of the runabout crew in the memory banks of the holosuite as an emergency measure. The result was that characters of the holographic program took on the physical characteristics of the crew of the runabout, including Benjamin Sisko, whose image replaced that of Noah.

In the context of the program, Noah was an "evil genius" who believed the decadence of the world had led to such a chaotic situation that a new beginning was necessary. He intended to kill all of Earth's population, save for those at his mountain retreat on the Tibetan plateau (the highest point on the planet), where he had gathered the most brilliant scientists and artists from around the world. Strategically positioning powerful lasers at various locations, Noah planned to use them on the surface, producing massive fissures in Earth's crust that would release millions of tons of molten lava. The end result would be a significant reduction in the surface area of the planet – "like letting air out of a balloon," as he described it – causing massive flooding. Noah's plan was foiled by Bashir with help from Jadzia Dax, who had taken the form of the character Honey Bare, and Garak. Bashir's companion Anastasia Komananov (replaced by the image of Kira Nerys) wanted to kill Noah, but Bashir stopped her, fearing the holosuite would erase Sisko's image.

Hippocrates Noah with guns

Noah with Bashir's gun and shoe pistol.

This was nearly Bashir's undoing, as Mr. Duchamps showed up during Bashir's argument with Komananov and took them by surprise. Noah was about to kill Bashir when the doctor, inspired by an earlier speech Garak made to him, claimed he had realized Noah's way was the right one. He activated the lasers, flooding the Earth and resulting in an unexpected "victory" for Noah. Noah was nonetheless ready to kill Bashir, but in the meantime, Michael Eddington had devised a method to retrieve the senior crew members' patterns through the transporter, and he beamed Sisko and the others out of the holosuite. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")

Memorable quotes

"I believe in an orderly world, a far cry from the chaos we find ourselves in today. We are building a new future here, a new beginning for mankind. A new chapter in Human history will open... right here, on my island."

"Island?"

"Forgive me. Sometimes I do get ahead of myself. Allow me to explain."

- Hippocrates Noah, Julian Bashir; shortly before a Bond-esque scene in which the villain explains his master plan in great detail to his arch-enemy


"It's working just as you planned! You've done it, doctor."

"Yes. But somehow, I didn't expect to win."

- Falcon, Hippocrates Noah; after Bashir destroys the world

Background

Hippocrates Noah map

Noah's plan is set into action.

  • Hippocrates Noah was played by Avery Brooks, who also appeared in his normal role as Commander Sisko.
  • The name "Hippocrates Noah" has several meanings behind it; Hippocrates was a physician and philosopher in Ancient Greece who is regarded as the father of modern medicine and is responsible for the Hippocratic Oath, while Noah was a Biblical figure who survived floods lasting forty days and forty nights. According to the Bible, God, like this Noah, believed the world had become so sinful as to necessitate a new beginning, so he flooded the planet, killing everyone except Noah and his family. The name may also be a homage to the Dr. No of James Bond, who was the villain and namesake of the first Bond film, especially given that Falcon refers to Noah as "doctor" at one point.
  • In addition to its Biblical origins, Noah's plot to destroy the world was a classic James Bond-style plot, particularly reminiscent of several Roger Moore films, namely Moonraker (in which the villain plans to poison the population of Earth and create a master race in outer space) and The Spy Who Loved Me (in which a reclusive man plans to cause a nuclear holocaust and start anew beneath the ocean). Like the plots of those and most other Bond films, Noah's plan is highly implausible.
  • Avery Brooks received much acclaim from fans for his performance as Noah, with some suggesting he should play an actual Bond villain.
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