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Philip Boyce

Philip Boyce
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Affiliation: Starfleet
Occupation: Physician
Status: Active (2254)
Played by: John Hoyt

Philip Boyce was the chief medical officer on board the USS Enterprise in 2254, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike.

Personality and traits

Boyce was an acerbic realist who did not hesitate to tell Captain Pike when he thought Pike was wrong. He was known to carry a portable martini kit with him, reasoning that, "sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor." In this capacity, Boyce counseled Pike to remain in the service when Pike confided in him that he was considering retiring. Boyce realized that Pike's sentiment was stemming from a recent incident on Rigel VII in which three Enterprise crewmembers, including Pike's yeoman, were killed, an incident on which Pike blamed his own complacency.

Talos IV

Boyce was a member of the landing party investigating the apparent existence of survivors of a crashed survey expedition on planet Talos IV, reporting to Pike on the extraordinary health of the survivors despite supposedly being stranded for eighteen years. Later, when it became clear that the existence of survivors was an illusion created by the Talosians for the purpose of abducting Pike, Boyce participated in a staff briefing, cautioning the crew as to the dangers posed by the Talosians' mental powers. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II")

Appendices

Background information

Dr. Philip Boyce was played by John Hoyt.

In Gene Roddenberry's original pitch for the series, the following is written about Boyce:

Ship's Doctor --
Phillip Boyce, an unlikely space traveler. At
the age of fifty-one, he's worldly, humorously
cynical, makes it a point to thoroughly enjoy
his own weaknesses. Captain April's only real
confidant, "Bones" Boyce considers himself the
only realist aboard, measures each new landing
in terms of relative annoyance, rather than
excitement.

The following character biography appears in The Making of Star Trek, during a time in production when Robert April was still being considered as the name of the Enterprise's captain:

Ship's Doctor. Philip Boyce, M.D., is a highly unlikely space traveler. Well into his fifties, he's worldly, humorously cynical, makes it a point to thoroughly enjoy his own weaknesses. He's also engaged in a perpetual battle of ideas and ideals with Jose. Captain April's only real confidant, "Bones" Boyce considers himself the only realist aboard, measures each new landing in terms of the annoyances it will personally create for him.

In the second revised final draft script of "The Cage", Dr. Boyce is described as "A highly unlikely looking space crewman, Boyce is pushing middle age, something of a worldly cynic."

At one time, David Opatoshu was considered for the role of Doctor Boyce. [1]

The text commentary of "The Menagerie, Part I" regards Dr. Boyce as being the first of numerous "bartender-confidantes" throughout Star Trek history, also counting Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as fitting this mold.

Apocrypha

According to the novel Enterprise: The First Adventure, by Vonda N. McIntyre, Boyce was the CMO of Starbase 23 following his tenure aboard the Enterprise.

His mirror universe counterpart appears in the story story "The Greater Good" by Margaret Wander Bonanno contained in the anthology Shards and Shadows. He is depicted as the chief medical officer of the ISS Enterprise, then under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, in 2264.

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