A ship is only as good as its engineer
It was Mr. Doohan’s idea to make the engineer of the Enterprise a Scotsman. When he auditioned for Star Trek in 1966, he experimented with seven different dialects before he and creator Gene Roddenberry settled on the Scottish accent. As a result he appeared in three seasons of the original series as well as seven Star Trek movies and even made a special appearance on TNG in 1992 and therefore forever endearing the Scottish engineer to Star Trek fans everywhere. Appropriately, James Montgomery Doohan will see a fitting end. He has requested that his ashes be launched into space.
So in honor of his passing and all the wonderful memories he has given us, we bring you a selection of his best. First, go look at this video. It contains some of his best scenes from the series, the movies and his appearance on TNG. Second, try this website with a few of the great “Scottyisms”. Lastly, try this website for several delightful Montgomery Scott wavs.
Mr. Doohan, we thank you for your work and the talents you have shared with us over the years. It was indeed a good ship. God speed.