Being a Starfleet doctor can be extremely stressful. Not only are you responsible for the welfare of the people who walk into your sickbay, you also have to learn to deal with their inane stupidity, uncooperative behavior and ungrateful appreciation for the hard work that has gone into bringing them back from the jaws of death. The job can feel like a thankless task sometimes, therefore it’s really no wonder that Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy, chief medical officer on board the USS Enterprise was so miserable most of the time.
Thanks to DeForest Kelly’s stellar performance, there are many reasons why we love Dr McCoy and why he continues to be popular, not just with Star Trek fans. Like Spock, McCoy was friend and confidant to Captain Kirk, and where Spock provided the logic, McCoy was the emotional side of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triangle. As Karl Urban, the current on screen McCoy said ”(it) gave Kirk the benefit of having three brains instead of just one.”
After Kirk and Spock, McCoy was always the third most important character in the original Star Trek. That is why it is even more sad that JJ Abrams has essentially demoted him into fourth place in favor of Zoe Saldana and her sex appeal as Uhura. Especially as Karl Urban’s performance was one of the best things in the 2009 reboot.
McCoy also had some of the best lines in Star Trek. Apart from the constant bickering with Spock, who doesn’t love it in Star Trek V when in front of ”God,” McCoy turns to a skeptical Kirk and says;
”You don’t ask the almighty for his ID!”
Or his response in Star Trek III when he is told that Spock has scrambled his brain with a Vulcan mind meld;
“That green-blooded son-of-a-bitch. It’s his revenge for all those arguments he lost”
So without further ado, book an appointment and take a seat as I take you through ten examples of pure Dr McCoy awesomeness and the skills he showed us that you need in order to be the best doctor in Starfleet.