DEEP SPACE NINE
Doctor Julian Bashir
BY: Siddig el Fadil [took the stage name Alexander Siddig at the
start of Season 4]
FULL NAME: Julian Subatoi Bashir
SPECIES: Human (indeterminate descent, perhaps Arab/British)
POSITION: Chief Medical Officer, Deep Space Nine
RANK: Lieutenant Junior Grade until 4th season; Full Lieutenant
BIRTHPLACE: Earth (lived on Invernia Prime at age 10)
PARENTS: Richard Bashir (father); Amsha Bashir (mother)
OTHER FAMILY: Watley (great-grandmother; a Starfleet officer in the
23rd century; no one knew the identity of Julian's great-grandfather);
Singh al-Bashir (ancestor; a 15th-century Earth poet)
LOVE INTERESTS: Palis Delon; Jadzia Dax; Melora Pazlar; Leeta;
Sarina Douglas; Ezri Dax
OTHER FRIENDS: Erib (an Academy buddy); Dr. Elizabeth Lense
(valedictorian of his Academy class); Lt. Cmdr. Data (see "Birthright,
Part I" [TNG]); Felix (a holoprogramming expert)
HOBBIES: Exotic cuisine, including Klingon and Vulcan; Tarkalean
tea; tennis, racquetball, darts, classic literature (such as mystery and
spy novels); meditation (using rhythmic breathing); history (except the
21st and 23rd centuries)
DISLIKES: Cardassian literature
As a child, Julian (called Jules by his parents) was small for his
age, awkward, and slightly slow mentally. Then, just before his seventh
birthday, he was taken by his parents to Adigeon Prime and given DNA
resequencing treatments over a two-month period. Among the things that
were enhanced were: his IQ, hand/eye coordination, stamina, vision,
reflexes, and height. After returning to Earth, his family moved to a
different city, where Julian joined a new school with falsified records.
When he realized at age 15 what had been done, he believed that his
parents had considered him defective, and did not forgive them for
years, while he thought of himself as "unnatural".
At 10, Julian had been living with his family on Invernia II when he and
his father were caught out in an ionic storm and sought shelter along
with a native girl who became ill, dying because no one present knew
that a nearby herb could have saved her. This memory influenced his
ultimate choice of career. (He told Dax in "Equilibrium" that he was
afraid of doctors as a child, but later realized that they helped
people, and he wanted to have their knowledge.) His first ambition,
though, was to become a pro tennis player, but after a disastrous first
match, he made his decision to practice medicine.
While attending Starfleet Medical Academy, Bashir designed a nutritious
candy bar to replace Federation rations, was first in his class in
pediatric medicine, and was captain of the racquetball team that won the
sector finals in his last year. He graduated as salutatorian, missing
one question on the final: he mistook a preganglionic fiber for a
postganglionic nerve. Bashir was offered a job at a prestigious medical
complex in Paris by the father of Palis Delon, his Academy sweetheart,
but decided to stay in Starfleet instead. He had his pick of
assignments, but chose DS9 because he wanted to practice "real frontier
The gung-ho young doctor, eager to make his mark in the "wilderness",
and intrigued by tales of mystery and heroism, struck up a friendship
with Garak, who involved him in spying on Lursa and B'Etor ("Past
Prologue"). He was an unwitting host for the consciousness of a Kobliad
criminal named Vantika, who tried to hold him hostage ("The Passenger"). Bashir was very interested in Dax, and when fantasies started coming
true on the station, he was somewhat embarrassed by the doppelganger of
her that appeared and fawned over him ("If Wishes Were Horses").
However, he did get to be a hero when he babysat a delegation of
ambassadors and earned their gratitude by saving their lives in a fire
Bashir helped Garak uncover the truth about Rugal ("Cardassians"), and
in "Melora", he was romantically involved with Ensign Melora Pazlar. He
came up with a treatment to allow her to walk in normal gravity, but she
chose to discontinue it, and eventually left the station.
Although O'Brien found Bashir annoying at first, their friendship
started to grow after they were maneuvered by Quark into playing a
grudge racquetball match ("Rivals"), and when they were stranded
together and on the run in "Armageddon Game", when the T'Lani and
Kellerun governments conspired to kill them because they knew the
formula for the Harvesters.
Bashir moved mountains to find the cause of Garak's life-threatening
headaches and cure it ("The Wire"); and in "Crossover", he accidentally
visited the mirror universe with Kira, where he became a slave in the
ore processor until escaping. Bashir was later stranded in 2024 San
Francisco with Sisko and Dax ("Past Tense, Parts I and
II"). In "Life
Support", Bashir fought to keep Bareil alive, but drew the line at
replacing his entire brain. He became the youngest nominee ever for the
Carrington Award in "Prophet Motive".
In "Distant Voices", Bashir was mentally attacked by a Lethian, and had
an experience in which he was trapped in his own mind, represented by a
besieged DS9, with the other officers as aspects of his own personality.
When Dr. Elizabeth Lense, valedictorian of his class at Starfleet
Medical, visited the station, Bashir was in a state, but when they
finally talked, they ended up friends. Bashir also met Leeta, and later
became romantically involved with her ("Explorers"). He was promoted
from lieutenant j.g. to full lieutenant sometime between "The Adversary"
and "The Way of the Warrior". Soon afterwards, Bashir was captured with
O'Brien by a group of Jem'Hadar and forced to research a cure for their
addiction to Ketracel-white ("Hippocratic Oath").
In "Our Man Bashir", Bashir's holoprogram in which he played a 1960's
spy became crucial to the survival of five other officers, who became
characters in the story. He eventually saved them by "destroying the
world". Bashir also saved O'Brien in "Hard Time" when he talked him out
of committing suicide. In "The Quickening", he was unable to immediately
save the people in the Teplan system who had been ravaged by a
Dominion-engineered disease, but he did manage to create an antigen that
cured babies in utero.
While at a burn treatment conference on Meezan IV, Bashir was taken
prisoner by the Dominion and replaced by a Changeling. This occurred at
some point before the change of Starfleet uniforms in "Rapture". Bashir
was in Dominion internment camp 371 for 37 days before he was found
there by Worf and Garak. They all later managed to escape along with
Martok ("In Purgatory's Shadow"/"By Inferno's Light"). Not long
afterwards, Bashir was chosen as the template for the new Longterm
Medical Hologram, and his parents came to the station to be interviewed
by Dr. Lewis Zimmerman. After they inadvertently revealed the secret of
Julian's genetic enhancement, his father chose to go to prison for two
years in exchange for Julian being allowed to stay in Starfleet and in
medical practice ("Doctor Bashir, I Presume").
Bashir was among the Starfleet crew who left DS9 in "Call to Arms" and
returned in "Favor the Bold"/"Sacrifice of Angels". Then in "Statistical
Probabilities", he interacted with four institutionalized
genetically-engineered people who were brought to meet him. He
recommended surrender after they calculated that the Federation couldn't
win against the Dominion; however, he foiled their plan to "save lives"
by giving strategic information to Weyoun. In "Inquisition", Bashir was
abducted by Deputy Director Sloan, who subjected him to a holosimulation
in order to determine whether he had been spying for the Dominion.
Convinced of Bashir's innocence, Sloan tried and failed to recruit him
into Section 31.
Bashir's genetically-enhanced charges
returned in "Chrysalis", including Sarina, whom Bashir successfully
treated, bringing her out of her cataleptic state. He fell in love with
her and wanted to pursue a relationship; but finally realized she wasn't
ready, and Sarina left to join a research center. In "Inter Arma Enim
Silent Leges", Bashir reluctantly undertook his first assignment for
Section 31, to assess the Romulan leadership during a conference. After
trying to stop Sloan from assassinating a Romulan official, he realized
that he had been set up to cause the downfall of Senator Cretak.
While analyzing a sample of Odo's "goo", Bashir discovered that Odo had
been infected by the disease that was killing the Founders. He
eventually realized that the disease had actually been manufactured by
Section 31. With O'Brien, Bashir decided to get the cure from them
("When It Rains..."), and planned to lure a Section 31 agent to DS9 by
claiming to have found the cure ("Tacking Into the Wind"). The plan
finally worked in "Extreme Measures", when Sloan showed up on DS9. Bashir captured him, planning to use an illegal Romulan memory scanner
to probe Sloan's mind. Sloan committed suicide, forcing Bashir and
O'Brien to enter Sloan's mind themselves to search for the cure, which
they eventually found.
During this time, Julian was slowly realizing he had deeper feelings for
Ezri Dax, and in "The Dogs of War", they finally got together
romantically. After spending the night with Ezri, Bashir was present on
the Defiant during the final assault on the Dominion. He said his
goodbyes to Garak on Cardassia Prime; and later, to O'Brien as the
latter left for Earth. Bashir was one of only five regular characters
remaining on the station at the end of the series ("What You Leave
Other facts: Bashir may have had the potential for engramatic
dissociation (a theory put forward by Sloan in "Inquisition"; given
credence by the events of "The Passenger"). His most prized possession
was his childhood teddy bear, Kukalaka. His blood type was B-negative.
He had total recall and the ability to control his own vital signs, a
legacy of his genetic enhancements. The genetic enhancements were not
revealed to the audience until "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" (5th season).
Siddig played Dr. Julian Bashir, a graduate of Starfleet
Medical and a brilliant specialist in multi-species medicine.
He graduated second in his class and could have gone anywhere,
but due to his naivete and his zealous expectations of
adventure, he chose the remote space station Deep Space Nine.
"Julian is a humanist, and a bit of a philosopher," according
to Siddig. "He's confident and incredibly enthusiastic about
medicine. Although, along with that level of confidence, there
is a certain youthful arrogance as well."
Born in Sudan and
raised in England, Siddig was a student of the London Academy
of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and appeared as the lead
in such productions as "Hamlet" and "Arthur." Upon completion
of the three year program at LAMDA, he joined the Manchester
Library Theater in London, where he appeared in productions of
"Brother Eichemann" and "Sinbad the Sailor."
Still in London,
Siddig then went on to try his hand at directing, and made his
directorial debut at the Arts Threshold Theater with
productions of "Lotus and the Rats" and "Julius Caesar."
During this period he was called back to acting, only this
time on television. In 1991, Siddig made his TV debut in the
independent British television production of "The Big
Battalions," a three-part drama. He also appeared in "A
Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia" which aired on PBS.
In 2000, Siddig
appeared in the action-adventure feature film "Vertical
Alexander Siddig bio