New Interview With Majel BarrettBy Christian
June 10, 2000 - 12:06 AM
Voyager's Delights has reprinted an interview with Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Number One, Nurse Chapel, Lwaxana Troi, the Computer), which first appeared in the July 2000 issue of the Star Trek Magazine. In the interview, she mostly talks about the Original Series, and reveals some background info on the first character she ever played in it, Number One in 'The Cage':
"We didn't have a background for her, so I created one. To me, she was from a different planet where they actually numbered people. She was one of a litter, let's say The only time they would breed was when they needed people — they would clone them and try to get as much intelligence into each one as they could. As they were growing up they would take their place, and be given a position according to their excellence. She actually turned into Number One and therefore went onto a starship. It was a way of life, just a manner of being; she hadn't done anything particularly wonderful until she got there and met people. She was bred for excellence, that's all. At the time, she was the one who really didn't have any emotions. Gene basically suggested that. That was the Number One character; that was my character."
More memories from Barrett on the various Trek series can be found in the full interview.