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Robert Picardo Q&A Part II

By Amy
November 22, 2000 - 6:18 AM

The second part of the question and answer session with Robert Picardo (The Doctor) is now up at the official site. This time around, the actor answers questions on a more serious note, including his plans for the future, directing, how he'd like to see the show end and 'Virtuoso'.

Crystal J.: How do you think the series should end?

Robert Picardo: I think there should be a tremendous emotional buildup to us finally getting home and that there should be some terrible cost to it as well. I don't quite know what that means, but it should be a very exciting, highly dramatic moment when we finally burst through and get home. Which means we must need some sort of technology to make that final distance happen quickly, but with some sort of cost or repercussion. I don't know specifically what I mean, but it would heighten the drama. I know there have been all sorts of rumors about some crew members being killed. I don't know anything first hand about any of that, but I would be very sad if we lost any of our crewmembers. I, of course, can't be killed, only deleted.

Karim: What was your overall opinion on last season's "Virtuoso," where you were a famous singer for an alien race?

RP: I had trouble with that script. As much fun as it was to make, and as much as I enjoyed the singing aspect, I found it hard to believe that the Doctor would turn his back on all of his friends for what was basically to gratify his ego. I had trouble with that story and I think it turned out pretty well, but it still didn't quite work for me. I attacked it with as much thought and effort as anything I do here, but it was a tough one to justify.

DrDeb: After seven years with one show/character, will you be interested in going into another TV series next year, or will you be looking for shorter, more varied projects?

RP: I would think shorter, more varied projects. However, the caveat is always if another series role comes along with good writing and seems like an interesting and challenging character, then I enjoy working regularly.

To read the full Q&A session, please click here.

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