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Caretaker (Shore Leave Planet)

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Caretaker (Shore Leave Planet)

The Caretaker

Caretakers epitaph

"Last of his race. Ceased to function fifth day of the twelfth moon, year 7009 of this planet."

The Caretaker or Keeper of the Shore Leave Planet was the last individual of his race to reside on this planet, located in the Omicron Delta region.

He was responsible for overseeing its proper operation. In 2267, crew from the USS Enterprise visited this planet, and after a series of unexplained occurrences, met this caretaker. He offered apologies for their confusion, explaining that he had not initially realized the planet's nature was unknown to the visitors. He described the planet as a place his people had constructed so they might play. He then offered the use of the planet for shore leave, as long as appropriate precautions were taken. But he would not comment on his people, saying enigmatically that the Federation visitors were not yet ready to understand them – a statement with which Spock concurred. (TOS: "Shore Leave")

In 2269, the Enterprise returned to this world and discovered that the Caretaker had died in the interim. The landing party was directed to his simple grave. (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet")

The Caretaker was portrayed by Oliver McGowan.

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