Doctor M'Benga was a Starfleet medical officer who served aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk during his original five-year mission. In the event of Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy's absence, M'Benga became the ranking CMO.

He conducted his medical internship on Vulcan, an experience that made him particularly skilled in treating members of that species. In 2268, M'Benga treated First Officer Spock for a serious gunshot wound. He had to slap Spock violently to bring him out of his Vulcan healing state. (TOS: "A Private Little War")

Later that year, Dr. M'Benga supervised his colleague, Dr. Sanchez, with the latter's autopsy of transporter operator Ensign Wyatt, who had died after the Losira merely touched him. M'Benga reported that Wyatt's entire body had suffered cellular disruption: the touch "blasted" every cell in his body from the inside out. In reply to Spock's inquiry regarding the incident, M'Benga explained his fellow clinician Sanchez found no known disease-causing organism was responsible. He later reported that Engineering Technician, John B. Watkins, had also died from a similar cellular disruption. (TOS: "That Which Survives")


Background information Edit

Doctor M'Benga was played by Booker Bradshaw. He appeared in "A Private Little War" and "That Which Survives".

This character was actually created by Darlene Hartman, in her purchased (but never produced) TOS script entitled "Shol". The notes for that script give Dr. M'Benga's first name as Joseph, and note that he was originally a native of Uganda. His brother Commander Simon M'Benga was first officer of USS Hope, a Federation hospital ship, in the planned-but-never-developed Star Trek spinoff Hopeship. [1]

An early draft, dated 6 September 1967, of the script for "Obsession" included a character by the name of "Nurse M'Benga". According to de Forest Research, in the research submitted for that episode on 29 September 1967, "M'Benga is the name of a doctor in "A Private Little War"."

In a later inter-department communication between Gene Roddenberry and John Meredyth Lucas, dated 2 October 1967, Roddenberry noted that regarding "Nurse M'Benga. There is no such Nurse existing on our spaceship. If we need a Nurse, we use our semi-regular Nurse Chapel."

The first draft script for "That Which Survives" calls him Dr. Mboya.

Apocrypha Edit

Jean Lorrah's novel, The IDIC Epidemic, gave his first name as Geoffrey. Meanwhile, David Mack's Harbinger established his first name as "Jabilo", a word for "healer" in Kenyan according to the author, [2] and set his assignment before the Enterprise as Starbase 47, also known as Vanguard.

The Vulcan Academy Murders presented M'Benga's time at the Vulcan Academy hospital and McCoy's subsequent recruitment of M'Benga for Enterprise. Tying in to this, The Klingon Gambit, by Robert E. Vardeman, established that his internship on Vulcan lasted four years.

Andrea M'Benga (β), the great-granddaughter of this character, is portrayed in several of William Shatner's non-canon novels.

His mirror universe counterpart appeared in the novel The Sorrows of Empire. Following Leonard McCoy's death from xenopolycythemia in 2269, he succeeded him as the chief medical officer of the ISS Enterprise. He continued to serve in that position until at least 2287. The novel likewise stated that his first name was Jabilo.

External link Edit

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.