Sunday, 29 May 2011

Scribbling Saturday: Quentin Robinson, Doctor on the Kestrel

Quentin Robinson has been a ship's doctor for twenty years. The crew refer to him as 'Quack' – the nickname wasn't helped by his large nose and long hair. Although an older man, he kept himself fit, and could be quite sharp with any crewman who didn't do the same. Most of the time though, he was quite gentle with his charges. As can be seen when he treats trainee Tobi Enns for space sickness, and promises not to tell anyone.

He has his own secrets, which come out in the first story, and directly lead to him having to leave the Kestrel. Firstly, he didn't pay much attention to his low gravity training, and has avoided needing it ever since. Likewise, he has managed not to need wearing a space suit. He needs both when a casualty from a mining accident needs to be taken to the Kestrel via the surface of an asteroid. His inexperience is his undoing.

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