Characters I Love # 19: Dr. Julian Bashir

bashir5Every Wednesday, I focus on a character from adventure fiction (film, comics & prose) that I simply adore. This week we’re talking about: Dr. Julian Bashir from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

I’m a huge Star Trek fan and actually have favorite characters on each series — but with DS9, my favorite was always Dr. Bashir. Played by Alexander Siddig, Bashir started out as a brash, over-eager character who annoyed pretty much everyone he encountered. Over the course of the series, he matured and became one of the key figures in the overarching Dominion War storyline. Genetically engineered, Dr. Bashir was a genius, though his social skills often lacked grace. He very quickly became enamored of Jadzia Dax, though it wasn’t until the symbiont was transferred to Ezri that they actually became a romantic couple. In the novels set after the end of the series, their relationship eventually fractured but I like to pretend they stayed together, as was implied on the television show. I’m a romantic – sue me.

Deep Space Nine was always the risk-taker of the Trek franchise and Bashir really embodied this spirit. He became a super-spy in “Our Man, Bashir” and became embroiled in the machinations of the conspiracy-oriented Section 31. His friendship with Miles O’Brien was the epitome of a bromance and the scene near the end of the series where they confessed their platonic love for one another is well remembered.

Before the JJ Abrams reboot, I used to think that it would be fun to see a “mixed crew” movie or tv series and I always thought Bashir would have worked well in that kind of setting. Realistically, I’m sure they would have gone with the EMH (another favorite of mine) but Bashir had a kind of cerebral sexiness that would have added something to this hypothetical show.

Ah, well. We’ll always have reruns!


  1. Weird! A couple hours ago, I was watching a movie about T.E. Lawrence on Youtube, and Siddig was in it. Someone had made a comment about Bashir. It was the first time I had thought about the character in quite a while.

  2. The developing friendship of Julian Bashir and Miles O’Brien is among one of the best (if not THE best) ever depicted on a TV series. At the beginning of the relationship, Miles actively disliked Julian and thought him a naive fool. But by the end of the series they were as close as brothers. The scene in the last episode where Miles is remembering their adventures together never fails to raise a lump in my throat.

  3. The DS9 characters were allowed to grow more than the average Star Trek characters. That always made it my favorite. That and they had to deal with conequences a lot more often. Not just saying “Engage” at episodes end and warping away.

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