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Full Name: Doctor Christine Lauren Chapel
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Born: 2237
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Parents: Father: Patterson Chapel
Mother: Lauren Chapel
Marital Status: Single
Previous Assignment: Staff Physician,
Starfleet Medical
Assignment: Chief Medical Officer,
USS Excelsior (NCC-2000)
Rank: Commander
Insignia: Starfleet insignia.

Christine Chapel was a human Starfleet officer during the late 23rd and early 24th centuries. She started her career as a researcher before moving into nursing, then later earning her doctorate.


Early Life and Career

Christine Lauren Chapel was born in the United States of America, Earth circa 2240.

The TOS novel Planet of Judgment sets her birth year as 2241. The video game Starship Creator sets her birth in 2237. Both agree that she was born in the United States. Other information in NF novels: Fire on High and Renaissance suggest a strong similarity in appearance to Morgan Primus.

In her early career, Christine worked alongside Professor Roger Korby on scientific expeditions. In 2259, she served as Korby's assistant on an expedition to Vestalan, to study the long-dead civilization of the Hualans. (TOS short story: "Snake Pit!", Star Trek: The New Voyages 2)

As Chapel and Korby worked more closely together, a romance bloomed and the two were engaged to be married. By 2261, the two had not married, and Korby left on an expedition to the planet Exo III, with long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Aaron Brown. A few months later, with no contact from Korby's expedition, the Federation declared him missing, presumed dead. Chapel could not accept that her fiancé was dead, so she gave up her career as a researcher and signed up to work as a nurse for Starfleet. (TOS novelization: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", Star Trek 11)

By 2264, Lieutenant Chapel was serving as Head Nurse at the Starfleet Teaching Hospital along with Dr. Leonard McCoy. During her time, she treated Captain James T. Kirk and Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell following the Battle of Ghioghe. Following this, at the request of both Dr. McCoy and Captain Kirk, Chapel signed aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). (TOS novel: Enterprise: The First Adventure)

Aboard the Enterprise (NCC-1701)

In 2265, Chapel attended Lieutenant Lee Kelso's memorial service which was held in the ship's chapel. (TOS novel: My Brother's Keeper: "Constitution")

In 2266, the Enterprise finally visited Exo III to determine what had happened to Korby's expedition. On arrival in orbit, the Enterprise was contacted by Korby and Kirk and Chapel transported down. It was later revealed that Korby had died shortly after discovering an android called Ruk. Before his death Korby had an android duplicate of himself created. (TOS novelization: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", Star Trek 11; and TOS novel: Errand of Vengeance, #1: The Edge of the Sword)

In 2268, Doctor McCoy informed Nurse Chapel that she had lost some weight after he was finished performing routine physicals on the crew. Chapel was delighted as she had been eating a lot of salads in an effort to do so. (Star Trek: Section 31 novel: Cloak)

In 2270, Chapel decided to train for her doctorate, and upon the Enterprise's return to Earth, entered Starfleet Medical Academy to major in xenophysiology. (TOS novel: The Lost Years)

Doctor Chapel

Doctor Christine Chapel in 2273.

Christine Chapel served as a doctor on the medical staff of the Enterprise following its retrofit. (movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, novel: Ex Machina) She had an awkward moment with unrequited crush Spock in one of the Enterprise's turbolifts after the V'Ger incident; he had congratulated her on her doctorate. (ST comic: "Spock: Reflections, Issue 2")

After the Enterprise's return to Earth, Chapel was assigned to Starfleet Medical on Earth. She was the doctor on call during initial tests of the transwarp engines, and was the first doctor to examine pilot Torias Dax following a shuttle disaster. However, care of the Trill was quickly turned over to a Trill doctor. (DS9 short story: "Infinity")

In the early 2280s, Doctor Chapel would serve as an assistant to Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy when the Enterprise set out on missions as a training vessel for cadets at Starfleet Academy. Chapel and McCoy were among the small number of senior staff on that vessel on some occasions when the cadet missions went awry, including the disastrous final training cruise when the Enterprise lost many lives, including Captain Spock. After Spock's memorial services, Chapel was the first to notice aberrant behavior in Dr. McCoy, who made a public spectacle by climbing onto a table at Spock's wake. While McCoy remained disoriented and blaming his behavior on alcohol, Chapel found that there wasn't enough alcohol in McCoy's system to explain the odd behavior. While Chapel cared for the elder Doctor, she was shocked at some of his comments, which sounded like they were said in the voice of the late Spock, including a moment when McCoy snapped awake out of a deep sleep and proclaimed that "Vulcans do not love", echoing something that Spock had said to Chapel years earlier. (TOS novelization: The Search for Spock)

In 2289, Doctor Chapel was a member of Ambassador Sarek's diplomatic team. (Excelsior: Forged in Fire)

In 2293, Chapel attended James T. Kirk's memorial service in the grounds of Starfleet Academy, along with many other former Enterprise crewmembers. (TOS novel: Crucible: The Fire and the Rose)

In 2298, Dr. Chapel, holding the rank of Commander, served as chief medical officer on the USS Excelsior. (TLE novel: The Sundered)

Later life

She was "long gone" before the 2370s, according to Montgomery Scott. In 2376, Scott recognized Morgan Primus as appearing similar to Chapel, but was mistaken. (NF novel: Excalibur: Renaissance)

Peter David has stated his intention that these two characters are not the same person.
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Christine Chapel was a 23rd century Starfleet medical officer who served aboard the USS Enterprise.


Early career

Sometime before 2266, Chapel abandoned a career in bio-research for a position in Starfleet, in the hopes that a deep-space assignment might reunite her with fiancé Dr. Roger Korby, a scientist incommunicado since his expedition to Exo III in 2261. By 2266, Chapel held a lieutenant junior grade commission, assigned to the USS Enterprise as head nurse under Enterprise chief medical officer Dr. Leonard McCoy. After finding Korby had perished, Chapel remained with the Enterprise throughout the five-year mission, despite initial doubts over whether she would stay on board.

In addition to a professional friendship with McCoy, Chapel was particularly close to Uhura. (TOS: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", "Plato's Stepchildren", "The Tholian Web")

Relationship with Spock

Chapel confessing her love for Spock

Even while seeking Korby, Chapel was deeply infatuated with the Enterprise's half-Vulcan science officer, Spock. While her attraction never interfered with her professional duties, it was an ongoing source of tension and bemusement throughout the five-year mission. Chapel kept these feelings to herself, but when the Psi 2000 intoxication afflicted the Enterprise crew, Chapel admitted her love to Spock, who was shocked. (TOS: "The Naked Time")

Chapel's longing for Spock was well-known among crew members, and noted openly by Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy on several occasions. During Spock's recovery after a near-death experience on Neural, fellow medical officer Dr. M'Benga caught Chapel tenderly holding Spock's hand while watching his recovery on the medical panel atop his bed. M'Benga was sympathetic, despite Chapel's attempt to hide her feeling. Chapel later proactively aided Spock by secretly holding his consciousness to keep him from being destroyed by Henoch. (TOS: "A Private Little War", "Return to Tomorrow")

Three years after confessing her love to Spock, Chapel finally shared a kiss with him. Unfortunately, the situation was forced by powerful telekinetics, compelling Chapel to admit that, despite her long-standing desire to be close to him, all she wanted to do, given the humiliation of the situation, was "crawl away and die." (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren")

Later career

Doctor Chapel in 2272


By late 2269, Chapel had been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Her Starfleet serial number was NI-596 MT21Z (TAS: "Mudd's Passion").

When Lieutenant Uhura assumed command of the Enterprise during the Taurus II incident, she assigned Chapel as acting chief medical officer. (TAS: "The Lorelei Signal")

In 2269, Chapel obtained a love potion from Harry Mudd and used it on Spock, who temporarily longed for Chapel as a result. (TAS: "Mudd's Passion")

At some prior point, Chapel acquired a titanium bracelet made by the metalsmiths of Libra, which she wore occasionally on duty. (TAS: "The Terratin Incident")

After 2271

Following the Enterprise's five-year mission of exploration, Chapel completed her medical degree. She rejoined the Enterprise at the end of its refit as chief medical officer, although McCoy returned to resume that position. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

According to the TMP novelization, Chapel was to be the Enterprise's chief medical officer, but McCoy's arrival changed that. Chapel was pleased however that he was CMO instead of her.

By the latter 2280s, Chapel held a rank of Commander. In 2286, she was stationed at Starfleet Headquarters, where she coordinated relief efforts while Earth suffered an ecological "attack" from an orbiting space probe. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)




Christine Chapel was played by Majel Barrett, real-life wife of the late Gene Roddenberry. She provided the character's voice in The Animated Series. In early draft scripts, the character was named Christine Baker and Christine Ducheaux.

Shannon Giles (or Shannon Quinlan) portrayed Chapel in Star Trek: New Voyages.


Little canon information exists about Chapel's life beyond her Starfleet career.

Simon and Schuster's Star Trek: Starship Creator interactive software, written by Mike Okuda, lists supplemental biographical details on Chapel. It mentions she is the child of Lauren Chapel and Patterson Chapel of New Orleans, Louisiana, Earth, and has an interest in ballet.

Other information includes a birth date in 2237, a Starfleet Medical Academy nursing degree in 2266 and doctorate by 2271. She graduated in the 98th percentile of her class, with degrees in bioresearch, medical archaeology and endocrinology.

It assigns her original rank as a "brevet" (provisional) ensign, rising to become the director of Starfleet Emergency Operations by the time of her Star Trek IV appearance.

Peter David's New Frontiers series posits that Chapel may have been an identity assumed by an immortal woman known in the 24th century as "Morgan Primus". Primus was the mother of Robin Lefler, and later became associated with the crew of the starship USS Excalibur.

Dr. Chapel was the chief medical officer aboard the USS Excelsior in the novel The Sundered.

Chief medical officers of the starships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01): Phlox
ISS Enterprise (NX-01): Phlox
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701): April | Boyce | Piper | McCoy | Chapel
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701): McCoy
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A): McCoy
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D): Crusher | Pulaski
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E): Crusher
Star Trek: Phase II
Episodes: Released: "Come What May" | "In Harm's Way" | "To Serve All My Days" | "World Enough and Time"
In Production: "Blood and Fire, Part 1" | "Blood and Fire, Part 2" | "Enemy: Starfleet" | "Kitumba"
Pre-Production: "The Child" | "The Sky Above, The Mudd Below"
Vignettes: "Center Seat"
Related Media: Star Trek: First Voyages | Star Trek: New Voyages eMagazine | Star Trek: New Voyages podcast
Characters: James T. Kirk | Spock | Leonard McCoy | Hikaru Sulu | Montgomery Scott | Pavel Chekov | Nyota Uhura | Vincent DeSalle | Janice Rand | Christine Chapel | Kargh
Actors: James Cawley | Jeff Quinn | Ben Tolpin | Brandon Stacy | John Kelley | Charles Root | Andy Bray | Jonathan Zungre | John Lim | J.T. Tepnapa | Julienne Irons | Kim Stinger | Ron Boyd | Meghan King Johnson | Shannon Giles

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