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|Portrayed by||John Hodgman|
|Gerard is a Cylon|
|Gerard is a Final Five Cylon|
|Gerard is a Human/Cylon Hybrid|
|Gerard is an Original Series Cylon|
|Gerard in the separate continuity|
|Gerard in the primary continuity|
Dr. Gerard is a civilian brain surgeon within the Fleet, living onboard the Inchon Velle. After Samuel Anders is shot in the head during Felix Gaeta's ill-fated mutiny, Gerard is called in by Dr. Sherman Cottle to assist in his recovery (TRS: "No Exit").
- According to John Hodgman's Twitter, he had originally suggested the name Doctor Zee.
- The name "Gerard" could be a possible reference to the actor Gil Gerard who played Buck Rogers in the Glen A. Larson produced television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
- Jane Espenson on John Hodgman's character:
- Dr. Gerard was a role we wrote specifically for John Hodgman. He was intended to be a slightly heightened and amusing character, and his pitch-perfect performance helped us get the right tone.
- John Hodgman on playing Dr. Gerard:
- I’d always been an observer in every other role that I’ve ever played professionally in my life: journalist, writer, agent, all those things. Now I just had to be there. I remember that because it was a three-dimensional set: They build those rooms, and then send in dudes holding cameras to surround you from different sides. It was completely different from any on-camera experience I had had before, which amounted to The Daily Show, where I’m sitting next to Jon Stewart, or the Apple ads, where I’m standing next to Justin Long. Just pure two-dimensional things. I remember making this decision: There was this X-ray behind me of a bullet lodged in Trucco’s head, and I’m talking about it, feeling myself afraid to cheat too far from the camera. I’m like, “What if I just turned around?” That was the one thing that if I had done that on The Daily Show or the Apple ads, they would yell at me, say “Cut,” and start over, because you’ve gotta be facing the camera. I said to myself, [Whispers.] “I think I’m going to turn around in this scene, in this shot, in this take,” and I delivered my line, “See, now look at this.” And I turned around and pointed at the bullet, and every cell in my body expected to be yelled at that moment, and while I was turned around, I might as well have jumped out of a plane, because I was just so unnerved. Then I turned back, and no one yelled, and the scene continued, and I felt like sighing. “Something has happened.” I think it was maybe that take or the next one where I legitimately, in character, got Starbuck to tell me to frak off. That was the best feeling.
- Hodgman, John (21 February 2009). Twitter (backup available on Archive.org) . Retrieved on 14 March 2009.
- Hodgman, John (27 April 2012). Twitter (backup available on Archive.org) . Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
- Jane Espenson - "Battlestar Galactica" Tv Series - Chicagotribune.com Q&A (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). (17 February 2009). Retrieved on 26 March 2011.
- Tobias, Scott (30 June 2011). The A.V. Club: John Hodgman (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). Retrieved on 1 May 2012.