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A doctor (abbreviated as "Dr.") is a person who holds a doctorate and is usually trained in the medical profession, although not always. One exception is Jeffrey Swaim, who adopted the name Doctor Blockhead despite the fact he was not actually a doctor in anything other than his alias. (TXF: "Humbug") The word doctor is also a verb, that can be defined as "to tamper with something". The word was used in this context by Fox Mulder in 1993 and by Dana Scully in 1996. (TXF: "Ice", "Unruhe")

Fictional doctors include Frankenstein, Zaius and Jekyll. (TXF: "Young at Heart", "The Post-Modern Prometheus", "Essence", "War of the Coprophages") Spock is another character who has often been referred to as a doctor. (TXF: "Tempus Fugit")

"Young at Heart", "The Post-Modern Prometheus" and "Essence" all include reference to Frankenstein, Doctor Zaius is twice mentioned in "War of the Coprophages", and Doctor Jekyll is referenced in "Underneath", as well as Jekyll's alter ego, Mr. Hyde.

In 2002, John Doggett likened Jack Preijers, a murderous doctor, to Dr. Death. (TXF: "Audrey Pauley")

It is unclear if Dr. Death is a fictional character within the X-Files Universe, or if Doggett created the name to describe Dr. Preijers. It is likely Doggett was referring to Harold Shipman, a serial killer the media named Dr. Death.

Other references to the word "doctor" exist in popular culture; the song "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" by Cher contains the lines, "Papa would do whatever he could/Preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of doctor good." (TXF: "The Post-Modern Prometheus")

In 1998, Cassandra Spender claimed that she had been abducted by an alien race that had great healers equivalent to human doctors. (TXF: "Patient X")

Background Information[]

Mark Snow, regular composer of The X-Files, Millennium and The Lone Gunmen, makes an unspeaking, uncredited cameo as one of a group of doctors in TXF: "Per Manum".

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