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"Do you want to use a machine, or do you want the machine to use you?"

Doohan was an experienced ship mechanic and manager of a shipyard on Earth.


Doohan built the Swordfish II and, at one point, decided to give it to Spike Spiegel. At some point, he took on Miles as an assistant, despite his upbeat attitude. Doohan would often dismiss Miles's suggestions about upgrading certain systems, preferring to keep the machine in its own way.

Doohan had a long-term project to fix the NASA space shuttle Columbia. Miles was pessimistic about it, but Doohan was confident.

In 2071, Spike came to the compound for repairs. Doohan characteristically gave a short welcome, and started fixing the Swordfish, barking orders at Miles. Later, when Reggie came to deliver a part for the ship, Doohan also saw a MONO computer Reggie was trying to sell. Skeptical of its origins, he asked him where he got it and, when he described the ship, Spike overheard this and confirmed the computer was stolen by pirates. After Spike and crew were ambushed by the pirates, Miles heard the radio transmissions from the conflict in orbit and warned Doohan, who decided he had to help. With Miles's assistance, he got the Columbia into the air with the help of JATO rocket boosters, and successfully intercepted Spike in the upper atmosphere. Using the Columbia's cargo bay, Doohan captured the immobilized and out of control Swordfish before it burned up in the atmosphere. After rescuing Spike, Doohan was forced to crash land the shuttle on Earth due to extensive damage to its systems sustained during the rescue.[1]



  • Doohan's name is a reference to actor James Doohan, who played Star Trek character Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
  • He appears to be visually inspired by film director Nicholas Ray
  • Aircraft in Doohan's scrapyard include several F-4 Phantoms, a Soviet Mil Mi-24 (Hind), F-106 Delta Darts, F-16 Fighting Falcons, A-6 Intruders, and a selection of smaller jet fighters that resemble early MiG or F86 designs. The tank which Miles drives is an M4 Sherman.