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"Number Five", known to the humans as Aaron Doral, appears to be a man in his mid-thirties. He is initially encountered aboard Galactica, where he is operating as a public relations executive. Later he is active both within the fleeing Colonial fleet and on Caprica. He seems designed to network, almost to the point of being the sleazy used-car salesman type, but with a sadistic, violent side.
But Doral is a humanoid Cylon in reality. The Doral model's purpose is to attempt to sow the seeds of discontent or confusion, particularly during crucial life-threatening situations. Doral models endeavor to undermine authority that threatens his objectives. Doral models are more covert than the dazzling Sixes, assuming an ordinary "everyman" appearance blended in what may seem to be insignificant behind-the-scenes issues (such as converting Galactica into a museum).
Fives are among the most militant, fanatic and consistent to the Cylon objectives (only the Threes match them), whether they are dispassionately discussing the fate of humanity with his comrades or attempting to kill or maim the Colonials in a suicide bomb attack (Litmus). Despite this, they are held in some contempt by Cavil for "less than impressive" performance, and even relegated at times to menial tasks that they believe the Centurions should perform, such as mass burials of human casualties (The Plan).
PR Executive Copy
Doral appears to be exactly what he claims when first seen in the Miniseries: a PR executive. He coordinates the ceremony surrounding Galactica's decommissioning and transfer to the civilian authorities represented by Secretary of Education Laura Roslin. During the lead-up to the ceremony, he mocks Galactica as antiquated and advocates automated defense systems (which would be more vulnerable to Cylon interference).
In the role of PR executive, Doral is efficient, polite and able to carry out his work without ruffling the feathers of those around him, while at the same time marshaling and managing the media. He usually wears an emerald suit and tie.
When Laura Roslin, as senior government official, takes charge of Colonial Heavy 798 during the Cylon attack, Doral immediately objects to her leadership immediately after her announcement to the passengers of the nuclear attacks on the various colonies ("Wait a minute...who put you in charge?"). Later, Doral tries to convince Lee Adama to assume the leadership role from Roslin. Captain Adama witnesses and supports Roslin and her leadership decisions, which quickly puts Doral in his place.
Following Gaius Baltar's arrival on Galactica, Doral becomes the fall-guy Baltar needs to divert any suspicions he feels may otherwise be directed at him following the Cylon incursion into the Twelve Colonies. In this, he is partially steered by Number Six - although the selection of Doral as his fall-guy appears to be Baltar's own choice by educated guess.
Arrested and thrown into the brig, Doral loudly proclaims his innocence of all charges, citing his background and upbringing: that he was born in Oasis, a hamlet near Caprica City, and grew up on the south side of Caprica City itself before going to Gemenon, where he studied public relations at the Kobol Colleges.
Later, after being left at the Ragnar Anchorage space station, Doral exhibits all of the symptoms initially shown by the humanoid Cylon Leoben Conoy, confirming the fact that he is a Cylon and that, however "coincidentally," Baltar selected the "right" man.
Despite his protestations of innocence, and the palpable level of fear he demonstrates within the brig, it is unlikely (based on later characterizations of humanoid Cylons who infiltrate the Fleet) that this Doral copy is a "sleeper" Cylon. Unlike Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, this Doral knew of his true nature. He is rescued and debriefed by a group of his fellow humanoid Cylons, including another Number Five (Miniseries).
Suicide Bomber Copy
A copy of Doral also turns up on Galactica and is advised by Brother Cavil to act as a suicide bomber ("Litmus", "The Plan"). Supplied with explosives stolen from a small-arms locker and used to create a primitive bomb, he detonates in a corridor of the ship after being spotted and challenged by William Adama.
At the time of the explosion, Starbuck suggests that Doral's intended target was Gaius Baltar. There is little direct evidence to back-up Starbuck's claim. Sergeant Hadrian's investigation into the matter establishes that the small arms locker used by Doral is located relatively close to the flight pod (where Doral would have come aboard). Therefore, the fact that the locker and Baltar's lab resided on the same deck may have been coincidental.
Doral appears to spend some time wandering through the ship before detonating his bomb, which suggests he may have been looking for a target of opportunity, such as a command staff member or sensitive area such as CIC (Litmus).
This copy of Doral is implied to be rather unintelligent. Cavil berates him for walking around in the open wearing his trademark flashy suit and, more importantly, the face of a man left for dead. Doral takes issue with Cavil's criticism, citing that the Number Five marooned on Ragnar wore a burgundy suit, while he wears a teal suit. Cavil is stupefied by the response. Some weeks after his suicide, the prostitute Six with whom Cavil was collaborating mocked Doral's lack of intelligence and how he blew himself up in the middle of a deserted hallway in a tactically unimportant part of Galactica (The Plan).
Caprican Overseer Copy
On Caprica, Number Five performs the role of a Cylon overseer, working with Number Six to ensure their experiment involving the stranded Karl Agathon and Caprica copy of Sharon Valerii either reaches its desired conclusion, or is suitably terminated ("Bastille Day", "Litmus", "Flesh and Bone", "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down"). He wears a red suit, more utilitarian than that of his PR executive counterpart.
In this, Five shows a harder attitude towards humans than Six. When she expresses regret that the destruction of humanity was necessary in order for the Cylons to achieve their ends, he is not so forgiving:
Later, however, when Six is disdainful of Valerii's apparent feelings for Agathon when the Caprican experiment goes awry, Five is more sympathetic, wondering what it must be like to be driven by passion that marks Agathon's action: "Even in his anguish he seemed....so alive" (Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down).
Several copies of Number Five are seen on Cylon-occupied Caprica throughout "Downloaded", the episode that reveals that he is the fifth in the sequence of twelve Cylon models. A Five is one of the four 'rebirth nurses' that welcome first Caprica-Six and (much) later Galactica-Sharon, the "Heroes of the Cylon" back to life after their respective downloads into new bodies. He tells Boomer that the Cylons are proud of her. Another copy is serving coffee at the cafe which is bombed by Samuel Anders's resistance group, while yet another rescues "Caprica" and Sharon from the ruins of a garage later the same day. Fives are also seen digging mass graves for human casualties on Caprica by Samuel Anders and Jean Barolay.
A Five is part of the leading group during the invasion of New Caprica, along with the aforementioned "Heroes of the Cylon". Fitting his personality archetype, this Five is quite direct in his insistence that the Colonials surrender without resistance to the Cylon armada (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II).
The humanoid Cylon leading the force of Centurions outside the temple on New Caprica is not seen, but is identifiable as a Five by his voice (The Resistance: Episode 4).
A Five is found and recovered from the infected basestar by Galactica, intending to be a part of the plan to infect the entire Cylon race with a virus spawned from an ancient probe. However, just before they are within download range of a Resurrection Ship, he and the other prisoners are killed by Karl Agathon, thus killing the Cylons permanently (A Measure of Salvation).
The Fives side with the Ones and the Fours in the decision to lobotomize the Raiders after they defied the humanoid Cylons' wishes at the Ionian Nebula. Two of them are shot in the conference room by Centurions whose telencephalic inhibitors have been removed by Natalie's faction (Six of One).
Several Fives are present to prevent the rescue of Hera, and attack the Colonials. One sneaks up behind a couple of Marines that include Sharon Agathon and her husband, shooting and wounding him. Another is seen in the CIC with Cavil during the finale's climax. Both are killed in a firefight that erupts after a truce brokered by Gaius Baltar and the Final Five collapses. All Fives aboard the Colony perish when it is consumed by the black hole it is orbiting. (Daybreak, Part II)