Doctor Zee

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Doctor Zee
Doctor Zee
Zee as portrayed by Robbie Rist.


Age 10
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Introduced Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I
Parents Angela, godson of Starbuck
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Role Advisor to Commander Adama
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Portrayed by Robbie Rist and Patrick Stuart
Doctor Zee is a Cylon
Doctor Zee is a Final Five Cylon
Doctor Zee is a Human/Cylon Hybrid
Doctor Zee is an Original Series Cylon
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Doctor Zee in the separate continuity
Doctor Zee
Zee as portrayed by James Patrick Stuart.

Doctor Zee, born around 1970 CE / 7368[1], is an extremely bright boy.

When introduced, Adama claims that Zee is not only one of the many Colonial children born in space, but is a "cerebral mutation." Due to this, this youth becomes a scientific advisor who has great influence on Commander Adama and the Council of Twelve, having saved them from their enemy "countless times in the past" (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I"). Additionally, the Council has never overruled him due to his penchant for always knowing the correct course of action (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II").

Not everyone in the Fleet is comfortable with so much authority having been given to a boy, and Xaviar expressed this view from time to time.

Zee and the Colonials

Zee is an expert on any topic he is consulted on from sociology, to history to agriculture.

Zee convinces Adama not to attempt contact with the newly-discovered descendants of the Thirteenth Tribe, as the nations of Earth are not unified and are ill equipped to resist the Cylons should they follow the Fleet to Earth's solar system.

Even so, Zee creates most of the special devices used by Colonial Warriors Troy and Dillon, including the invisibility screen (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I"), an anti-gravity craft that resembles a UFO (1980: "Space Croppers"), and a method of time travel first employed by Xaviar (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II").


Doctor Zee as a baby on Planet Starbuck (1980: "The Return of Starbuck").

Zee is troubled by a vivid dream about not only being born outside of the Galactican Fleet, but also of "a great warrior." In his telling of the dream to Adama, it is revealed that he is the son of Angela, adopted by Lieutenant Starbuck when he was stranded on a desolate planet.

While on that remote planet, Starbuck was visited by Angela, who may have been from the race of Angels. Angela gave birth to Zee, and Starbuck sent Angela and Zee off to rendezvous with the Fleet in a small escape pod that was too small to carry all three persons.

Angela herself disappears, and does not accompany Zee all the way to the Fleet. Although Adama confirms what he can of Zee's dream, much of Zee's origin remains a mystery (1980: "The Return of Starbuck").


  • Doctor Zee is a recurring character in the short lived science fiction series Galactica 1980.
  • The glasses won by Rist's Zee are not worn by Stuart's Zee.
  • In Starlog magazine's May 1980 issue, Robbie Rist provides some background to the character of Dr. Zee. Zee is supposed to be so advanced that he is "above emotion." Rist also mentions that the lighting on the set played an important part in the visual characterization of the character, with an aura of light cast around Zee to give him a surreal appearance. Rist also indicated he contributed some small physical aspects to Dr. Zee's character including the crossing of his legs when he's sitting, and the pressing of his fingers together in a pyramid when Zee is thinking.


  1. Zee is noted to be about 10 years of age as of 1980 CE, which corresponds to the Colonial year 7378.
  2. Resnick, Michael (1981). Battlestar Galactica 5: Galactica Discovers Earth. Berkley Books, p. 78.
  3. Ibid., p. 91-92