First Aired: October 19, 2007
During an off-world mission Colonel Sheppard unknowingly becomes host to an alien entity, which infects others in Atlantis and afflicts them with terrifying nightmares.
- “Doppelganger” was nicknamed “Nightmare On Atlantis Street” around the show’s production office.
- It’s the final episode for Kate Heightmeyer (Claire Rankin), the Atlantis base’s resident psychologist. She was first introduced when Teyla was having Wraith issues back in Season One’s “The Gift.”
- This episode is the first time in a decade that Stargate revisited the idea of alien lifeforms that exist in crystalline form. It goes back to the early SG-1 episode “Cold Lazarus” — only in this case the alien is pretty much evil incarnate.
- Rodney’s line about his father reading him “Moby Dick” as a child comes from writer Robert C. Cooper’s own childhood experience, when his father took him to see the movie Jaws. “I think I probably didn’t sleep for two years,” Cooper said. “Honestly, I probably needed therapy!”
“Doppelganger” on GateWorld:
- Episode Guide
- Episode Transcript
- Fan Reviews
- Photo Gallery
- Screencap Gallery
- Discussion Forum
- Interview with Robert C. Cooper (2007)
- Interview with David Hewlett (2007)
- Interview with Martin Gero (2007)
- Interview with Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie (2007)
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