Carson Beckett

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Name: Carson Beckett
Occupation: medical doctor
Title/Rank: Doctor, Atlantis: Chief Medical Officer, 2004-2007
Location: Pegasus Galaxy
Status: deceased (original), alive (clone)
Relationships: briefly dated Laura Cadman
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Other: played by Paul McGillion
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Doctor Carson Beckett is a regular character in the first three seasons of Stargate Atlantis. He is the Chief Medical Officer for the Atlantis expedition until his death in the third season episode "Sunday." Although the actor who plays him (Paul McGillion) is Canadian (he emigrated with his family from Scotland when he was 2 years old), Carson Beckett is Scottish.

There was a vocal fan campaign to bring the character back[1], and Beckett returned as a clone of the original Doctor Beckett in the fourth season. He appeared in several episodes in the fourth and fifth season.


(history of fannish interest in the character - fan activities, meta discussions, first appearance of character in fanworks, etc.)

Common Pairings

One of the early slash pairings in SGA fandom was Carson Beckett/Rodney McKay.[2] The fairly friendly relationship between the characters, which existed from the pilot, and the on-screen kiss between them in the episode Duet gave fans more than enough material to work with.

Duet also showed Beckett dating Laura Cadman, and the Carson Beckett/Laura Cadman het ship was also popular with fans. In het fic, Beckett has also been paired with Teyla Emmagan.[3]

The slash threesome of McKay/Beckett/Sheppard is popular with several SGA writers.[4][5]

Fanon and Common Tropes in Fanworks

(links to relevant trope pages, explain fanon characteristics)

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  1. See information at (Accessed 11 May 2011)
  2. Scotch and Canada Dry Beckett/McKay essay by castalia at Ship Manifesto, 1 December 2004. (Accessed 11 May 2011)
  3. The Heart & Soul of Atlantis essay on Carson Beckett/Teyla Emmagan by fiareynne, 24 January 2008. (Accessed 11 May 2011)
  4. Three Is Better McKay/Sheppard/Beckett essay by cassiejamie at Ship Manifesto, 9 September 2005. (Accessed 11 May 2011)
  5. Fics tagged as McKay/Sheppard/Beckett at the Crossroads slash fiction index.