D.C. Fontana

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Name: Dorothy Fontana, D.C. Fontana
Also Known As:
Occupation: Writer, Script Editor
Medium: Television
Works: Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
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D.C. Fontana and Gene Roddenberry in a cartoon from One Trek Mind #2, by Cory Correll
undated photo of D.C. Fontana and some unidentified fans, taken at an unknown con (Fontana is in the center wearing pearls.) Louise Stange may be in the brown dress with the long hair, Nancyann Hiera may be the fan in the grey and black plaid skirt.
D.C. Fontana in the 1975 Masquerade at Equicon

Dorothy C. Fontana is a television writer best known for the original Star Trek.

She started out as Gene Roddenberry's secretary, then went on to write many episodes under her own name as well as others.

After Star Trek she produced Star Trek: The Animated Series as well as writing scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation and other science fiction shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man and Babylon 5.

She has also written for non-science fiction television, video games, comics, and at least two novels. She is responsible for the creation of Spock's parents Sarek and Amanda, and for much of Vulcan culture.

In an interview with Walter Koenig in T-Negative #7, the actor says that he misses Dorothy Fontana, who was no longer script editor on the show: "She always had an insight into all the characters. It might be just a few lines, but there'd be something in them that brought the character out."

From a 1974 Bio

D.C. Fontana was the guest of honor at Equicon in 1974. In the program book was a short bio:

The FONTANA touch way given to STAR TREK'S token alien, MR. SPOCK; who had boon originally added only for extra interest. Fans will realize, on seeing the re-runs, that early SPOCK reactions and attitudes were subtly muted and made more mysterious; almost all of which can be laid at D.C.'s door. Her ability to characterize an interesting role into a very real-seeming personality made MR. SPOCK into the worldwide attraction he is to this day. The development of several of the characters is due to D.C.'s writing and sensibility—and ability to touch the TV audience with her own visualization of a character.


[Her accepted script for "The Streets of San Francisco"] was a special coup because the QM Production company has a reputation for NEVER using female writers. To make their point against growing pressure, QM asked D.C. to use her full name, DOROTHY CATHERINE, on the title listings when they bought her script. While D.C. is not a militant 'libber', she does believe that women are human, too.



For an extensive (but not exhaustive) listing of D.C. Fontana's work, see mlle's A D.C. Fontana Primer.