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| gender = Male
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|gender = [[Male]]
| species = [[Human]]
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|species = [[Human]]
| affiliation = [[Starfleet]]
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|affiliation = [[Federation]] [[Starfleet]]
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|rank = [[Officer]]
| occupation = [[Communications officer]]
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|occupation = [[Communications officer]]
| status = Alive
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| datestatus = 2265
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|datestatus = 2265
| actor = [[Lloyd Haynes]]
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'''Alden''' was a male [[Human]] [[Starfleet]] [[officer]] in the [[23rd century]]. He served in the [[sciences division]] aboard the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} in [[2265]], under the [[commanding officer|command]] of [[Captain]] [[James T. Kirk]], during the [[Enterprise history|historic]] [[five-year mission]]. He was one of the [[starship|ship]]'s [[communications officer]]s.
 
   
In that year, Alden was manning the [[helm]] as the ''Enterprise'' approached the edge of [[Milky Way Galaxy|the galaxy]] in preparation for an exploratory expedition into extragalactic space, when he was relieved by [[Lieutenant]] [[Gary Mitchell]], subsequently taking over the [[communications station]]. Later, Alden assisted [[Lieutenant]] [[Lee Kelso]] in adapting equipment and technology from the [[Delta Vega]] [[lithium cracking station]], in an attempt to repair damage done to the ''Enterprise'' during an encounter with [[Galactic barrier|an extremely powerful force field]] encountered at the [[galaxy]]'s edge. ({{TOS|Where No Man Has Gone Before}})
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'''Alden''' was a [[male]] [[Human]] [[Starfleet]] [[officer]] who lived during the mid-[[23rd century]]. He served in the [[sciences division]], where he was assigned as one of the [[communications officer]] aboard the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} under {{Captain}} [[James T. Kirk]].
   
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In [[2265]], Alden, manned the [[helm]] as the ''Enterprise'' approached the edge of [[Milky Way Galaxy|the galaxy]], in preparation for an exploratory expedition into extra-[[galaxy|galactic]] [[space]], before he relinquished the position back to [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Gary Mitchell]], subsequently taking over the [[communications station]].
   
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After the ''Enterprise'' received heavy damage following contact with the [[galactic barrier]], Alden assisted [[Lieutenant]] [[Lee Kelso]] with repairs to the [[navigation console]].
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When the ''Enterprise'' later reached [[Delta Vega]], Alden joined the [[engineering staff]]'s [[repair party]] and continued to assist Kelso, this time in rerouting cables and adapting the [[tools and technology|equipment and technology]] from the [[Delta-Vega Station]] for use aboard the ship, while still keeping the [[lithium cracking station|station]] functional. He was successfully able to remove a [[203-R]] [[console]] from the station's [[control room]], and returned with it to the ''Enterprise''.
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Once aboard, Alden assisted [[Montgomery Scott]] with replacing the damaged match at one of the [[engineering station]]s. Following the completion of repairs, Kirk noted him a [[commendation]] for his work, in the [[captain's log]].
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When the ''Enterprise'' was finally able to depart Delta Vega, Alden manned the navigation console, replacing the since-[[death|deceased]] Kelso, as the ship continued onto its next mission. ({{TOS|Where No Man Has Gone Before}})
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== Appendices ==
 
=== Background information ===
 
=== Background information ===
The [[Starfleet uniform (2250s-2260s)#Examples of rank insignia|uniform]] Alden wore had one braid for the [[rank]]s of [[ensign]] to [[commander]]; therefore, his rank cannot be determined from his uniform. His position as communications officer in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was from the script. [http://leethomson.myzen.co.uk/Star_Trek/1_Original_Series/Star_Trek_1x03_-_Where_No_Man_Has_Gone_Before.pdf] Publicity material referred to him as the communications officer, but his responsibilities did not appear to entail those of a comm officer. [[Nyota Uhura]]'s biography in [[DC Comics]]' non-canon "[[Who's Who in Star Trek 2]]" states that Uhura succeeded Lt. Richard Alden as chief of communications on stardate 1313.2.
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Alden was played by actor [[Lloyd Haynes]], one of many African-American actors who read for "Where Man Has Gone Before" due to the fact that [[Gene Roddenberry]] agreed with a certain long-standing [[NBC]] policy: that the network's "creative associates" make a concerted effort to cast performers of ethnic minorities. As such, Alden was one of the first important roles, in a network television pilot, to be played by an African-American actor. (''[[Inside Star Trek: The Real Story]]'', pp. 75-77) Haynes was brought in to audition for the part by Director [[James Goldstone]], a friend of the actor. (''[[The Star Trek Interview Book]]'', p. 105)
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[[Starfleet uniform (2250s-2260s)#Examples of rank insignia|The uniform]] Alden wore had one braid, indicating an officer [[rank]] less than captain; the ''[[Star Trek Concordance]]'' (p. 124) states that his rank was lieutenant. He also wore a blue uniform with an [[Starfleet uniform (2250s-2260s)#Assignment patches|assignment patch]] bearing (command division) stars, indicating the sciences division.
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His position as communications officer in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was from the script. [http://leethomson.myzen.co.uk/Star_Trek/1_Original_Series/Star_Trek_1x03_-_Where_No_Man_Has_Gone_Before.pdf] Publicity material also referred to him as the communications officer, whereas [[NBC]]'s early-{{y|1966}} press brochure, depicting the new ''[[Star Trek]]'' series, described him thus:
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<blockquote>'''Communications officer Alden''' refuses to be awed by the demanding task of establishing and maintaining contact across vast distances. One of the youngest members of Kirk's staff, he also is one of this talented group's most respected technicians.</blockquote>
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After the series was later accepted by NBC, their first move was to drop Alden, [[Mark Piper|Dr. Piper]], and {{dis|Smith|Yeoman|Yeoman Smith}} from the format. These changes were not immediate, as he was still on the active-duty roster in NBC's "Advance Information on 1966-1967 Programming: 'Star Trek.'" booklet. ''[[The Star Trek Compendium]]'' (pp. 25-26) summarized the following:
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'''Communications Officer Alden''' is described as an efficient, respected, and vital young technician who performs duties vital to the ship's welfare, and who also contributes constant computations and speculations. The emphasis on both [[mathematics]] and [[science|scientific]] guesswork suggests other talents added to [[Spock]]'s characteristics.
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Alden was played by actor [[Lloyd Haynes]], one of many African-American actors who read for "Where Man Has Gone Before" due to the fact that [[Gene Roddenberry]] agreed with a certain long-standing [[NBC]] policy: that the network's "creative associates" make a concerted effort to cast performers of ethnic minorities. As such, Alden was one of the first important roles, in a network television pilot, to be played by an African-American actor. (''[[Inside Star Trek: The Real Story]]'', pp. 75-77) Haynes was brought in to audition for the part by director [[James Goldstone]], a friend of the actor. (''[[The Star Trek Interview Book]]'', p. 105)
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Alden was at one point intended to appear in the [[TOS Season 1|first season]] installment {{e|What Are Little Girls Made Of?}}, as a communications officer. In a series of research notes (dated {{d|11|May|1966}}), however, [[Kellam de Forest]] included a reminder that [[Dave Bailey]] was meanwhile being conceived as the communications officer in {{e|The Corbomite Maneuver}}. (Eventually, neither officer appeared in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?".)
   
[[NBC]]'s early-{{y|1966}} press brochure depicting the new ''Star Trek'' series, described him thus;
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=== Apocrypha ===
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[[Nyota Uhura]]'s biography in [[DC Comics]]' "[[Who's Who in Star Trek 2]]" states that Uhura succeeded Lt. "Richard Alden" as chief of communications on [[stardate]] 1313.2.
   
'''''Communications officer Alden''' refuses to be awed by the demanding task of establishing and maintaining contact across vast distances. One of the youngest members of Kirk's staff, he also is one of this talented group's most respected technicians.''
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The [[novels|novel]] ''{{dis|Constitution|novel}}'' calls him "Daniel Alden", while the novella "[[Infinity's Prism|A Less Perfect Union]]" refers to him as "Phil Alden". The novel ''[[Captain's Peril]]'' names him "Lloyd Alden", after the actor who played him.
   
 
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Latest revision as of 17:59, December 31, 2019

Alden was a male Human Starfleet officer who lived during the mid-23rd century. He served in the sciences division, where he was assigned as one of the communications officer aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk.

In 2265, Alden, manned the helm as the Enterprise approached the edge of the galaxy, in preparation for an exploratory expedition into extra-galactic space, before he relinquished the position back to Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell, subsequently taking over the communications station.

After the Enterprise received heavy damage following contact with the galactic barrier, Alden assisted Lieutenant Lee Kelso with repairs to the navigation console.

When the Enterprise later reached Delta Vega, Alden joined the engineering staff's repair party and continued to assist Kelso, this time in rerouting cables and adapting the equipment and technology from the Delta-Vega Station for use aboard the ship, while still keeping the station functional. He was successfully able to remove a 203-R console from the station's control room, and returned with it to the Enterprise.

Once aboard, Alden assisted Montgomery Scott with replacing the damaged match at one of the engineering stations. Following the completion of repairs, Kirk noted him a commendation for his work, in the captain's log.

When the Enterprise was finally able to depart Delta Vega, Alden manned the navigation console, replacing the since-deceased Kelso, as the ship continued onto its next mission. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

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Background information Edit

Alden was played by actor Lloyd Haynes, one of many African-American actors who read for "Where Man Has Gone Before" due to the fact that Gene Roddenberry agreed with a certain long-standing NBC policy: that the network's "creative associates" make a concerted effort to cast performers of ethnic minorities. As such, Alden was one of the first important roles, in a network television pilot, to be played by an African-American actor. (Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, pp. 75-77) Haynes was brought in to audition for the part by Director James Goldstone, a friend of the actor. (The Star Trek Interview Book, p. 105)

The uniform Alden wore had one braid, indicating an officer rank less than captain; the Star Trek Concordance (p. 124) states that his rank was lieutenant. He also wore a blue uniform with an assignment patch bearing (command division) stars, indicating the sciences division.

His position as communications officer in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was from the script. [1] Publicity material also referred to him as the communications officer, whereas NBC's early-1966 press brochure, depicting the new Star Trek series, described him thus:

Communications officer Alden refuses to be awed by the demanding task of establishing and maintaining contact across vast distances. One of the youngest members of Kirk's staff, he also is one of this talented group's most respected technicians.

After the series was later accepted by NBC, their first move was to drop Alden, Dr. Piper, and Yeoman Smith from the format. These changes were not immediate, as he was still on the active-duty roster in NBC's "Advance Information on 1966-1967 Programming: 'Star Trek.'" booklet. The Star Trek Compendium (pp. 25-26) summarized the following:

Communications Officer Alden is described as an efficient, respected, and vital young technician who performs duties vital to the ship's welfare, and who also contributes constant computations and speculations. The emphasis on both mathematics and scientific guesswork suggests other talents added to Spock's characteristics.

Alden was at one point intended to appear in the first season installment "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", as a communications officer. In a series of research notes (dated 11 May 1966), however, Kellam de Forest included a reminder that Dave Bailey was meanwhile being conceived as the communications officer in "The Corbomite Maneuver". (Eventually, neither officer appeared in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?".)

Apocrypha Edit

Nyota Uhura's biography in DC Comics' "Who's Who in Star Trek 2" states that Uhura succeeded Lt. "Richard Alden" as chief of communications on stardate 1313.2.

The novel Constitution calls him "Daniel Alden", while the novella "A Less Perfect Union" refers to him as "Phil Alden". The novel Captain's Peril names him "Lloyd Alden", after the actor who played him.

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