Following the near-defeat of the United Federation of Planets in the Federation-Klingon War, Gorch was among Vice Admiral Katrina Cornwell's retinue. When the USS Discovery returned from the mirror universe, Gorch, together with Shukar, boarded the ship and secured the bridge before Cornwell and Ambassador Sarek transported aboard. (DIS: "The War Without, The War Within")
Gorch was played by actor Harry Judge. Gorch was the first Tellarite Starfleet officer to appear on screen. The prime universe Gorch appeared on screen only after his mirror universe counterpart.