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I have a gift with machines. I can render anything inoperable - preserve them in a non-functioning state.

Doctor 0 is a pre-War scientist and member of the Think Tank operating in Big MT in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.

Background[]

The human who became Doctor 0 was originally an executive of the Big MT Research and Development Center. Sometime after the Great War, he and his fellow executives underwent a procedure to extract their brains and place them inside robotic think tank shells to continue their work at Big MT. Doctor 0's scientific specialty is in robotics, both construction and deconstruction.[1] He also possesses an immense hatred for Robert House and RobCo Industries. Fueled by his blind hatred, he built Muggy, one of the appliances installed in the Sink with the intent of making a mockery of House's Securitrons.[2] He hated the billionaire businessman to the point of getting irate upon merely seeing RobCo technology like the Pip-Boy near him.[3]

Another source of much frustration for Doctor 0 is that the typical way his colleagues pronounce his name ("Oh") is not actually how he thinks of it. Instead, he strongly prefers to go by Doctor SlashedZeros2 (Zero) yet has endured so much of everybody reading his name wrong that he's given up on correcting them over it.[4]

Of the members of the Think Tank, he is generally treated with the least amount of respect,[5] particularly by Klein and Borous, and as a result, has adopted a snarky and unpleasant attitude to compensate.

Interactions with the player character[]

Interactions overview[]

Interactions
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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[]

  • Old World Blues: If Klein cannot be convinced otherwise, 0, along with 2 other members of the Think Tank, is needed to convince Klein to give up trying to escape Big MT.
  • Picking Your Brains: After completing Welcome to the Big Empty, the Courier needs to talk to 0 and the rest of the think tanks to complete this quest.
  • Welcome to the Big Empty: The Courier has to talk to 0 as with the rest of the think tank to complete the quest.
  • What's in a Name?: The Courier must have 9 Intelligence or the Math Wrath perk in order to help him with his name problem. The player character will suggest adding a slash through the zero to differentiate between the zero and the O, or, through the correct dialogue, convince Dr. 0 to keep his name as "O."

Other interactions[]

  • If the Courier passes Barter skill checks during their initial dialogue with the Think Tank, he will give them 50 caps upon request once per day.

Effects of player's actions[]

  • If the Courier has helped out 0 with his name problem, and they do not have a 100 in Science or 85 in Medicine to convince Dr. Klein alone, 0 will side with the Courier in convincing Klein to back down.

Inventory[]

Notes[]

  • His house in Higgs Village is #00.
  • He has a bigger mouth in comparison to his colleagues.
  • He has a portrait of Mr. House in his home at Higgs Village that has several knives thrown at it. The portrait is identical to the one in the House Resort, only smaller.

Notable quotes[]

Appearances[]

Doctor 0 appears only in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.

Behind the scenes[]

  • If the Courier is working for House, 0 can be informed about it. His subsequent quote is a reference to the comparison of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison where Tesla died poor and lonely and Edison died rich, with Dr. 0 hoping that House would share the fate of Tesla. If House is dead, this too can be mentioned, by telling him that he "does not have to worry about House anymore." 0 will defensively reply that he was never "worried" about House and will then gloat about having outlived his rival.
  • James Urbaniak also plays the voice of Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture of The Venture Bros. Like Dr. Venture, Dr. 0 is very emotional, easily frustrated, and suffers from an inferiority complex as well a blatant ineptitude with technology, despite his claims to the contrary.
  • With the Wild Wasteland trait, one of his broadcast messages across the crater will be "Attention: Lobotomites. Do not neglect to wash the walking eye." This is another reference to an episode in The Venture Bros when Dr. Venture is seen washing the walking eye in front of a gathering crowd. With Wild Wasteland, these walking eyes also appear in the magnetohydraulics complex, although the Courier cannot interact with them.
  • Both names, 0 (number) and O (letter) are infinitely looping figures, which goes along with the naming theme of the Think Tank scientists.
  • Dr. 0's personality was originally intended to be a frenetic, hyperactive newscaster type, but was re-written to a "scientist-who's-aware-he's-not-brilliant-or-valued" after James Urbaniak was cast into the role. This can still be seen when talking to him before the main quest is finished.[6]
Dr. 0 seems very incompetent with machines... but yet he managed to build Muggy, who while is a psychological disaster, is able to perform the task he was created to do. Is his lack of skill perhaps due to the memory erasing? I know that might sound like a pointless question, but he does seem very confident in the fact that he is a "zero" and is basically useless, and I was curious if this was a mere side effect of more recent events. 0 had his moments - if his greatest creation is a tiny janitor bot that can only collect dishes, that feels in-character to me. Especially considering how far he missed his original target by (figure out what makes Securitrons tick and make them better - whoops!).Chris Avellone, Old World Questions

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. The Courier: "What do you do here?"
    Doctor 0: "All things robotical. You see a robot, I made it. See a broken robot, I made it that way. Deconstructed it down to parts. I have a gift with machines. I can render anything inoperable - preserve them in a non-functioning state."
    (Doctor 0's dialogue)
  2. Courier: "Who are you?"
    Muggy: "You... you really want to know about... me? No one ever asks about Muggy! You've made me so happy! Maybe you've seen some of those big, imposing Securitrons with their lovely laser guns and rocket launchers and scary faces? I'm not one of those. Dr. O was always jealous of House Industries, and he thought it would be fucking hilarious to build a tiny neurotic Securitron. Big fucking laugh. So, umm... you got any coffee cups for me now?"
    (Muggy's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "What, my Pip-Boy?"
    Doctor 0: "How dare you bring RobCo tech in here! What, are you showing off? How great Robert House and his biiiig company are? Oh! We can make Securitrons better than any robot those geniuses at Big MT can make, and they'll last a thousand years! Rrrr! You're lucky I don't have hands to tear that Dip-Boy off your arm - or feet to stomp on its stupid metal guts! Ooooo, damn RobCo!"
    (Doctor 0's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "If they kept confusing the letter with a number, your name is Dr. 0... Dr. Zero?"
    Doctor 0: "[SUCCEEDED] Yes! Thank you. Zero. I am Zero. How hard is that? A narrow, thin Zero."
    (Doctor 0's dialogue)
  5. Doctor Klein: "I THOUGHT I HEARD THE PACIFICATION FIELD KICK IN. ALL RIGHT, SHHH. NOBODY. MOVE. I'LL HANDLE THIS. BE WARNED, INTRUDER! YOU ARE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE MIGHTY THINK TANK OF BIG MT, THE COLLECTIVE GENIUSES OF... WE.. ...BY OPPENHEIMER, WHICH ONE OF YOU SELF-PROFESSED GENIUSES HAS BEEN ADJUSTING MY VOLUME KNOB? WHO WAS IT?! WAS IT YOU, 8?"
    Doctor 8: "@@[#-!!!!-#]@@!"
    Doctor Klein: "OH, 'DR. O,' WAS IT? LIKELY STORY, O COULDN'T SPARK TWO NEURONS IF THEY WERE IN A LATTICE OF BIOMED GEL."
    Doctor 0: "What? Me? Breaking news, Klein, it wasn't me - all right?! I am the robotical engineer, 8 is soundwaves, that's his 'specialty.' You always do this, you always demean me in front of guests! And it's not 'O,' all right, it's...!"
    Doctor Klein: "ENOUGH! EITHER OF YOU DO IT AGAIN, IT'LL BE THE LAST TIME. NOW... NOW... ...GREAT. NOW I FORGOT WHAT I WAS SAYING... WHAT WAS I TALKING ABOUT?"
    (Doctor Klein's, Doctor 8's and Doctor 0's dialogue)
  6. In Dr. 0's dialogue files - "Breaking news, Klein, it wasn't me, all right?" and "Breaking News. Talking Lobotomite arrives in Think Tank."

Non-game

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