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Don't get any cute ideas. Security is just a shout away.

Doctor Preston is the doctor of Rivet City in the year 2277.


He is a kind man who enjoys nothing more than tending to the sick and injured. He genuinely loves helping people and is well-liked and respected among the citizens of Rivet City. On occasion, he has had to work closely with Janice Kaplinski, whom he considers to be his close friend. They have a father-daughter type of relationship. He tries to get her to lighten up and interact with people more.[Non-canon 1] [clarification needed]

Daily schedule

Dr. Preston can be found in Rivet City clinic on the Upper Deck during most of the day.

At 7:00 AM he goes to the Weatherly Hotel to eat for one hour.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character is a doctor.
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This character is a merchant. Bottle cap yes
Sells: consumables
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This character drops an ear upon death (Contract Killer).


Effects of player's actions

If one puts the modified FEV in Project Purity, Preston informs the player character that Rivet City is burning corpses in Broken Steel.


* Preston cannot die, and this key can only be obtained by pick-pocketing.

Notable quotes

  • "Don't get any cute ideas. Security is just a shout away."
  • "You're hurt. Fortunately, this is a medical clinic. Why don't you let me take a look at that."
  • "Oh, I'd like to help, I really would. But I don't know the first thing about this place's history. Don't let my age fool you; I may have been around for a while, but I didn't spend all that time here!"


Doctor Preston appears only in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes

If you ask Dr. Preston for chems, he will reply with, "...I'm a doctor, not a dealer," an homage to Dr. McCoy from the original Star Trek series.