Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
The incomparable Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard is the Chief Medical Examiner on NCIS.
Dr. Mallard is a Scottish-born doctor who has been long-time friends with team leader Gibbs, and underwent medical education at the University of Edinburgh.
He has a "second talent," as Gibbs calls it, to be able to read people, which he expands by studying psychology in his free time. Standard leisure activity.
In cases without actual bodies for Abby and Co. to work with, he assists by using his psychological training to decipher the clues left by the perpetrators.
Duck is an eccentric who often talks to the deceased while doing his job and rambles to his colleagues with many long, off-topic personal remembrances or historical accounts.
He's a kind man at heart, however.
He lived with his aging mother and their four corgis until she had to move out due to Alzheimer's.
Mallard drives a Morgan he restored himself. The ring tone on his phone features bagpipes playing "Scotland the Brave."
Gibbs: He said he was set up.
Ducky: His presence here would tend to confirm that. But set up by whom? Gibbs: Someone from his past ...
Ducky: ... making it appear that he stalked and murdered his tormentors.
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We do not guess, Timothy. Nor do we assume, presume, guess-ture or prognosticate.Ducky
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McGee: Rule number 70 - keep digging till you hit bottom.
Abby: McGee! There is no rule 70.
McGee: Well, I--
Abby: You just made up a rule. This McGibbs thing has really gone to your head. I don't even recognize you right now.
[voiceover] Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can't be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.McGee
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