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Assimilation², Issue 6 is the untitled sixth issue of Assimilation², the Star Trek: The Next Generation—Doctor Who crossover comic series from IDW Publishing in 2012. The story is by Scott & David Tipton, and the art is by Gordon Purcell and J.K. Woodward.

Publisher's description

An unexpected alliance is formed, providing a glimmer of hope in surviving the CyberBorg onslaught!


A USS Enterprise away team beams to Tau Lee, a planetoid where they can safely meet with a surviving fragment of the Borg Collective not yet under the influence of the Cybermen. Jean-Luc Picard meets the Conduit, a Borg who once was a friend of William T. Riker, Captain Marcus Bertrand of the USS Potemkin, before being assimilated at Delta IV.

The Conduit explains how the Cybermen will be able to annihilate the Borg, and states that an alliance with the Federation is required to ensure their survival, which is all the assurance he can give that the Borg will not turn on them. As a sign of good faith, however, his companions remove any components on him that are capable of assimilation. He then suggests an effective battle strategy, which requires engaging them in person.

The Doctor points out that Cybermen are susceptible to gold, but they'd need more than the starship could replicate. The Enterprise returns to Naia VII, where it visited prior to the Borg's assault on Delta IV. Picard beams down with the Doctor and Counselor Deanna Troi. They meet with Seelos, leader of the Dai-ai, to ask for the gold they need. Seelos is reluctant, as the loss of that much gold would severely affect his planet's economy, but the Doctor convinces him.

Next, they need to recover a backup of the Borg Executive Library in order to restore their collective consciousness. When the Doctor asks if they know of any time in history where a Borg ship could be found, William T. Riker cites the Battle of Wolf 359.

Aboard the TARDIS, the Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams use time travel to materialize within the historic Borg cube. Using a tricorder for guidance, they begin searching for the library, ignored by Borg as irrelevant. But then they round a corner and come face to face with Locutus.

To be continued...



AmatoConduitDataThe DoctorGeordi La ForgeLocutus of BorgJean-Luc PicardAmy PondWilliam T. RikerSeelosDeanna TroiRory WilliamsWorf
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Marcus BertrandCyber-ControllerSardick

Starships and vehicles

Borg cubeUSS Enterprise (Galaxy-class explorer) • TARDIS
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USS Potemkin (Excelsior-class explorer)



Federation space

Shipboard locations

holodecktransporter room
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briefing room

Stars, systems

NaiaWolf 359


Naia VIITau Lee
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Borg homeworldDelta IV

Planetary areas

Naia outpost

Astronomical bodies

the galaxy
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Paertes Nebula

Races and cultures

AndroidBetazoidBorgCybermanDai-aiHumanKlingonTime Lord

States and organizations

Borg CollectiveFederationStarfleet

Science and classification

air filterassimilationcombadgecoordinatescore memoryBorg Executive Libraryexecutive library routinesnetwork nexusphaserreplicatorshieldsstarshiptechnologytransportertricorder

Ranks and titles

captainchief engineercommandercounselordoctorlieutenantnumber oneofficer

Other references

archiveBad WolfBattle of Wolf 359communicationsculturedimensional spaceFederation Starfleet ranks (2360s-2370s)fleetGodgoldhoneymoonislandlanding partymineralmoneymountainnebulaozoneplanetoidslaveryspacestandard orbitStarfleet uniform (2366-2373)timetime traveltimelineuniversewater


Related stories


Production history

24 October 2012
First released by IDW Publishing.
13 February 2013
Collected in Assimilation², Volume 2. (ISBN 9781613775516)
5 November 2013
Collected in the Assimilation² hardcover. (ISBN 9781613777824)


Published Order
Previous comic:
Assimilation², Issue 5
TNG comics Next comic:
Assimilation², Issue 7
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Assimilation², Issue 5
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Assimilation², Issue 7
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2368.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
The Best of Both Worlds
2367 (Battle of Wolf 359) Next adventure:
Assimilation², Issue 7
Time travel to 2367
Assimilation² crossover series
Volume 1 Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4
Volume 2 Issue 5Issue 6Issue 7Issue 8

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