|Information about family|
|Parent||an unnamed mother|
|Sibling||6 brothers and sisters|
|Occupation||Chief medical officer|
|Out of Stargate universe information|
|Portrayed by||Paul McGillion|
|First appearance||"Rising", Part 1|
Doctor Carson Beckett was a medical doctor specialized in genetic, head of Atlantis medical service since 2004. He has made some genetic breakthroughs, especially on Ancient Technology Activation gene or the iratus bug retrovirus. He died on 2006 because of an explosion caused by an Ancient unstable tumor he removed surgically from Dr. Watson, saving his life.
In 2004 Carson Beckett discovered the ATA gene, responsible of the activation or deactivation of Ancient devices. He was conducting researchs to synthetise it and be able to inoculate on humans (SGA: "Rising", Part 1, "Hide and Seek").
Behind the scenes
- A group of fans set up a campaign at "savecarsonbeckett.com" before news of McGillion's departure was confirmed. Although the episode "Sunday" was highly admired, his character's death caused dismay and outrage among fans and critics. Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune labelled the killing Beckett a "bonehead decision". The producers did not anticipate the protest after the airing of the episode. Between 60 to 100 fans from all over the world gathered for a peaceful protest outside The Bridge Studios in Vancouver on March 22, 2007, hiring a local pipe band. Another protest followed at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 27, 2007. McGillion returned in the cast as a reccuring actor, interpreting a cloned version of Carson Beckett in Season 4 and Season 5 of Stargate Atlantis.
- Paul McGillion, Beckett's portrayer, has already portrayed another character in Stargate SG-1: Doctor Ernest Littlefield, Catherine Langford's fiance in 1945, in the Season 1 episode "The Torment of Tantalus".
- Sumner, Darren (November 26, 2006). "Atlantis cast member to depart". Retrieved March 12, 2009.
- Wilson, Mark (2007). "Carson Beckett: Don't Kill Off the Fan Favorites". About.com. Retrieved March 14, 2009.
- Ryan, Maureen (June 21, 2007). "Time's not on the side of 'Stargate SG-1,' which ends Friday". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 14, 2009.
- Gero, Martin, (2008). The Doctor Is In: The Return of Paul McGillion (DVD – Stargate Atlantis: Season 4). MGM.
- Read, David (March 1, 2007). "A Message From Paul McGillion". GateWorld. Retrieved 2007-03-01.