As hardcore fans of Star Trek will know, the voice of the Enterprise's computer was none other than Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the on-screen mother of Martina Sirtis' character, Deanna Troi.
The montone computer voice was a mainstay in each and every episode of the series and also featured in Star Trek: Voyager and throughout all post-Shatner films up until the JJ Abrams era. In other words, her voice is as much a part of Star Trek as is the design of the Enterprise or the Starfleet logo.
Majel's voice is recorded phonetically, &we're working to get her voice for things such as Siri, maybe voice of the computer on #STDiscovery
— RODDENBERRY (@roddenberry) September 4, 2016
In a recent tweet by the estate of Roddenberry, they mentioned Majel Barett-Roddenberry's recordings were done phonetically - much like how Siri's voice was recorded using phenomes. This means that the voice can be edited and moulded to suit whatever sentence structure is needed.
This means that Majel Barrett-Roddenberry's voice could feature in Star Trek: Discovery, which would be a great way of honouring the history of Star Trek. While there's been nothing in the way of an official confirmation from Bryan Fuller or CBS, this could be really cool.
As well as this, there's already a bit of a connection between Star Trek: Discovery and Majel Barett-Roddenberry. Fuller disclosed that the series will focus on a female Lt. Commander known as Number One, which is basically the same role that Majel Barrett-Roddenberry played in The Cage, the unaired pilot for Star Trek. The role of a cool, logical second-in-command was later combined with Spock to create the iconic character we now know and love, but was essentially Number One from the original pilot episode.
Every day's a school day, folks. Star Trek: Discovery will be available on Netflix from January 2017.