―Dr. Williamson (from Alien Resurrection)

Doctor Carlyn Williamson[4] was an anesthesiologist and part of the seven-man scientific team aboard the United Systems Military vessel USM Auriga that successfully cloned Ellen Ripley in order to recreate the Xenomorph XX121 species.

Williamson was one of the few people who managed to escape the Auriga aboard an escape pod during the initial stages of the Xenomorph outbreak.


Studying Ripley 8

"Close. Glove."
Ripley 8 and Williamson, during a picture test performed by the latter (from Alien Resurrection)

Williamson was present when the Queen embryo was surgically removed from Ripley 8, and it was her who removed the infant Xenomorph from the room following the successful operation. After Ripley 8 regained consciousness while Dr. Sprague was closing her incisions, attacking him and badly breaking his arm, Williamson assisted in the surgery to repair the damage.[5] She later took part in the studies of Ripley 8, notably testing her inherited genetic intelligence, including her ability to speak and even remember events from Ellen Ripley's life.[6]

Studying the Xenomorphs

When the Betty arrived, Williamson observed as Larry Purvis and the other kidnapped civilians were implanted with Chestbursters; she found the experience distressing, and was physically sick after witnessing the event.[7] Nevertheless, she continued to study the creatures after birth, observing the post-birth development of the infant Chestbursters and contributing to the first detailed scientific notes on this period of the Xenomorph's life cycle.[8]

The breakout

Williamson was present with Dr. Gediman in the observation pods when the Cloned Xenomorphs escaped from captivity. A horrified Gediman cautiously entered the chamber to investigate, and as he looked into the hole created by the acidic blood spilt on the cage floors, a Xenomorph seized him and pulled him into the floor while Williamson watched in terror. Following this, she fled the control center and was one of the few people who managed to successfully evacuate the Auriga aboard an escape pod.[2]


  • Williamson is sometimes confused with another unnamed USM scientist. However, upon closer inspection, the two people are clearly played by different (although admittedly very similar) actresses; Williamson is visibly younger, and has greying hair unlike the unnamed scientist.
  • While Williamson escapes the Auriga in the film (she is visible very briefly aboard the first escape pod before it launches), in the novelization, the survivors find Williamson dead alongside several other scientists in a small Hive built by the Xenomorphs in a laboratory adjacent to the one where Ripley 8 was incubated, their chests torn open by Chestbursters.[9]



  1. S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 145 (2014), Insight Editions.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection (1997), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
  3. S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 9 (2014), Insight Editions.
  4. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 9 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  5. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 23 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  6. Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection Special Edition (2003), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
  7. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 78 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  8. S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 20 (2014), Insight Editions.
  9. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 148 (1997), Warner Aspect.