An unnamed scientist was part of the Weyland-Yutani team dispatched to Fiorina "Fury" 161 aboard the USCSS Patna in 2179, under the command of Michael Bishop, in an attempt to recover a live Xenomorph specimen from the Fiorina 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit.
Arrival on Fiorina 161
The scientist was the first member of the Weyland-Yutani team to make contact with Francis Aaron upon their arrival at the prison. Immediately it became obvious that they were more interested in recovering Ripley and the Dragon than rescuing survivors, as the scientist promptly began asking as to Ripley's location and medical status.
Witnessing the sacrifice
Once the team confronted Ripley in the foundry, Michael Bishop invited the scientist to explain the procedure to remove the embryo to her; it would be straightforward, and she would be unconscious for no more than a few hours. However, Ripley was not fooled and in the end the scientist could only watch as Ripley threw herself into the furnace to destroy the Queen inside her.
Behind the Scenes
The scientist character was at one point intended to have a slightly more prominent role in the film; one early rewrite of the Alien3 script named him as Dr. Matshuita, and Michael Bishop stated that he was "one of the finest transplant surgeons in the world". Another draft of the script had Aaron kill Bishop when he struck him with the wrench, after which Matshuita took over as commander of the Weyland-Yutani team. The doctor attempts to convince Ripley not to commit suicide, but without altering the outcome. However, when it was later decided that Bishop's death was too anti-climactic, Matshuita was relegated to a minor character, and was even stripped of his name — later scripts list him simply as "Company Man #1", much like the film's credits.
- The character is listed only as "Company man" in the film's credits, although owing to his appearance — and his dialogue in the extended Special Edition — he is clearly a scientist of some kind, or possibly a surgeon.
- When comparing the original DVD presentation of the Alien3 Special Edition with the later Blu-ray release (which featured re-recorded dialogue to cover poor audio quality), it seems the scientist's added lines were re-dubbed by a different actor.