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My name is Dr. David Q. Dawson, most recently of the Queen's 66th Regiment.
―Dr. David Q. Dawson, introducing himself in his narrative[src]

Dr. David Q. Dawson is the deuteragonist of Disney's 1986 animated feature film The Great Mouse Detective. He previously served as the Queen's sixty-sixth Regiment in Afghanistan.



Dr. Dawson is a bumbler who has a good heart and joins Basil on their hunt to find Mr. Flaversham, Olivia's father, from the diabolical Professor Ratigan.


The Great Mouse Detective[]

I had just arrived in London after lengthy service in Afghanistan and was anxious to find a quiet place preferably dry where I could rest and find a bit of peace. Little did I know but my life was about to change forever.
―Dr. Dawson, prior to meeting Olivia[src]

In the film, Dr. David Q. Dawson is a surgeon who returns home to London, England after military service in Afghanistan. After he hops off his carriage, Dawson comes across a little girl mouse named Olivia Flaversham inside a boot, crying her eyes out about her father, Hiram, being captured by Fidget, sidekick to the dastardly Professor Ratigan. Feeling very sorry for the young mouse, he escorts her to Baker street as quickly as possible. He is surprised by Basil's strangeness but soon catches on to his personality. After Dawson catches a hint of Fidget's trace, Basil offers to make him his partner. Dawson upholds this rank quite well, even providing necessary encouragement after they were humiliated and tied in a death trap. He later becomes Basil's assistant and the two mice become lifelong associates after Ratigan is defeated.

House of Mouse[]

Dawson made a few cameo appearances in the television series House of Mouse. In the episode "Donald's Lamp Trade", Dawson nearly becomes a victim of Ratigan's mousetrap, but was saved by Basil.


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  • Dr. Dawson uses Daffy Duck's catchphrase, "You're despicable!", when he and Basil are tied up in a giant mouse trap by Ratigan.

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