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David Q. Dawson
Background information
Feature films The Great Mouse Detective
Short films
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Mark Henn
Ruben A. Aquino
Kathy Zielinski
Rick Farmiloe
Steve Gordon
Voice Val Bettin
Jeff Bennett
Performance model
Inspiration David Q. Dawson from the Basil of Baker Street books by Eve Titus
Dr. John Watson
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Major David Q. Dawson
Dr. Dawson
Chubby (by Ratigan)
Personality Clumsy, kind, friendly, caring, brave, generous, handsome
Appearance Mustache, shoes, white shirt, maroon vest, gray jacket and trousers, blue bow tie, gray cap, sometimes spectacles
Occupation Surgeon
Basil's partner
Alignment Good
Goal To help Basil solve a serious case
Home London, England, UK
Allies Basil, Olivia, Hiram, Toby, Queen Mousetoria, Fidget (in the comics)
Enemies Ratigan, Fidget (formerly), Felicia
Likes Safety, helping Olivia, being polite
Dislikes Rudeness
Powers and abilities Strength
Fate Tries to depart Basil's flat for a farewell, but is interrupted by the next case and becomes Basil's new assistant
Quote "I don't know any Basil. But I do remember where Baker Street is."

Dr. David Q. Dawson is the Queen's previously 66th Regiment in Afghanistan, and the deuteragonist of Disney's 1986 film The Great Mouse Detective. He is voiced by Val Bettin.


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


The Great Mouse Detective

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, 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. He later becomes Basil's assistant and the two gentlemen become lifelong associates after defeating Ratigan.

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 mouse trap, 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 the dastardly Padriac Ratigan.

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