Overcoming an enemy crew in character combat is dangerous, particularly when large ships or well equipped Kilrathi are involved, or both. One strategy is to equip a smoke grenade and a stun rod. When between halfway to three quarters of the way through the docking tube, toss the smoke grenade towards the door on the enemy side, and when the smoke goes off make for the door. If it's timed right the player will meet the enemy before they get into the smoke screen and just stun them. Being under cover of the smoke the NPCs cannot fire upon the player.
Smoke n' Stun was first suggested by GLI on the ASCII Sector Forums.