William Shatner part of the crew for 'an absolute pilgrimage' for Trekkies
STAR TREK brings life Jim, but not as we know it, to London this October in the form of a convention featuring all five captains – including 81-year-old William Shatner - of the long-running TV series, the first time the quintet has appeared on stage together.
Destination Star Trek London, as the live event is to be known, boldly goes to the Excel exhibition centre between the 19 and 21 October and is the first Star Trek convention in London for ten years. Its website launches today.
"We are going to make this really interactive," said Rob Nathan, one of the show’s organisers.
"There are going to be stunt displays, we are going to recreate some sets and get some original sets. People will be able to sit on the Starship bridge with members of the cast.
"It's going to be an absolute pilgrimage for Star Trek fans."
Up to 15,000 Star Trek fans are expected to beam down to Destination Star Trek, which will feature plenty of other cast members from the five series, as well as the captains.
"The Star Trek fan base in the UK is one of the biggest in the world, and it has waited a long time for the convention to return, so we wanted to make sure we did it right," said Liz Kalodner of CBS Consumer Products, which owns the Star Trek TV franchise.
Those five captains are:
William Shatner, Captain Kirk in the original series starting back in 1966; English skipper Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987–94; Avery Brooks, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Commander Sisko between 1993 and 1999; Kate Mulgrew, Captain Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001 and Scott Bakula, Captain Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise from 2001 to 05.
Tickets for Destination Star Trek London go on sale on 30 April.