This weekend's Destination: Star Trek convention in London has done something no European Trek event has done before: bring all five TV "Star Trek" captains together one stage.
William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk from the original "Star Trek"), Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard from "The Next Generation"), Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko, "Deep Space Nine") Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway, "Voyager") and Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer, "Enterprise") took the stage together on October 19, the opening day of the convention at ExCel London.
They'll also be speaking individually at events throughout the convention, which runs through October 21.
A woman dressed as the Star Trek character Leeta and man dressed as Rom, both characters from the “Star Trek” series, …The convention includes a "Star Trek" museum and an interactive "stunt show" where you can watch reenactments of some of the series' most famous scenes. As with most Trek conventions, many of the expected 17,000 attendees are dressing up as their favorite characters.
One couple even dressed as warrior Klingons for a Trek-themed wedding ceremony as the convention opened. When the pair saw a Klingon wedding ceremony on Deep Space Nine," "We thought it was very romantic about beating hearts and a battle for each other," said Jossie Sockertopp, who wed Sonnie Gustavsson in a ceremony conducted partly in the notoriously gruff Klingon language (which the officiant said sounded a little to him like Welsh).
Fans will have plenty of chances to mingle with the five TV captains and other Star Trek favorites including Brent Spiner (Data from "Next Generation"), Walter Koenig (Chekov from the original series), Rene Auberjonois (Odo from "Deep Space Nine") and Gwynyth Walsh (the Klingon B'Etor in "Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager").
The five captains are no stranger to Britain. London is Stewart's home territory: He was already famous as an actor in England, most notably as a regular with the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company, long before he took his "Trek" role. After living in the U.S. to pursue film and stage roles here, he returned to London a few years ago. Queen Elizabeth II recently knighted him for "services to drama."
The others have their own relationships with Britain. Canada native Shatner honeymooned in Scotland, where he also took the stage in Shakespeare's "Henry V" during the annual Edinburgh International Festival.
Like Stewart, Brooks and Mulgrew have also appeared in plenty of Shakespeare plays. Bakula made his London stage debut last year in the world premiere of "Terrible Advice," a new play by Saul Rubinek, at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Originally built in the 1870s, it was converted from its original factory function into a multi-use space complete with restaurant, bar, and 150-seat theater.
The captains appeared together in London for a Q&A session where audience members got to ask questions. This isn't the first time they've joined forces: They also appeared together last year in a film Shatner produced, "The Captains," in which he interviewed the other "Star Trek" captains about their experiences.
by Christy Karras
Top: William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula, all of whim played "Star Trek" captains on TV, are attending the Destination Star Trek London convention. (Photo by Martin McNeil/WireImage)
Right: A woman dressed as the Star Trek character Leeta and man dressed as Rom, both characters from the "Star Trek" series, arrive to attend the Destination Star Trek London convention. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)