William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks, Scott Bakula. Photo by Martin McNeil/WireImageWould the real captain from the "Star Trek" series please stand up?
Fans at the Destination Star Trek London convention were treated to five "Star Trek" captains (four of whom are pictured above -- in case you need proof of the fifth, check here.) The various eras of the television series as well as the film versions of the show were represented by the group, with the exception of the latest "Star Trek" films by J.J. Abrams (wherein Chris Pine plays Captain Kirk).
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Yes, they all boldy went to London where worlds truly collided for one of the coolest photo ops of all-time for hard-core Trekkies.
The event, going on over the weekend, is the first "Star Trek" convention to be held in Britain in a decade. And the V.I.P. list is certainly impressive.
William Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk, who commanded the Enterprise for the three seasons the original show was on the air; he continued to helm the ship for the early movies as well. After that, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"'s leader, deep-voiced Patrick Stewart (not pictured) as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, took over the series and then the movies.
The next installments of the series broke both the glass ceiling and the racial barrier when it came to captain casting (though the show has always had a diverse cast of actors). The series enlisted its first female captain of the Enterprise, Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew in "Star Trek: Voyager." And then there was Avery Brooks, who played Captain Benjamin Sisko in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
Shatner has since gone on to many other roles, and even won an Emmy for "Boston Legal," but he is still best known for his iconic Star Trek role. And the 81-year-old, still showing up at the conventions after all these years, seems to be OK with that.
Shatner appeared before thousands of fans to drink up the love. He told Reuters, "I've never been ambivalent. I'm only filled with gratitude with the fame it gave me years ago and the way it's kept me in the public eye."