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Klingons, Romulans, Vulcans and thousands of Star Trek fans will descend on London this weekend to celebrate one of the world's best-loved television and film franchises at a convention that will have all five starship captains in attendance.
Destination Star Trek London will see captains, played by actors William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) and Scott Bakula (Captain Archer), mingle with trekkies at a three-day convention in London's ExCel arena.
A replica of the bridge of the starship Enterprise, a Klingon zone and a museum dedicated to the 46-year-old series have been erected in the ExCel for the gathering, which starts on Friday.
Organisers have taken a cue from the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas by creating a schedule that combines appearances from 30 Star Trek celebrities with special events, including a stunt show and a Klingon-speaking workshop.
We're getting crazier, we're losing our reserved edge and we've been hungry for this style of convention for a while, said 30-year-old Samantha Darragh, a fan and co-founder of website trekkiegirls.com.
Life-long trekkie Simon Foster, 31, said he is travelling to London's Star Trek gathering with his fiance, a recent convert.
She is definitely a fan now, she has been busy knitting a Star Trek jumper (sweater) to wear at the convention. She is having her photo taken with Scott Bakula.
Around 17,000 tickets have been sold for the event so far, including 20 VIP packages costing almost 3,000 pounds ($4,800)each, according to organisers Media 10 and Showmasters.
Some fans are travelling from as far away as Australia, Colombia and Vietnam to the convention, undeterred by the absence of Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock, from the convention, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Star Trek: The Next Generation series.