It’s Happening! After twenty years of praying for a UK appearance the convention founders have pulled off one of the greatest challenges in the Trek actor appearance circles. The king of the geeks and internet… Mr Wil Wheaton!
This has been our number 1 requested guest at every convention. We can legitimately use that annoying Plato’s Stepchildren dancing gif (we googled it, still can’t bring ourselves to use it!)
Wil will be attending DSTE but only signing and doing photoshoots on the Saturday and Sunday. But he will be at the opening ceremony on the Friday, so good news if you’re planning to go to that.
If you get the Captain’s package (ohh myyyy) then be sure to select Photo Shoot Group C if you want a Wil Wheaton photoshoot included. But there’s also more guests to be announced and apparently you can’t change your group once selected. But this is Wil Wheaton, a very rare occurrence. We’re not going to risk missing out!
More info and tickets here www.destinationstartrek.com
Our dear Captain Kirk reported the correct information. The 50th anniversary celebrations will be held at the Birmingham NEC. 7-9th October 2016.
With William Shatner headlining (who else!?) the prelimenary guest list looks well on its way towards a starstudded event.
Walter Keonig (Chekov), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker – probably best to announce two weeks before the show!), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax), Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax), Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir), Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge). Plus more to be announced.
From reading the press release it sounds like they have taken the best bits from the previous shows and made them bigger!
The Enterprise D bridge will be there of course, and it looks like Martin Netters 1701 bridge may also feature. (This was at the 2012 event too).
Then there is the Klingon Bird of Prey! Our listening devices along the neutral zone have told us that this is a bridge set being built especially for the show. Qapla’
You can also ‘investigate a Borg hive’ – guessing this will feature around the alcove?
Plus the museum is back! – Martin Netters Filmwelt collection.
What is surprising is the packages. Now, every DST we expect a little rise in price. But most of the packages are the same price as previous years excluding the Lieutenants package (ohhh myyyy) which is £80 cheaper! Yet you get the same fulfilment in terms of goodies as last time.
Examining the Commander and Captain’s package (hehehe!) you are also getting slightly more talks and autographs from last time.
Admirals will be treated like gods as per usual so there isn’t much more they can offer those lucky peeps. Maybe their own personal Gorn man-servant??
Here’s the full press release wrote in events marketing speak:
DESTINATION STAR TREK EUROPE TO CELEBRATE
50 AMAZING YEARS OF STAR TREK LEGACY THIS OCTOBER
William Shatner Headlines Three‐Day Event with Star‐Studded Roster of Film and TV Alumni
LONDON, February 02, 2016 – Destination Star Trek Europe, the premier Star Trek fan event in Europe, will once again open its doors to thousands of Star Trek enthusiasts from across the universe for a three‐day celebration of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Set for October 7‐9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, Destination Star Trek Europe will pay tribute to the characters and stories that have inspired generations of fans, joining a year of celebrations in honour of this milestone year for the franchise.
Destination Star Trek Europe, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will offer fans the opportunity to meet cast and crew, explore interactive exhibits, learn about Star Trek’s impact on science, space and technology, and enjoy parties fit for a golden anniversary.
The legendary William Shatner (Captain Kirk), will headline the event and be joined by Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) and Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax). Additional guests will be revealed in the coming months.
In addition to autographs, photos and panels, fans will be able to take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC‐1701 or NCC‐1701‐D, investigate a Borg hive, take charge of a Klingon bird‐of‐prey, explore a shuttlecraft, and see original props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum.
Tickets are now available at www.DestinationStarTrek.com.
“For five decades, Star Trek has influenced the world around us through its voyages to the Final Frontier,” said event organiser, Mark Woollard. “Destination Star Trek Europe will
honour the series’ impact and celebrate its legions of fans that are inspired to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons ‐‐ a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. Launching the careers of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics, the environment, and more. It spawned five more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century.
Beyond its impact on the entertainment landscape, Star Trek has also inspired some of the greatest minds steering the direction of our modern world and sparking the biggest technological advancements of our time such as the cell phone, universal translator, smart watch, tablet, sonogram, and countless other inventions. Those who cite Star Trek as an influence on their lives include Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and countless others.
Destination Star Trek Europe is organised by Massive Events, in association with Showmasters and Media 10.
This weekend, we sat down to film our latest Trekkie Girls vBlog to record our reaction to the exciting news that Destination Star Trek is coming back to celebrate the 50th anniversary. At the time, we knew it was going to be held 7-9th October 2016 at a UK location. This was all specified in an email and the Destination Star Trek landing page which told us to wait until 2nd February to receive more details including exact location, first guests announcement and ticket sales.
But then things got exciting. Just before filming, William Shatner tweeted this gem!
Not only does he give away the location, but he confirms his attendance! woohoo!
But there’s still lots to look forward to with Tuesday’s email. We still need to know which convention centre, so we can make travel and accommodation arrangements. And from the email it sounds like there are additional guests to be announced too.
William Shatner is a fantastic first guest though. It wouldn’t be a celebration of Star Trek without him!
So what info have we been able to scrap together?
- There is a change in the organisation of this years event. The operational aspects are being being ran by Massive Events in association with Showmasters and Media 10 who hold the license with CBS to run official Star Trek conventions.
- This is the largest and only official 50th anniversary celebration event for Star Trek in Europe this year. AND IT’S RIGHT HERE IN THE UK!!!
- When we asked the organisers what they thought about William Shatners tweet they were having a good laugh about it and couldn’t be happier that Captain Kirk of all people had announced their event! (We would have had trouble sending him to the brig too!)
- the Trekkie Girls will be involved in this event, as we have been since DST first beamed down to London in 2012.
The reception from us Trekkies regarding this news has been incredibly positive and plans are being made across the continent to attend.
Here is our somewhat less coherent (and less sober) reaction!
ITS HAPPENING!Destination Star Trek Europe! Everything we know is contained in this picture below which we stole from the www.destinationstartrek.com landing page
Now as you know, we have been
arse-kissing friends with convention founders at DST since its inception in 2012 so we intend to use our ‘special relationship’ to find out as much as we can and keep you up-to-date. You’ll notice we got this post out rather quick, we did get like, a whole hours notice! We are humble Vorta!
Now to wait until next Tuesday when the big reveal happens. We wants names and location here!
The best bit about this teaser is it gives away enough to start planning. We know what weekend to keep clear and its far enough to start planning and (more importantly) start saving!
We wish you a Trektastic 2016 and what a year we have ahead of us. It’s astonishing to think this TV and movie series has gripped our planets attention for half a century. It makes us feel so young!
We were going to write up a review about 2015 but like our spandex loving crewmates, we can’t help but look forward into the future.
Instead, here is what we have planned and our looking forward to in 2016.
SF Ball. 5th – 7th February. Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton
Trek guests include Jonathan Frakes, Vaughn Armstrong and Casey ‘For Cardassia’ Biggs. If you haven’t already it worked it out…. That means the Enterprise Blues Band will also be performing! (Wonder if Frakes can actually play the Trombone?)
Star Trek Beyond – 22nd July
Like we did before with Star Trek Into Darkness we’ll be following all developments leading up to the release of the movie… and Beyond! *groans*. But we don’t like to see or spread leaks, so just official stuff and own opinions from us!
London Film and Comic Con 29th – 31st July. Olympia, London
The biggest show in town….and the Country! These have been getting seriously star studded lately and we want to see how Showmasters are going to top last years, if at all possible. No Trek guests have been announced but so close to the release of Beyond means it will be great to meet up with our fellow Trekkies and discuss every element of the film.
The Official Star Trek Convention 3rd – 7th August. Rio All Suites Hotel, Las Vegas
This one makes us squeal like a Tribble!! Hotels are booked and first contact has been made with organisers. We haven’t been to the famous Vegas con since it was at the Hilton. Reporting live from STLV50 is set to be one of our biggest highlights.
New Series – January 2017
Throughout the year StarTrek.com are going to drip feed us information and we’re going to beg for more!! Remember, we’re not a news site but we love snooping around, asking questions and speculating.
- We are upping our game this year with a plan to bring monthly live episodes via Periscope as well as our normal Trekkie Girls episodes on YouTube.
- We’ll also be watching Destination Star Trek like a hawk. If they make any sound regarding the possibility of another event in the UK or Europe, we’ll be all over it like Kirk and a green girl! Remember our clues we posted last year hinting they might be back??
What can I say? The response I’ve had to these “guest blog” posts has been absolutely amazing – you guys are fantastic!! But I’ve actually really enjoyed doing them! In fact, it’s kind of taken over my life a little bit?! (I may need to take a couple of days off to spend some time with my boyfriend, think he’s feeling a little neglected!) It’s taken me right back to my time at University – cramming to finish those 5000 word essays before a deadline (it’s a good stress – honest!). Part of me doesn’t want it to end? But I can’t hog the Trekkie Girls limelight forever.
So, what IS next for The Original TiT?!
Perhaps it’s time for me to take command of my own starship? Start my own blog…
SCARY!! What will I talk about? What if nobody comes to pay me a visit? Guess I’ll just be talking to myself? No change there then!?
Continue reading So, What’s Next for The Original TiT?
Star Trek is a drug and I’m hooked. That is all.
JUST KIDDING!!! Like you could shut me up there?!
But seriously, as a complete convention newbie, as I said before, I had no idea what to expect from DST3. Trekkie Girls Sam and Carole, had always seemed to have a lot of fun, but I felt that perhaps you had to be a “hardcore Trekkie” to reap the full benefit from one of these things? Also, I guess I feared that my lack of Trek knowledge would make me stick out like a sore thumb?! Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I think Bruce Greenwood summed it up perfectly. It was his first convention too, and at the opening ceremony, as he spoke to Jonathan Ross, he seemed honestly taken aback by how much the show meant to the fans and was surprised at how much it had touched some of their lives. He was sincerely moved, and quite emotional about it.
Trekkie’s are without doubt the nicest people I have ever met! Both the fans and the actors (who all seem to be fans themselves?!) are warm, friendly, welcoming and an absolute ton of fun. The actors seem genuinely to be friends, honestly pleased to see each other? I can just imagine them all backstage catching up on each other’s gossip! It seems to me, that once you are part of the Star Trek family, you’re a member for life?
Continue reading My First Star Trek Convention: What Am I Taking Away From DST3?
So, beating the previous night, Carole and I were up at 8 o’clock Sunday morning, having managed a mere 3 hours sleep! (Again, Trekkie Girl Teressa had partied a little too hard – think we should throw her in the brig personally?!). Having packed up our cases and checked out of the hotel, we staggered over to the ExCel just in time to catch Karl Urban’s second talk (yes, I attended both his talks!). Despite my rather delicate state, I managed to raise my hand to ask a question that had been bothering me since the previous day – what had Daniel Stewart done to Karl Urban exactly, at the beginning of the convention, to make him think that a restraining order would have been taken out on him? I thought this was a good question, but whatever it was must have been really bad, because Karl denied all knowledge! I think he knew, but just didn’t want to talk about it? Which begs the question…
What DID you do Daniel Stewart?!
(Answers on a postcard please…)
Continue reading My First Star Trek Convention: Day Three of DST3
After only 5 hours sleep, I woke to the excitement that both Jonathan Ross and Jeri Ryan, yes THE Jeri Ryan(!!) had replied to my tweets!
Carole and I apprehensively made our way over to make-up (that naughty Trekkie Girl Teressa had had too much Tranya at the Risa party!), where we were transformed in to Orion Slave Girls for the day! Thank you to the amazing Karen Ward and her team for ‘greening us up’ – great job ladies!
When our makeover was complete we rushed along to the Enterprise A stage where our job was to welcome people into the Guinness world record attempt. Sadly we didn’t break our own world record for the ‘largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters’, but we did raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Supportand everyone looked amazing in their costumes! (My favourite was the Tribble @funkylaura1701)
Continue reading My First Star Trek Convention: Day Two of DST3
When we arrived at the ExCel and picked up our passes, we were allowed to enter the arena before the general public, to attend the Press Call. I was quite taken aback by the sheer magnitude of the event and the variety of exhibits on show. I don’t know what I had been expecting, but I was truly in awe, especially when I thought how many Trekkies would file through it over the next three days.
Jordan Hoffman did an amazing job of introducing the guests at the Press Call and I had my first real ‘TiT’ moment when for the life of me, I couldn’t recognise this one guy in glasses, only to gasp when he spoke: “IT’S NELIX!?”
Off we went to check out the official ‘Bloggers Lounge’, where we met the lovely Simon, Phil and Jamie from The Engage Podcast, and the uber friendly Mike and Roz from Visionary Trek. We accosted Jordan when he wandered by, so that we could introduce ourselves, before dashing to our hotel to check-in and get changed in to our first costume of the weekend – red shirts!
Continue reading My First Star Trek Convention: Day One of DST3