In the murky tangled world of non-canon Who and the Fan Fiction Multiverse there are both riches and horrors to be found. There are also lovingly re-created super-camp homages to hits of yesteryear, and few more lovingly devised than Star Trek Continues.
This alternative take on the original 1960s Star Trek follows the voyages of the Starship Farragut (something to do with this chap?) and has featured notable alumni of the sci-fi world including original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno and now, our very own Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker . Invited to take part by STC’s Executive Producer, Vic Mignogna when both appeared at a recent Toronto convention, Baker commented“That [the original 1966-69] series was Star Trek at its best. It’s been very good for years, but those originals were just like Doctor Who was back in 1963 when it started. Star Trek was the trailblazer for sci-fi in the states.”
(Except that Doctor Who was better. Just sayin’…)
Produced by Farragut Films and housed in a 10 000 square foot site in Kinglsand, Florida, they re-created Starship sets in impressively accurate retro-detail for SS Farragut, a sister ship to the Enterprise. Mognogna himself plays Cap’n Kirk in the series which you can download several episodes and vignettes from at the Farragut Films website.
I have to say, I’m impressed – I can’t even tell whether this is a shot lifted from the original series or put together and treated to look suitably period by Farragut Films. If this is their work they’ve got impressive casting and wardrobe departments!
It’d be like fans nabbing the sets and costumes from An Adventure in Space and Time and beavering away at what went on between Seasons 1 and 2 of Who! The new installments of Star Trek Continues featuring Colin Baker are expected to premier at a suitable sci-fi convention in April or May this year.