WIL­LIAM SHATNER

‘I DON’T WATCH STAR TREK’

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You’d think that a man who’s made so many do­cos about Star Trek they’re re­leas­ing them in a box set would be a su­per­fan.

De­spite be­ing syn­ony­mous with Star Trek for half a cen­tury — the first ep screened on Septem­ber 8, 1966 — Wil­liam Shatner still has ac­tu­ally watch­ing it on his to-do list.

“I’ve seen a few of the shows I’ve been in, I’ve seen the movie I di­rected but other than a few iso­lated heres and theres, I have not seen Star Trek,” he says.

He’s still a one-man Star Trek fan­dom in­dus­try, pen­ning 10 Star Trek nov­els and five non­fic­tion books on the sub­ject. And then there’s the new box set: The Cap­tains: A Jour­ney Through Time, which col­lects to­gether five fea­ture do­cos in­clud­ing The Cap­tains.

Shatner, 85, has also be­come pro­lific and feisty on Twit­ter, live tweet­ing the sort of TV you wouldn’t ex­pect him to watch in­clud­ing The Vam­pire Diaries and set­ting off a so­cial me­dia storm for fail­ing to agree killing off a les­bian char­ac­ter in The 100 was the worst thing ever.

“It’s all in good fun,” he says, adding the mak­ers of the shows give him props to auc­tion for char­ity in thanks for his tweets.

“Most char­i­ties can get a hel­met, a pic­ture but we get un­usual things that have raised tens of thou­sands of dol­lars.”

THE CAP­TAINS: A JOUR­NEY THROUGH TIME IS OUT TO­DAY

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