Trekkies get Spock in a frock shock
STAR Trek fans will be shocked to discover the sci-fi show’s Spock character was originally a WOMAN.
Actress Nichelle Nichols – who famously played communications officer Lt Uhura – says the pointy-eared Vulcan was created as a female character.
When she auditioned for the top space show back in the 1960s, Nichols was asked to play boffin Spock.
Nichelle, now 78, revealed: “I had a three-page script to read from that had three characters.
“There was Bones, Captain Kirk and someone called Spock – they asked me to read for the role of Spock.
“And I found the Spock character to be very interesting.”
Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry first offered Spock to Deforest Kelley – who turned it down to play Doctor Leonard “Bones” Mccoy instead.
But in the end, Roddenberry asked Leonard Nimoy ( above) to play the part, which he made one of the best-loved with Trekkies – the cult show’s fans.