Star Trek captains: who’s the best of all?

The age-old Kirk v Picard battle will be dusted off when the two Starfleet officers are joined by captains Sisko, Janeway and Archer for a live event in October. Who is your favourite?

This October, all five Star Trek captains will travel to London to be united on stagefor the very first time. It’s a moment of nerdvana that’s likely to make your average Trekkie go weak at the knees.

Since it first hit our screens in 1966, the Star Trek franchise has spawned six series, 11 feature films, dozens of games, hundreds of novels and an army of ferociously loyal fans who regularly flock to this sort of convention to worship at the altar of Gene Roddenberry’s space-based soap opera. But in convening the quintet of captains, Destination Star Trek London hasn’t just set pulses racing among a particular group of telly fans; it’s also reopened the age-old debate about who was the best commander to ever grace a Starfleet bridge.

So join us as we glance over their credentials to decide who was the best at boldly going where no one had gone before.

Captain James T Kirk (William Shatner)
Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)

If we ignore the Captain Pike-shaped elephant in the room, Kirk was the first exposure many fans had to a Star Trek Captain. An adrenalin junkie who took to space exploration with all the swagger of a sailor on shore leave, Kirk endeared himself to audiences with a testosterone-fuelled approach to intergalactic diplomacy that typically ensured first contact came complete with a bout of fisticuffs and a romantic liaison with a green-tinged species of space siren. Fortunately he had the help of one of the best crews to ever grace the series and could rely on Spock’s nerve pinching, Scotty’s engine tweaking, Sulu’s swordsmanship and an endless supply of red-shirted security officers to get him out of even the tightest of scrapes.