|We arrived in a very rainy and cold Milton
Keynes on Saturday morning having spent several hours on various different
trains. The event was held in a large concrete-clad football stadium
and I did kind of wonder what the stars must have thought of it.
Although I was spoilt for choice in terms
of guests, the only person I really wanted to meet was Kate. Having
paid and carefully selected a picture from the table at the start of the
line, I grew increasingly excited and nervous as I caught the odd glimpse
of Kate and Robert Duncan McNeill, sitting at the end of the make-shift
marquee the organisers had constructed. It may sound strange, but
I actually couldn’t believe what was happening – having spent the last
fifteen years watching Star Trek Voyager I was about to meet the person
who had embodied the Janeway character creating the most successful Captain
(in my opinion anyway!) of the franchises’ history.
I had read that Kate Mulgrew had a strong
presence. That was quite an understatement. She was expertly
able to be enthralling, warm and dynamic all at the same time – carefully
commanding the situation – almost I would imagine as Janeway would.
Even though I stood in front of her for a few moments (and suitably star-struck!),
I felt absolutely welcome and at ease.
Having uttered something about thanking
her for coming to the UK – I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to speak
coherently – I simply elatedly and gingerly walked down the aisle – clutching
my signed photo. It was a fantastic experience meeting Kate and I
am incredibly grateful she attended – I think by the wide-grinned faces
of the people who also met her, she is always welcome.