The Olympic torch’s journey through the U.K. is near its end, and Monday it passed through the hands of our favorite mutant/Starfleet captain.
Sir Patrick Stewart, of Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men fame, carried the torch through Croydon in South London.
“Nevermind Jean-Luc Picard. I have attended world premieres of big movies that have not had the excitement and sense of pleasure that people are exhibiting today,” Stewart said of the crowd gathered for the occasion.
The torch relay, which traditionally criss-crosses the globe, has remained solely in the U.K. this year. Most of the 8,000 torchbearers have been athletes and various notable British citizens.
Professor X is getting some milage in the torch relay this year – Scottish actor James McAvoy, who portrayed the mind-reader in the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class, also took his turn as torchbearer in his hometown of Glasgow last month.
But if you’re looking for who to crown Most Daring Torchbearer, it’s hard to beat English adventurer and Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls, who zip-lined with the torch above Newcastle.
The final torchbearer, who lights the Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony this Friday, remains a secret.