Patrick Stewart invites Whoopi Goldberg to come on board for Star Trek: Picard season 2

Goldberg famously had a recurring role as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation

American actress Whoopi Goldberg (as Guinan) in a scene from an episode of the television series 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' entitled 'I, Borg,' California, May 11, 1992. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

The first episode of Star Trek: Picard hasn’t even debuted in the UK yet – but Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself Patrick Stewart is already trying to get a famous star on board for season 2.

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Speaking on US talk show The View, Stewart invited Whoopi Goldberg – who famously had a recurring role as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation, to reprise her role in the show’s second run.

“I’m here with a formal invitation, it’s for you Whoopi,” he said. “Alex Kurtzman, who is the senior executive producer of Star Trek: Picard, and all of his colleagues, of which I am one, want to invite you into the second season.”

The invitation was met with huge cheers from the audience, while Goldberg herself appeared visibly emotional as she responded to the offer.

She said: “This was one of my greatest experiences, I’ve said this on the show before, Star Trek was one of the great experiences from the beginning to the end. I had the best, best, best time – the best time ever.”

Stewart replied: “Well it was wonderful having you, and we cannot wait to have you with us one more time.”

The first run of Star Trek: Picard sees many former stars of the franchise return alongside Stewart, including Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Brent Spiner as Data and Jonathan Frakes as William Riker.

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Star Trek: Picard launches on Friday 24th January on Amazon Prime Video.