If you know the venerable, boisterous actor Brian Blessed, you probably know him as the leader of the Hawk-Men in the Flash Gordon movie, the voice of Boss Nass in The Phantom Menace, or his masterful performance as Augustus Caesar in I, Claudius. But you almost knew him from Doctor Who.
Star Trek and Dune's Patrick Stewart just appeared on U.S. television in Hamlet, alongside former Doctor Who star David Tennant. And someone asked Stewart why his training as a Shakespearean actor prepared him to do science fiction.
It may have been released 28 years (and at least one television revival) ago, but for everyone of a certain age, 1980s' Flash Gordon remains the definitive tale of an All-American sports hero being kidnapped into space, kicking Mongo ass and - most importantly - being turned on by an alien princess while…