This Saturday, the Stars of Time return to Weston-super-Mare for a convention that takes place in the wonderful setting of the Helicopter Museum.
The event has been regularly held in the seaside town for many years now, and this year’s line-up includes a solid array of new faces and returning guests.
Sarah Sutton, who played Nyssa opposite the Fifth Doctor (and briefly the Fourth), was the first guest announced, all the way back in November, and has previously visited events in Weston, including 2014’s Time Warp, and the Stars of Time when it was held at its old venue, the Winter Gardens in the town centre.
She’s joined by Simon Fisher-Becker, who most know as Dorium Maldovar, the blue wheeler-dealer who appeared in The Pandorica Opens, A Good Man Goes To War, and The Wedding of River Song. He’ll be performing his one-man show, My Dalek Has Another Puncture, signing memorabilia, and chatting to fans about his roles in Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Les Miserables.
The event also welcomes two other star of NuWho: Ian Furey-King and Clem So. Furey-King played a physician in 2014’s Mummy on the Orient Express, and attended the Stars of Time last year; while Clem So has cropped up as various characters in 7 episode of Doctor Who, including The Angels Take Manhattan, The Day of the Doctor, and Face the Raven. His most recent appearance was in The Husbands of Rover Song, but he was most prominent in Deep Breath, in which he played a clockwork droid Clara passes as she’s trying to escape the Half-Face Man, and Time-Heist, which saw him as a client at the Bank of Karabraxos.
Bob Baker, creator of K9, will also be in attendance, alongside Paul Tams, who’s worked on the K9 TV series and co-wrote The Essential Book of K9. Baker might be familiar with Who fans for creating the robotic dog and co-writing stories like The Claws of Axos, The Three Doctors, and (on this own) Nightmare of Eden, but he’ll get plenty of interest in the South West for working with Bristol-based Aardman on Wallace & Gromit.
Further guests include Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf), Andrew Lawden (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace), Brian Wheeler (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi), Michael Henbury (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), and model and illustrator, Kitty Brooker.
You’ll also get to take a leisurely stroll around the Helicopter Museum, pose with the Iron Man armour pods, check out the Batmobile, and browse the plethora of stalls selling all sorts of merchandise.
Adult tickets are £12.50, and children and OAPs get in for £7.50. Discounts are also available for anyone getting there at 9am. Guests will charge for autographs, however.
So that’s the Stars of Time, 10am- 5.30pm, on Saturday 7th May at the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare.