Saturday, 2 May 2015

In the Space Centre, everyone can hear him scream...

Foghorn-voiced, Bic-shunning, human bird-scarer Brian Blessed is heading for Leicester next weekend.

Not just that, but he'll be joined by a flurry of names from the world of cult TV to make sci-fi fans' pulses race faster than Commander Kruge's with a stash of under-the-counter Klingon porn.

Yup, it's the return of the annual BritSciFi hoopla at the National Space Centre, which promises all manner of futuristic nostalgia, if you see what we mean.

This year's guests are plucked from the casts of Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Blake's 7 and Thunderbirds.

Aside from Brian Blessed, who'll roll up, no doubt, with all the restraint of a twister bearing down on a balsa wood shack, there's Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn and Hattie Hayridge, who played Rimmer, Kryten and Holly on interstellar slackercom Red Dwarf.

Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor Who, will be joined by his former Tardis sidekick Nicola Bryant, who played a) Peri Brown and b) utter havoc with the raging hormones of the teenage audience.

Representing Blake's 7 – and we're starting to feel a little like the MC at a wrestling tournament – will be Michael Keating (Vila Restal) and Jan Chappell (Cally). And the line-up also includes Shane Rimmer, David Graham and Matt Zimmerman, who voiced the Thunderbirds characters Alan and Scott Tracy, and the morose, nasal, Noel Gallagher-lookalike Parker.

So. Bring your autograph book, if you still do that sort of thing. Otherwise, get set to clog up your pals' Facebook timelines with all manner of sci-fi selfies.

That's not all, mind.

Sophie Aldred, who was Ace in Doctor Who, will be there with old school Saturday morning kids TV favourites Trev and Simon talking about their new comedy podcast Strangeness in Space.

Monster man Jon Davey, who has played Cybermen, Daleks, Ood and all sorts of other Timelord-vexing baddies, will be showing how it's done in a Whovian workshop.

The time-devouring Gamersbus will be parked up at the Space Centre, offering two floors of console-wielding delights in the dark.

And Jamie Anderson, son of the Thunderbirds creator Gerry, will be appearing, as will Dead Ringers and Doctor Who audio drama writer Nev Fountain.

Britscifi runs at the National Space Centre on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Different guests are there on different days.

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