BritSciFi ONLINE

14 - 16 May 2021

A free ONLINE celebration of British Science Fiction.

The National Space Centre will be hosting a FREE online weekend of talks, Q&A sessions, workshops and fun fan and family science fiction experiences.

Join us for a celebration of Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Sapphire and Steel, Thunderbirds, The Prisoner, The Tomorrow People and many other iconic science fiction films, tv programmes, books, comics, games and art.

Friday is our learning day, with sessions for schools, children, families and fans. This kicks off into a weekend of guest Q&A sessions (get your questions in now to beat the crowds), workshops and social sessions with many of the fantastic groups who have supported our events at the Centre.

Our guests and hosts are all giving their time freely to support the event, however, there will be opportunities to purchase autographs and merchandise throughout.


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Guests and Attractions

Joanna Lumley

Joanna found fame in 1969 when she became a Bond Girl in the 007 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, going on to become the strong female lead, Purdey, in The New Avengers, among many other roles she made her own. More recently Joanna has been wowing audiences with her hilarious interpretation of the lush fashion director Patsy Stone in the classic comedy series Absolutely Fabulous.

We will be joining Joanna for a Q&A session as part of the festival, so make sure you get your questions in in advance to be part of this event.

Alex Kingston

A multi-award winning actress, Alex is famous for her title role in the British miniseries The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders and her regular role as Dr. Elizabeth Corday in the NBC medical drama ER. More recently we have enjoyed watching her as Mrs. Bennet in the ITV1 period-drama fantasy Lost in Austen and Dinah Lance in The CW’s superhero fiction drama series Arrow.

We have an opportunity to chat with Alex as part of the festival. If you would like to ask a question please submit in advance on our Facebook event page.

Paul McGann

Paul came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the television serial The Monocled Mutineer, then starred in the dark comedy Withnail and I, which was a critical success and developed a cult following. We know him for portraying the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film.

If you would like to ask a question to Paul about his time as the Doctor, make sure you get them on the list in advance on our Facebook event page.

David Bradley

Initially David played Solomon in the Doctor Who episode “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”. He returned as William Hartnell, the actor who played the First Doctor, in An Adventure in Space and Time, reprising the role in 2017, appearing as the First Doctor in “The Doctor Falls” and “Twice Upon a Time”. Since January 2018, he has starred in the audio stories released by Big Finish Productions entitled The First Doctor Adventures.

What would you ask David in our BritSciFi Q&A? Drop your questions in advance on our Facebook event page to be part of this FREE online session.

Colin Baker

Colin’s association with Doctor Who began in 1983 when he played Commander Maxil, a Gallifreyan guard who shoots the fifth Doctor, playing opposite Peter Davison in “Arc Of Infinity”. Colin made a big impression and was cast as the sixth BBC Doctor Who in 1983, seeing him battle Cybermen, Daleks, Sontarans, Sil and even Kate O’Mara. It was to be a role that would make Colin’s face recognisable all over the world.

We are delighted to be joined by Colin for a Q&A session as part of BritSciFi. If you would like to be part of this session, make sure you submit your question now on our Facebook event page.

Sylvester McCoy

Best known for playing the seventh incarnation of the Doctor, becoming the final Doctor of the original run, he briefly returned in television film in 1996, to hand over the reigns to Paul McGann. He is also known for his work as Radagast in The Hobbit, as well as returning to play the Seventh Doctor in a series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions.

Make sure you get your questions in on our Facebook event page now, if you would like to be part of this FREE Q&A.

Dan Starkey

Dan made numerous appearances in Doctor Who, portraying a number of different Sontaran characters, most notably Strax, who has come across the Eleventh and Twelfth incarnations of the Doctor, played by Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi respectively. He reprised the role in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

Dan is a brilliant Q&A guest (must be his University Challenge winning talents!) so make sure you get your questions in now if you want to part of this session.

Sophie Aldred

Sophie played the Seventh Doctor’s companion, Ace, becoming the final companion of the series’ first run. She can also be heard as the voices of many of our most iconic animated characters, including Dennis the Menace, Tree Fu Tom and Muck in Bob the Builder. In 2020 she released the novel Doctor Who: At Childhood’s End.

If you have any questions for Sophie, make sure you submit them now on our Facebook event page to be involved in this FREE Q&A session.

Mike Holloway

Mike was the drummer and percussionist in Flintlock and at the same time stared in the cult TV series The Tomorrow People. Flintlock appeared on programmes such as Blue Peter, Magpie and Top of the Pops, and their own programme Fanfare. He was awarded the TV Times Personality of the Year award in 1976.

We will be chatting to Mike as part of BritSciFi, so if you have a question about his time in The Tomorrow People make sure you submit them now on our Facebook event page.

Nicholas Young

Nicholas portrayed John in The Tomorrow People and was the only member of the cast to stay for the full six years of the series. When the show was reprised in 2013, he was invited to play the part of Prof, Aldus Crick. While working on The Tomorrow People he featured in Space: 1999″ as Peter Rockwell, and, in the same year, played alongside Jon Pertwee (the 3rd incarnation of Doctor Who) in the film Adventures of a Private Eye.

If you want to find out more, join us for our FREE online Q&A as part of BritSciFi. Make sure you get your questions in now to be part of this event.

Peter Vaughan Clarke

Peter is best known for his portrayal of Stephen Jameson in The Tomorrow People in the 1970s, a character he returned to later in life in the audio continuation of the series by Big Finish Productions. He has also appeared in the 1975 British film It Could Happen to You, along with his Tomorrow People co-star Nicholas Young.

Get your questions in for Peter now on our Facebook event page to be part of this FREE online Q&A.

The Gamelab

The Gamelab team run mobile escape rooms and virtual escape experiences (check out their Apollo 13 online experience, filmed exclusively at the National Space Centre).

As part of BritSciFi the Game Lab will be offering a FREE online escape room adventure entitled “Adventures in Time and Space Centre”. There is even a prize (an Annual Pass to the National Space Centre) for the fastest team to complete the challenge during the Festival weekend.

Portmeirion

Nestled between the Dwyryd esturary and the majestic Snowdonia mountains, Portmeirion Village is a wonder to behold. Portmeirion Village provided the backdrop for the 1960’s cult classic series, The Prisoner, probably one of the most influential pieces of television of the 1960’s, starring Patrick McGoohan (even The Beatles were fans).

Thanks to Portmeirion’s Location Manager, Meurig Jones, BritSciFi audiences will be able to enjoy an exclusive video tour of The Village and filming spots of The Prisoner.

Big Finish Productions

Since 1996, Big Finish has been producing high-quality audio drama on CD, with hundreds of productions to choose from. The majority of Big Finish’s audio plays are based on popular TV series such as Doctor Who, Dark Shadows, Stargate, The Avengers and Blake’s 7, with many of the original actors. As part of the BritSciFi weekend Big Finish will be giving viewers an end-to-end oversight into a Big Finish audio. Meet the writers, script editors, producers, sound designers and musicians to see just how much work goes into hours of entertainment, excitement and intrigue.

The 15th UK Cyber Legion

The 15th UK Cyber Legion is a non-profit Doctor Who fan costuming group, who have attended many events including exhibitions, SciFi cons and even the Doctor Who BBC Staff party at BBC Broadcasting House in London. They help support charities and have brought happiness to fans throughout the UK.

Join the 15th Cyber Legion online as they have a cuppa and a chat with the 2nd, 3rd, 10th and 13th Doctors, as part of the BritSciFi festival.

Project Dalek and The Sons of Skaro

If you have ever considered building a Dalek, Project Dalek is the place to go to find plans, information, support and everything else you may need. The Sons of Skaro is an awesome group of fan-built Daleks who attend events throughout the country (including their own) raising money for charity and EXTERMINATING!!!

Both groups will be hosting a very popular ‘Audience with the Daleks’ online as part of the BritSciFi weekend. The 2nd and 3rd Doctors will take on these ultimate Time War foe (there may be cake!)

Chris Thompson

Chris  is a freelance creative based in Belfast, who hit viral fame with his impressive stained glass Dalek work of art. He has work across variety of projects and amassed a wide range of skills, working with brands such as Anderson Entertainments, Big Finish, Eaglemoss and Haynes Publishing.

Chris will be joining us twice over the BritSciFi weekend to show you ‘how to illustrate a 3D Tardis’, and a behind the scenes of concept designs session.

Fantom Publishing

Fantom is a small media company based in the West Midlands publishing Horror, Fantasy and Classic Audio Books, Non-Fiction Limited Edition Books, as well as organising regular Doctor Who events. Fantom Publishing has a long history of producing and releasing high quality audio titles. These consist of a mixture of full length readings, abridged classics, and full cast dramas. With a whole spectrum of genres, from horror to romance, autobiographical to science fiction

As part of BritSciFi the team at Fantom will be hosting an exclusive “Who Talk” session.

Penguin Random House Audio/2000 AD

Five new dramatic audio adaptions of the best-selling 2000 AD graphic novels have been produced by the award-winning Penguin Studios. Working closely with authors and editors at 2000 AD, all 300 characters in the graphics novels have been voiced by over 40 narrators, alongside mesmerising sound effects and original music.  All titles available via Audible, Apple Books and Google Play.

We will be hosting a Q&A with Senior Producer Chris Thompson about adapting the scripts, sound design and rise of Sci-Fi audio as part of the BritSciFi festival, so get your questions in for Chris now on our Facebook event page.

Lee Sullivan

Lee trained as a wildlife and technical illustrator, then spent five years as a graphic artist for British Aerospace. In 1988 he started working for the comics industry including Transformers, Doctor Who, 2000AD, Eaglemoss, TV21, Titan and Marvel. He produced character and background illustrations for the BBC’s online Doctor Who webcasts, as well as working on the graphic novels for Ben Aaronovitch’s series of Rivers of London novels.

Lee worked with his comic book artist hero and friend Mike Noble on three projects featuring Gerry Anderson’s Zero X and Captain Scarlet. These were a career highlight for Lee, who will be joining us for a Q&A as part of the BritSciFi festival.

More guests and attractions announced daily on our FACEBOOK event page…

BRITSCIFI ONLINE

What guests do you have?
We will be launching regular updates of all our guests on our BritSciFi Facebook event page, so please do sign up to attend there for full details. This page will also be updated, so please do check back regularly. 

How do I ask a question?
Ask your questions in advance on our Facebook event page (we will be selecting in advance, but cannot guarantee we will be able to answer all the questions).

How to watch the sessions?
We will be publishing a full programme of sessions in advance. These will be hosted on our Facebook and YouTube channels, so you just need to be on the right channel at the right time.

Can I watch the session at a later date?
Yes, the session will remain on our Facebook and YouTube pages after the event for you to watch at any time.

Who is this session suitable for?
Anybody and everybody with an interest in the past, present and future of space exploration. The National Space Centre is an educational charity and last year we hosted over 80,000 school visits, so everything we do is created to inspire and educate.

Is there a cost to watch the session?
No, please do not follow third party links that ask for information or money to participate. This is a FREE session. You can, of course, purchase merchandise, additional one-to-one guest sessions, autographs and gifts to support the charity and guests.

How do I get involved?
If you represent potential guests, are an artist/maker/speaker etc. please email marketing@spacecentre.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE – our guests are kindly donating their time free of charge to support the National Space Centre (an educational charity). All times and dates are subject to change and guests are subject to cancellation due to work commitments.