This weekend’s Stars of Time convention returns to Weston-super-Mare, and sees some new faces to the annual event – as well as some welcome familiar ones too!
It’s the first time Sophie Aldred has been to the Stars of Time, though she did appear a few years ago at the nearby Bristol Comic Expo. Aldred first appeared as Ace alongside Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor in Dragonfire, and battled Daleks, Cybermen, Fenric, Light, and loads more memorable villains until the last Classic episode, 1989’s Survival.
Debbie-Lee London, too, has never been to the one-day convention before, so fans will want to bring along any Claws of Axos merchandise they have stored away. London played the lead Axon Girl, covered in gold with bulbous eyes. It sounds ridiculous, but the design is iconic and rather brilliant.
Two new series stars will also be in attendance: Ian Furey-King, who was in last year’s Mummy on the Orient Express, but also starred in Being Human (a series created by The God Complex writer, Toby Whithouse); and Julian Seager, who has a vast array of credits to his name, from Thor: The Dark World to Doc Martin, Guardians of the Galaxy to Merlin. But Whovians will recognise him from 2013’s Nightmare in Silver: you’ll likely recall he was the soldier throwing a chair as the Cyberman kidnapped Angie – shot in wonderful slow-motion.
Frazer Hines returns to the Stars of Time: surprisingly, the Jamie McCrimmon actor last came to the event in 2012, but is already scheduled a return trip to the South West later this year for the Pandorica expo in Bristol.
John Levene aka Benton (plus the Yeti in The Web of Fear and a Cyberman in The Moonbase) obviously enjoys visiting the seaside town as he’s back once again (and we’re always pleased to see his consistently happy face at the Helicopter Museum), alongside Star Wars stunt double Andrew Lawden, Femi Taylor (Jabba the Hunt’s slave), and Bond Girl, Caroline Munro (also offering the chance to two lucky competition winners to fly in a helicopter with her).
UFO fans are also in for a treat, as singer and actress Ayshea makes her Stars of Time debut!
Unfortunately, the event is confined to just one day – Saturday 2nd May – but still promises to be an enjoyable opportunity. Admission prices (including entrance to the Helicopter Museum) are:
Adult: £10 Child: £6.50 OAP’s/Disabled: £6.50
Family Ticket: £26 (2 adults & 2 children)
Family Ticket: £29 (2 adults & 3 children)
Under 4’s free
Naturally, there will be plenty of stalls selling all manner of sci-fi goodies too.
The Stars of Time 2015 takes place at the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, this Saturday.