New Doctor Who villain among galaxy of stars at Norwich sci-fi convention

Ben Miller, who is set to play a villain in the new series of Doctor Who. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire Ben Miller, who is set to play a villain in the new series of Doctor Who. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
8:53 AM

Fans of Doctor Who will get the chance to meet one of the villains who will take on new Timelord Peter Capaldi when Norwich plays host to a science fiction extravaganza.

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Death in Paradise star Ben Miller, who will face off against the Doctor in the latest series of the BBC show, is one of a galaxy of stars confirmed for next month’s Norwich Sci-Fi Convention - organised and run by The Norwich Sci-Fi Club.

Now in its fifth year, Nor-Con will also feature appearances from actors including Red Dwarf stars Chris Barrie and Hattie Heyridge; Alice Krige, who played the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact; Torchwood’s Kai Owen; Power Ranger Samuell Benta and Ian Whyte, who appeared in Game Of Thrones, Prometheus and Alien Vs Predator.

Comedy duo Trevor and Simon, from TV show Going Live, will also be there, along with comic artists Lee Bradley and Lee Sullivan.

Jamie Anderson, the son of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, will be taking some of the puppets from the show to the convention.

Mark Dean, Norwich Sci-Fi Club chairman, said: “We have some cracking guests!

“With Cylons, C3PO, Disney’s Frozen Princesses and much, much more it’s going to be a very busy day for us.”

The event will help raise money for two King’s Lynn-based charities, Scotties Little Soldiers - dedicated to supporting children who have lost family members serving in HM Forces and Red Wellies Brain Tumor Research.

The Nor-Con V convention will take place at the Holiday Inn, at Norwich International Airport, on Sunday, September 7.

Online ticket holders get entry from 9.30am, with general admission from 10.30am. Tickets are available online at www.nor-con.co.uk or on the door on the day.

The night before the convention, people will be dressing up as their favourite film, television and comic book characters at a Cosmic Cosplay Party.

That will also take place at the Holiday Inn at the airport from 7pm. Tickets are available at www.nor-con.co.uk or the UEA box office on 01603 508050.

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