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Sheppey Sci-Fi festival: Star Wars actors and Doctor Who memorabilia at show

By John Nurden

Greetings Earthlings. Fans of Star Wars, Doctor Who and all things weird and wonderful are in for a treat today.

Stormtroopers, a Tardis, HG Wells’ Time Machine, a giant Martian Tripod and Kitt, the computer-controlled car from the TV series Knight Rider, are among the attractions planned for the first Sheppey Sci-Fi festival.

It takes off at Barton’s Point Coastal Park, Sheerness and replaces the earlier Sheppey Takeover.

Kitt car from Knightrider will be a special attraction at the Sheppey Sci-Fi festival at Barton's Point Coastal Park, Sheerness
Kitt car from Knightrider will be a special attraction at the Sheppey Sci-Fi festival at Barton's Point Coastal Park, Sheerness

Organiser Nick Barclay from Bromley-based events company Talking Box said: “It should be brilliant and something different.”

His first attempt to stage the show on June 2 had to be abandoned when heavy rain waterlogged the site.

Nick, who has run Sci-Fi Bromley for the past five years and is also involved in the Biggin Hill Air Show, was asked to put it together by Sheppey Miniature Engineering and Model Society which operates the train track and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

He said: “We will be bringing lots of replica film props and actors who have appeared in a number of films and TV series.”

Doctor Who's car Bessie will be on display at the Sheppey Sci-Fi Fesitval at Barton's Point Coastal Park, Sheerness
Doctor Who's car Bessie will be on display at the Sheppey Sci-Fi Fesitval at Barton's Point Coastal Park, Sheerness
The Star Crossed Fairies will be flying in to the Sheppey Sci-Fi Festival at Barton's Point Coastal Park, Sheerness
The Star Crossed Fairies will be flying in to the Sheppey Sci-Fi Festival at Barton's Point Coastal Park, Sheerness
Stormtrooper actor Bernie Callaco is planning to visit the Sheppey Sci-Fi festival
Stormtrooper actor Bernie Callaco is planning to visit the Sheppey Sci-Fi festival

Among them is Nick Joseph, who was the medal handler Major Arhul Hextrophon at the main rebel base on Yavin 4 in Star Wars: Rogue One and Stormtrooper Bernie Collaco from Star Wars movies Rogue One, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Visitors will have the chance see Bessie the bright yellow vintage Ford used in Doctor Who during the 1970s, a huge Stargate, James Bradley’s Star Crossed Fairies and the Pirates of Fantasy Island.

There will also be stalls and model train rides.

Admission tickets are £6 in advance from www.sheppeyscifi.co.uk or £8 on the gate. Under-12s go free. Gates open 11am to 6pm.

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