News reaches us from Norwich that it’s almost time for the city’s premier sci-fi event – NOR-CON is coming!
And, in a coup for the organisers, Ben Miller will be making his first appearance at a Doctor Who signing – the day after his appearance as the Sheriff of Nottingham in episode 3 of the new series, Robot of Sherwood!
Taking place at the Holiday Inn, Norwich Airport on Sunday September 7th 2014, NOR-CON aims to please all lovers of TV, film, sci-fi, fantasy and comics whilst raising money for some great causes, both locally and nationwide.
So what else is there to look forward to besides the Sheriff? Well, other guests with Who links are Dan Starkey (Strax) and Kai Owen (Rhys in Torchwood), who are both always good value at this kind of thing.
Collectors of rare items of memorabilia will be interested in the charity auction, with the standout lot being the Doctor Who ‘Signature Diary’, packed with dozens of autographs by the programme’s stars including Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Tom Baker. The book, described as ‘a definite wanna have object for the serious Whovian’, has taken two years to fill and includes signatures of no less than seven Doctors and way too many companions to count!
Notable non-Doctor Who guests to look out for include Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf) and Alice Krige (Star Trek), and those who were children, students or just hungover in front of the TV on a Saturday morning in the 1990s won’t want to miss Trev and Simon, late of Going Live! and Live and Kicking.
Other attractions besides the usual photo shoots, signings and Q&A sessions include a Cosplay party on the evening of Saturday 6th September, Cosplay competition on the day of the convention, and a chance to have your photo taken in the TARDIS control room (green screen trickery may be involved).
Tickets can be bought from NOR-CON’s website (£9 adults, £5 children online, rising to £10/£6 on the door).
The folks at NOR-CON have been doing sterling work to raise money for charities for five years now, and if you’re in the area it’s sure to be a great event, well worth your support.
(With thanks to Mark)