You can learn the ways of the force at The Collection in Lincoln this October with a special sci-fi extravaganza weekend.
On Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 the museum is hosting The Empire at The Collection, where sci-fi fans can meet a variety of guest actors from films and TV programmes, including Star Wars, Doctor Who, the James Bond movies, Batman and many more (see notes to editor for details).
The guests will be on hand for photographs and autographs, and will be taking part in Q and A sessions. There will also be activities and crafts, including a Sabre Training School for children, who will get to keep their very own lightsaber. Visitors can also see a live battle between the dark and light sides, plus actors in costume and much more.
Paul Mason, site co-ordinator, said: “This weekend will be the perfect opportunity to get in the sci-fi mood ahead of the new Star Wars movie later this year.
“I’m sure fans will recognise actors Garrick Hagon and Michael Carter as the characters Biggs Darklighter and Bib Fortuna, who will be joined by Peter Roy, Nick Joseph and Paul Markham, who also appeared the movies.
“The actors have also featured in other iconic films and TV programmes, including sci-fi favourite Doctor Who, the James Bond films, Superman, Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
“This is sure to be a popular event, so book your tickets early to avoid missing out!”
Entry to The Collection is free, although charges apply to some of the events and activities.
There are a limited number of places on the Sabre Training School (aimed at 5 to 12 year olds), so advance booking is essential. Tickets cost £7 per child and are available from The Collection.
The Q and A sessions also have limited places, so booking is advised. The Q and A with Michael Carter, Nick Joseph and Peter Roy takes place on Saturday at 1pm, while the session with Garrick Hagon and Paul Markham takes place on Sunday at 1pm. Tickets are £5 each.
For more on The Collection, visit www.thecollectionmuseum.com .
Actor biographies (artists appear subject to commitments)
Garrick Hagon (appearing Saturday and Sunday)
Garrick Hagon played Biggs Darklighter (Red Three) in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and has had numerous roles in many blockbuster movies including Mission Impossible, Spy Game, Batman and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, alongside Johnny Depp. Garrick is also one of only a handful of actors to have appeared in both the old and new series of Doctor Who, starring alongside third Doctor Jon Pertwee in the 1972 story ‘The Mutants’ and eleventh Doctor Matt Smith in the 2012 story ‘A Town Called Mercy’.
Peter Roy (appearing Saturday and Sunday)
Peter Roy starred in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and has also had roles in numerous films including James Bond film Thunderball as 006 and Will’s dad in About a Boy, alongside Hugh Grant. Peter has also appeared in no less than 18 Doctor Who episodes, including classics such as ‘The Faceless Ones’, ‘The Hand of Fear’ and ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’.
Michael Carter (appearing Saturday only)
Michael Carter played Bib Fortuna in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Michael has appeared in several movies including the classic horror film An American Werewolf in London and The Illusionist, alongside Edward Norton. Michael’s television career has included episodes of Spooks, Casualty and Taggart, as well as playing a UNIT Soldier in the Doctor Who episode ‘A Mind of Evil’, with third Doctor Jon Pertwee.
Nick Joseph (appearing Saturday and Sunday)
Nick Joseph portrayed Arhul Hextrophon during the medal ceremony in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Nick also featured in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and in three episodes of Doctor Who, including ‘The Leisure Hive’ with fourth Doctor Tom Baker, ‘Terminus’ with fifth Doctor Peter Davison and ‘The Mark of the Rani’ with sixth Doctor Colin Baker.
Paul Markham (appearing Saturday and Sunday)
Paul Markham’s moment of Star Wars fame was in Star Wars: Episode IV Return Of The Jedi where he appeared as an imperial officer in the landing bay scene, when Darth Vader marched on deck. Paul subsequently appeared in Superman, Tim Burton’s Batman, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Elizabeth and Shakespeare In Love, The King’s Speech, and no less than three Lucasfilm productions: Labyrinth, Willow and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.