No-one likes bad news, and unfortunately organising events of the scale of the Sci Fi and Fantasy Weekender can bring both good and bad news … We are therefore sad to report that PAUL MCGANN is now unable to attend as planned due to a new professional work conflict. We wish him well on his production. Because of this, we have been working hard to secure further guests and are delighted to report that 8th Doctor Companion DAPHNE ASHBROOK will be joined at the Weekender by her co-star in the Doctor Who Movie, YEE JEE TSO. As well as his role on Doctor Who, Yee Jee has also appeared in Sliders, Highlander, The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles, Dark Angel, Blade: The Series, The 4400, Continuum and Arrow. He is a popular guest at events in the USA, and we’re delighted that he will be bringing his charm and his music to the Weekender! Alongside DAPHNE and YEE JEE we have also secured the services of PETER PURVES, stalwart of the BBC’s reporting on the Crufts Dog Show for 31 years, presenter of Blue Peter from 1967 to 1978 and companion to the First Doctor, William Hartnell, in Doctor Who! Peter joins current Classic Series guests FRAZER HINES and WENDY PADBURY to talk about the classic series of Doctor Who. Regrettably, JAMES MARSTERS is also unable to attend due to other professional commitments. James sends this message: “Hey SF Weekender fans, unfortunately I won’t be able to attend in 2017 as I had planned. I booked a really great film whose shooting dates conflict. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back there again soon. Happy holidays to everyone.” We will certainly be working hard to get James here another time! More news on who will be replacing James to follow – so watch this space! We are all upset that Paul and James can no longer be with us but we are committed to ensuring that the SF Weekender continues to be the best and only place to party in North Wales next year. We’re also pleased to tell you that we have a slew of additional acts and entertainers to announce. First up is the popular electro rock group V2A – a German/British project who conquered dancefloors of clubs with their unique sound which mixes Electronic Body Music, Industrial and Techno. They will be blasting the Main Void late Saturday night! We also have popular Manchester-based band AERO TWISTED, featuring the vocal talents of LINZI GOLD, playing over the weekend. Linzi sung at last year’s Weekender and went down a storm, so it’s a pleasure to invite her back with her new band. Performing on the main stage on Saturday evening is JOHN ROBERTSON, who brings his acclaimed show The Dark Room to the Weekender. Described as interactive and insane, this is improv-comedy and retro-gaming fused into a deranged rock n’ roll game show. Guaranteed to have you screaming and rolling in the aisles! Other acts appearing include PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL who brings his own particular brand of British Rap to bear on the proceedings; we have DJ LEROY and the UK legend that is PAT SHARP lined up to spin and mix the tunes and get you all on your feet each evening; we have the POP-UP PUPPET THEATRE performing … plus the ladies and gentlemen from AREA51 will be strutting their stuff all weekend … so expect outrageous outfits, stiltwalkers, fauns, aliens, fire-eaters, acrobatics and a whole lot more! All this is on top of our already announced guests (which include Gareth David Lloyd from Torchwood; Duncan Lacroix and Steven Cree from Outlander; script writer Phil Ford; novelists Jenny Colgan, Freda Warrington, Simon Morden, Justina Robson, Sam Stone, Paul Lewis and Steve Lockley; best-selling Young Adult novelist Darren Shan; artists Simon Davis (Sinister Dexter, Black Siddha, Stone Island), Glen Fabry (Preacher, Neverwhere, Slaine), Boo Cook (2000AD, Doctor Who), Clint Langley (2000AD, Guardians of the Galaxy), William Simpson (Constantine, Aliens, Transformers) and cult publisher extraordinaire Dez Skinn (Monster Mag, House of Hammer, Starburst, Doctor Who Weekly). Add to this Artyfakes’ prop demonstrations; the cosplay competition; ‘Just a Minute’; writing master classes; book launches; The Tomb of the Cybermen; signings; traders; Galactic Knights; a packed film programme … and even more acts and surprises that we’re still pulling together! Looking forward to seeing everyone there and making SFW8 the best ever!