It’s a line-up which would grace the most popular of science fiction satellite channels.
Brian Blessed – famed for his performance in Flash Gordon – the stars of Red Dwarf, a former Doctor Who and Knight Rider’s David Hasselhoff are among the stars who are lining up to take part in a convention likely to attract some of the most ardent sci-fi fans in South Wales.
The Cardiff Film and Comic Convention, being held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff at the end of this month, will see some of the most famous actors from the genre meeting fans and answering their questions.
Organiser Andrea Swinsco said: “There is a real appetite for sci-fi and fantasy in South Wales. One of the reasons we chose Cardiff was because of its ties with the TV industry.”
Cardiff-based shows Doctor Who and Torchwood will be well represented at the event, with Colin Baker, who played the sixth incarnation of the Doctor between 1984 and 1986, on hand to sign autographs.
Welsh actor Kai Owen, who played Rhys Williams in Torchwood, will also make an appearance.
Other big names lined up for the two-day event include Hasselhoff, best known for his performances in Knight Rider and Bay Watch, Brian Blessed, who appeared in Flash Gordon and Star Wars, as well as Red Dwarf stars Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn and Chris Barrie.
Andrea, who is one of four organisers behind the convention, said meeting the stars was a perk of the job.
She said: “Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street) has been to all of our events. He plays a scary character, but he is a wonderful guy.
“As soon as he heard we were planning a convention in Cardiff, he wanted to be involved.”
Similar events take place in London, Glasgow and Milton Keynes, but this will be the first time the convention has come to Cardiff.
The event, which will take place on August 31 and September 1, is expected to attract between 10,000 and 15,000 sci-fi fans.
More than 150 volunteers will also be on hand to ensure the smooth running of the weekend.
During the convention, visitors will be able to meet the stars, view memorabilia and browse stalls.
Andrea said: “If people have never been to a convention before, we would suggest they come along and soak up the atmosphere.
“The special guests are not from one genre or one generation, so we would expect quite a mixture of fans, from autograph collectors to families.”
Organisers hope the event, which has taken 18 months to organise, will become a yearly event in the Welsh capital.
Sci-fi and fantasy fan Kristian Barry, who owns independent comic retailer The Comic Guru, said: “There never used to be many events like this in Cardiff, but the scene has really developed in the last five years.
“Now, there are a whole range of events, from cosplay, to self-publishing workshops.
“A good convention offers a wide cross-section of things to do – you want a bit of everything.
“It is great to see big events like this coming to Cardiff, but it is important to support the smaller, independent events, too.”
The Cardiff Film and Comic Con will take place at the Motorpoint Arena on August 31 and September 1.
Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children.