Sneek peek of 2000AD Lawgiver prop at National Space Centre’s BritSciFi event

TV legend Gerry Anderson is to join the crew of Leicester’s National Space Centre on 19th – 20th March for a celebration of British science fiction that also includes an appearance by Blake’s 7‘s Gareth Thomas and a sneek peek look at the new Judge Dredd Lawgiver replica.

2000AD will be giving fans a world exclusive and allowing you a never before seen “sneak peek” at the new licensed replica Judge Dread Lawgiver MkII, made by Jon Scott of Great Scotts Props.

Gerry Anderson MBE, British publisher, producer, director and writer, famous for his shows such as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Fireball XL5, Space: 1999 and Joe 90, to name but a few, will be making a rare appearance next month as he joins the crew of the National Space Centre to celebrate all things science fiction and British.

Appearing on both days of the event, visitors will be able to meet the man who created the Supermarionation technique, that made the series he produced so ground breaking.

Anderson will be joined by a whole host of guests and characters from the past 50 years (with more to be announced), including Gareth Thomas who played the lead role of Blake in the iconic TV series Blake’s 7.

Alongside these guests will be displays and talks by Mat Irvine and Mike Tucker on the launch of their new book that charts their amazing careers leading the teams in the BBC Visual Effects Departments.  Between them they have worked on hundreds of shows including Doctor Who, Red Dwarf and Rentaghost.

An amazing display of original props and costumes will be guarded over by an invasion force of Daleks, who are out in force to raise money for Children in Need… and you thought they had no heart!

The original K9 will be joining Doctor Who, Torchwood, Spooks and Primeval writer James Moran, for some cozy chats on writing science fiction. James will not be alone as the Primeval team also be there to talk about the series.

Talks are still ongoing with more guests and participants, so all eyes should be on the sky as you never know who could be dropping in next!

The National Space Centre is the UK’s largest visitor attraction and research facility dedicated to space. It opened to the public in June 2001 and was co-founded by The University of Leicester and Leicester City Council.

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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