Star Wars legends Darth Vader and R2-D2 coming to town

darthgw'Dave Prowse'Darth Vader
darthgw'Dave Prowse'Darth Vader

A galaxy of sci-fi stars and cars will beam into Doncaster this weekend at an event that promises to be truly out of this world.

A glittering array of Hollywood and TV greats will land at Doncaster Racecourse for Knightcon - a huge gathering of vehicles, sets, memorabilia and a cavalcade of actors from a host of classic films and programmes.

Topping the bill will be original Star Wars legends Dave Prowse, who appeared as Darth Vader, and actor Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 inb the orginal 70s and 80s run of the sci-fi franchise.

They will be joined by actress Sarah Douglas, who appeared as the villainous Ursa in the first two Superman films, actor Dan Starkey, who appears as Strax the Sontaran in the current series of Doctor Who as well as Rebecca Holden who featured in 1980s television favourite Knight Rider.

And KITT, the all-talking all action car from the much loved show, which turned David Hasselhoff into a household name, will also be there along with an original 1966 Batmobile, the bat car from the 1989 franchise as well as host of other showbiz vehicles, film sets and exhibitions.

And organiser Rob Ormondroyd is hoping film and TV lovers from across the region descend on Doncaster for Saturday’s spectacular, the ninth staging of the event in Yorkshire and which he hopes will be the biggest and best yet.

He said: “It is going to be huge this year and we are really excited about the special guests we have coming along. There will be something for all the family.

“Because we are very passionate about what we do we are determined to bring things to life for as many people as possible.”

As well as costumed characters, stalls, a huge exhibition of Lego and signing sessions, there will also be film sets for visitors to explore from blockbusters movies such as Iron Man, Star Wars and Doctor Who.

Added Rob: “Normally, sci-fi conventions have characters walking around, meeting people in and among paste tables and it takes away the magic. When I see Iron Man, I want to see him on an Iron Man set - and that’s what we do.

“You can see dads and their lads wandering around and everyone is getting something from it. The dads are going around pointing out stuff from their childhood while the kids are in awe at seeing some of their heroes. We try to create a Disneyland style experience that leaves people in awe.”

Knightcon began nine years ago with a meeting of Knight Rider enthusiasts ago and has grown rapidly since. It takes place between 10am and 5pm and tickets are £7 for adults and £4 for children under 12. More details at