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Film, Sat 4 - Sun 5 Apr 2020



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Due to the current public health situation with regards to Covid 19 the below event has unfortunately been cancelled until further notice.

Award winning convention Sci-Fi Scarborough returns on April 4th & 5th 2020. Expect the quirky quarter mile of The Spa Complex packed to the rafters with a fantastic mix of guests, panels, retro, tabletop & video gaming, fan film theatre, cosplay competition, geek pub quiz, trading hall, movie prop & model displays, children’s entertainment area & lot's more!
Guests confirmed so far....

MIKE QUINN - Nien Nunb - Return of the Jedi to The Rise of Skywalker - master puppeteer

Tickets are now on sale from or from Mojo's Music Café on Victoria Rd, Scarborough with no booking fees.
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The first guest for 2020 is one of the worlds top puppeteers and a rebel, from The Return of the Jedi to The Rise of Skywalker, he’s Lando Calrissians co-pilot Nien Nunb who is expertly brought to life by puppeteering legend Mike Quinn.

Mike is currently enjoying almost four decades in the entertainment industry as Puppeteer, Creature Performer, Animator, Actor, Producer, Writer and Director.

At 16 years of age, Mike was chosen and mentored by Jim Henson to work as a Muppet Performer on many Muppet film and television projects, including The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Dreamchild, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and the more recent Muppet films, The Muppets and its follow-up Muppets Most Wanted. He also assisted Kermit and friends on the recent ABC series The Muppets for prime-time television and multiple live Muppet performances at the Hollywood Bowl in California and the 02 Arena in London.

Possibly his most famous role is the character Nien Nunb, the co-pilot next to Lando Calrissian, of the Millennium Falcon, who flew into and blew up the second Death Star in Star Wars Return Of The Jedi. Furthermore, in Jedi he assisted performing Yoda with Frank Oz and many other creatures. Now considered an official Star Wars Legacy character, fan favourite Nien Nunb can also be seen in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and the upcoming The Rise Of Skywalker and The Rise of The Resistance ride and Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Other feature films and shows include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors, How To Get Ahead In Advertising and the hit Jim Carrey series Kidding.

Wishing to straddle the analogue and digital worlds, Mike became a CG character animator for Pixar on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 and at ILM Lucasfilm to animate dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3 and creatures in Star Wars Attack Of The Clones.

When not working for the Muppets and others, Mike keeps busy with his production company QuinnZone Studios where he is developing projects for film, television, games and the web. He also recently launched the world's first fully comprehensive online training academy for Film and TV hand puppetry at and is writing his autobiography titled “Talk To The Hand”.
He currently splits his time between his country of birth, the UK and California.

Frazer Hines
Sci-Fi Scarborough have announced their fourth guest for 2020, and it’s the longest running male assistant ever in Doctor Who, the legendary Frazer Hines.
Born 22 September 1944, Frazer played companion Jamie McCrimmon in Doctor Who, the longest serving male companion in the history of the series, from The Highlanders to The War Games, and again in the twentieth anniversary special, The Five Doctors, and the Season 22 story, The Two Doctors. Outside Doctor Who, he is perhaps best known for playing Joe Sugden in Emmerdale Farm.

John Davey
Sci-Fi Scarborough have added yet another Doctor Who guest to their growing line-up and are building up to something very interesting and very Doctor Who related, all will be revealed very soon. Massively accomplished monster actor Jon Davey, who will be joining the popular family event for the whole weekend.
Sci-Fi Scarborough have added yet another Doctor Who guest to their growing line-up and are building up to something very interesting and very Doctor Who related, all will be revealed very soon. Massively accomplished monster actor Jon Davey, who will be joining the popular family event for the whole weekend. Jon has featured in 43 episodes to date of Doctor Who over the past 14 years as various monsters that include: Dalek, Cyberman, Ood, Jadoon, Whisperman and Unit Soldier. He has also performed and assisted with choreography in Doctor Who Live in 2010, Doctor Who Proms 2013 and The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Australia 2014/2015 and the UK in 2015. He has also featured in Rogue One, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, Class, Merlin, Wizard vs Aliens. And most recently appeared as a “gobbler” in His Dark Materials. The guest reserves the right to cancel any appearance at any time due to work commitments.

Grant Perkins
The second comic book artist has been announced for popular family orientated pop culture event Sci-Fi Scarborough. Grant Perkins will be joining in the fun next April for the whole weekend.
Margate based Grant Perkins is a comic book artist and writer who has worked for WWE, Doctor Who, 2000AD, Titan Comics and much more.
He wrote and drew Doctor Who’s “Strax and the Time Shark” and is currently working for WWE Kids Magazine where he writes and draws the colourful grapplers of the WWE.

Graham Humphreys
Sci-Fi Scarborough have booked an artist responsible for the posters of some of the scariest films of the 80s. Graham Humphreys will be joining the ever growing list of guests for the weekend next April.
Graham Humphreys is a London based (West Country born) illustrator and designer specialising in the horror genre. Since leaving college in 1980, Graham has been freelance. His career found it’s footing with the UK poster for ‘The Evil Dead’, followed a couple of years later with the UK poster for ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’. During the 1980s he worked on many video covers (including ‘Return Of The Living Dead’, ‘Creepers’, ‘The Kindred’) for companies such as Palace Pictures. In the 1990s, as illustration fell out of favour, Graham’s work with Tartan Films and Tartan Video bridged the gap until Arrow Video and Death Waltz records pioneered a new era of illustrated covers, bringing wider exposure and a renewed interest in original art. Current commissions include LP box sets, blu-ray covers, private commissions and special event posters. In November 2019, a book of artwork ‘Hung, Drawn, Executed’ was published by Korero Press ( Graham has always regarded his work as a marriage of Punk Rock and Hammer Horror, no greater demonstration of this than his poster for The Damned’s 2019, London Palladium event ‘A Night Of A Thousand Vampires’.

Doctor Colin Baker
We are very happy to announce that the sixth Doctor Colin Baker will be joining us for SFS 7 this April, there's going to be a Doctor Who convention within SFS called Whoniverse, full details will be released shortly.
Before being selected to replace Peter Davison as the 6th Doctor (1984-1986), Baker was an established television actor. His most notable role was Paul Merroney in The Brothers. Baker also guest starred as Bayban the Butcher in the Blake's 7 episode "City at the Edge of the World".

Richard Piers-Rayner
Local comic book artist Richard Piers-Rayner will be appearing at pop culture event Sci-Fi Scarborough this April.
Richard Piers Rayner began his professional comic career in 1988, illustrating for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. His works include Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, L.E.G.I.O.N., Doctor Fate, and Doctor Who. His most notable work is Road to Perdition, which was adapted into a film in 2002, starring Tom Hanks, and directed by Sam Mendes.
He is also a frequent contributor to the DC publications, Paradox Press, and is artist in residence at Middlesbrough FC. In November 2008 he wrote and illustrated Middlesbrough FC - The Unseen History.

Michael Jayston
Michael Jayston played The Valeyard, a Time Lord-like individual, who, according to the Master, was an amalgamation of the Doctor's darker sides from between his twelfth and final incarnations, who frequently menaced the Sixth Doctor so he could take the Doctor's remaining lives.

Simon Fisher-Becker
Sci-Fi Scarborough announce another Doctor Who guest and welcome back the enigmatic Simon Fisher-Becker, a British stage, television and film actor, specialising in comedy and character parts. His more notable roles include The Fat Friar in the Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and Dorium Maldovar in series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who.
Dorium Maldovar was a black marketeer in the 52nd century who owned a bar that gained its wares through questionable means. He was beheaded by the Headless Monks but his severed head, which retained its life and sentience, was kept in the Seventh Transept.
Simon will be joining us for Saturday Only.
The guest reserves the right to cancel any appearance at any time due to work commitments.

Steve Dickinson
Event co-organiser
Sci-Fi Scarborough Ltd - Mojos Music Cafe - 55 Victoria Rd - Scarborough - YO11 1SH
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Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 4 - Sun 5 Apr 2020 10:00 to 17:00


Adults: £17.50 (Day Ticket), £30 (Weekend)
Kids (5-16 years): £5
Under 5's: Free
Students: £10 per day (with valid NUS card)

*plus booking fees

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South Bay,
Foreshore Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 2HD



See location of Scarborough Spa - CLOSED on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 044878  Lat: 54.27530 Long: -0.39705

By Road:
Follow signs into Scarborough Town Centre then follow further signs to South Bay. The Scarborough Spa is situated to the South of Foreshore Road.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome