Star Wars actor leads a galaxy of stellar visitors

Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Julie Hunt of Doncaster at Knightcon in Doncaster.
Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Julie Hunt of Doncaster at Knightcon in Doncaster.

Thousands of excited movie fans got to meet some of their heroes from the silver screen during a convention at Doncaster Racecourse.

Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, joined a galaxy of sci-fi stars and cult heroes as they posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans at Knightcon Star Cars and Heroes.

The 79-year-old actor said: “I am absolutely amazed at the turn out. I think this is one of the biggest conventions I have ever done and I have done them all over the world. Star Wars was an amazing experience, I enjoyed working with all the actors and George Lucas. It was a lot of fun.”

He was joined by stormtroopers and a host of other stars, including Knight Rider actress Rebecca Holden.

She said: “It is great that fans still love these iconic shows and get together every year to celebrate them.”

Others in attendance included Sarah Douglas, who starred as the villainous Ursa in the first two Superman films and Dan Starkey, who appears as Strax the Sontaran in Doctor Who.

Meanwhile, KITT, the talking car from Knight Rider, was also on show along with an original 1966 Batmobile and the bat car from the 1989 Batman film, which starred Michael Keaton.

Crowds also gathered to watch stage shows celebrating films such as Ghostbusters, Transformers and Indiana Jones, alongside an exhibition of Lego and film sets from blockbuster movies like Iron Man.

Doctor Who fan Adam Smith, aged 18, from Sprotbrough, said: “It is great to see that Doncaster can host such an event. It is a dream for fans.”

Dad-of-two and Star Wars fan Roo Robinson, 34, from Maltby, added: “We’re having a fantastic time and would definitely come again.”

Co-organiser Steve Ormondroyd said the event, now in its ninth year, has grown annually.

He said: “It is great to see that the event is so busy. This is the first time we have hosted it in this venue and it is bigger than ever.

“I have seen so many happy people and it is amazing that so many stars come along too.”