Paul McGann - Doctor Who (The Eighth Doctor)
Also known for:
The Monocled Mutineer,
Withnail and I, Holby City, Alien 3, Luther, Ripper Street, Hornblower
“I’m a Doctor. Though, probably not the one you were expecting”. An immortal line that marked Paul McGann’s unexpected and unannounced return to a role that made him famous across the world, in “The Night of The Doctor” - the prequel to the shows 50th anniversary.
Born in 1959, Paul is a familiar face on British television and in film, rising to prominence as the infamous deserter and criminal Percy Toplis in the BBC’s classic drama series The Monocled Mutineer (1986) In the same year, he appeared opposite Richard E. Grant as Marwood in Withnail and I - a movie thats since achieved cult status and spawned its own drinking game!
In 1995 he appeared alongside his three brothers (Mark, Joe and Stephen) in the historical drama The Hanging Gale, where they played four siblings in a harrowing story set during the Irish Famine.
However, Paul is probably best known around the world for his role as The Doctor in Doctor Who - the worlds longest running television Scifi Series. Following the shows cancellation in 1989, Paul was unveiled in 1996 as the eighth Doctor in the BBC / Universal co production of the television movie Doctor Who, which saw The Doctor battling against Eric Robert’s as the Master in San Francisco on the eve of the millennium.
Whilst this was a one off television event, Paul has continued to play The Doctor in the Big Finish range of audio adventures, and, In addition to his appearance in The Night of The Doctor, also made a cameo role in The Five’ish Doctors, alongside other classic Doctors and a “whoniverse” of other Doctor Who stars.
Paul will be appearing at BritCon on all three days as a guest of honour, taking part in panels and photoshoots.
JAKe - Star Wars Artist, illustrator, writer
Top UK artist and creator from Detonator Studios, known for his amazing work on:
Star Wars, The Mighty Boosh, The Hellraisers, Doctor Who, Geek Boy...
If you’ve ever wanted to speak Droid or Wookie, or wanted to learn how to draw a Star Wars character, then you are in for a treat!
JAKe is a top UK artist creator and illustrator, known the world over for his unique take on the Star Wars universe.
First approached in 1997 by LucasFilm to design a range of Teeshirts, JAKe was soon in demand, producing the artwork for a huge range of Star Wars merchandise, and quickly established himself as a fan favourite at conventions the world over.
In 2011 he was asked to write and illustrate How to Speak Wookie (the book came with a “Wookie Translator”) and very soon afterwards, a follow up book How to Speak Droid also became a best seller.
Not just content with illustrating the Star Wars universe of characters for books and merchandise, JAKe also runs children’s drawing workshops at events, regularly pulling unsuspecting fans out of the audience and onto the stage to prove that anyone can draw a Star Wars character.
Away from Star Wars, JAKe is also famous for his work illustrating for The Mighty Boosh (a surreal BBC comedy series starring top comedian Noel Fielding and featuring Disenchantment writer and co-producer Rich Fulcher) and created GeekBoy, a futuristic cartoon series for The Sci-Fi Channel.
He has recently illustrated Doctor Who for the Titan range of Graphic novels and he is the creative force behind the recently announced reboot of the classic SciFi series Terrahawks (soon to return in animated form as Kate Kestrel and The Terrahawks) for Anderson Entertainment and Tiny Giants.
Jake will be appearing at BritCon across all three days, and in addition to star signings, panels and running his amazing drawing workshops, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase artwork prints of his work, signed by the artist!
Yee Jee Tso
Yee Jee (pronounced “yē-jē”) was born in Hong Kong and emigrated to Canada when he was 6 months old. He grew up in a predominately Jewish neighbourhood, and quickly learned to appreciate Challah and Matzah Ball soup. His love of acting grew from watching “Saturday Night Live” and “Monty Python” in his friend’s basement. His high school drama teacher Mike Denos imbued strong fundamentals in the budding performer, but warned, “If there’s anything else you can do and be happy—do that.” As a result, Yee Jee also has a myriad of other professional endeavours, including web development, photography, writing, and others.
He began his acting career at the age of fifteen, with a recurring role in the TV series “Hillside” starring Ryan Reynolds. Over the years, Yee Jee has accumulated over 70 professional film, TV, voice-over and stage credits.
Recently he had the honour of working alongside Oscar winner Anjelica Huston and Joseph Gordon Levitt in “50/50”. Under director George Nolfi, Yee Jee recently played on “Birth of the Dragon”. He's probably best known for his portrayal of Chang Lee in the '96 FOX/BBC/Universal TV movie “Doctor Who”.
In the sci-fi genre, Yee Jee's roles include:
Nick Yang, a lead role on “Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles”,
Jared Chan, supporting Natasha Henstridge in the sci-fi thriller TV movie “Impact”,
a recurring role on “Stargate: Atlantis”,
the recurring role “Wing” on “Sliders”,
and guest appearances on “Arrow”, “Stargate SG1”, and “Continuum”.
Other legacy roles include:
a counter-culture computer genius, opposite Ryan Phillipe in the MGM feature film “AntiTrust”,
a comedically evil gangster Kea, opposite Henry Winkler, in the National Lampoon comedy “Dad’s Week Off”,
a child-devouring monster in the horror film “They Wait”, featured at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival,
recurring roles on both sides of the law, in three award winning crime series: “Da Vinci’s Inquest”, “Da Vinci’s: City Hall” and “Intelligence”,
a series regular for two seasons, on the award-winning Canadian teen drama “Madison”,
and guest appearances in dozens of other films and TV shows.
Yee Jee is grateful to have worked with a long list of award-winning and otherwise distinguished directors.
Scott Manley is perhaps best known for his space-themed YouTube channel where he teaches the math and minutia behind rocket science and commentates while playing video games such as Kerbal Space Program. Over the last decade, his videos have generated over 250 million views and attracted almost 1 million subscribers. He addresses questions such as: "Can you see a laser pointer from the ISS?," "Why do so many American rockets use Russian engines?," "What is a Hoverslam?," "Is Elon Musk's latest idea feasable," and "Why did that rocket explode?".He grew up in Scotland and spent a decade in academia studying astrophysics and computational physics at the University of Glasgow and worked at Armagh Observatory focusing on small bodies in the solar system and specifically the probabilities of collision and worst case scenarios. Scott left research in 1999 to work in the technology industry in California where he resides. Recently Scott had the honor of having a planet named after him (33434) Scottmanley.