Where do you find a battle of science fiction? At a convention. Police were called to science fiction convention to break up a heated battle between Star Wars and Doctor Who fans. The dispute took place at the fourth Norwich Sci-Fi and movie convention at the University of East Anglia, organised by Norwich Star Wars Club. Reports state the police were called when fans of the Doctor Who series arrived to get autographs from two of the actors who play the famous doctor at Sundays event. It seems that the fans who attended the convention were rivals from the Norwich Sci-Fi club.
Police arrived on scene and spoke to both groups, the Star Wars and the Norwich Sci-Fi club.
There were no reports of arrests due to lack of any evidence relating to a suspected assault. Reports came through that it was alleged that an assault had occurred but after initial and lengthy investigations, observations of CCTV footage showed no offences being committed at the time.
The two groups received words of guidance and was instructed to stay away from each other, preventing any further disturbance.
Jim Poole, who is the current treasurer of the Norwich Sci-Fi Club, stated that there was a history of rivalry and disputes between the two clubs, which both hold their own conventions in the city. Mr Poole stated that he had attended Sunday’s event with another club member to get the autographs of actors Graham Cole and Jeremy Bulloch for a Doctor Who diary to be auctioned for charity.
Mr Pool stated the following,
“I was put in a police car. We were both interviewed by the police and told to stay away from each other,”. Mr Poole said two other members of his club, one dressed as the 10th Doctor and the other as Judge Dredd, had waited outside the venue.
Mr Pool then went on to say
“This wasn’t a fight between Star Wars fans and Doctor Who fans with lightsabers and sonic screwdrivers drawn.”
“It’s a bit sad and pathetic. We’re all in the same boat. We’re not in competition.
“We’d like to extend the hand of friendship.”
Mr Pool went on to add that his club was considering having uniformed security guards at their own Norwich Sci-Fi Convention in September in case of further trouble.
Dominic Warner secretary of Norwich Star Wars Club went on the defense by stating, “It’s been blown up as if it was a fight. There was no fighting.”
He said the two clubs were having discussions about a meeting to resolve their differences.
With sonic screwdrivers and light sabers at the ready, the conflict may continue if talks fail, we shall wait and see.
Written By: Mehmet Kani