Note: This review is from the 2017 Fringe

Former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy is among the hundreds of performers heading to theSpaceUK for this year’s Fringe.

The ex-doc will be joined by Star Trek’s Robert Picardo and Richard Oliver (Flight of the Rocket) in A Joke, a new play by Dan Freeman, which runs at theSpace @ Niddry St, from Mon 14 – Sat 26 Aug.

It’s one of over 350 shows across theSpace’s 17 performance spaces, giving the producers the biggest programme on the Fringe. In addition to their hubs on the Royal Mile and around Surgeon’s Hall, the producers also return to theSpace on North Bridge (otherwise the Carlton Hilton Hotel) after a two-year hiatus.

Other familiar faces in the programme include Semi-Toned, a capella stars of BBC Two’s The Choir who present Stay Tuned at SpaceTriplex, Mon 14 – Sat 26 Aug. Technology journalist Geoff White and ethical hacker Glenn Wilkinson will show audiences exactly what information their mobile devices are revealing to others in The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, while Space regulars Naughty Corner Productions will be back with two new works – Church Blitz and The British Idles. Elsewhere in the programme, Bella Freak: Unwritten and Naming Culture will offer real-life perspectives on disability.

In between shows, audiences will be able to enjoy SpaceGin bar at Hill Square, while Scottish-themed food and drink will be on offer at Sips in theCity at Niddry Street.

“Few venues represent the very ethos of why the Fringe was created – a platform for all, performer and audience,” said theSpace’s Artistic Director Charles Pamment. “At theSpaceUK, we offer just that: a programme embracing opportunity and diversity and the largest new writing programme in Edinburgh.”

Full programme is available on theSpaceUK website