Bedford MK40 2NN
Tickets available from email@example.com and www.quarrytheatre.org.uk
COLIN BAKER (The Doctor)
SOPHIE ALDRED (Ace)
JOHN LEESON (K9)
MIKE TUCKER (SFX)
ELEN THOMAS (The Aliens!)
Joining us for Bedford Who Charity Con 4 are COLIN BAKER,
SOPHIE ALDRED, JOHN LEESON, ANGELA DOUGLAS, MIKE TUCKER and ELEN THOMAS.
Colin Baker, of course, played that mysterious traveller in time and space known only as The Doctor. He's a warm, popular and witty convention guest and we're very pleased that he's going to be with us in Bedford this April.
We're delighted to welcome back Sophie Aldred and John Leeson, who both wowed us at the first two Bedford Who Charity Cons. Sophie was, of course, Ace,the last of the Doctor's assistants in classic-Who; John has provided voices for the Daleks, the Nucleus of the Swarm in The Invisible Enemy, and the voice and body of Dugeen in The Power of Kroll. He is best known to Doctor Who fans as the voice of K9 -- for the past forty years!
Angela Douglas was Doris Lethbridge-Stewart, wife of the Brigadier and the first of his clan (other than the Brig himself) to appear on screen. Doris (we surmise!) was the mother of Kate and the granddaughter-in-law of Archibald Hamish. First mentioned in Planet of the Spiders, Doris was a major character in Battlefield. Angela's long career includes starring in a number of the Carry On films; the pic shows her with another Carry On regular, Peter Butterworth -- the Meddling Monk himself. We're pleased to welcome her to Bedford Who Charity Con 4...
... and to welcoming back BAFTA award-winning special effects designer, Big Finish scriptwriter and BBC Doctor Who books author Mike Tucker. An excellent and entertaining speaker, Mike's going to be talking to us about his work on the effects for last season's Thin Ice and the newly released version of Shada.
Making her first appearance at a UK convention is Elen Thomas. Elen has appeared in a number of episodes of new-Who and she specialises in aliens. She was one of the original Weeping Angels in Blink, the female Clockwork Droid in The Girl in the Fireplace, an Auton in Rose and a Futurekind in Utopia. Elen herself is very friendly and not at all scary. You can come out from behind the sofa now.
Fun, welcoming, friendly, relaxed, informal...
A small scale Doctor Who convention where you get to meet and chat to the guests...
Bedford Who Charity Con 4 is coming on Saturday 7th April 2018!
Is it going to be any good? Here's some feedback on previous Bedford Who Charity Cons...
Once we have paid our costs, everything we make will be donated to Bedford Foodbank. Every month, they provide emergency food for around 600 children and adults in crisis in the local area.
So what sort of convention is it?
A number of conventions these days are primarily commercial affairs; they're designed for people to buy merchandise from stallholders, and to buy autographs and photos. Nothing wrong with that, but Bedford Who Charity Cons are rather different; they're in a more traditional style of convention. There's a mixture of on stage interviews, some performances by the actors, signing sessions, the opportunity to meet the guests, get their autographs, and have your photo taken with them.
The emphasis is on giving you a fun, relaxed and enjoyable day... and to raise a lot of money for charity!
Tickets are now available:
You can buy them by emailing Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org
(we accept PayPal, cheque, BACS direct bank transfer)
or, if you want to use your card, from the box office at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford, at www.quarrytheatre.org.uk
14-18 year olds: £22.50
Under 14s: £15
Family Tickets (bona fide family parties only, please, and children must be under 14):
1 adult and 1 child: £50
1 adult and 2 children: £55
2 adults and 1 child: £80
Additional children under 14: £8 each.
Children under 12 are very welcome but must be accompanied by an adult, please.
The Tobias Vaughn Philanthropic Foundation
The Foundation runs Doctor Who events in Bedford for
the delectation of Doctor Who fans, and to raise money
for Bedford Foodbank.
Inspired by the spirit of Tobias Vaughn, the Foundation
is dedicated to the advancement of mankind.
Here's what we have raised in the past:
Bedford Who Charity Con 1, 2015: £1195
An Evening with Mike Tucker, 2015: £280
Bedford Who Charity Con 2, 2016: £2592
The Great Bedford Foodbank
Sponsored Dalek Push, 2016
Patrons: Sophie Aldred and Katy Manning:
An Evening with Mat Irvine, 2016: £115
Bedford Who Charity Con 3, 2017: £2700
Thank you for your staggering generosity!
And sincere thanks to those local businesses who have supported the Foundation's events. Please do support them with your custom! They are:
Elstow Ceramic Tiles
The Colour Shop (printers), Castle Road
The Swan Hotel
H C B Park Woodfine Solicitors
Sharman Law Solicitors
Rice Thai Restaurant, St Cuthbert's Street
Golding's Ironmongers, High Street
William Rutter Motors
The Jaffa Orchard, Castle Road
The Picture Gallery, High Street
All Ears, High Street
Limes, Lime Street
The Eagle Bookshop, Castle Road
Price Wallace Letting Agents
We're also grateful to those companies who have donated Doctor Who merchandise for us to auction at Bedford Who Charity Cons. Please do support them, too, with your custom! They are:
To get the flavour of the day, have a look at two sketches performed by the cast of Doctor Who at Bedford Who Charity Con 3:
The Master in the Psychiatrist's Chair
The Master: Geoffrey Beevers
The Psychiatrist: Maureen O'Brien
The Companions' Reunion Party Sketch
Steven Taylor: Peter Purves
Vicki: Maureen O'Brien
Sarah-Louise: Sarah-Louise Madison
And they're also available on our Facebook page:
As you can see, you can get your photo taken with the guests. No fee, just a donation to Bedford Foodbank of whatever you think's appropriate.
And, in case you need them, here are some more comments about Bedford Who Charity Cons...
"A lovely, informal event, with great questions from a really interested and interesting audience."
"Truly lovely day. Thanks to all who came and all who worked so hard to create a great atmosphere."
"A delightful day in Bedford. It restored my faith in family Doctor Who gatherings. Thank you to all who came along for making it such a fun day. Love, Anneke."
And here's what the audience thought:
"Was a fabulous con! Relaxed and fun! Hope you raised lots of money and can do another one."
"Another amazing day. Thank you! And see you at the next one!"
"A great day. My first involving getting autographs and talking to the guests rather than staring at them from afar and pointing and giggling! Well organised show!"
"Great day... again!"
"Thanks again to everyone involved for organising, appearing at, working on, and/or contributing to such an excellent convention. I had a great day."
"We had a fantastic time as always!"
"It was our first convention.
We all had a great day."
"It was brilliant!"
"Excellent. Very friendly!"
"Nice relaxed atmosphere."
"A very successful day; thank you for organising it!"
"I enjoyed everything, especially meeting Nicola, Sophie, Anneke and the others..."
"What really struck me was how informal the whole thing was, and how down to earth the guests were. Lovely people, a great day..."
"I had a great time there, I'm soooo up for Con 4!"
Bedford Who Charity Con 3 is an independent Doctor Who convention run by and for fans of Doctor Who; it is not endorsed by the BBC. Doctor Who is copyright to the BBC and characters and aliens are copyright to their respective writers. Please be aware that guests can occasionally be called away for filming et al.