The Tobias Vaughan Philanthropic Foundation
Bedford Who Charity Con 3
Saturday 8th April 2017
10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The Quarry Theatre, St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2NN
Tickets are now available: please scroll down for details
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GEOFFREY BEEVERS (The Master)
NEVE MCINTOSH (Madame Vastra)
MAUREEN O'BRIEN (Vicki)
PETER PURVES (Steven Taylor)
MIKE TUCKER (BAFTA award-winning SFX designer)
ANNEKE WILLS (Polly)
Audience feedback on Bedford Who Charity Cons 1 and 2:
"One of the best events I've been to: warm and relaxed atmosphere, amazing guests and fascinating panels"
"Let me congratulate you on organising such a great convention! I've been to lots of these things over the years, but this was the best run and the most fun day I've had in a long time!
"The guests were a delight; with time to spend talking to people; the entertainment was inspired
and the personal touch from the organisers made it what it's supposed to be about."
Once we have paid our costs, everything we make from the convention will be donated to Bedford Foodbank. Each month, they provide emergency food for more than 500 children and adults in crisis in the local area.
What kind of convention will it be?
A number of events 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 Con 3 is rather different: we'll be presenting a more traditional style of convention. The day will be a mixture of interviews on stage, signing sessions, the opportunity to chat to the guests and to have your photo taken with them. The emphasis is on giving you a fun, relaxed and informal day that you'll really enjoy -- and to raise money for charity.
Bedford Who Charity Con 2 raised a fantastic £2592 for Bedford Foodbank. Thanks to all who came!
GEOFFREY BEEVERS (The Master)
Born In Chichester, Geoffrey Beevers is a highly
distinguished playwright, director and actor. He worked
extensively with The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond
Upon Thames, for whom he wrote the plays of Pere
Goriot and Adam Bede; the latter won a Time Out award.
He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and
the National Theatre. Geoffrey's film, television and radio
appearances are too numerous to list.
Married to Caroline John, Geoffrey's first appearance in
Doctor Who was as Johnson in The Ambassadors of Death.
He returned to the programme in 1981 to play a villain:
Melkur, the statue that appears in the grove in The Keeper of Traken. The then production team managed to keep a tight lid on spoliers and those of us who watched at the time had no idea who Melkur really was...
Geoffrey's performance as the Master was an absolute tour de force: purring, silky and charming, but never allowing the Time Lord's charisma to hide the essence of the character: at his core, the Master is both a sadist and a criminal. He continues to play the role for Big Finish, and is the reader for a number of the talking books of the Target Doctor Who novels, including ones featuring both Roger Delgado's and Peter Pratt's incarnations of the Master.
We're delighted to welcome him -- and all our guests -- to Bedford.
Neve was born in Edinburgh and trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Her stage roles include Portia in The Merchant of Venice at the Edinburgh Lyceum, and Goneril in King Lear (West Yorkshire Playhouse). The star of the BBC productions Bodies and Lady Audley's Secret, Neve's many television appearances include major roles in Gormenghast, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Marple, Murder City and Case Histories.
2010 heralded the return of the homo reptilia to Doctor Who, and for the first time (as far as we know), we were introduced to female Sulrians. Neve played both Alaya and Restac in the Matt Smith story The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood. She then became the series regular Madame Vastra, who, with her wife Jenny and the bone-headed Sontaran Commander Strax, made up the Paternoster Gang. Vastra made her debut in A Good Man Goes to War in 2011 and appeared alongside Matt Smith in the stories The Snowmen, The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor, and in Peter Capaldi's debut episode, Deep Breath.
Reuniting Vicki and Steven:
MAUREEN O'BRIEN and PETER PURVES
Maureen joined Doctor Who early in its second season; her casting as Vicki marked the first time the regular cast changed. While The Rescue (even now, a fine story) was recorded in 1964, it wasn't broadcast until the following year and all of Maureen's stories were transmitted in 1965. She was initially partnered with Ian and Barbara; when they left the series, Vicki travelled with Steven Taylor alongside the original Doctor, William Hartnell.
Bedford Who Charity Con 3 reunites Vicki and Steven and we're looking forward very much to welcoming Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves to the event.
Maureen trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. She is an actor, director and novelist; her series of novels featuring Detective Inspector John Bright were published between 1989 and 2004, all to critical acclaim (and they're highly recommended: do try them if you haven't already!). Doctor Who was just one aspect of a hugely wide ranging career in theatre, film and television.
Peter Purves starred as Steven Taylor opposite William Hartnell's Doctor, from 1965 to 1966. Steven's first story was also the Daleks' third: in The Chase, Peter also appeared for a single episode as Morton Dill, the hillbilly tourist who met the trundling nasties at the top of the Empire State Building. Steven's fellow companions were Vicki, Sara Kingdom and Dodo. He left the Doctor to become the leader of the combined society of the Savages and the Elders (The Savages, 1966).
Peter's more recent involvement in Doctor Who includes reprising the role of Steven for Big Finish. He's supplied the narration for the missing episodes CDs of a number of stories, including The Massacre -- one of the best of all the Hartnells and a story from which the Doctor is largely absent, giving Steven the starring role. He's also the reader on a number of superb audiobooks of the Target novels, including The Daleks' Master Plan and The Time Meddler.
The patron of a number of charities, Peter's 2009 autobiography, Here's One I Wrote Earlier, is currently available from Amazon.
(BAFTA award-winning special effects designer)
Mike is a stalwart of Bedford Who Charity Cons and we're looking forward to seeing him again this April. A warm and witty guest, Mike has enthused audiences with his presentations on the programme's effects and on the re-vamping of classic-Who icons for new-Who; this time, he'll be speaking to us about his current project: refurbishing the series' best-loved aliens for exhibition display.
Mike has worked on the visual effects of Doctor Who from the 1980s to the present day. He runs The Model Unit, founded following the closure of the BBC Visual Effects Department in 2003; The Model Unit is responsible for the acclaimed miniature (model) effects featured in the Eccleston, Tennant and Smith episodes. They won a BAFTA craft award for The Day of the Doctor. Mike himself won a BAFTA craft award for his work on the drama-doc Hiroshima.
As well as working on episodes of Doctor Who from the time of Sylvester McCoy onwards, Mike is a prolific author. Often working with co-writer Robert Perry, he’s written many original Doctor Who novels, including Illegal Alien, Matrix, Storm Harvest, Prime Time, Loving the Alien, The Nightmare of Black Island and Snowglobe 7. He wrote the scripts for the Big Finish audios The Genocide Machine and Dust Breeding and, with Sophie Aldred, wrote Ace!, the story of the final season of classic-Who. He’s also the author of a number of the comic strips in Doctor Who Magazine. A recent publication is Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds (co-written with Stephen Nicholas), which concentrates on the design aspect of the programme.
Anneke played Polly opposite both William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton. She first appeared in The War Machines in 1966, met the Cybermen (and famously melted their chest units with nail varnish remover), was present at the Doctor's first regeneration, and witnessed The Power of the Daleks -- a story newly recreated using animation for DVD in 2016.
Anneke's a hugely popular convention guest, and we're looking forward to welcoming her back for Bedford WhoCharity Con 3.
Various surnames have been suggested for Polly over the years, including Lopez and Wright, but none of these have stuck. As Anneke says, Polly is just Polly. The companion with no surname has been re-created by Anneke for Big Finish; Anneke too has narrated a number of the missing episodes CDs and she's the reader for several of the Target audiobooks -- Doctor Who and the Cybermen is one of the best of all of these. Her critically acclaimed two volume autobiography, Self Portrait and Naked, is still available.
Last year's non-human guests were The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre. This year's inanimate object is one of the double-decker buses used in the filming of Planet of the Dead. We're very grateful to Adrian for agreeing to lend it to us, and for driving it up to Bedford. You'll be able to sit in the seat where David Tennant sat!
What more could anyone want?!
Bedford Who Charity Con 3...
Will it be any good?!
Well, this is what people said about the last two...
Tickets for the event are strictly limited. Our new venue, The Quarry Theatre, is smaller and more intimate than the previous location. Don't miss out: book early!
Tickets for Bedford Who Charity Con 3 are available from
The Box Office
The Quarry Theatre
St Peter's Street
Please go to http://www.quarrytheatre.org.uk/shows/bedford-charity-con-3
Children must be aged under 14, please.
Bona fide family parties only.
Please note that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests may have to cancel if they're called away for filming or if they're ill. This is a standard note for Doctor Who conventions. Please only book on this understanding.
The Tobias Vaughan Philanthropic 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.
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.