Bedford Who Charity Con 5

Saturday 13th April 2019

10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.



- Colin Baker on Bedford Who Charity Con 4


email info@bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk

The Theatre

University of Bedfordshire

Polhill Avenue

Bedford MK41 9EA








Bedford Who Charity Con 5

Saturday 13th April 2019

The University Theatre, Bedford MK41 9EA   10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.


Welcoming, friendly, relaxed, informal...

Enormous fun!

A small scale Doctor Who convention where you get to meet and chat to the guests...

Now in their fifth year, Bedford Who Charity Cons are hugely popular with audiences.  Why not come along and see what all the fuss is about?

Please scroll down for details of ticket prices.

Is it going to be any good?  Here's some feedback on previous Bedford Who Charity Cons...

"This was by far the best convention we have been to.  It is my hope to return next year."

"The very best fan convention."

"One of the best [Doctor Who] events I have been to.  Warm and relaxed atmosphere, amazing guests and fascinating panels."

"A 'must attend' event if you live anywhere nearby.  Or if you just live anywhere, actually.  Just make sure you get there for a traditional style convention on a small and intimate scale that allows you the feeling of being up close and personal with the guests.  In a good way."

-- thedoctorwhocompanion.com

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?

Some conventions these days are primarily commercial affairs; they're designed for people to buy merchandise from stallholders, and to buy autographs and photos. Bedford Who Charity Cons are more traditional in style; they're non-commercial, and are run by fans for fans. There's a mixture of on stage interviews, performances (including sketches!) by the actors, signing sessions, the opportunity to meet the guests, get their autographs, and have your photo taken with them.


We want to make sure you have a fun, relaxed and enjoyable day... and to raise a lot of money for charity!


Sketches and performances are a key part of Bedford Who Charity Cons, and we're really grateful to the actors coming to Bedford Who Charity Con 5 for agreeing to take part in some more!  Here are some tasters of some past glories...

The Colin Baker and a Dalek Sketch


Colin Baker:  Colin Baker

The Dalek:  A Dalek

(From BWCC 4)

The Time Lord Song

Soloist:  Colin Baker

Backing: The Whobettes (including Sophie Aldred and Elen Thomas)

(From BWCC 4)

The Doctor Who Fan Accreditation Sketch


The Accreditor:  John Leeson

A Fan:  Sophie Aldred

(From BWCC 4)


A Weeping Angel in the Psychiatrist's Chair


The Psychiatrist:  Sophie Aldred

A Weeping Angel:  Elen Thomas

(From BWCC 4)


The Master in the Psychiatrist's Chair


The Psychiatrist:  Maureen O'Brien

The Master:  Geoffrey Beevers

(From BWCC 3)

The Companions' Reunion Party Sketch


Steven:  Peter Purves

Vicki:  Maureen O'Brien

Sarah:  Sarah-Louise Madison

(From BWCC 3)

And, in case you need them, here are some more comments about Bedford Who Charity Cons...

"Was a fabulous con!  Relaxed and fun!  Hope you made lots of money and can do another one!"

"This event just gets better every year, mainly because you don't allow yourself to lose sight of what made it work so beautifully from day one.  You could so easily make it bigger, noisier and more commercial...  the beauty of the event is that it feels like a gathering of friends."

"Another amazing day.  Thank you!  And see you at the next one!"

"Does it get any better?  Really well done and thank you so much to Simon and the organisers who put in so much hard work to pull it together...  My daughter and I had a fantastic day out."

"Always a brilliant day!  Lovely family friendly atmosphere!"

"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."

"Really fun performances and the guests all seemed really happy to be there."

"Had a truly wonderful day at the convention.  From start to finish, it was flawless...  Everyone was so friendly and accommodating and the guests were engaging and entertaining.  A truly unique convention and one not to be missed in the future!"

"Great day... again!"

"The very best fan convention.  Fun, friendly...  all about raising money, not making money.  The guests took time to talk to and get to know the fans.  Amazing costumes and great talks."

"Thanks 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!"

"What really struck me was how informal the whole thing was, and how down to earth the guests were. Lovely people, a great day..."

"Brilliant event.  Really, really enjoyed it."

"Brilliant day again."

"A lovely day, as always" -- Mike Tucker

"Truly lovely day.  Thanks to all who came and all who worked so hard to create a great atmosphere" -- Sophie Aldred

"A delightful day" -- Anneke Wills


We're holding the ticket prices for the second year running. 

We still have tickets available (I'm writing this on Friday 12th April) but you'll need to buy them on the door.

If you buy them on the day, it has to be cash or cheque only.  Sorry!  We don't have the facilities to process card payments and anyway the banks would charge us a fortune!

Prices are as follows:

  • Adults:  £42.50
  • 14-18s and full time students:  £22.50
  • Under 14s:  £15

Family tickets (genuine family groups only, please!).  "Children" here means "under 14s".

  • 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 must be accompanied by an adult, please.

For people affected by the economic climate, we have a number of concessionary tickets available; please contact Simon in confidence.

Bedford Who Charity Con 5 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.

This is a charity convention; the organisers are unpaid.  All profits are donated to Bedford Foodbank.  Fundraising is undertaken to keep ticket prices steady and we are grateful for donations given by companies and individuals to help with our costs. 

Photos with the guests are free, though we ask for a donation to the charity bucket in exchange. 

For details of autograph fees, please go to our Facebook page:


As you can see, you can have your photo taken with the guests!  No fee, but we do ask for a donation to the charity bucket!


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've 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 Katie Manning:  £4515

An Evening with Mat Irvine, 2016:  £115

Bedford Who Charity Con 3, 2017:  £2700

Bedford Who Charity Con 4, 2018:  £2278

TOTAL:  £13, 675


And sincere thanks to those local business 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 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 the 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:

  • Big Finish
  • Underground Toys
  • The Monster Factory
  • Silva Screen Records
  • Character Options
  • Reeltime Pictures
  • Eaglemoss

I M Foreman's Junkyard

Specialising in Doctor Who items from 1963 to the present day...

From the giga-rare to the not-very-rare-at-all!

Lots of our listings help to raise money for Bedford Foodbank, and to raise set-up funds for Bedford Who Charity Cons.

Please visit us at


A new venture for us: Bedford Who Charity

Con's first book!


The publisher's profits are split between Bedford Foodbank itself and raising set-up funds for Bedford Who Charity Con 5.


Frank Danes is a prolific author; his many books include Fifty Years in Time and Space: A Short History of Doctor Who for St Mark's Press (2013).


Well written, witty and comprehensive, Six Decades of Adventure is for the diehard fan, for those have just joined the show, and for those who love new-Who but are a little hazy about

the classic series. It's the only one volume history and reference book on Doctor Who you'll ever need.


Highly recommended!


To order a copy, please go to www.imforemansjunkyard.co.uk

More details on our BWCC Books page

Frank will also be signing copies at Bedford Who Charity Con 5.

£15 including UK postage (RRP £15.95)

493 pages

HUGE THANKS to the businesses and agencies who have sponsored Bedford Who Charity Con 5:

emc design ltd

Deo Volente Solicitors

Elstow Ceramic Tiles

Emmott Snell Solicitors

THSP: The Health and Safety People

The Pavenham Charitable Trust

Kimm and Miller

Robson King

Bedford Lions

1st Choice Staff Recruitment

And HUGE THANKS, too, to the business who have donated items to the convention's charity auction:

Big Finish

Character Options

Santa Pod Raceway


Lovarzi -- Official Doctor Who Merchandise Shop