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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CONTACT: info@bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk


Our Guests:



UNA MCCORMACK (novelist and Big Finish writer)


PETER PURVES (Steven Taylor)

MIKE TUCKER (BAFTA award-winning SFX designer)




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!



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.



Reuniting Vicki and Steven:

















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.



(Steven Taylor)


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.




(The Weeping Angels)


Sarah Louise has succesfully terrified the nation in the Matt Smith stories The Time of Angels, Flesh and Stone, The Angels Take Manhattan and Time and the Doctor. She was marginally less scary as the Clara time zombie in Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (but only marginally).


Sarah Louise trained at Gorseinon College (now Gower College, Swansea). An actress and singer, her film credits include The Midnight Horror Show, Dust, The Amitville Asylum and Celestial Sisters.


We're looking forward to welcoming her to Bedford in April.





(novelist and Big Finish writer)


Una McCormack lectures in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University. She's the author of the Doctor Who novels Royal Blood, The Way Through The Woods and The King's Dragon.


For Big Finish, she's written Gallifrey: Evolution, Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories: An Eye for Murder and This Sporting Life in the Doctor Who range; and Good Night, Sweet Ladies, The Tears of Isis and The Very Dark Thing for The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield. Una has also contributed to the Big Finish releases The First Doctor vol 2 and The Ninth Doctor Chronicles; both will be available later this year.


As well as her Doctor Who work, Una is the author of a number of Star Trek novels. These include the New York Times bestseller The Fall: The Crimson Shadow. She's also a writer for Big Finish's Blake's 7 range.







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?!





We're going to be having a sealed bids auction at the convention. This means you write your bid on a piece of paper, seal it in an envelope, and wait. The winners will be those who have bid the highest; they'll be announced in the afternoon. Everything raised will go, of course, to Bedford Foodbank.


A number of companies have been astonishingly generous and have donated some lovely items to us. Please do support them with your custom!


CHARACTER OPTIONS have sent us some of their splendid figures range.


UNDERGROUND TOYS have sent us lots of goodies, including a TARDIS cookie jar, Time of the Doctor and Ace exclusive figures sets, two sonic screwdrivers and a set of Doctor Who coasters.


THE MONSTER FACTORY have given us a lovely hand-painted, wooden TARDIS desk tidy.


SILVA SCREEN RECORDS have given us six Doctor Who soundtrack CDS... and one of their 12" vinyl records of the music from Ghost Light. This is produced in a limited edition of 1000 copies.


Once again, we've been most generously supported by a cash donation from ELSTOW CERAMIC TILES. Please support them too. Their website is www.ceramictilesupplies.co.uk.



Bedford Who Charity Con 3...

Will it be any good?!

Well, this is what people said about the last two...


  • Make sure you go -- it's a great, fun, small and intimate convention - kasterborous.com


  • 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!


  • 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 infoirmal the whole thing was, and how down to earth the guests were. Lovely people, a great day...


  • Mike Tucker: A huge thank you to Simon Danes and his team at Bedford Who Charity Con. A lovely, informal event, with great questions from a really interested and interesting audience.


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


  • Anneke Wills: A delightful day in Bedford. It restored my faith in family Doctor Who gatherings. A highlight for me was Ailsa Berk choreographing the crowd in Cybermen, scarecrow and Ood movements. Everyone was brilliant at it! Mike Tucker's panel was fascinating. Thank you to all who came along for making it such a fun day. Love, Anneke.



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


  • Adults: £42.50
  • 14-18 year olds: £22.50
  • Under 14s: £15
  • Family tickets:

Children must be aged under 14, please.

Bona fide family parties only.

  • 1 adult and 1 child: £50
  • 1 adult and 2 children: £55
  • 2 adults and 1 child: £80
  • Additional children under 14: £8 each.

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.



And finally...


Sincere thanks to those Bedford businesses who have very generously supported events run by The Tobias Vaughan Philanthropic Foundation. Please do support them. They are:


  • Elstow Ceramic Tiles
  • Woodfines Solicitors
  • Sharman Law Solicitors
  • Rice Thai Restaurant, St Cuthbert's Street
  • St Peter's Ale House
  • 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