Bedford Who Charity Con 4
Colin, of course, played the Doctor on television from
1984 to 1986, and for Big Finish from 1999. He reprised
the role for the stage play Doctor Who: The Ultimate
Adventure in 1989.
Born in London, Colin was educated at St Bede's College
Manchester and went on to train as a solicitor. He attended
Lamda from 1966.
A hugely prolific film, stage and television actor, Colin starred in The Brothers as Paul Merroney in the 1970s. Other notable television roles include Blake's 7, War and Peace, Fall of Eagles, The Citadel, Juliet Bravo, Swallows and Amazons Forever!, Jonathan Creek -- and Commander Maxil in Doctor Who. Theatre work include Captain Terri Dennis in Privates on Parade, Inspector Morse, Laertes in Hamlet and a host of pantomime and Gilbert and Sullivan.
Colin has a regular column in the Bucks Free Press and is the author of the books Look Who's Talking, Second Thoughts, Gallimaufry: A Collection of Short Stories and Sixth Sense.
He's a hugely popular, warm and witty convention guest and we're looking forward to welcoming him to Bedford.
Louise, too, was born in London. She trained at RADA and was a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Louise played Leela alongside Tom Baker's Doctor from 1977 to 1978, starring in some of the programme's best loved stories, including The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Image of the Fendahl and The Sun Makers. Since then, she's rarely been absent from our screens, starring in, among others, Tenko, Bergerac, Adrian Mole, EastEnders and Doc Martin. She's has a huge number of theatre credits to her name, regularly appearing in Shakespeare's work: she's one of the few actors to have played all three of Lear's daughters in various productions. Louise has just finished a touring run of The Mousetrap.
This will be Louise's first appearance at a Bedford Who Charity Con.
John Leeson has variously been an actor (following his RADA training), a magistrate, a wine critic, a continuity announcer on Channel 4, a writer, and a voice artist for talking books for the blind.
In 1977, his agent rang to ask if he'd be interested in providing the voice for the eponymous Invisible Enemy in Doctor Who, later revealed in all its glory as a giant prawn and causing Tom Baker to comment, 'A deep fat fryer would soon have put paid to his schemes.' John agreed. He also agreed to provide the voice for a robot dog for the story...
Forty years later, John is still -- wonderfully -- the voice of K9.
John wowed us at the first two Bedford Who Charity Cons and we're really pleased that he's agreed to return to be with us again.
Like John, Sophie is something of a stalwart of Bedford Who Charity Cons; she attended the first two and was a huge hit with the audiences -- not least when she bravely agreed to take part in a sketch with The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre at BWCC2.
She was, of course, Ace in Doctor Who from 1987 to 1989, the final companion in the series' original run. Sophie continues to play the part for Big Finish.
A hugely versatile voice artist, Sophie was Dennis the Menace himself, and Tree Fu Tom. She was the presenter of the children's programmes Corners and Melvin and Maureen's Music-a-grams. Theatre appearances include Daisy Pulls It Off and Marjorie Pinchwife in Lust, a musical version of The Country Wife.
It's going to be great to have her back with us.