LOUISE JAMESON MICHAEL JAYSTON CAROLE ANN FORD
Bedford Who Charity Con 5
Saturday 13th April 2019
"THE BEST ONE DAY EVENT I'VE EVER DONE"
- Colin Baker on Bedford Who Charity Con 4
University of Bedfordshire
Bedford MK41 9EA
Louise played Leela in Doctor Who from 1977 to 1978. She starred alongside Tom Baker and made her debut in The Face of Evil. She appeared in some of the programme's best loved stories, including The Talons of Weng-Chiang (still reckoned as one of the finest stories in Doctor Who's 55 year history), The Robots of Death, Image of the Fendahl and The Sun Makers. From The Invisible Enemy onwards, Leela and the Doctor were accompanied by K9.
Louise was born in London and trained at RADA. She spent two years with the RSC, performing in Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear. (In fact, Louise is one of the few actors to have played all three of Lear's daughters; most recently, she was Goneril in the Big Finish audio.)
Television credits include an early role in Emmerdale Farm in 1973, Blanche in Tenko (1981-2), Anne Reynolds in The Omega Factor, Susan Young in Bergerac, Janet in Rides, Rosa di Marco in EastEnders and Eleanor Glasson in Doc Martin.
Theatre work (Louise is a director as well as an actor) includes Anne in Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Catherine in A View from the Bridge, Helena in
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gertrude in Hamlet and Miss Marple in A Murder is Announced.
We're looking forward to welcoming Louise to Bedford.
Michael co-starred with Colin Baker in The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986, playing the Valeyard, the villainous counsel for the prosecution at the Doctor's trial. We learnt the true identity of the character later in the series: the Valeyard was none other than the Doctor himself.
Michael trained as an accountant after finishing his national service, but soon decided he preferred the idea of acting. He won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A hugely prolific actor, Michael starred at Tsar Nicholas II in the highly successful 1971 film, Nicholas and Alexandra. (Tom Baker played Rasputin.) Other film roles include Demetrius in
Peter Hall's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry Ireton in Cromwell and Colonel Crealock in Zulu Dawn.
He was Mr Rochester for the BBC in Jane Eyre in 1973. Other television work includes Foyle's War, as Assistant Commissioner Henry Parkins, Peter Guillam in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and Donald de Souza in Emmerdale.
This is Michael's first appearance at a Bedford Who Charity Con. Can't wait!
Carole Ann Ford
Carole Ann Ford was and is Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, who left her home planet with him in the Tardis on its first journey. Arriving in London in 1963, she attended Coal Hill School and it was the curiosity of her teachers about her that led them to follow her home to the suburbs, to a junkyard containing a police box, and to the beginning of a television phenomenon that would continue for the next fifty-five years.
The first episode was recorded twice. The first version, made on 27th September 1963, was not transmitted as part of the original series' run; it was deemed unsatisfactory but it remains outstanding. William Hartnell and Carole Ann Ford are far more alien and disturbing than in the transmitted remount; Carole's original version of Susan is clearly not a human being and the character has the unsettling otherness of the alien children in Village of the Damned, the 1960 film of John Wyndham's novel The Midwich Cuckoos. Just three weeks later, An Unearthly Child was remade, with the Susan we've come to recognise as one of the best-loved characters in the programme's history. That Carole Ann Ford was able to bring two completely different versions of the same person to life so convincingly is testimony to her enormous skill and range as an actor. Without the superb performances of the original Tardis crew -- William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell and Carole --
the programme would not have survived. Carole Ann Ford played a huge part in ensuring
that the series would still be on our screens today.
Susan left the Tardis in 1964 and in 2164 to marry David Campbell (worrying called 'David Cameron' in the novel Doctor Who and the Crusaders). Carole reprised the role in 1983 for The Five Doctors, and later for Big Finish.
Theatre work includes Pride and Prejudice, The Jungle Book and Private Lives. Carole's films include The Day of the Triffids, The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery and The Hiding Place; on television, she worked on Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? -- and as Joyce in An Adventure in Space and Time, co-starring Claudia Grant... as Carole Ann Ford.