SYLVESTER MCCOY SOPHIE ALDRED
JANET FIELDING CAROLE ANN FORD
LOUISE JAMESON MICHAEL JAYSTON
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
Sylvester, of course, played that mysterious traveller in time and space known only as the Doctor. He starred in the television series from 1987 to 1989 and in the 1996 TV movie, and he has played the role for Big Finish since 1999.
Sylvester was originally paired with Mel, played by Bonnie Langford, though his partnership with Sophie Aldred as Ace produced one of the most memorable TARDIS teams in the series' history. Sophie will be joining Sylvester for Bedford Who Charity Con 5, so the Doctor and Ace will be reunited again!
Syvester was born in Dunoon, Scotland. When he finished school, he moved to London, where he worked in the insurance industry for five years, before joining the Ken Campbell Roadshow. He performed there under the name of "Sylveste McCoy" (the "r" was added later).
Early television work includes Vision On, Tiswas and Jigsaw. Stage work includes the Fool in King Lear (opposite Ian McKellen), the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for the RSC. He played Radagast in Peter Jackson's film trilogy of The Hobbit. Other television appearances include roles in Rab C Nesbitt, Casualty, Hollyoaks, The Bill, Doctors and Sarah & Duck.
This is Sylvester's first appearance at a Bedford Who Charity Con; we're hugely looking forward to seeing him.
Sophie played Ace in Doctor Who on TV from 1997 until 1989, and she continues to play the part for Big Finish.
Sophie is a Londoner. After school in Blackheath, she studied drama at the University of Manchester. It was while she was performing in a stage production of Fiddler on the Roof that she learned of her casting in Doctor Who.
Sophie is an author, singer and accomplished voice artist. She's voiced Dennis the Menace in Dennis and Gnasher, Tom in Tree Fu Tom, and various characters in Bananas in Pyjamas (animated series), Peter Rabbit and The Magic Key.
Sophie's become something of a stalwart of Bedford Who Charity Cons; she's always a huge hit with the audiences (not least when she played a Psychiatrist counselling a Weeping Angel, and a would-be Doctor Who fan in two of the sketches last year, which pretty well brought the house down). She'll be joining Sylvester McCoy, her Doctor, this coming April and it'll be great to see her again.
Janet was born in Brisbane. She read English at Queensland University and considered a career in journalism, before moving to the UK to become an actor (an early role was in a 1980 episode of Hammer House of Horror).
Janet was, of course, Tegan Jovanka. While she first appeared in the role in Tom Baker's last story, Logopolis, in 1981, most of Tegan's travels were with Peter Davison's Doctor. Tegan was a series regular until 1984's Resurrection of the Daleks: a three-year tenure, which makes her one of the programme's longest serving companions.
From 1991, Janet worked for Women in Film and Television UK; she was also a theatrical agent. Today, she's the project co-ordinator for the charity Project MotorHouse in Ramsgate. The Project helps local young people to widen their horizons, broaden their skills and foster their creativity, so that they can realise their potential. You can read more about the Project's work at https://www.projectmotorhouse.org.uk
Janet's not been to one of our events before; can't wait to see her!
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.
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!
Thanks to Pete Sims and Colin Baker