BEDFORD WHO CHARITY CON 6
Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, we're having to reschedule the convention and it will no longer take place on Saturday 4th April.
We're rescheduling it for the autumn.
Needless to say, we're terribly sorry!
Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates:
Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, we're having to reschedule Bedford Who Charity Con 6.
We were due to go ahead on Saturday 4th April; the convention will now be held on a Saturday in the autumn. We'll announce the new date as soon as we can.
Obviously, we're desperately sorry about this. Unfortunately, the government is now set to ban large gatherings; even if the con is too small to qualify under the ban, that's likely to change -- and public confidence in attending events has ebbed away considerably in any case.
So, we're going to reschedule for a Saturday in September or October (or possibly November). We'll announce the new date as soon as we can. It'll be provisional, though: we'll pencil it in so that you can do the same. We'll firm up on it as soon as we can; it would be unfair to announce a new date only to have to cancel that one as well. We're re-inviting all the guests. If any can't make it, we'll announce new ones.
For more details and the latest updates, please go to our Facebook page. It also gives advice if you've already bought your tickets. You can find it at facebook.com/bedfordwhocharitycon
Thanks so much for all your support.
We've kept things up on this page for the convention, even though it's going to be later than scheduled. Once we're firmer on the new date, tickets will go back on sale.
That Colin Baker quote in full:
"This has been the best one day event I've ever done. It's small, it's perfect, it's different, we've all had a chance to meet and chat... and it's just fun. It's such fun. So whoever you get next year is a lucky person. Thank you very much, and thank you all for coming."
Sketches and performances are a key part of Bedford Who Charity Cons...
Here are some tasters of some past glories...
The Second Companions' Reunion Party Sketch
Leela: Louise Jameson
Ace: Sophie Aldred
Tegan: Janet Fielding
Susan: Carole Ann Ford
(From BWCC 5)
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The Doctor gets a phone call...
The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
Woman: Louise Jameson
(From BWCC 5)
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)
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)
Bedford Who Charity Con 6
Welcoming, friendly, relaxed, informal...
A small scale Doctor Who convention where you get to meet and chat to the guests...
Now in their sixth year, Bedford Who Charity Cons are hugely popular with audiences. Why not come along and see what all the fuss is about?
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."
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!
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.
Bedford Who Charity Con 5 raised an amazing £8172 for them.
Enormous thanks to everyone!
And the audiences said...
"Such a superb day."
"It was such a lovely event... Really enjoyed the whole day. The guests were so friendly and willing to chat and it made the event feel very personal."
"What a Doctor Who con should be like. Friendly, informal, a great atmosphere."
"We're already looking forward to the next one!"
"It's absolutely bloody brilliant."
"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
As you can see, you can have a group photo taken with the guests! No fee, but we do ask for a donation to the charity bucket!
Bedford Who Charity Con 6 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.
Group photos with the guests are free, though we ask for a donation to the charity bucket in exchange.
An Evening with Mat Irvine, 2016: £115
Bedford Who Charity Con 3, 2017: £2700
Bedford Who Charity Con 4, 2018: £2278
Bedford Who Charity Con 5, 2019: £8172
TOTAL: £21, 847
THANK YOU FOR YOUR STAGGERING GENEROSITY!
THE TOBIAS VAUGHN
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
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
And sincere thanks to those local business who have supported the Foundation's events. Please do support them with your custom! They are:
Thanks too to the charitable trusts and agencies who have supported our events. They are:
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: