The Guests

PETER DAVISON

- who needs no introduction!

 

Peter trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.  Following a stint as an ASM at Nottingham Playhouse, Peter guest-starred in The Tomorrow People (ITV's answer to Doctor Who).  In 1978, he was cast as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small.

 

Rarely absent from our screens, Peter's other work includes Love for Lydia, Sink or Swim, Holding the Fort, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Anna of the Five Towns, A Very Peculiar Practice (with David Troughton and Graham Crowden), Campion, At Home with the Braithwaites, Lewis, Vera, and Gentleman Jack. 

 

Recent work includes The Trial of Christine Keeler, and playing a very funny send-up of himself in Toast of London (catch it on All 4 if you haven't seen it yet).  Theatre includes Leroy Hamilton in the London premiere of Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee, and King Arthur in Spamalot.

SARAH SUTTON


Sarah trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Before Doctor Who - she was only 18 when she was cast as Nyssa - she had already appeared in The Moon Stallion, and as Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass.  She was Susannah Walcott in the BBC's acclaimed 1981 production of The Crucible.


Nyssa first appeared in Tom Baker's penultimate story The Keeper of Traken.  She was not originally written as a companion; producer John Nathan-Turner was so impressed by Sarah's performance that she was invited to joint the regular cast.  She starred alongside Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Matthew Waterhouse and Mark Strickson; her final story was Terminus in 1983.  Sarah continues to play Nyssa for Big Finish.


JANET FIELDING


Born in Brisbane, Janet read English at Queensland University.  Her original choice of career was in journalism; however, she relocated to England to become an actor.  Early work included Hammer House of Horror in 1980, in the episode Charlie Boy.


Janet was cast as Tegan in the same year.  She went on to become one of the longest serving companions in Doctor Who, co-starring with Tom Baker and Peter Davison between 1981 and 1984.  Her other appearances include roles in Shelley, Minder and Murphy's Mob.


Janet worked for Women in Film and Television UK, and as a theatrical agent.  She is the Project Co-ordinator for Project Motorhouse, a Kent charity which develops young people's skills and widens their horizons.  (For more information about them, please visit their website at https://www.projectmotorhouse.org.uk .)


Janet returned to the role of Tegan for Big Finish in 2006.  She came to Bedford Who Charity Con 5 in 2019, where she was a warm and witty guest -- and we're looking forward very much to welcoming her back!

ROGER MURRAY-LEACH


Roger is one of the most celebrated of all the designers of Doctor Who. 


He was the designer for some of the programme's best-loved stories in its entire history: The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Revenge of the Cybermen, Planet of Evil, The Seeds of Doom and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.  His work on the Gallifrey of The Deadly Assassin continues to influence the programme to this day.


Roger designed the Liberator for Blake's 7; he was responsible for the look both of the spaceship model and of the interior sets.  His film work includes Local Hero, and Clockwise and A Fish Called Wanda, both starring John Cleese.


Roger will be speaking to us about his career, and about Doctor Who in particular, at the convention.

PAUL MARC DAVIS


A Londoner, Paul originally studied Fine Art and was a professional sculptor for twelve years.  He played the lead in The Real Casanova for Channel 4 in 2003.  His film work includes Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and Son of God.

 

Paul is hugely prolific in the Whoniverse; in fact, he's the only actor to appear in all three of the spin-offs, as well as in Doctor Who itself.  Usually buried under horrifying false teeth and heavily masked, Paul's probably best known as The Trickster in The Sarah Jane Adventures and as Corakinus in Class.  He was the Cowled Ghost in the Torchwood episode Exit Wounds, and the Futurekind Chieftan in the David Tennant story Utopia.

 

Unlike his Whoniverse alter egos, Paul is very friendly and we're looking forward to seeing him in Bedford!


DAVID HANKINSON


David first found himself crammed into a Dalek casing for Bad Wolf in 2005.  Since then, he has trundled Skaro's finest in The Parting of the Ways, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, The Stolen Earth and Journey's End.  Other roles in the Whoniverse include Max in Ghosts of Winterbourne (BBV, with Caroline John as Liz Shaw) and, for Big Finish, Anton Lichtfuss in Loups-Garoux.

 

David's promised to lead a masterclass entitled "How to Drive a Dalek" at Bedford Who Charity Con 6!


PETER ROY

 

Peter Roy is a supporting artist. His many feature films include Thunderball, Star Wars: A New Hope, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

 

His work on Doctor Who qualifies him as one of the most prolific performers on the series.  He's worked with William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Peter Davison, featuring in The Myth Makers, The Highlanders, The Faceless Ones, The Invasion, The Seeds of Death, The Space Pirates, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Hand of Fear, The Face of Evil, The Sun Makers, The Invasion of Time, The Androids of Tara, The Armageddon Factor, The Horns of Nimon, Logopolis, Castrovalva, Snakedance and Resurrection of the Daleks.  Phew!