The Guests

Paul McGann

Born in Liverpool, Paul trained at RADA.  His television work includes the lead in The Monocled Mutineer in 1986 (for which he first appeared on a Radio Times cover); this was followed in the same year by the film Withnail and I.  Theatre work includes Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Constantine in The Seagull and Vershinin in Three Sisters.  Other major television roles include Mr Bush in Hornblower, Jonathan Creek, Luther, and John Gaskell in Holby City.

Paul was cast as the Doctor in the 1996 Universal / BBC film; he continues to play the role for Big Finish and returned as the Doctor for The Night of the Doctor (2013) and The Power of the Doctor in 2022.

This is Paul's first appearance at Bedford Who Charity Con and we look forward to welcoming him to Bedford.

Daphne Ashbrook

Daphne's very kindly flying in from the States to be with us at the convention. 

Born into an acting family in San Diego, California, Daphne's first stage appearance was as Shakespeare's daughter Susanna in A Cry of Players at Grossmont College.  She was six.  Theatre remains her first love; she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Ovation Award for her role as Rosalie in Landscape of the Body, and she won a Dramalogue Best Actress Award for Hearts.

TV and film work includes The O.C., JAG, NCIS, Law and Order, Cold Case, CSI, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, Murder She Wrote and Knight Rider.  She is one of the few actors to have starred in both Star Trek and Doctor Who:  three years before teaming up with Paul McGann, she played the title character in the Deep Space Nine episode Melora.

Daphne is also a singer (her first CD was Grace Notes), and a writer: she has written a number of screenplays and her biography, Dead Woman Laughing - An Actor's 'Take' From Both Side of the Camera, was published in 2012.

She is, of course, Dr Grace Holloway in Doctor Who

And yes, she's coming to Bedford!

Una McCormack

Una last came to Bedford Who Charity Con in 2017; it's good to have her back!

Una taught creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  She is a prolific author; her work includes original novels from the universes of Star Trek, Blake's 7 and Firefly.  Her Star Trek: Picard novel The Last Best Hope (2020) was a USA Today bestseller.

Una's Doctor Who novels include Molten Heart, The Way Through the Woods, Royal Blood and The King's Dragon; she has also contributed to a number of Who anthologies.  She is a scriptwriter for Big Finish's range of Doctor Who audios.

Peter Roy

An old friend of Bedford Who, Peter has appeared in an enormous number of episodes of Doctor Who, right from William Hartnell's time as the Doctor.  He also features in the James Bond and Star Wars films.

Doctor Who appearances include The Myth Makers, The Highlanders, The Faceless Ones, The Invasion, The Seeds of Death, The Mind of Evil, The Hand of Fear, The Face of Evil, The Sun Makers, The Armageddon Factor, Logopolis, Castrovalva, Snakedance and Resurrection of the Daleks.  He's played UNIT soldiers, Greek soldiers, redcoat soldiers, alien and human guards, and the policeman who was very suspicious when Tom Baker tried to break into a police box.

Peter is always a firm favourite at our conventions - he's one of the nicest people you could hope to meet - and we're really pleased to see him again.

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Sincere thanks to Julian Owen