BEDFORD WHO CHARITY CON 5
Saturday 13th April 2019, 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The University Theatre, Polhill Avenue, Bedford MK41 9EA
"THE BEST ONE DAY EVENT I'VE EVER DONE"
- COLIN BAKER on Bedford Who Charity Con 4
SYLVESTER MCCOY (The Doctor)
JANET FIELDING (Tegan)
LOUISE JAMESON (Leela)
CAROLE ANN FORD (Susan)
MICHAEL JAYSTON (The Valeyard)
Welcoming, friendly, relaxed, informal... enormous fun!
A small scale Doctor Who convention where you get to meet and chat to the guests...
Now in their fifth year, Bedford Who Charity Cons are hugely popular with attendees. 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've been to. Warm and relaxed atmosphere, amazing guests and fascinating panels."
Once we have paid our costs, everything we make will be donated to Bedford Foodbank. They're currently feeding 600 local children and adults every month.
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 run by fans for fans, and they're non-commercial. There's a mixture of on stage interviews, performances by the actors (sketches included!), signing sessions, the opportunity to meet the guests, have your photo taken with them, and get their autographs. We want to make sure you have a fun, relaxed and enjoyable day... and to raise a lot of money for charity!
And, in case you need them, here are some more comments about Bedford Who Charity Cons:
"Was a fabulous day! 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 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 to get to know the fans. Amazing costumes and great talks."
"We had a fantastic time as always!"
"It was our first convention. We all had a great day!"
"It was brilliant!"
"Brilliant event. Really, really enjoyed it."
"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 in Bedford. It restored my faith in family Doctor Who gatherings. Thank you to all who came along for making it such a fun day." - Anneke Wills
"The best one day event I've ever done" - Colin Baker.
Performances by the actors are always a popular part of Bedford Who Charity Cons. You can watch some of them here:
Colin Baker and the Dalek Sketch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqIfr1T-jeA
The Time Lord Song. Soloist: Colin Baker. Backing: The Whobettes (including Elen Thomas and Sophie Aldred): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlyZm2SGSTo
The Doctor Who Fan Accreditation Sketch. Cast: John Leeson and Sophie Aldred. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXZkLEe8u54
Sketch: A Weeping Angel in the Psychiatrist's Chair. Cast: Sophie Aldred and Elen Thomas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4yHW4g8ovQ
Sketch: The Master in the Psychiatrist's Chair. Cast: Psychiatrist (Maureen O'Brien); The Master (Geoffrey Beevers). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU7cEDjPR2k
The Companions' Reunion Party Sketch. Cast: Steven (Peter Purves); Vicki (Maureen O'Brien); Sarah-Louise (Sarah-Louise Madison). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7RLW9pwRH8&feature=youtu.be
We're holding ticket prices for the second year running. For the family tickets: genuine family parties only, please! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For people affected by the economic climate, we have a number of concessionary tickets available; please contact me in confidence.
Musing on ticket prices...
Bedford Who Charity Con tickets are about standard for this type of event (and they're actually on the low side...!). We'd love them to be cheaper (or even free!) but, alas, events like this are expensive to put on and we have to cover our costs. The organisers and crew are unpaid; we also do some fundraising, including through this shop, and that helps keep ticket prices steady. The ticket isn't a basic ticket, with lots of supplementary charges sneaked in afterwards; it gives you access to everything. Photos with the guests are free, though we do ask for a donation to the charity bucket. Some of the guests may charge for autographs.
Bedford Who Charity Con 5 is an independent 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.