Wednesday, 23 February 2011
I was very sad to hear today of the passing of Nicholas Courtney, known to Doctor Who fans the world over as Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, or just "the Brigadier". Mister Courtney's character was an essential part of Doctor Who in the "UNIT Years" of the early '70s and one of the best-loved characters in the show's long history.
Nicholas Courtney was a highly-regarded actor, a tireless ambassador for Doctor Who and an advocate of the actors' union, Equity. I never met him myself but I did see him at a fan gathering in a pub in London for the launch of the 2007 season of Doctor Who. As Courtney entered the room people clapped, stood to attention, saluted, called out "Brigadier, sir!" and flocked around the great man to buy him drinks and listen to his stories. And he loved it as much as they loved him.
The Brig will be sadly missed. Here he is with the second Doctor, the late Patrick Troughton:
16 December 1929 – 22 February 2011