Doctor Who's Nicholas Courtney Dies aged 81

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Nicholas Courtney, who played one of Doctor Who's most fondly remembered acquaintances, has reportedly passed away. The actor will be best remembered for his long-running role as Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart in the sci-fi series, in which he appeared in over 100 episodes between 1965-1989.

During his time on Doctor Who, Courtney starred alongside five incarnations of The Doctor, including Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. His first appearance was alongside William Hartnell, the first Doctor, as character Bret Vyon. He returned as Lethbridge-Stewart (then a Colonel) two-and-a-half years later and was so popular with fans that his own action figure was made.

Here he appears alongside Peter Davison in an episode from 1983, entitled Mawdryn Undead: Part 2:

Courtney has never been far from the Doctor Who franchise; he may never have physically appeared in the modern series but his character has been referenced. In 2008 he also made a guest appearance (his last as the Brigadier) on CBBC’s spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Of course, Courtney has had other, less regular, roles in shows including Yes, Prime Minister, The Bill and Then Churchill Said to Me, but for us he’ll always be fondly remembered as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. RIP.

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