Whoydensday: Vale Nicholas Courtney (1929-2011)

Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge Stewart

Raise a glass tonight for Nicholas Courtney, who played UNIT’s Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge Stewart in Doctor Who, appearing with the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh Doctors, and also in a 2008 episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

He died last night. None of the news sites I’ve seen mention a cause of death, but I think we can presume that it was natural causes. More information here.

He will be missed and remembered fondly.



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9 replies

  1. There’s a part of me that wants my childhood favourites to live forever. I was always very fond of the Brig.
    Thanks for the memories, Nicholas.

  2. “Sergeant! Chap with wings, five rounds rapid.”
    *holds salute for a minute’s silence*
    You will be missed, sir.

  3. Splendid fellow, every time.

  4. Tom Baker pays tribute to Nicholas Courtney – http://www.tom-baker.co.uk/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=159
    According to Tom, Nick died of cancer.

  5. I always liked his moustache.

  6. I adored the Brigadier, and was always very happy when he was on Doctor Who. I coveted his knit wear also.

  7. I was truly saddened to hear about this. The Brigadier was one of my favourites because he grew and developed as the series went on.

  8. The BBC’s Doctor Who pages are running tributes of course: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw/news/bulletin_110223_02/Nicholas_Courtney_A_Tribute
    ”Somewhere out there, the Doctor just got a little lonelier.”
    Aww.
    I hope they find a way to work the Brigadier’s funeral into the next season of Doctor Who (hell, what I’d really like is a Doctor Who/Sarah Jane special, where they find notes he’d compiled before his death on some threat, so he gets to help save the world one last time).

  9. I hope they find a way to work the Brigadier’s funeral into the next season of Doctor Who (hell, what I’d really like is a Doctor Who/Sarah Jane special, where they find notes he’d compiled before his death on some threat, so he gets to help save the world one last time
    That… is rather brilliant.

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