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July 28th, 2022 12 comments

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Bernard Cribbins 1928 – 2022

From BBC News

Doctor Who and Wombles actor Bernard Cribbins has died aged 93, his family has confirmed.

During a career that spanned seven decades, Cribbins narrated the 1970s children’s programme The Wombles.

He also played Dr Who’s companion Tom Campbell in the 1966 film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150, returning 41 years later in the revived series.

He played Wilfred Mott, Catherine Tate’s grandad in Doctor Who from 2007 to 2010.

At the age of nearly 90, he published an autobiography looking back on his years in show business in 2018. Its title was Bernard Who? 75 Years Of Doing Absolutely Everything – and its advice was simple.

“Do your best and be grateful for every single job”.



  • Frank Ducey

    September 7th, 2022 - 3:54am

    I really enjoyed watching him I go back to his time on all the Carry On movies And really loved him and his time on Dr. Who

  • Tim M

    July 30th, 2022 - 4:58pm

    Bernard Cribbins was a legend. A remarkable man leaving a remarkable acting legacy. R.I.P

  • Drwhofan12

    July 29th, 2022 - 11:54am

    Will he Bein the 60th still or have they not finished all his scenes and might take him out of it

    • Doctor Stu

      July 29th, 2022 - 10:06pm

      Think this is the least of people’s worries right now it’s only been a day since he died

  • NickD

    July 29th, 2022 - 12:15am

    God bless you Bernard Cribbins. You were a huge part of my life and brightened this world immeasurably. Rest In Peace.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    July 28th, 2022 - 5:48pm

    A fixture of TV/film/children’s entertainment spanning many generations including mine.One those we grew up with.

    But we shouldn’t be too sad about someone who at nearly 94 had a good innings.And we can still look forward to seeing him in the specials.RIP

    • The Moffat Paradox

      August 1st, 2022 - 12:28pm

      Maybe as this has happened just a couple of days after Bernard’s passing we might also like to pay as part of the wider Sci-Fi fan community our respects on the passing of Nichelle Nichols; Lt Uhura in the original Star Trek. RIP

  • Obi-Jiff

    July 28th, 2022 - 5:44pm

    Goodbye, you wonderful human being. Such a shame to go now, when there’s much renewed interest in The Railway Children, with one of Bernard’s defining performances.

  • TomBakersDozen

    July 28th, 2022 - 2:52pm

    A very sad day indeed. Bernard was a big part of my childhood, especially The Wombles & Jackanory, his voice was like a warm cosy blanket on a cold winter’s afternoon. As a lifelong Dr Who fan it was fantastic to see him return to play Wilfred, one of my favourite characters of New Who by the way. He was fantastic on Would I Lie To You also, very witty man. I’m so glad he got the chance to come back once again as Wilfred, now that will be really emotional to see. A true legend of the industry & more importantly, one of life’s humble good guy’s. RIP Mr Cribbins. You’ll be sorely missed.

  • Persona

    July 28th, 2022 - 12:33pm

    Not many Doctor Who actors can say the starred in both the series and a film adaptation, he always brought that warm charm whenever he was on screen and youthful drive when starring alongside Peter Cushing. Such an amazing actor.

    I do hope he is honored when the next series airs.

    • Doctor Stu

      July 28th, 2022 - 5:26pm

      Every line out of his mouth as Wilf is just the epitome of warmth and gentleness. A scene that often gets overlooked is partners in crime, Donna and Wilf just talking and laughing on the hill. Pausing the plot to just let these two actors work their magic. He was the nations grandad just as he was Donnas. And he’s going to be missed.

  • I’m Batman

    July 28th, 2022 - 12:26pm

    A very sad day. Didn’t believe it when someone told me. Then I saw it all.
    First David Warner, then Bernard, both having done something for the 60th. Will be bittersweet to hear/see them again.

    I know we’ll all be sad about Bernard. Shame I never got to meet him. Hope his family is doing as ok as they can.


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