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February 28th, 2011 100 comments

Nicholas Courtney 1929-2011

Nicholas Courtney 1929-2011

Please donate to Marie Curie Cancer Care via Just Giving set up by a Who fan in the memory of Nicholas Here.

As many of you may have already seen Nicholas Courtney, or Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart has died, aged 81.

There have been many tributes but perhaps one of the most fitting comes from Tom Baker which you can read Here.

He first appeared in Doctor Who in the William Hartnell story The Daleks’ Master Plan where he played Space Security Agent Bret Vyon.

His first appearance as the newly promoted Brigadier and in charge of UNIT was in the Cyberman story The Invasion. He then made regular appearances in the 70’s with his last Doctor Who appearance in 1989 in Battlefield.

His last Doctor Who related appearance was in the Sarah Jane Adventures story Enemy of the Bane. One of his finest moments was in the Daemons with the often quoted “Chap with wings there – Five rounds rapid”

He continued to eagerly support the show and attended many conventions over the years.

He was without doubt one of the shows most popular characters, the likes of which we will probably never see again and will be very sadly missed.


100 comments

  • NotADalek

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:16am

    What a shame, RIP Nicholas Courtney, we will never forget you.

  • Daddydalek

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:01am

    a true Doctor who legend has been lost, The doctor will be a lesser person without you brig, All thoughts and prayers are with the family of an irriplacible and downright decent human being nicholas courtney. thanks for the memories you will never be forgotten.

  • Eliott

    February 23rd, 2011 - 10:29am

    Its so sad to here the news, mt thoughts go to Nicholas’s Family.

    RIP Nicholas Courtney, You will never be Forgotten :'(

  • Isaac Morrison

    February 23rd, 2011 - 10:27am

    The Brigadier was such an integral part of the Doctor Who universe, and at the moment I’m finding it hard to conceive all the Pertwee DVD commentries, fan conventions and general Who-esque bobbins withought him. SJA is fine, but he really deserved a better final Doctor Who story than Battlefield.

  • Dalek Thay

    February 23rd, 2011 - 10:08am

    R.I.P We will miss You

  • The Doctor

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:57am

    R.I.P

    We will always appreciate how you changed the world of Dr Who …………….

    The Doctor

  • Brendan uk!!!

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:29am

    So sad he was a really good character !!!

  • Greg

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:26am

    “Lets hope that the up coming series gives the Brig the send off that the character deserves ?”

    Totally agree with this, this is such a sad day

  • Respect the thing !

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:20am

    I was gutted when I heard this news this morning 🙁 The Brig was one of the most endearing characters in the show’s history and its imposible to imagine anyone other than Nic Courtney playing the part. I’m even more gutted never to have had the privillage of meeting him. I gather from talking to people who have met him that he was a really nice chap ! Lets hope that the up coming series gives the Brig the send off that the character derserves ? How about “Killed in action against one of the classic series villains ?” Then given a full on UNIT funeral with FULL Military honours ? The campaign starts here !

    Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart; Dead but NEVER forgotten !

  • The Master

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:20am

    Very Very sad and a great loss, he was a gentleman and a legend

  • PLANETE

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:19am

    Very sad news. I met him at lots of events and he was a very important part of Doctor who.

  • crazy guy

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:14am

    no he was the best and ammazing. RIP nick courteny

  • David Liverpool

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:13am

    This is most sad news!He was always a very entertaining and affable convention guest and will be greatly missed!

  • Dalek Sec

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:09am

    Nick will be remembered!

  • Joe

    February 23rd, 2011 - 9:07am

    You are the best

  • biggestdoctorwhofanever!

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:59am

    A TOTAL LEGEND. HE WILL AWAYS LIVE ON IN EVERYONCE HEART.

    R.I.P

  • biggestdoctorwhofanever!

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:53am

    No! HE’S DEAD! I FEEL LIKE IM GONNA CRY!!!
    lets JUST HOPE THERE IS A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HIM BECAUSE IF THERE ISN’T I WILL WRITE TO THE BBC AND MAKE SURE THERE IS ONE!!

    i WILL PAY MY RESPECTS ON ANOTHER COMMENT.

  • kevster brigg

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:51am

    rip with the last 10 doctor brigg

  • booboo

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:40am

    A Doctor Who legend. RIP

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:37am

    Rest in peace Nickolas ” Brigadier ” Courtney.

    Wonderful chap, in all his Doctor Who appearances, and for the last time in Elisebeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane Adventures too.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:35am

    All thou i never met Nick in person, i actually saw him about 4 or 5 years ago in the old 10th Planet shop in Vicarage Field Shopping Centre in Barking, Essex, before it closed down in 2008 i think it was, just a glimpse of him i got, plus i didint want to disturb him cos he was signing Autographs in this back room the shop had, the door was open so any visitors to the shop would have easily seen him, i wasint sure it was him at first, but i knew it my heart it was the Brig, sitting down right in front of me like 20 or so feet away.

    R.I.P. Brigadier Alister Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.

  • Olly

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:34am

    I can’t believe I didn’t know about this…the most legendary character in Doctor Who history…R.I.P Nick. 🙁

  • Peperpot Dalek

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:24am

    RIP Nicholas Courtney

  • Viathevoid

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:15am

    RIP Nicholas Courtney.

    Your contribution to doctor who is amazing and you will be sadly missed by me.

  • doctorwho2011

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:12am

    oh nonononoononNO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rob

    February 23rd, 2011 - 7:58am

    Very sad day today

  • lewis

    February 23rd, 2011 - 7:57am

    I as really hoping we would get to see him one last time in Doctor Who buy sadly not to be very sad news.

  • blobfish

    February 23rd, 2011 - 7:57am

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • David

    February 23rd, 2011 - 7:56am

    Terribly sad- best character in Doctor Who ever

  • lungbarrowlover

    February 23rd, 2011 - 7:54am

    What a great character. I was really sad when I saw he had gone 🙁 Thanks Nick – You made some of the best stories.

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