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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.


  • Andrew Hall

    February 23rd, 2011 - 7:01pm

    Very sad news indeed. Was a very big shock to hear the news this morning. Of all the days, it would have been my brothers birthday today, but he passed away three years ago, so it made the news more upsetting.
    Of all the Doctors companions, the Brigadier was the most loved and warmest of all.
    Nicholas Courtney was a joy to watch in the role he made unique and will be missed by every Doctor Who fan.
    Rest in peace Brigadier.

  • Doctor J

    February 23rd, 2011 - 6:55pm

    Fantastic actor in DW he will be dearly missed but he will not be forgotten RIP Nicholas Courtney.

  • Scarves are awesome

    February 23rd, 2011 - 6:52pm

    It is always sad when some dies, however they are never truely gone, never, the memories wil always survive.

  • I Love Cybermen

    February 23rd, 2011 - 6:17pm

    Truly, truly terrible news. Great actor!

  • geronimodannyboy97

    February 23rd, 2011 - 5:43pm

    from all the deaths of doctor who actors this one is the nicolas.

  • doc

    February 23rd, 2011 - 4:55pm

    we will remember him.

  • the flaw games

    February 23rd, 2011 - 4:39pm

    R.I.P nicholas i actually cried when i heard he had died

  • YT

    February 23rd, 2011 - 4:29pm

    Why him god dammit

  • Geronimo

    February 23rd, 2011 - 4:24pm

    My grandad dies then 3 months later nicholas dies

  • Mad Monk

    February 23rd, 2011 - 4:19pm

    Very sad day, he will be much missed

  • Anonymous

    February 23rd, 2011 - 4:15pm

    omg im shocked i mean like omg he was one of the best characters in doctor who i had no idea he passed away well 81 hes lived a very long happy life im afraid we cant all live forever im just glad it was old age that took him 🙁

  • dr who dude

    February 23rd, 2011 - 3:11pm

    i can not belive it !!! he is one of my favorite doctor who characters ever he played the brigadier so well OMG 🙁

  • blob blob

    February 23rd, 2011 - 2:53pm

    Such a shock when I heard, so sad, one of my favourite recurring characters.

  • TorchwoodGuy05

    February 23rd, 2011 - 1:35pm

    You were an amazing actor, and you shall be sadly missed by us all.

    RIP Nicholas Courtney.

  • Juddon Master

    February 23rd, 2011 - 1:32pm

    The BBC should do a tribute show to him

  • SuperDuper

    February 23rd, 2011 - 1:25pm

    Very sad. Goodbye Nick Courtney, a legend and a great actor. Thanks for the memories Nick.

  • Doc Kal

    February 23rd, 2011 - 1:17pm

    Best doctor who companion ever. R.I.P. SPLENDID FELLOW NICK,
    five rounds rapid should be the ultimate mark of respect or even a funeral for the brig in a episode of doctor who or sja
    my thoughts go to all of Nick’s family, he was loved by one and all

  • Juddon Master

    February 23rd, 2011 - 1:11pm

    Oh no this is so sad

  • joshua duffy

    February 23rd, 2011 - 1:01pm

    Nicholas Courtney stared in a lot of DOCTOR WHO episodes such as The Invasion, spearhead from space, terror of the autons, The 3 doctors, The time warrior, planet of the spiders, ROBOT, terror of the zygons, mawdryn undead, the 5 doctors, Battlefield and The Sarah Jane adventures final episode for series 2 Enemy of the bane. He was a great actor for DOCTOR WHO I was so sad when I heard that Nicholas died R.I.P. Nicholas Coutney a true DOCTOR WHO legend

  • Morgan

    February 23rd, 2011 - 12:44pm

    We all shall rembmer him of his Doctor Who work as Brigader and he will be rembered by his friends and anyone who is lucky enough to meet him or many people in the 70’s watching his doctor who apperences

    He shall be remebered forever


  • alex

    February 23rd, 2011 - 12:34pm

    i think it would have been very fullfilling of his death if he’d just made one last appearence in modern doctor who before he died

  • I Love Cybermen

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:56am

    Darn. There goes one of the finest actors and characters of classic Dr Who. Why they didn’t bring him back I’ll never know…A great opportunity missed. God, if your listening, we want our Brig back now!

  • Nicholas the Legend

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:54am

    RIP man, you deserve it.

  • koolh

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:51am

    A terrific actor, the dw universe will never be the same without him, from today it has a hole in it that could never be filled again

  • Jaz

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:49am

    OMG!! No…No…NOOOO!!!!!

  • YT

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:43am

    Splendid fellow – all of him RIP

  • docbrown

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:41am

    this has just ruwind my birthday

  • Ian5by5

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:32am

    Dr Who was an enormous part of my childhood and have a great affection for the Pertwee years. the Brigadier was the epitome of a fine officer and an excelent foil for the Doctor. Nicholas really made the part believeable and I am equally sad at the loss but glad that the legacy of the role will exist for many new fans to discover in the future. RIP Nicholas.

  • superdalek

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:24am

    He was one of my favorate Doctor Who actors! I want him back! 👿

  • Ryan

    February 23rd, 2011 - 11:23am

    Goodbye Nick, all of your stories were and still are fantastic, knowone will ever forget you, even now that your in the great TARDIS in the sky.

    R.I.P Nicholas Courtney.


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