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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.


  • CO

    March 2nd, 2011 - 8:04am

    Please donate to this cause set up by a Who fan in the memory of Nicholas.

  • Borgduck

    March 1st, 2011 - 10:13am

    The Earth will be a much more lonely place.

  • kirsty

    March 1st, 2011 - 1:43am

    2 the best brigader doctor who ever had u will be truely missed no-one can ever replace u 2 brigader alister-gordon-letherbridge-stewart

  • hayden7257

    February 27th, 2011 - 8:01pm

    omg he was only on tv 2 years ago i will repetedly watch every dw and sja ep he was in ๐Ÿ™

  • alex

    February 27th, 2011 - 6:09pm

    he was my best dr who actor he will be missed!

  • Mark T

    February 26th, 2011 - 10:28pm

    Such a loss, I understand he was to be in the wedding of Sarah Jane Smith but it wasn’t to be. Sad for his family but also his past cast members to it must be hard for them also.

  • omegaofthetimelords

    February 26th, 2011 - 7:37pm

    ohhhhhh why why why???? NOOOOO!!!! at least he in better place…..

  • cybermanofthelaw

    February 26th, 2011 - 7:33pm

    i will always remember u…. my facorite time with him was THE INVASION….. best story with him

  • dalek emporer

    February 26th, 2011 - 7:31pm

    sad sad sad… we miss u

  • whovian

    February 26th, 2011 - 6:13pm

    He’s was a great actor at playing the Brigader
    I think nobody else could play hi but Nick
    He will be remembered and missed

  • Hector Sadler

    February 26th, 2011 - 9:04am

    I’m sorry to hear this. He was great to all the Doctors except Colin Baker who’s era he never appeared. He was Doctors Felix Liether. I seen Nicholas Countney in other shows like The Saint. He will be always remembered. Now he will be having a good time with William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton & Jon Pertwee in Heaven.

  • gordon

    February 26th, 2011 - 12:23am

    RIP Niholas Courtney.I will drink 5 pints rapid to remember you

  • Andrew Blakey

    February 25th, 2011 - 8:42pm

    It’s a real shame to see another fine actor pass away. Mr. Courtney will be missed

  • dalekvscybs

    February 25th, 2011 - 6:16pm

    all the main UNIT period charachtors are gone. poor nick…

  • Jak

    February 25th, 2011 - 5:51pm

    RIP Brigadier ๐Ÿ™

  • The 8th Doctor

    February 25th, 2011 - 9:35am

    One of the greats of Doctor Who never to be forgotten, somehow things just wont be the same.

  • the doctor who 11

    February 25th, 2011 - 8:55am

    this mite be a bit samey but RIP Nicholas Courtney.

  • dr daddy cool 67

    February 24th, 2011 - 7:15pm

    Very sad news indeed. Nicholas will be greatly missed, such a fine actor. I actually had a lump in my throat when I read about his passing on teletext. I still havent seen a mention on any news bulletins, maybe there was one and I missed it ( only watch the BBC news anyway ) Its as if a close member of the family has gone as I have been watching him since 1970 .

    RIP Nicholas Courtney

  • Mark

    February 24th, 2011 - 4:02pm

    Such sad news about Nicholas Courtney, he contributed alot to Doctor Who over the years, I just hope the show gives him the send off he deserves

  • biggest doctor who fan

    February 24th, 2011 - 3:29pm

    I was shocked as I found out in the paper I thought he was alright

  • biggest doctor who fan

    February 24th, 2011 - 3:26pm

    May he rest in peace
    Well done to him for his commitment to the show
    He was a great character and he did some very good stories

  • Anonymous

    February 24th, 2011 - 1:50pm

    RIP Sir Alastair

    Absolutely gutted here.

  • Davidj

    February 24th, 2011 - 10:01am

    the other day i was thinking the brig should return to doctor who for the 50 anivercery its sad he wont be able to and is heartbreaking to hear he passed away RIP THE BRIGADER NICOLOUS COURTNEY he will be missed but will allways be rememebered and will be in our hearts

  • king gerbil

    February 24th, 2011 - 9:59am

    oh thats really sad

  • USA Fan

    February 24th, 2011 - 4:32am

    Mr Courtney added a lot of flavor to Doctor Who and helped make it the great show that it is. I always enjoyed him on the show. He will be missed.

  • David Finley

    February 24th, 2011 - 2:02am

    Fareewell, old friend. You will be terribly missed. When you get up there, share a pint or 2 with Jon and Patrick.

  • simon w

    February 23rd, 2011 - 10:34pm

    OMG i cant beleave it Nicholas Courtney has past away. You now can continue your adventures with Jon Pertwee. He was my second fav character in the show. You will be missed.

  • Doctor Who Crazy Ross Muscroft

    February 23rd, 2011 - 8:02pm

    RIP, He is one of my fav characters and he will be missed

  • Lynx

    February 23rd, 2011 - 7:43pm

    He was my favourite character form doctor Who by a long way.It was all the better for his appearances RIP

  • baronflick

    February 23rd, 2011 - 7:34pm

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