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# Posted: 23 Feb 2011 04:50

Dr. Who actor Nicholas Courtney who played Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart has died. He was 81.

Nicholas Courtney, passed on today, aged 81. The actor is best known for his appearances in the British sci-fi TV show Doctor Who, and has performed with more actors playing the Doctor than anyone else (William Hartnell as Space Security Agent Bret Vyon, Patrick Troughton as Colonel Lethbridge Stewart, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Pater Davison and Sylvester McCoy as Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, a role he reprised last year in the Sarah Jane Adventures. He also played the role in a number of audio plays from Big Finish, with Colin Baker and Paul McGann.

The character was steeped in a military upbringing and had an unflappable approach to the strangest visions Doctor Who could throw at him, from aliens to robots to dinosaurs, once dismissing a trip to another planet as being nothing more that being thrown to a nearby quarry, and insisted that the TARDIS being bigger on the inside was a trick with mirrors.

The actor carried this masterful stuff upper lip in teh face of adversity into other theatre and TV roles including Yes Prime Minister, Only Fools And Horses, French Fields and Rocky Horror Show. As honorary president of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, he was also a convention regular.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/02/22/nicholas-co urtney-passes-this-demands-a-five-round-salute/

# Posted: 23 Feb 2011 06:02

Oh no! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, no!

Apart from the Doctor and the TARDIS, the Brigadier is just one of those things that you just take for granted as being part of the show.

This is just a very sad day for the fans. I'd recently watched Battlefield and he was just awesome. The Doctor Who universe will never be quite the same again.

*Salute* Bye, Brigadier!

# Posted: 9 May 2012 13:26

Nicholas Courtney, known to and beloved by Doctor Who fans worldwide as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart


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