Remembering Nicholas Courtney, the Brigadier

Posted: February 28, 2011 in doctor who
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One of the most important figures in the history of the Dr. Who series was the Character of the Brigadier. Nicholas Courtney played the character since 1968 both on TV and in the Big Finish audios the last 60’s and had previously appeared in the series with the first Doctor as a different character.

Late last year he shot a piece for the DVD version of the Doctor who movie.

Last Week Nicholas Courtney died at the age of 81. Despite decades of acting before being cast in Doctor for millions around the world, he will always be the Brigadier, the ultimate stoic Brit, courageous in the face of danger, unwavering in his loyalty and devoted to his duty. As Tom Baker said:

‘Of all the characters in Doctor Who there is no doubt he was the most loved by the fans for his wonderful portrayal of the rather pompous Brigadier,’

and he continued having visited him just before his death:

‘The lady in charge said he was very stoical. And indeed he was. It was so distressing to see him so weak and yet so strong in resignation. My jokes were received with a generous effort from Nick to smile.’

Stoical , weak yet strong in resignation. That sounds just like the Brig.

Nicholas Courtney will be missed, but in video audio and fiction Brigadier Alister Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart will live forever.

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