Nicholas Courtney, whose role as the Brigadier served as the trusty companion to—and connective tissue between—many generations of Doctor Who, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.
Courtney first appeared on Doctor Who in 1965 as Space Agent Bret Vyon, but stepped into what would become his most consistent role as Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in 1968. It was arguably the show’s most consistent role as well: Although Doctor Who has seen many different Time Lords throughout the years, there was only one Brigadier, and Courtney appeared alongside five of them in a history with the show that spanned more than 100 episodes and two decades. Courtney’s most significant run came during the Jon Pertwee era, when the Brigadier was introduced as the commander of U.N.I.T., the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, charged with protecting the Earth from otherworldly threats. Read the rest of this story here.
The Doctor tells the brigadier exactly what he thinks of him before storming off…and landing in a rubbish tip! This is one time it might have been better for The Doctor to hold his tongue! Clip taken from BBC Classic Doctor Who episode, ‘Inferno’.