Nicholas Courtney, who starred in Doctor Who as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart opposite no less than eight incarnations of the famous Doctor, has died aged 81. The Egypt-born actor first appeared in the popular BBC sci-fi drama in the 1960s, but his Brig role wasn't his first casting in for Doctor Who. In The …
"Jenkins... chap with wings there. Five rounds rapid."
All-time classic Brigadier line, from Dr Who 'The Deamons'.
That was going to be my suggestion for the gun salute at his funeral.
On the difficulty of apropos epitaphs for DW actors....
Star Trekkies have it easy. Any time one of their heroes dies, they've got a ready made epitaph:
Trekkie #1: Did you hear the sad news about James Doohan
Trekkie #2: Oh, did he...?
Trekkie #1: Yes. He's finally boldly gone where no man has gone before...
Whovians just can't do that with our catchphrase:
Whovian #1: Did you hear the sad news about Nicholas Courtney?
Whovian #2: You mean...?
Whovian #1: Yes. He's finally bigger on the inside than the outside...
Ah well. At ease sir; you may stand down now. You did a good job.
I always liked the Brigadier.
Who wouldn't have been the same without the Brig
But that's Brigadier SIR Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
Shouldn't it be
*Major-General* SIR Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart ? IIRC officers over the rank of Major or Colonel or some such get a courtesy promotion when they retire.
Such a shame he didn't get to do a final story. He deserved a proper send off.
Nicest comment I've seen so far..
was on twitter :
"@cobaltmale I like to think of the Brig like King Arthur... just having a nap, but able to return in his country's greatest hour of need."
:: does a big geeky tragic sniffle ::
I like to think of the Brig like King Arthur
Remember the Sylvester McCoy story Battlefield? The Doctor was Merlin, Ace was the Lady of the Lake, so who was the Brigadier...?
I have erased...
... all of the Syvester McCoy era episodes from my mind ;-)
Get Off My World
Courtney recounted that the producer had taken him to a nice lunch, and then afterwards asked what would he think about being killed off in Battlefield. Courtney was up for it.
In the end the production team just didn't have the heart to kill off the much loved character after he's just saved the world. But, for a few seconds on first transmission, you believed he was dead.
RIP Nick. Hope you are up there enjoying a pint with Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado and Ian Marter.
Great, now you can enjoy them just like the first time all over again!
LISTER: I've done it.
HOLLY: Done what?
LISTER: Erased Sylvester McCoy.
HOLLY: Who's he, then?
LISTER: Holly, you just asked me to erase all Sylvester McCoy-era Doctor Who from your memory.
HOLLY: Why should I do that? I've never heard of him.
LISTER: You've never heard of him because I've just erased him from your smegging memory.
HOLLY: What'd you do that for?
LISTER: < you'll have to fill in your own witty reply for lister here. my head just a'splode from all the potential for sarky responses >
Heartily agree Sir! And maybe Patrick and William will drop in on them too.
Met him once
Really nice chap. Made everybody laugh.
I'm Fairly sure that's Cromer...
A sad loss... I echo the comment about him not getting a proper send off. Thanks for the memories. Some Brig related fun on the DVD tonight Methinks...
He played his character very well
Forever "in Geneva"
We shall not see his like again
Sad to See Him Go
I actually met Nick a couple of times at two Leeds based SciFi conventions called Santacon, he was one of the friendliest and nicest of people you could wish to meet. I always thought Unit in the New Dr. Who series lacked him as the figurehead. He will be missed.
Five rounds rapid
Splendid chap, all of him.
He was producing great stuff still. I can wholeheartedly recommend the Scaryfiers radio series...
"It may be a tentacled fiend from the beyond but it doesn't like the taste of hot lead!"
I always enjoyed Courtney's portrayal of the Brigadier with a twinkle i his eye on Doctor Who. All those years, and he was the one constant in the show. The Doctor could change, the Doctor's sidekicks changed, the "enemy" changed, but Lethbridge-Stewart was always there to keep the home fires burning! So long General. You will be missed.
Greatest ever quote
You know, just once I'd like to meet an alien menace who wasn't immune to bullets!
What the Devil's going on Doctor......
....these chaps are popping off everywhere!
(Paraphrasing the Brig just as he stands up from a massive chaingun having dispatched several Ogrons and placing his stick back under his arm).
Good night and good luck Brigadier.
He played the Police commisioner, who when introduced to the UNICEF rep said "AH yes UNICEF-brave little country"
He will be missed!
21 gun salute
He deserved it. RIP and condolences to any family.
Rest in Peace, Brigadier
No-one could act opposite yetis and dinosaurs, gargoyles and cybermen and still pull off his straight-faced, determined dignity. "Chap with the wings, five rounds rapid" - says it all. You'll be missed, Brig.
Pint for you.
Doctor: "But I don't exist in your world!"
Brigadier: "Then you won't feel the bullets when we shoot you"
Ah; the glory days of UNIT; repelling whole alien armies with a ragtop Landrover Defender, three expendable squaddies armed with L1A1s, and a decent chap with a REALLY good moustache...
Mordred: My Mother will destroy you!
Brigadier: Just between you and me, Mordred, I'm getting a little tired of hearing about your mother
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Not this time, Doctor. Armour-Piercing, solid core with a Teflon coating; go through a Dalek.
The Doctor: A non-stick bullet.
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: UNIT's been very busy, Doctor. We've also got high-explosive rounds for Yeti's and very efficient armour-piercing rounds for robots. And we've even got gold-tipped bullets for you-know-what.
The Doctor: No silver?
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Silver bullets?
The Doctor: Well, you never know...
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Sergeant, Have we any Silver Bullets?