There are some actors who affect you profoundly with their character. For many other people besides myself, Nicholas Courtney provided one of those characters. Like the radiantly special Elisabeth Sladen, his Doctor Who character, The Brigadier, Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, provided a sparkling human counterpoint to the Doctor. Strong but flexible, this actor played the character as if he was the man. He has been deeply mourned by the community. I cried when he died, as did many others. He was one of the few ‘human’s in the series who you felt could make things ok.
I am glad they are honouring that.
He has battled an insane half-human, half-flesh mutant called Jennifer, crash-landed in Nazi Germany and met up with his old foes the Cybermen in the series so far.But on Saturday night the Doctor will take time off from saving the Earth – and himself – to pay tribute to one of the shows most popular actors, Nicholas Courtney, who died this year after playing the Doctors companion, Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, over a period of more than 40 years.
- Elisabeth Sladen: “a tear, Sarah Jane?” (andrewlewin.wordpress.com)