Tributes paid to Doctor Who actor Nicholas Courtney

Nicholas CourtneyTributes has been paid to Doctor Who actor Nicholas Courtney who has died at the age of 81. Amongst those to pay tribute to the actor are former co-star Nicholas Courtney and writer/actor Mark Gatiss.

Nicholas CourtneyTributes has been paid to Doctor Who actor Nicholas Courtney who has died at the age of 81. The actor died following a short battle with cancer according to reports. While he had a long and varied career he will forever be remembered as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who. Courtney made his first appearance in the series as The Brigadier in 1968 opposite Patrick Troughton but had previously appeared in 1965 opposite William Hartnell in another role.

Courtney was a regular cast member of Doctor Who between 1970 and 1975 and returned several times in the 1980s to reprise his role of The Brigadier. The actor also reprised the role for the 1995 straight-to-video story Downtime as well as for BBC and Big Finish audio dramas – he was also a regular at the Doctor Who conventions. He last played the Brigadier on-screen in 2008 in the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures reuniting him with former co-star Elisabeth Sladen.

Following the news of his death tributes has been paid to the actor. Tom Baker, who played the Doctor between 1974 and 1981, described the actor as a “wonderful companion” with a “marvellous resonant voice” and also added “Of all the characters in Doctor Who there is no doubt that he was the most loved by the fans”.

Long-term Doctor Who fans Mark Gatiss paid tribute to Courtney on Twitter posting “Desperately sad to hear that Nicholas Courtney has passed away. A childhood hero and the sweetest of gentlemen.” Gatiss Nicholas Courtney with Katy Manning and Jon Pertweehas penned several episodes of the revived series of Doctor Who and also appeared in an episode as well – he has written an episode for the forthcoming sixth series.

Nicholas Pegg, posting on the Gallifrey Base fan forum, said ‘”Such sad news. A wonderful actor, a childhood hero, a treasured friend, and the kindest, funniest, gentlest of men.” The comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw described Nicholas Courtney as “a brilliant actor and warm, charming man”.