R.I.P. Nicholas Courtney

Nicholas Courtney as "the Brig"

Alas, another obituary – this one for Nicholas Courtney, who likewise died this past Tuesday. Courtney is best known as the alternately charming and infuriating Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (or “the Brig”), a role he played many times over the years, beginning in 1968 and ending in 2008. The Brigadier interacted with the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th doctors, and more recently with Sarah Jane Smith in her spinoff series, but his most famous partnership was with the 3rd Doctor. Their relationship was often adversarial (the Brigadier arguing for military solutions and the Doctor arguing for peaceful ones) but grew into one of increasing trust and friendship, and their interaction was always entertaining.

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