UK actor Nicholas Courtney, best known as Doctor Who‘s Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, has died, aged 81.
Originally slated to play Captain Knight, he was ‘promoted’ to the role of Colonel by director Douglas Camfield and returned as a newly promoted Brigadier in The Invasion, a role he was to become associated with for over forty years.
Appearing as one of the main characters throughout the Third Doctor’s incarnation, he was then to appear with every other classic series Doctor, plus an appearance in the spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Other shows included Callan, Sword of Honour, The Saint, The Champions, The Avengers, Randall and Hopkirk, All Creatures Great And Small, Sink or Swim, Shelley, Yes Prime Minister The Bill, Doctors, Casualty and Only Fools and Horses
In 1997, he became the Honorary President of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.
He is survived by his wife Karen, his son Philip and daughter Bella.
Source: Doctor Who News