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Nicholas Courtney (December 16, 1929 – February 22, 2011)

Posted by invizweb on February 24, 2011

Courtney as Stewart via WikiMedia Commons

Nicholas Courtney, who is most known for his role as Lethbridge Stewart on  Doctor Who, passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.  His first appearance on the program was the serial, The Daleks’ Master Plan,  which first aired on November 13, 1965, when his character was a Colonel, and he appeared on 107 episodes of the storied series.  His character was promoted to Brigadier in later stories.  His final Doctor Who appearance was in the serial, Battlefield, with the final part airing September 27, 1989.  His character made  another appearance  on the Doctor Who spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures, December 2008.  Born December 16, 1929 in Cairo, Egypt, Courtney was the son of a British diplomat and  served in the British Army as a Private for 18 months.

Nicholas is survived by his second wife Karen, his son Phillip, and his daughter Bella.

More here and here.

During the beginning of my period of unemployment in 2008, I found great pleasure  in the adventures of the new Doctor Who series.  So much so, that I watched on NetFlix Instant the original series.  One of the constants of many of the older serials was the “stiff lipped” Brigadier whose rye humor was very welcome.  I especially liked his appearance in The Three Doctors.  I will definitely always remember the artist whom brought me much needed joy in my time of need.

I wish the Courtney family and friends my most sincere condolences.

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