R.I.P. Nicholas Courtney

Veteran British thesp and “Doctor Who” actor Nicholas Courtney has died in London at the age of 81, passing away after a short illness reports The BBC.

Courtney played the no-nonsense and often dryly witted character of Brigadier Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart across many decades of the franchise, first appearing in 1968 and making his last appearance on spin-off “The Sarah Jane Adventures” in 2008. All up he appeared in 107 episodes of ‘Who’.

In his time on screen he played opposite five different Doctors, most commonly with Jon Pertwee, and worked with two more (David Tennant and Paul McGann) on audio stories.

A staple of British television, Courtney also appeared on such shows as “The Saint,” “The Avengers,” “Minder,” “Callan,” “The Bill,” “Casualty,” “Doctors,” “Yes Prime Minister” and “The Champions.”

“A true gentlemen” as Edgar Wright put so well, ‘The Brigadier’ will be sorely missed.