"Jenkins... chap with wings there. Five rounds rapid."
All-time classic Brigadier line, from Dr Who 'The Deamons'.
Nicholas Courtney, who starred in Doctor Who as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart opposite no less than eight incarnations of the famous Doctor, has died aged 81. The Egypt-born actor first appeared in the popular BBC sci-fi drama in the 1960s, but his Brig role wasn't his first casting in for Doctor Who. In The …
Star Trekkies have it easy. Any time one of their heroes dies, they've got a ready made epitaph:
Trekkie #1: Did you hear the sad news about James Doohan
Trekkie #2: Oh, did he...?
Trekkie #1: Yes. He's finally boldly gone where no man has gone before...
Whovians just can't do that with our catchphrase:
Whovian #1: Did you hear the sad news about Nicholas Courtney?
Whovian #2: You mean...?
Whovian #1: Yes. He's finally bigger on the inside than the outside...
Ah well. At ease sir; you may stand down now. You did a good job.
LISTER: I've done it.
HOLLY: Done what?
LISTER: Erased Sylvester McCoy.
HOLLY: Who's he, then?
LISTER: Holly, you just asked me to erase all Sylvester McCoy-era Doctor Who from your memory.
HOLLY: Why should I do that? I've never heard of him.
LISTER: You've never heard of him because I've just erased him from your smegging memory.
HOLLY: What'd you do that for?
LISTER: < you'll have to fill in your own witty reply for lister here. my head just a'splode from all the potential for sarky responses >
Courtney recounted that the producer had taken him to a nice lunch, and then afterwards asked what would he think about being killed off in Battlefield. Courtney was up for it.
In the end the production team just didn't have the heart to kill off the much loved character after he's just saved the world. But, for a few seconds on first transmission, you believed he was dead.
RIP Nick. Hope you are up there enjoying a pint with Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado and Ian Marter.
I always enjoyed Courtney's portrayal of the Brigadier with a twinkle i his eye on Doctor Who. All those years, and he was the one constant in the show. The Doctor could change, the Doctor's sidekicks changed, the "enemy" changed, but Lethbridge-Stewart was always there to keep the home fires burning! So long General. You will be missed.
Mordred: My Mother will destroy you!
Brigadier: Just between you and me, Mordred, I'm getting a little tired of hearing about your mother
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Not this time, Doctor. Armour-Piercing, solid core with a Teflon coating; go through a Dalek.
The Doctor: A non-stick bullet.
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: UNIT's been very busy, Doctor. We've also got high-explosive rounds for Yeti's and very efficient armour-piercing rounds for robots. And we've even got gold-tipped bullets for you-know-what.
The Doctor: No silver?
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Silver bullets?
The Doctor: Well, you never know...
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Sergeant, Have we any Silver Bullets?
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