Farewell, Old Friend

I’ve probably talked a lot of times about how Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor has a special place in my heart because he was my very first Doctor. Well, I think I’ve been neglecting to mention how my first experience of that Doctor probably wouldn’t have been the same if he didn’t have the folks at UNIT, especially Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon LethBridge-Stewart. Brigadier to his colleagues and friends, “The Brig” to many fans, he was a commanding figure that managed to hold his own against the great and strange presence of the dandy Timelord. He was a man of few words, of a direct approach, of a stubborn, logical mind, of gentlemanly manners, of bravery and bad-assery even in his advanced years. He was also a man of loyalty, and through the years, his many (however sporadic) dealings with other incarnations of the Doctor showed how much he valued friendship. We couldn’t have asked for a better UNIT commander and we couldn’t have asked for a finer actor than Nicholas Courtney to play such a man. It was clear that many of The Brig’s characteristics were his own, shining through in his performance. Farewell, Mr Courtney. Farewell, Brigadier. Retirement at last.

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