Thursday 28 July 2022

Doctor Who actor Bernard Cribbins dies

"Every night, Doctor, when it gets dark, and the stars come out... I'll look up at the sky, and think of you." Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93.

The beloved actor appeared twice in Doctor Who. Firstly in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. and then during David Tennant's tenure as the titular Time Lord.

Returning Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies posted an extended tribute to Cribbins on Instagram. “I love this man. I love him,” he wrote. “He loved being in Doctor Who. He said, ‘Children are calling me grandad in the street!’

“And what an actor. Oh, really though, what a wonderful actor. We once took him to the TV Choice Awards and sent him up on his own to collect the award, and the entire room stood up and cheered him.

“That’s a lovely memory. He’d phone up and say, ‘I’ve got an idea! What if I attack a Dalek with a paintball gun?!’ Okay, Bernard, in it went!

“He loved [his late wife] Gill with all his heart; he mentioned her in every conversation we ever had. A love story for the ages. I’m so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world.”

With a career spanning seven decades, Cribbins was a staple of our childhoods. From The Wombles to The Railway Children and Jackanory to Faulty Towers. He was like a mystical great uncle who would live forever. Thoughts go to his family & friends. Thank you for so many amazing childhood memories!

What are your enduring memories of Bernard Cribbins? Let me know in the comments below.

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