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Bernard Cribbins, Doctor Who Star, Dies at 93

Cribbins played Wilfred Mott on the iconic BBC series.
  • Bernard Cribbins in Doctor Who (Photo: Doctor Who/Twitter)
    Bernard Cribbins in Doctor Who (Photo: Doctor Who/Twitter)

    Bernard Cribbins, best known for his role in Doctor Who, has died at the age of 93, his agent confirmed to the BBC on Thursday.

    Cribbins made his debut in the Doctor Who universe in 1966, playing the Doctor's companion Tom Campbell in the film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.. 41 years later, he joined the TV series as Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of Catherine Tate's character, Donna. He appeared in the role from 2007 through 2010.

    Cribbins was also well-known for his appearances on children's television. He narrated and voiced characters in The Wombles, which aired from 1973 to 1975, and was a regular reader on the storytime show Jackanory from 1966 to 1991. More recently, Cribbins played the title role in the children's TV series Old Jack's Boat from 2013 to 2015.

    Former Doctor Who showrunner Russel T. Davies posted a tribute to Cribbins on Instagram, writing, "I love this man. I love him." Davies shared several anecdotes of Cribbins, adding, "I’m so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world."

    The Doctor Who Twitter account also posted a short tribute to the actor.

    Recently, Cribbins was seen filming with Catherine Tate and David Tennant for the Doctor Who 60th anniversary celebration. In photos taken in May, the actor was seen sitting in a wheelchair while Tennant guided him towards the TARDIS.

    Rest in peace, Bernard Cribbens. You will be missed.

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    TOPICS: Bernard Cribbins, Doctor Who, The Wombles, Obits