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Farewell to the Doctor's Loyal Friend

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NICHOLAS Courtney, who played Doctor Who's longest running companion, has died of cancer at 81.

Nicholas starred as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart alongside five doctors - from Patrick Troughton to Peter Davison.

His most frequent appearances were during Jon Pertwee's incarnation as the third Doctor stuck on Earth.

When the series returned in 2005 after almost a decade off air, the Brigadier was referred to as being "stuck in Peru". But Courtney returned to the role in spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Before playing the Brigadier, Courtney starred with first Doctor William Hartnell in 1965 as a space agent.

He lived in London with second wife Karen and children Philip and Bella.

Former Doctor Tom Baker described him as a "wonderful companion", writing on his website: "Of all the characters in there is no doubt he was the most loved by the fans."

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  • APA 6th ed.: Jefferies, Mark (2011-02-24). Farewell to the Doctor's Loyal Friend. The Mirror p. 20.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Jefferies, Mark. "Farewell to the Doctor's Loyal Friend." The Mirror [add city] 2011-02-24, 20. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Jefferies, Mark. "Farewell to the Doctor's Loyal Friend." The Mirror, edition, sec., 2011-02-24
  • Turabian: Jefferies, Mark. "Farewell to the Doctor's Loyal Friend." The Mirror, 2011-02-24, section, 20 edition.
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