The news of the passing of "Doctor Who" legend Nicolas Courtney is especially sad, considering I just spent the weekend with a convention full of "Doctor Who" fans.
Courtney played Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart in over 100 episodes opposite five Doctors. The Brigadier was the head of UNIT, the British military operation that regularly deals with alien threats and often worked with the Doctor in the 70s.
His last "Doctor Who" appearance on TV was in 1989, though he voiced radio serials and made charity appearances.
The Brigadier was one of the few people The Doctor trusted and though he didn't appear in the new series, he was mentioned and his absence was felt. It is not an understatement to say that the Brigadier is as central to the history of "Doctor Who" as The Doctor himself and Courtney will be missed.
I'm sure when series six begins airing later in the Spring he will be given a proper sendoff.