Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction TV series in history, airing initially from 1963 to 1989. The series told the story of the Doctor, a mysterious traveller in space and time, whose TARDIS can take him and his companions anywhere in time and space. He faces many dangerous adversaries along the way, righting wrongs and bringing justice.
Nicholas Courtney was born in Egypt, the son of a British diplomat. His early years were spent in ...
Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, CMG, CBE, DSO
generally referred to simply as the Brigadier
, is a fictional character
in the British science fiction television
series Doctor Who
, played by Nicholas Courtney
. He is one of the founders of UNIT
(United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), an international organization that defends Earth from alien
threats, and serves as commander of the British contingent. Almost 20 years after his last appearance, the character returned in the spin-off programme The Sarah Jane Adventures
in late 2008.
Following Courtney's death in 2011, however, the character of the Brigadier was retired through a line of dialogue in the Doctor Who
episode "The Wedding of River Song
"; the Doctor is informed by telephone that his old friend died peacefully in his sleep in a nursing home several months earlier. The 2012 episode "The Power of Three
" officially introduces the Brigadier's daughter, Kate Stewart
, as UNIT's scientific adviser. She was originally introduced in the unlicensed video spin-off Downtime
in 1995, in which the Brigadier also appeared, and later played the same role in the fiftieth anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart Photos
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