Doctor Who actor Bernard Cribbins died on July 27. The 93-year-old British actor’s death was confirmed by his agent, who told Variety: “Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is unquestionable. He was one of a kind and embodied the best of his generation and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.” Following Cribbin’s death, The Irish Mirror reported that his agent released a statement stating It says, “His career spanned seven decades with work as diverse as films ranging from films like ‘The Railway Children’ and the ‘Carry On’ series to the hit ’60s Song.’ Right Said Fred,” an infamous guest in “Fawlty Towers,” and as a narrator in “The Wombles. He worked well into his 90’s and recently appeared in ‘Doctor Who’.”
Cribbins was best known for his two characters on BBC’s legendary Doctor Who. Cribbins portrayed Tom Campbell, companion to Peter Cushing’s Doctor Who, in the 1966 film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD. Younger Doctor Who fans knew Cribbins for his role as Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate . Gizmodo reported that Cribbins played the cherished grandfather from 2007 to 2010 during David Tennant’s Doctor Who seasons on the BBC TV series.
The popular actor was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for services to drama. Cribbins lost his wife, Gil, in October 2021, per The Sun, after 66 years of marriage. The stories of Cribbins and the reactions to his death make this loss heartbreaking for many.
Bernard Cribbins loved being in Doctor Who
Bernard Cribbins’ death has hit Doctor Who fans hard. Series showrunner Russell T. Davies paid tribute to Cribbins in a poignant Instagram post. Davies wrote: “Bernard Cribbins (1928-2022) I love this man. I love him.” Davies continued, “He loved being in Doctor Who. He said, ‘Kids call me grandpa in the street!'” He ended his tribute by writing, “I’m so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world.”
Gizmodo reported that Cribbins reprized his role as Wilfred Mott for the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary special alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate. The Irish Mirror reported that the actor was filming scenes for the Doctor Who special in May. Cribbins was seen with Tennant pushing him in a wheelchair. There have been many emotional Twitter reactions to the actor’s death. A fan tweeted, “I grew up with him, he’s a legend.” Another fan tweeted, “I don’t want to believe it.” Another Twitter user wrote about his appreciation for Cribbins tweet“Thank you for the grace and empathy you showed Dr. Who have brought, especially RIP.”