London, Europe Brief News – Doctor Who actor Bernard Cribbins has died aged 93, his family has confirmed.
During a career that spanned seven decades, Cribbins narrated the 1970s children’s programme The Wombles.
He also played Dr Who’s companion Tom Campbell in the 1966 film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150, returning 41 years later in the revived series.
Cribbins returned to the revived show a as Wilfred Mott, the grandad of Catherine Tate’s character Donna.
The actor was known by generations of children – he also played the station master Albert Perks in 1970 film The Railway Children.
Former Doctor Who showrunner Russel T Davies led the tributes, posting a picture of him on set, while saying: “I’m so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world.”
A statement from his agent said his career featured “such diverse work”, including the Carry On series, hit 60s song Right Said Fred and as a notorious guest on Fawlty Towers.
“He worked well into his 90s, recently appearing in Doctor Who and the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat,” they added.
“He lost his wife of 66 years, Gill, last year.
“Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is without question. He was unique, typifying the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”