Russell T Davies’ heartfelt tribute to Bernard Cribbins is just wonderful
Sad news today that the great Bernard Cribbins has died aged 93. And while the term ‘national treasure’ is doubtless overused these days, in this case it is absolutely, totally, 100% appropriate.
But this one touched us more than any other, from Doctor Who showrunner (and much else besides) Russell T Davies.
Cribbins was a Doctor Who stalwart, of course – appearing alongside Peter Cushing in the 1964 film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 before returning in 2007 as a different character, Wilfred Mott.
He not long ago filmed scenes for the show’s 60th anniversary special which is due to air on BBC1 next year.
Here’s what Davies wrote on Instagram.
And just a few of the things people were saying about it.
— Julia Raeside 💙 (@JNRaeside) July 28, 2022
Heartbroken to hear the passing of Bernard Cribbins 💔
What an amazing person loved by so many.
Russell T Davies lovely tribute and message to Bernard.
Will be forever missed 💙💙 pic.twitter.com/IFlWjUebTf
— Safe Space Who (@SafeSpaceDrWho) July 28, 2022
Russell’s tribute to Bernard Cribbins has me bawling right now. So beautifully written 💙 pic.twitter.com/c6fTMBSwpm
— beth ✨ (@raggedyjodie) July 28, 2022
RIP Bernard Cribbins. Russell T Davies' tribute is just wonderful. pic.twitter.com/j4Aw5hXj5u
— JBR (@JBRAgent) July 28, 2022
Just in case you didn’t see it (or wanted to watch it again) …
Fun fact: Bernard Cribbins asked Russell T Davies if he could write someone fighting off a Dalek with a paintball gun, so RTD put in this scene for Wilf: pic.twitter.com/9gExyMzVUQ
— Bad Wolf Archives (@BadWolfArchives) June 28, 2022
“Being horrible to Wilf” pic.twitter.com/NdyPEEbOHr
— Andrew Hsieh (@AndrewOnSeeAIR) July 28, 2022
There’s obviously only one way to end this.
When I think of Bernard Cribbins I think of this scene pic.twitter.com/xxlXpYQ08q
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) July 28, 2022
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