The 93-year-old actor Bernard Cribbins, who played the Doctor Who and Wombles, passed away, according to his agent.
Cribbins served as the voice of The Wombles in the 1970s during a career that lasted seven decades.
He also portrayed Tom Campbell, the Doctor’s companion, in the 1966 movie Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., and he made a comeback in the revived TV series 41 years later.
As Wilfred Mott, Donna’s grandfather in the television series, Cribbins made a comeback.
He performed with Wilfred between 2007 and 2010.
Children of many generations were familiar with the actor because he also portrayed station porter Albert Perks in the 1970 movie The Railway Children.
Russel T. Davies, former showrunner for Doctor Who, spearheaded the tributes by uploading a photo of himself on the set and writing: “I feel very fortunate to have met him. I appreciate everything, old soldier. The world has lost a legend.”
The actor Mark Gatiss wrote on Twitter that Cribbins was unique.
“a talented comedy actor with a deep well of empathy and compassion. Wombles to Wilf, Sellers to Star Turn “He went on. “I once praised him for his wonderful work in Hammer’s “She” in front of him. He left that afternoon to play five aside at the age of approximately 90.”
Nadine Dorries, the secretary for culture, added, “Really sad news.” What talent and well-lived life,
He got his start at everything through being an actor, comic, singer, and raconteur, from Shakespeare to pantomime, Jackanory to Top of the Pops.
Oldham native Cribbins, who was born in 1928, dropped out of school at the age of 13 to work as an assistant stage manager at a community theater company. He then began acting in tiny roles before beginning an apprenticeship with the Oldham Repertory Theater.
The actor rose to fame in the UK thanks to a run of popular novelty singles in the 1960s, including Right Said Fred and The Hole in the Ground, a monologue that Noel Coward chose for his Desert Island collection.
Additionally, he made appearances in comedies like Two-Way Stretch.
He scored some significant roles on the big screen in the 1970s, including that of bartender Felix Forsythe in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy.