HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO THE BRIGADIER NICHOLAS COURTNEY

THE BRIGADIER NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION SO THIS TIME I’M JUST GOING TO TELL ABOUT MY MEETING NICHOLAS AT VARIOUS CONS OVER THE YEARS.

WE LOST HIM THIS YEAR AS WELL AS ELIZABETH SLADEN AND THE NEORMITY STILL ASTOUNDS ME.

I FIRS MET NICHOLAS AT MY VERY FIRST PANOPTICON CONVENTION WHEE THE STEWARDS WERE NOT VERY FRIENDLY, LET ME TELL YOU, BUT THE GUESTS WERE.

I REMEMBER MY SHOCK AT SEEING THE BRIGADIER HAD A BALD PATCH AND AS HE SIGNED MY STUFF, HE CHATTED AWAY. BUT WHAT AMAZED ME WAS HOW HE DID THAT FOR EVERYONE, NO RUSHING TO GET THEM AWAY BUT HE HAD WORDS FOR ALL.

EVEN IN LIVERPOOL, HE DIDN’T MIND ME GOING INTO THEIR GREEN ROOM AND ASKING HIM TO SIGN MORE STUFF FOR ME. THE FIRST PANEL I SAW HIM DO WAS A UNIT ONE WITH RICHARD FRANKLIN AND KATY MANNING, AND THE MAGICAL EFFECT OF THEM TOGETHER ON STAGE WAS ASTOUNDING. THESE WERE THE PEOPLE I’D WATCHED ON TV FOR YEARS AND HERE THEY WERE IN THE FLESH, TOGETHER RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. THEIR STORIES WERE ELECTRIC, FUNNY, COMPELLING AND TOUCHING. THEIR LOVE OF JON PERTWEE WAS OBVIOUS AS WAS THEIR LOVE OF THE SHOW.

WHEN THEY SAY WE HAVE LOST TRUE LEGENDS, IT IS TRUE AND ALL THE MORE POIGNANT WHEN YOU HAVE MET AND TALKED TO THEM IN THE FLESH. NOW JON, LIZ AND NICK CAN CONTINUE THEIR ADVENTURES OUT THERE IN THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, A BRAND NEW SLATE.

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