HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO WILFRED MOTT BERNARD CRIBBINS

BERNARD CRIBBINS COULD GET A TEAR FROM A STONE. AND WHO’D HAVE THOUGHT A NEWSPAPER SELLER WOULD BECOME SUCH AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE DOCTOR’S LIFE?

SEEN IN THE CHRISTMAS EPISODE VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED, WILFRED FOUND HIMSLEF ELEVATED TO THE STATUS OF DONNA’S GRANDFATHER WHEN THE ACTOR PLAYING HER FATHER PASSED AWAY. THIS WAS TO BE HE PARTNERSHIP TO WATCH AS BOTH DONNA AND WILF BROUGHT A HUMANITY TO THE SERIES, GIVING US SOME OF ITS MOST HEARTFELT MOMENTS.

FROM THEIR KITCHEN TABLE WHISPERS OF TRAVELLING IN THE STARS TO THEIR REUNION IN THE SONTARAN STRATAGEM. WILF AND DONNA LIT UP THE SCREEN.

HIS PERFORMANCE IN TURN LEFT WAS HEART WRENCHING WHEN HE WATCHED LORRIES CARRY CITIZENS TO LABOUR CAMPS AND LAUGHED WHEN HE GOT INVOLVED IN A MIDMIGHT PISS UP, SINGING SONGS THAT KEPT DONNA AWAKE.

HE FOUND THE BEST IN EVERY SITUATION AND KNEW ALIENS WERE OUT THERE, AND HE IS THE ONLY MAN TO TACKLE A DALEK WITH A PAINT GUN. A SIMPLE WAR TIME MAN, WILF, LIKE DONNA, WAS THE FOCUS OF UNIVERSE CHANGING VENTS, ROSE SOUGHT HIM OUT BEFORE DAVROS DESTROYED EVERYTHING, THE TIME LADY SOUGHT HIM OUT, AND IT IS THE DOCTOR’S MOTHER, I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS, TO HELP SAVE THE DOCTOR FROM THE PROPHECY HE WOULD DIE.

AND IT IS IN THE END OF TIME THAT BERNARD BRINGS THE AUDIENCE TO TEARS WHEN HE BEGS TH DOCTOR TO TAKE THE GUN AND SHOOT THE MASTER BECAUSE WILF CAN’T BEAR TO SEE THE UNIVERSE LOSE SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN AND AGAIN AT THE WEDDING WHEN THE DOCTOR SAYS HIS FINAL GOODBYE HAVING GIVEN THEM THE LOTTERY TICKET FROM DONNA’S DECEASED FATHER.

AND I KNEW WILD WOULD BE THE ONE WHO WOULD KNOCK 4 TIMES AND EVEN AT THE END HE BEGGED THE DOCTOR TO LET HIM DIE SO HE WOULD LIVE AND KEEP THE UNIVERSE SAFE.

WHAT WOULD WILF MAKE OF THE NEW DOCTOR? MAYBE ONE DAY WE’LL FIND OUT. WE SALUTE YOU SIR.

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