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Star of “Doctor Who” and “The Wombles” Bernard Cribbins passed away at the age of 93.

Cribbins‘s career extended seven decades, and throughout that time, he narrated the children’s program The Wombles, which aired in the 1970s.

In addition, he played Tom Campbell, the companion of the Doctor, in the 1966 film Daleks’ Invasion of Earth 2150 AD. He returned to the role of Tom Campbell in the revived TV series 41 years later.

Cribbins made his return to the show in the role of Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of the character Donna, played by Catherine Tate.

Between the years 2007 and 2010, he portrayed the role of Wilfred.

As a result of his role as station porter Albert Perks in the film The Railway Children, which was released in 1970, the actor was familiar to children of multiple generations.

Russell T. Davies, former showrunner for Doctor Who, led the tributes by uploading a picture of himself on set along with the following statement: “I count myself extremely fortunate to have met him. Thank you very much for everything, a veteran soldier. A figure from mythology has passed away.”


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Cribbins has been referred to as a “brilliantly talented man” by comedian and actor Matt Lucas, who has also appeared in episodes of Doctor Who.

Mike Batt, a songwriter, and producer who was responsible for writing the theme music for The Wombles, gave the following interview to BBC News: “He had a sneaky nature and was a lot of fun to be around because he was hilarious and made everyone laugh. However, he was a really dedicated worker who was also a very good performer on many different levels. I believe that he will be sorely missed by a great number of people.”

Bernard Cribbins

He was a creative genius, a brilliant storyteller, and knew just how to speak with an audience, Dame Floella Benjamin, who featured on children’s television with Cribbins, tweeted. “He knew just how to engage with an audience.”

Mark Gatiss, who is both an actor and a writer, once observed, “There was no one quite like Cribbins.”

“A talented comedy actor who also possesses an exceptional capacity for melancholy and a genuine heart. From Sellers to Star Turn, Wombles to Wilf, and everyone in between “He proceeded further. “When I saw him in Hammer’s ‘She,’ I raved to him about how wonderful his performance was. That afternoon he was going to play five aside despite the fact that he was about 90 years old.”

John Simm, who appeared in Doctor Who as The Master, posted the following: “Adored him. On command, he would gladly perform all of the Wombles’ voices, which had the effect of literally sending me back in time.”

Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Culture, said, “Really sad news.” “What a gift, and what a wonderful life you’ve led.”

The actor Cribbins was highlighted by the agent who represents him “such a wide range of work,” and went on to say that he continued to work well into his 90s, most recently making an appearance in Doctor Who and the CBeebies comedy Old Jack’s Boat.

“In the past year, he was bereaved of his wife of 66 years, Gill.

“There is no doubt regarding Bernard’s importance to the entertainment industry in the United Kingdom. He was one of a kind, exemplifying all that was great about his generation, and he will be profoundly missed by everyone who had the privilege of getting to know and collaborate with him.”

Bernard Cribbins felt that there was a little something of his own father in the character of Perks from the Railway Children.

He was someone who could turn his hand to anything, in addition to being amusing, hard-working, kind, and loyal. Young Bernard was motivated to try his hand at acting at school by Mr. Cribbins senior, who was also the person who encouraged him to do so.

Bernard Cribbins

At the age of 14, Bernard Cribbins began working full-time at Oldham Rep, and fifty years later, he was able to look back on a career in which he was virtually never without a job.

It was his side gig in variety that caught the eye of George Martin, who would later go on to become the producer for the band that became known as the Beatles. Both “Hole in the Ground” and “Right Said Fred,” tales of physical labor that resulted in untimely deaths, were chart singles that were liked by youngsters and were played on repeat on BBC Radio’s Junior Choice program.

To people of a certain age, he seemed to be present everywhere: in carrying On, on the radio, on children’s TBV, in Tufty public awareness videos, and in Buzby commercials. He was well-known, but not to the extent that Cribbins, the person, ever eclipsed the achievements of whatever he had been working on at the time.