Published on June 11th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley
Bernard Cribbins, OBE!
Announced in the Queen’s “other” birthday honours list, the former big screen companion Tom Campbell (Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.) and Wilfred Mott actor Cribbins has finally been bestowed a commendation that his fans have been crying out for over the past few years.
Who can forget Cribbins as the kindly station master in The Railway Children, or the reader of many popular tales in Jackanory? Bernard was also the narrator on The Wombles (a group of which will be taking to the stage at Glastonbury this month!) and featured in one of the popular Fawlty Towers episodes as a man mistaken for Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) as a hotel inspector…
In addition to all of this, the great Bernard Cribbins, OBE, was also the voice of a couple of hit songs, “Right Said Fred” and “Hole in the Ground” back in the early 1960s (something that kept George Martin in work until the Beatles came along), but we fans of Doctor Who know him best as Wilf Mott, grandfather to former companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate).
Cribbins was marvellous all through Series 4 in 2008, and then Turn Left happened, and we remembered just why we love the guy so much.
Because he can act, and really make you believe.
So it made perfect sense that Russell T Davies would cast him as the Tenth Doctor’s de facto companion in The End of Time, and even be the indirect cause of the regeneration, the very source of the legendary “four knocks”.