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Published on June 11th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Bernard Cribbins, OBE!

Okay, so it’s not a knighthood, but a round of applause, please, for Mr Bernard Cribbins, OBE, actor and singer who has entertained millions of us over the years!

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”.

All of that only leaves us to say: from all of us at Kasterborous, massive congratulations to Bernard Cribbins, OBE!

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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