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Published on November 5th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Honour, Charity and Looking Damn Sharp

Today’s news is all about feeling good, doing you bit and doffing your cap in respect towards a genuine TV legend.

Congratulations are in order for national treasure Bernard Cribbin’s who has been appointed an OBE.

Bernard who played Donna Nobles Grandfather Wilfred Mott – who brought genuine pathos and pulled many heart-strings in The End of Time – was presented with his honour for services to drama by the Princess Royal with whom he had a ‘lovely, wee chat.’

Bernard is perhaps best known as the voice of the 1970’s children’s show The Wombles (although there was no sign of Orinoco during the ceremony), for which he still receives an enormous amount of fan accolades for:

“I can almost identify people ages just by what they are saying. It was a very nice episode in my career.”

Talking to BBC News the 82 year-old actor said he had no intention of retiring yet:

“I love it, I can’t stop it, why should I? I’m still able to read and write.”

Here’s to many more nice episodes (the fiftieth anniversary, anyone?) in your distinguished career Bernard!

Speaking of national institutions, its Children in Need on Friday 18th November and again Doctor Who is bringing its wares along in aid of needy children.

Again rather than producing any specially shot short pieces ala Time Crash, the show will instead be offering an exclusive sneak peek at this years Christmas Special, which sees the Doctor leading the recently evacuated Arwell clan into a magical new world.

Doctor Who isn’t the only thing keeping Sir Terrance of Wogan up past his bedtime; there’s specially commissioned japery from Vic & Bob, Russell Howard’s Good News and the terrifying prospect of the cast of EastEnders ‘Butcher’-ing the music of Queen (Oh God! I’m having EastEnder’s Christmas Party flashbacks! Help!)

To free you from that horrifying prospect of Shane Ritchie beating the very life out of We Are the Champions, here’s The Eleventh Doctor’s Costume T- Shirt- available now thanks to the fan demand from Forbidden Planet.

The t shirt- which will come in five sizes- will be available from the Forbidden Planet warehouse of wonders from 30th November.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




3 Responses to Honour, Charity and Looking Damn Sharp

  1. avatar Spaceman says:

    Congratulations Sir Bernard Cribbens. Well past over due. (*Salutes ala Wilfred Mott*)
    Someone mention 50th Anniversary year…. Yes I would dearly, dearly love to see a scene with Wilf and the 11th Doctor…
    (Maybe the return of Col. Alan Mace AND Capt. Erisa Magambo with U.N.I.T. somewhere along the way, Please? Pretty please?)

  2. avatar Alex says:

    I’ll be honest – everyone is harping about how they want to see Captain Jack return, or David Tennant. Given my choice of RTD-era characters to make a return during the Matt Smith era, I’d pick Wilfred Mott and Bernard Cribbins first any day. My only complaint here is why “just” an OBE? Surely the guy deserves knighthood.

    • avatar Cosmic Hobo says:

      I’m not the sort of person who writes in to say I agree with everything someone has said but er I agree with everything you said.

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