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Published on May 25th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Cribbins Reveals He’s Not Involved in 50th

The legend that is known to the world as Bernard Cribbins (still not a “sir”) but recognised by Doctor Who fans as the wonderful Wilf Mott has been called upon to promote the new high def releases of Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD.


Cribbins – who co-starred in the Earth-based Dalek occupation movie as accident-prone PC Tom Campbell – was last seen on our screens in Doctor Who‘s big New Year’s Day 2010 episode The End of Time, Part Two. But based on his recent chat with Den of Geek it seems there is not much likelihood of the inadvertent “knocker” making a return for the 50th…

I rang Cardiff [where the Doctor Who production unit is based] a little while ago and said, ‘Am I going to be involved?’ and they said, ‘Well no. We’re shooting at the moment and maybe something later on but at the moment, no.’


Meanwhile, over at Sci-Fi Now, Cribbins has been talking in more detail about Peter Cushing, director Gordon Flemyng and Russell T Davies, as well as recalling his chat with Barry Letts about becoming the Fourth Doctor. Best, perhaps, is what Bernard remembers about being cast in the second Dalek movie, particularly the opening line…

It’s a few weeks ago isn’t, 1966?

I’d worked with Peter before, and I’ve an idea it was possibly he was the instigator of getting me into it. Roy Castle had done the previous one with Peter, and then I think Roy couldn’t do it or they wanted to change the character, and Cushing I’d worked with in Israel three years before. We did a film called She for Hammer, and he may well have said, I think it was the case that he’d said “Let’s have Cribbins. He’s alright, he doesn’t drink much, he doesn’t fall over, and he gets on with it.

It seems likely that Mr Cribbins will only be involved in a promotional capacity for Doctor Who’s 50th. What do you think? Would you like to see Wilf Mott turn up, threatening to tap on a piece of perspex, or has his time been and gone?

Released on Monday, May 27th, you can pre order your copy of Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD from Amazon for just £10.25, or opt for the HD Blu-ray version HD Blu-ray version at £12.50!


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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+.

7 Responses to Cribbins Reveals He’s Not Involved in 50th

  1. avatar vortexter says:

    Bernard Cribbins is a national treasure and I loved him as Donna’s granddad. I would love to see him and Donna who is my favourite new series companion return in some capacity.

  2. avatar Geoff says:

    What Vortexter said, although I’m not too fussed about Donna although I did like her too. I loved the Doctor and Wilfred, two old weary soldiers together.
    Interesting though that he said: not now but maybe a bit later, maybe some late filming is going to be done and poor old PMcG might get the call as well as Sir Bernard!

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    I agree that Bernard Cribbins was excellent as Wilf. Also that Catherine Tate was excellent as Donna. If either or both returned I would be happy. But we are celebrating 50 years and that covers a lot of companions. They can’t all return.

  4. It would be great if so many more would return. But one has to accept it’s not realistic. Having said that, I’d like Rose and Captain Jack to return. And Sarah-Jane and the Brigadier should get a mention too.

  5. avatar TonyS says:

    I’m hoping that the Brigadier will be celebrated with more than just his daughter. That is not meant as a slight to either Kate Lethbridge-Stewart or Jemma Redgrave. But I am hoping for something on top.

  6. avatar zarbisupremo says:

    I’d love to see Wilf and Ian Chesterton come back, preferably in the same episode.

  7. avatar Ken Jukes says:

    I met Bernard today! Hes brilliant :)

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