David Tennant and Catherine Tate pay tribute to Doctor Who co-star Bernard Cribbins

Virgin Radio

29 Jul 2022, 11:25

David Tennant and Wilfred Mott on set for Doctor Who

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David Tennant and Catherine Tate have paid tribute to former Doctor Who co-star Bernard Cribbins after the actor sadly passed away yesterday (28 July), aged 93.

Appearing on ITV News at Ten last night as part of a feature about the life and career of Cribbins, the pair shared their experiences of working with the beloved actor.

Tennant said: “He was lovely, I mean he was genuinely lovely. He had a warmth about him and a twinkle about him.”

Tate added: “It’s a huge takeaway for our lives and certainly our careers to have had him in it. There’s a Bernard Cribbins-shaped hole in the world now.”

The pair worked with Cribbins when he played fan-favourite Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of Donna Noble (Tate), in Doctor Who. He appeared in ten episodes between 2007 and 2010 and was recently spotted filming for the upcoming 60th anniversary special just a few weeks before his death.

Showrunner Russell T Davies, who also worked with the actor during his stint on the show, paid his own tribute to Cribbins in an emotional message.

Posting on Instagram, he said: “I love this man. I love him. I’m so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world.”

Writer and actor Mark Gatiss also paid tribute to Cribbins and wrote: "There was no one quite like Cribbins. A gifted comic actor with an incredible seam of pathos and real heart. From Sellers to Star Turn, Wombles to Wilf.

"I once gushed to him about his lovely performance in Hammer’s ‘She’. That afternoon he was off to play 5 aside – aged almost 90."

The actor was also known for playing station porter Albert Perks in the 1970 film adaptation of The Railway Children and for narrating the infamous kids’ TV series, The Wombles. He also appeared in the Carry On series and had a memorable guest appearance on Fawlty Towers.

The thoughts of everyone at Virgin Radio go out to Bernard’s family and friends.