The performer is perhaps best known for his work on or around TARDIS, but he has enjoyed a long career on stage and screen over the years. He started working in theater at the age of 14 and made his West End debut in the 1956 film “A Comedy of Errors”. He released two comedy albums in 1963, both of which were collaborations. Beatles member George Martin produced. In 1970, he starred in the classic film “Railway Children.”
In 2007, Cribbins gained exposure to a younger audience when he appeared as Wilfred Mott in the “Doctor Who” Christmas special, “Voyage of the Damned.” The UK-born boy’s first role in the “Who” universe was actually years ago in 1966. At the time, Peter Cushing played the Doctor and the Cribbins starred alongside the time traveler. in “Daleks Invasion: Earth 2150 AD”. The Cribbins almost played the iconic character himself in 1974, but the role went to Tom Baker instead. After four decades away from the series, entering Wilfred Mott’s part has made him one of many artists entering the beloved sci-fi world as two separate characters.
In 2009, Cribbins was awarded the Special BAFTA Award to honor his contributions to children’s film and television for his role as a narrator on the children’s show “The Wombles” from 1973 to 1975. Two years later, he was awarded an OBE. He was asked while still working in the late ’80s if there was anything he wanted to do with his career that he hadn’t tried. “I still want to be a Westerner,” he said, according to the BBC. “I could play Clint Eastwood’s dad!”
His wife, Gillian McBarnett, died in 2021.
https://www.slashfilm.com/943922/bernard-cribbins-beloved-doctor-who-star-has-died-at-93/ Bernard Cribins, Beloved Doctor, Star, has died aged 93