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Bernard Cribbins appears to have reprized his role as Wilfred Mott in Doctor Who, after being photographed in London shooting scenes for the BBC show’s 60th anniversary special alongside co-stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate
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Bernard Cribbins is staging Doctor Who again at the age of 93.
The veteran star will return alongside Catherine Tate and David Tennant as Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of Catherine’s character Donna Noble.
He was spotted filming in Camden, London, after starting production on new episodes marking the sci-fi show’s 60th anniversary next year.
In the footage, he is spotted being pushed into a wheelchair by the tenth Doctor Tennant – and there’s a funny moment when he almost falls out.
Wearing a new blue coat, Tennant’s Lord of Time also entered a club called The Modfather.
The Cribbins’ character Wilf, a believer in alien life, was delighted when Donna became the Doctor’s companion and helped keep her adventures in the TARDIS secret from her overbearing mother.
Cribbins, who narrated The Wombles and was a regular on Jackanory throughout the ’70s and ’80s, first played Wilf in the 2007 Christmas special and returned in the two-part finale of Tennant, which ended ended in 2010.
But it was not his first appearance. Nearly 40 years earlier, the actor had starred alongside Tom Campbell as Peter Cushing’s version of the Doctor in the 1966 spin-off Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150AD.
Cribbins, whose 66-year-old wife Gillian McBarnet died last year, left school at the age of 13 and forged an acting career that spanned seven decades.
Announcing Tennant and Tate’s return over the weekend, host Russell T Davies teased: “They’re back! And that seems impossible – first we announce a new Doctor, and then an old Doctor, along with the wonderful Donna, what the hell is going on? Maybe this is a flawed story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. “
The 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, is leaving the on-screen role later this year and Scottish-Rwandan actor Ncuti Gatwa has been announced as the new Time Lord. However, BBC bosses have yet to confirm when he will take over, and have stopped calling him the 14th Doctor.
This has led to speculation that Gatwa will not appear in the reincarnation scenes when Whittaker departs in the fall.
The BBC declined to comment.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/doctor-who-star-bernard-cribbins-26991107 Doctor Who star Bernard Cribbins, 93, shoots comeback scene for BBC show