Bernard Cribbins helped remind the world Doctor Who should always be about kindness

For most Americans, myself included, Bernard Cribbins — the British actor and singer with over 70 years of experience on stage and screen who died this week at the age of 93 — will be best remembered as Wilfred Mott. As Wilfred, Cribbins was a regular supporting character in the fourth season of the then-recently rebooted Doctor Who (which just wrapped its 13th season in 2021), at the exact moment when the long-running British import was finally gaining a real foothold on this side of the pond.

This was a pretty remarkable thing in and of itself — even rebooted Doctor Who was a bit odd and hokey for mid-’00s U.S. airwaves, operating with different
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