Real Name: Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
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Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart occupies a unique place in the history of Doctor Who companions. He's the one character who's shared at least one story with every televised classic Doctor—although he never physically "met" the First Doctor, and his appearances with the Sixth and Eighth Doctors were exclusively in audio productions.
He's also the one companion who was perhaps most opposite the Doctor in his view of how to deal with alien menace. Nowhere was this most obvious than in his relationship with the Third Doctor—the incarnation with whom he shared the greatest number of adventures. A military man, the Brigadier often was used to offered to counterbalance the Doctor's more peaceful means of encountering extraterrestrials.
The fact that he often opposed the Doctor, yet remained apparently beloved by each incarnation of the Doctor, has given rise to the popular fan theory that he's "the Doctor's best friend".
He began his association with the Doctor in an adventure slightly prior the formal creation of U.N.I.T., when the Doctor was in his second incarnation, and he himself was but a colonel. However, he quickly attained his final rank of Brigadier in charge of the European branch of U.N.I.T.
He has been depicted across virtually his entire career, from just before his ascendancy to the head of U.N.I.T. all the way through to his retirement.
In the Russell T. Davies vision of Doctor Who, he has been depicted, in comics at least, as a temporary companion to the Tenth Doctor in the time period between Rose's departure and Martha's arrival. Because the Tenth Doctor has fought in the Time War since the days of the classic televised Doctors, the relationship between the Tenth Doctor and the Brigadier has explicitly demonstrated that the philosophical gap between the two has somewhat narrowed from the days when he was constantly at loggerheads with the Third Doctor.
Indeed, as of 2007, only the Tenth Doctor has been depicted properly saluting the Brigadier.
As of 2007, only the Ninth Doctor has never shared an adventure, in any medium, with the Brigadier.
Finding a precise chronology for the "not-Rose" companions will doubtless plague Doctor Who canon keepers for ages. There were three major sources of Doctor Who comics featuring the Tenth Doctor at the time of Rose's departure—Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who Adventures, and Battles in Time. Each of these publications chronicled a different place on the timeline, because each features a different temporary companion. DWM chose to feature the return of the Brigadier, DWA invented Kara McGravy and Daisy White, and BIT went with Jayne Kadett. There's no real narrative link between these temporary companions, nor any indication of how they fit with the televised "interim" companion, Donna Noble.
Radio Call Sign: Doctor Who Classic Comics (1992)
First Appearance: TV Comic (1951) #944
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Doctor Who (1984)
Doctor Who Graphic Novel (2004)
GN 10 Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
- 'The Betrothal Of Sontar'
Doctor Who Magazine Special (1980)
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition (2002)
#19 Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time (2013)
- 'The Tenth Doctor Collected Comics'
Doctor Who: The Forgotten (2008)
The Dr Who Annual (1965)
The Mark of Mandragora (1993)
TV Comic (1951)
TV Comic Annual (1951)
TV Comic Doctor Who Special (1973)
TV Comic Holiday Special (1963)
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