Well, we made it. We made the eighteen month hiatus. We’ve watched. We’ve rewatched. We’ve gifed every single frame of every episode. We’ve taken over the fan fiction websites. We cried at Alone on the Water. We cringed at Flowers in a Box. We gawked in awe of Performance in a Leading Role. We’ve read the comics. We’ve seen the fan-art. We’ve given a whole new meaning to strawberry jam. We’ve scared the whole of Tumblr. We’ve done all of this, united together in a wonderful (yet sometimes terrifying) way over four and a half hours of film. When you think about that, it’s an awe inspiring thought. It’s united human beings from around the world, spanning a wide range of ages and backgrounds and starting honest to god friendships. We have waited for the new season since we first watched the first. Of course, there are only three, yet again, ending with The Fall.
We can do this, you guys.
So I raise a toast to you all and if you should happen to remember it’s the anniversary of the new year. Remember that you were loved by many and that you made my life a happy one. And there’s no tragedy in that
This is Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
He is the biggest BAMF the Whoniverse ever saw, in it’s 48 years of history
Yes. The Brigadier (then Colonel) first met The Doctor in his second incarnation in the London Underground, in the original Series 5. This is the earliest ever recording of his Brigness.
He then met him again, four years later, and together they stopped the Cybermen from invading London.
About a year after that, The Doctor was thrown into exile onto the planet Earth, completely alone. But UNIT found him unconscious outside his TARDIS in a field. Oh.. didn’t I mention? The United Nations Intelligence Task-Force was founded by this man. And at this point, The Brigadier was the only familiar face the Doctor had while trapped on our planet.
The Brigadier gave the Doctor a home, a job and a couple of assistants, and the UNIT family was born. They had their disagreements, sure, as the Brig always preferred to blow things up over the more diplomatic option, but that didn’t stop the Doctor from loving and trusting him as one of his greatest ever friends. They worked closely together for four years.
When the Third Doctor’s life was coming to an end, he returned straight back to UNIT and fell at the Brigadier’s feet. The Brig was there with him and Sarah Jane when he regenerated, meaning he was instrumental in the care of the Doctor after TWO CONSECUTIVE regenerations.
Before the Fourth Doctor left Earth with Sarah and Harry, he gave the Brig the means to contact him if he had any trouble, and when he used that privilege, the Doctor dropped everything to come straight to him, and they defeated the Loch Ness Monster. And in case I forgot, the Brig is half Scottish, so he wears a kilt at this one point. And the Doctor says it suits him.
Then, the Doctor offers to take the Brigadier home in the TARDIS, but the Brig turns him down because he is so damn loyal to protecting his planet that not even time and space can tempt him away. When Four regenerates, he is among the people that flash before his eyes.
Soon into his Fifth incarnation the Doctor finds himself in contempary England, and takes the opportunity to send his regards to his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Soon after he meets him quite by chance, when he has retired from UNIT and is teaching A level Maths. Here, the Brig is affected by the Blinovitch effect, and forgets the Doctor for 6 whole years, until his future self is reminded by the Doctor.
Not long after that, The Brigadier gets involved in the Game of Rassilon, and punches the master right in the face, knocking him out cold.
In 1989, The Brigadier gets a call from UNIT, which he refuses until he hears that they’ve found the Doctor. Despite his wife’s misgivings, he gets straight onto a helicopter and finds the Doctor in a tight situation and saves his life. The Doctor is overjoyed to see him again. The Brig then saves the day, as the champion of our world, and almost gets blown up.
After this, the Doctor goes home with the Brig, and makes him dinner.
And the Doctor never forgot the Brig. Not once. When he collaborated with UNIT again in 2008, he wishes the Brig was there.
Around this time, The Brigadier met up once again with Sarah-Jane Smith, and once again helped to save the world with his pimp-cane of awesome. With a gun inside it.
But, as is the fate of all humans, even the Brig can’t live forever. And when the Doctor is facing death, who does he call? Who was that fourth blue envelope intended for?
Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
And all this?
It’s just television canon. There are novels, Audio Dramas and so much more.
Just have to add that the Brig was the only person Eight recognized when he had amnesia (Minuet in Hell) and that the TARDIS took the Brigadier’s form when she needed to talk to the Doctor and Charley in Zagreus.