Farewell to a Time-Traveling Pioneer: Original Doctor Who Companion Dies at 99

William Russell
William Russell

William Russell, one of the earliest companions in the BBC’s iconic sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” has passed away at the age of 99. Russell, who died on June 3, 2024, was beloved by fans for his role as Ian Chesterton, a schoolteacher who adventured with the Doctor in the show’s first series in 1963. His character, alongside Barbara Wright, was among the Doctor’s first companions and played a significant role in the early success of the series.

Russell’s passing has been met with tributes from fans and colleagues, including a heartfelt message from co-star Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan Foreman. Ford described Russell as a kind and talented actor who made a lasting impact on the “Doctor Who” universe and its fans.

The actor’s legacy continues to live on in the hearts of “Doctor Who” enthusiasts, as his pioneering role helped shape the foundation of a series that has become a cornerstone of British television.

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