Unexpected Courtney

Recently I was in Oxford meeting someone for a swift drink. As one does we arranged to meet in the Eagle and Child. It’s a decent pub though (in my view) too much of a tourist trap, though has decent beer and some snugs. If you don’t know, this pub was famously where The Inklings met to chat about their writings (ie Tolkien about Lord of the Rings and CS Lewis about the Narnia stories.) Its literary heritage also extends later to Kingsley Amis and I believe I’ve also read his son Martin drank there, though I may have misremembered. Meanwhile, back at the Doctor Who connection…

Nick Courtney in the Eagle and Child

It seems back in 2000, Nick Courtney surprised a group of Doctor Who fans by joining them in the Eagle and Child. The event was part of the reveal of a plaque, still there (2019) in the snug bar to the right of the front door. On a shelf is a picture of the plaque being unveiled. All very unexpected – I had been in that particular alehouse a few times in the 1980s / 90s, and probably at least once since the plaque, but never knew of its existence!

One for the scrapbook, and something to look out for if you ever go to Oxford.

2 thoughts on “Unexpected Courtney

  1. Dear All, This was our Plaque for The Lords of Time, a group of Dr. Who fans spread across country who meet up occasionally. I invited Nick Courtney to the pub to unveil this plaque, as a friend of mine living in Oxford pointed out another one for “The Oxford University Museum Escape Committee” a couple of “Diamonds along” in the wall. So I had this one made. Nick was wonderful and he came back the following year for lunch with us again. The picture over the fireplace , we installed not so long ago, after Nick sadly passed on. He was a very dear friend and wonderful company who is very sadly missed. Our group have a “Plaque”,(framed) in The Fleur De Lys Pub in East Hagbourne, near Didcot, where they filmed “The Android Invasion”. There are also photos from when they filmed, on display outside the loos ! Incidentally, Nick told us that his Grandfather, was a founder of The Oxford University Dramattical Society, and there is supposed to be a statue of him in one of The Oxford colleges, but we have not been able to find this yet.

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