Classic Director Christopher Barry Dies

Christopher Barry, who put together some of Doctor Who‘s most wonderful moments, passed away last Friday 7th February at the age of 88 at his home in Oxfordshire. Barry was a television director who worked on some of the UK’s best loved dramas including Z Cars, Poldark and All Creatures Great and Small alongside some very fondly remembered Who.

Barry was one of the few directors to have worked with all four of the earliest Doctors. He directed the very first Dalek story in 1963-4 introducing the world to the pepper-pots that would keep on returning to menace the Doctor and thrill children behind sofas all over the world. He later directed Patrick Troughton in his debut story, again battling Skaro’s finest, and guided the show through the first regeneration and affirming format that would allow us to enjoy new Doctors and stories fifty years on.

He was also responsible for Third Doctor favourite, The Daemons (1971), loved by the crew as much as fans of the show – in fact a colleague at work has recently been introduced to the Classic series by her partner and was telling me how much she has been enjoying watching The Daemons and the obvious enjoyment of the UNIT “family” cast that comes through.

Having done such a good job with the first regeneration, he was asked back for the Fourth Doctor’s debut story. Notably Barry is one of the only directors who could also claim to have played the Doctor himself in a small way in The Brain of Morbius (1976); his is one of the mysterious faces that appears in the mind-bending battle between the Fourth Doctor and Morbius and an implied previous incarnation before Hartnell’s “First” Doctor.


 A full list of the stories he directed is below. What are your favourite memories of Barry’s work? Share them below.

Doctor Who stories directed by Christopher Barry:

The Daleks, Episodes 1, 2, 4 and 5 (1963-4)

The Rescue (1965)

The Romans (1965)

The Savages (1966)

The Power of the Daleks (1966)

The Daemons (1971)

The Mutants (1972)

Robot (1974)

The Brain of Morbius (1976)

The Creature from the Pit (1979)


(Via John Cooper)


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