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Christopher Barry

Christopher Chisholm Barry (20 September 1925 – 7 February 2014)[2] was a British television director best known for his work on the science-fiction series Doctor Who.[3] He also directed the direct to video Doctor Who spin-off Downtime in 1995.[4]

Christopher Barry
Christopher Chisholm Barry

(1925-09-20)20 September 1925
East Greenwich, London, England
Died7 February 2014(2014-02-07) (aged 88)
ResidenceHook Horton, Oxfordshire[1]
OccupationTelevision director
Years active1949–2000
TelevisionDoctor Who

Life and careerEdit

Barry's work on Doctor Who covered the longest span of any director during the original run of the series, having overseen episodes from 1963 until 1979.[5]

Among Barry's other television credits were episodes of Compact (1962), Paul Temple (1970–71), Z-Cars (1971–78), Poldark (1975), The Onedin Line (1977), All Creatures Great and Small (1978–80), Juliet Bravo (1980) and Dramarama (1989).[6][7] His other science-fiction credits were for Out of the Unknown (1969), Moonbase 3 (1973) and The Tripods (1984).[5] He appeared in a feature covering his life's work on the DVD release of the Doctor Who serial The Creature from the Pit, released in May 2010.[8]

Barry lived in Oxfordshire in his retirement.[9] He died following an escalator fall in a shopping centre in Banbury on 7 February 2014. An inquest into his death was held on 5 June 2014.[1]

Doctor Who creditsEdit


  1. ^ a b Dixon, Hayley (15 February 2014). "Doctor Who director dies after escalator fall". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hadoke, Toby (17 February 2014). "Christopher Barry obituary". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Christopher Barry, television director".
  4. ^ "Downtime (1995) - BFI".
  5. ^ a b "An Adventure in Space and Time - Christopher Barry - BBC Two". BBC.
  6. ^ News, Doctor Who. "Christopher Barry 1925 - 2014".
  7. ^ "Mitchin' (1989)".
  8. ^ "Doctor Who: The Creature from the Pit". DVD Talk.
  9. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (10 February 2014). "Doctor Who director Christopher Barry dies, aged 88". Digital Spy.
  10. ^ "The Rescue - Details". Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide. BBC.

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