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Timothy Combe

Timothy Combe born 17 October 1936 is a television director and actor's agent, best known for directing Doctor Who and Z-Cars.[1]

Joined the BBC in 1962 as an Assistant Floor Manager. Promoted to Director in 1968. Directed Z-Cars, the popular and long-running police series ending up being the fourth most prolific director of the series.[2] He also directed two serials in the equally long-running Doctor Who[3] but, due to having gone over-budget on the serial The Mind of Evil, was not invited back after his second.[4] Two classic serials "The Early Life of Stephen Hind" and "Ballet Shoes" followed, the latter winning Emmy and BAFTA awards. He was then invited to direct Angela Heuth's first TV play "The Summer House" and Richard Harris's "When The Boys Come Out To Play". After directing 2 series of "The Brothers" he was asked to act as BBC Producer on "Golden Soak", filmed in Australia and one of the first co-productions undertaken by the BBC. After directing "Angels", he helped set up the BBC's first venture into video cassette production (VHS).

In 1980, he gave up directing in order to become an actor's agent.[5] He later lectured at the Guildford School of Acting for 5 years helping graduating students prepare for entry into the business.

He attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London where he won the Shakespeare Cup and Margaret Rutherford Medal.


The Newcomers (BBC TV series 1968

  • Doctor Who and the Silurians (BBC, 1970)
  • Doctor Who: The Mind of Evil (BBC, 1971)
  • The Doctors (BBC, 1970/71)
  • Away from it All (BBC, 1973)
  • Z-Cars (BBC, 1968-1973)
  • Sporting Scenes (BBC, 1973)
  • The Early Life of Stephen Hind (BBC Classic Serial 1974)
  • Ballet Shoes (BBC TV Serial 1975). Emmy & BAFTA Awards
  • The Brothers (BBC, 1976)
  • Rupert' Christmas Adventure. Westminster Theatre. 1977
  • Golden Soak. Producer. (6 part series filmed in Australia)
  • Angels (BBC, 1976)


  1. ^ James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy, Michele Brittany, McFarland, 2014
  2. ^ BD to Z Victor 1 - The Z Cars Casebook by David Brunt, p.21
  3. ^ The Doctor Who Programme Guide: Fourth Edition, by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier, iuniverse Press, 2003
  4. ^ Who's 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die, by Robert Smith and Graeme Burk, ECW Press 2013, p.100
  5. ^ Screen International: The international film & television directory, Volume 3, p.206
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, by Jerry Roberts (Scarecrow Press, 2009)

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