In memoriam: director Christopher Barry

News Louisa Mellor 10 Feb 2014 - 10:28

Christopher Barry, noted director of classic Doctor Who and countless other series, has passed away at the age of 88...

We're sad to learn that director Christopher Barry, who directed over forty episodes of Doctor Who between 1963 and 1979 alongside a great deal of much-loved television work, has passed away at the age of 88.

Christopher Barry was one of the rare Doctor Who directors whose work on the show spanned four Doctors, including stories with William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. His first Who episode was 1963's The Dead Planet, part of the first Dalek serial that famously introduced the planet Skaro and the Thals. Sixteen years later, Barry's final Who serial was 1979's The Creature From The Pit featuring Tom Baker.

In addition to Doctor Who, Barry took the helm on over thirty episodes of Z-Cars, as well as several instalments of All Creatures Great And Small, eighties sci-fi series, The Tripods, Poldark, Juliet Bravo, Dramarama and many, many more.

Our thoughts are very much with his wife, family and friends at this time. 

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Thanks for the TV of my childhood Mr Barry. You will be missed. I am wondering if you were related to the composer John Barry?

He was also one of the faces shown during the mind bending contest between the fourth Doctor and Morbius in "The Brain of Morbius", which he also directed.

No, John Barry's surname was not Barry. His full name was John Barry Prendergast.

Thanks for the info. Loved John Barry's stuff too. Amazing composer. Barry Gray as well...hey what';s with all the Barrys?? :):)

Besides directing on the first Dalek story, Christopher Barry also directed:

The Rescue (2-parter)
The Romans
The Savages
The Power of the Daleks (Patrick Troughton's first story)
The Daemons (a true classic of the Pertwee era)
The Mutants
Robot (Tom Baker's first story)
The Brain of Morbius (a true classic of the Tom Baker era)
The Creatures From the Pit

Those are some terrific DW stories!

Sad News. Christopher Barry really believed in what he did. His enthusiasm for The Tripods was commendable. Shame Michael Grade axed the series two thirds of the way into the trilogy!

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