Don Houghton

Last updated 09 January 2020

Don Houghton

Born: Sunday 2nd February 1930
Died: Tuesday 2nd July 1991 (age: 61)

Don Houghton was a British television screenwriter.

Born in Paris, Houghton started writing for radio in 1951 before moving into film and television in 1958. In the 1970s, he was a primary writer for Hammer Films including for Dracula AD 1972, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires and Shatter. 

His television work includes Doctor Who for which he wrote the serials Inferno (1970) and The Mind of Evil (1971), the fifth Sapphire & Steel television story (known informally as Dr McDee Must Die) co-written with Anthony Read, Emergency Ward 10, Crossroads, Ace of Wands, New Scotland Yard and The Professionals. Houghton created and wrote for the soap opera Take The High Road (1980). 

He has also written three novels: Column of Thieves and Blood Brigade and "Take the High Road: Summers Gloaming".