Christopher Barry

Last updated 09 January 2020

Christopher Barry (1925-2014)
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Christopher Barry

Born: Sunday 20th September 1925
Died: Friday 7th February 2014 (age: 88)


Christopher Barry was a British television director best known for his work on Doctor Who

During his distinguished career, he directed the first Dalek story in 1963 as well as the stories that introduced the Second and Fourth Doctors. He also directed The Dæmons - regarded by many as the best story starring the Third Doctor.

Barry's other television credits included Compact (1962), Paul Temple (1970-1971), Z Cars (1971-1978), Poldark (1975), The Onedin Line (1977), All Creatures Great and Small (1978-1980), Juliet Bravo (1980), Dramarama (1983) and science fiction series Out of the Unknown (1965), Moonbase 3 (1973) and The Tripods (1984).

He appeared in a feature covering his life's work on the DVD release of the Doctor Who story The Creature from the Pit, released in May 2010. He also appeared in The Cult of... The Tripods on BBC Four. He was played by Stewart James Barham in the 50th-anniversary drama An Adventure In Space And Time.

Barry died after falling down an escalator at a shopping centre in Banbury. He was admitted to hospital but died the same day. An inquest is due to be held on 5th June 2014.

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