Don Houghton

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Don Houghton
Born Donald Herbert Houghton
2 February 1930
Paris, France
Died 2 July 1991 (aged 61)
Collier County, Florida
Occupation screenwriter
Spouse(s) Pik-Sen Lim

Don Houghton (2 February 1930 – 2 July 1991) 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)[1] 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, The Professionals and at least one episode of C.A.T.S. Eyes (1985).

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".

Houghton was married to actress Pik-Sen Lim. Their daughter Sara Houghton is also an actress.


  • Howe, Stammer, Walker (1994), Doctor Who The Seventies, Doctor Who Books 

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