Christopher Barry

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Christopher Barry
BornChristopher Chisholm Barry
(1925-09-20)20 September 1925
East Greenwich, London, England
Died7 February 2014(2014-02-07) (aged 88)
Horton Hospital, Banbury, Oxfordshire
ResidenceHook Horton, Oxfordshire[1]
OccupationTelevision director
Years active1949–2000
TelevisionDoctor Who

Christopher Chisholm Barry (20 September 1925 – 7 February 2014)[2] was a British television director best known for his work on the science-fiction series Doctor Who.[3] He also directed the direct to video Doctor Who spin-off Downtime in 1995.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Barry's work on Doctor Who covered the longest span of any director during the original run of the series, having overseen episodes from 1963 until 1979.[5]

Among Barry's other television credits were episodes of Compact (1962), Paul Temple (1970–71), Z-Cars (1971–78), Poldark (1975), The Onedin Line (1977), All Creatures Great and Small (1978–80), Juliet Bravo (1980) and Dramarama (1989).[6][7] His other science-fiction credits were for Out of the Unknown (1969), Moonbase 3 (1973) and The Tripods (1984).[5] He appeared in a feature covering his life's work on the DVD release of the Doctor Who serial The Creature from the Pit, released in May 2010.[8]

Barry lived in Oxfordshire in his retirement.[9] He died following an escalator fall in a shopping centre in Banbury on 7 February 2014. An inquest into his death was held on 5 June 2014.[1]

Doctor Who credits[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dixon, Hayley (15 February 2014). "Doctor Who director dies after escalator fall". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hadoke, Toby (17 February 2014). "Christopher Barry obituary". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Christopher Barry, television director".
  4. ^ "Downtime (1995) - BFI".
  5. ^ a b "An Adventure in Space and Time - Christopher Barry - BBC Two". BBC.
  6. ^ News, Doctor Who. "Christopher Barry 1925 - 2014".
  7. ^ "Mitchin' (1989)".
  8. ^ "Doctor Who: The Creature from the Pit". DVD Talk.
  9. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (10 February 2014). "Doctor Who director Christopher Barry dies, aged 88". Digital Spy.
  10. ^ "The Rescue - Details". Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide. BBC.

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