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R.I.P. Christopher Barry (1925-2014)

Christopher-Barry-director-ripDoctor Who TV is saddened to report on the passing of director Christopher Barry.

Barry began on the show in 1963 and worked alongside Doctors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

His stories included The Daleks, The Rescue, The Romans, The Savages, The Power of the Daleks, The Dæmons, The Mutants, Robot, The Brain of Morbius and The Creature from the Pit.

Barry died aged 88 on 10th February following a fall.

R.I.P. Christopher Barry.

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WhoMallow666
WhoMallow666

these are some of my favorite classic episodes :*-(

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

Talented man who gave us some wonderful moments in Doctor Who history. My best to his family and friends.

bringmeknitting
bringmeknitting

RIP Christopher Barry and thank you for your contribution to our favourite show :) He certainly directed some damn fine stories, and I've long had a particular fondness for The Brain of Morbius, The Daemons and Robot.






Chumbley
Chumbley

Love all of his work.  He will definitely live on through it.

R.I.P

Polyphase
Polyphase

So sad another legend gone, But he lives on thanks to his contributions to many DVD's.

Vale Chris

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

One of the best directors the show has had, he will be missed! 

Tennant_Capaldi
Tennant_Capaldi

R.I.P to a fantastic writer, My thoughts are with his family

GibbyBlogger
GibbyBlogger

'The Brain of Morbius' freaked me out when I was younger. We've lost a great talent here. RIP.

edoe101
edoe101

R.I.P Christopher Barry. He wrote some cracking stories, and I am very sad to here of his passing.

lino1712
lino1712

I wish he could have come back for new who, I think Moffat should bring back more classic directors especially Graham Harper (The Caves of Androzani, Doomsday, Utopia, etc...)

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Terrible news to hear, but he's certainly left a legacy on the show with some wonderful work on great episodes.


RIP Mr. Barry.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

I'm very sad to hear this. He was an exceptional director, and always came across as such a lovely man in interviews.

TimeLordVictorious
TimeLordVictorious

Some sensation stories directed by Christopher Barry, also probably the best cliffhanger in 50 years. The original Dalek plunger scene. R.I.P Christopher Barry


OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

R.I.P Christopher Barry, we will never forget your awesome... Well directing! Our Whovian minds will be with you! Let's hope this is the first of hardly any deaths of Whovians in 2014.

AztecsDaleksAndCavemen
AztecsDaleksAndCavemen

He's one who directed Barbara cowering in fear in the iconic scene from The Daleks, William Hartnell's unmissable performance in The Romans, Patrick Torughton and Tom Baker's first appearance's on screen and you know what? Looking at those stories there, The Savages is  still so engaging considering it's now a recon.


R.I.P. to one of Who's greatest.

ClassicWhovian
ClassicWhovian

Not just a great director, but one of the most lovely, lively men-always fun and interesting in an interview. And he properly loved the show which he was such an integral part of. Generous and kind, one of the brightest lights in Doctor Who, and also the world, has gone. But he's still shining. RIP.

Teh Doctor
Teh Doctor

It's so sad to see another part of Doctor Who's history (a very important part in fact) has gone. RIP Christopher Barry :(

Mr 11
Mr 11

RIP Christopher. The only story I've seen that he directed was the Daemons which has now become one of my favourite stories in Doctor Who! His work was brilliant and he will be missed.  

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

Considering the budget they had at the time, these stories were incredibly good. One profession that I'd actually like to get into is directing. RIP Mr Barry.



Salyavin
Salyavin

RIP Christopher. Will be sadly missed.

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

RIP Christopher Barry, and thank you for the most iconic shot in Doctor Who's history. Who thought slow-moving sink plungers could actually be so scary?



Antee991166
Antee991166

RIP Those stories looked brilliant, especially considering the budget at the time, he will be dearly missed.

Earthborn
Earthborn

What a shame. He did some really nice work. R.I.P

steammoose
steammoose

RIP Christopher Barry, you were a very talented director.

BJAMES
BJAMES

A moment of silence and respect for a great one. RIP Christopher Barry.

Yelloweternal
Yelloweternal

RIP Christopher Barry. I have yet to see most of your work on Doctor Who, but look forward to doing so in the future.

Friend of the Ood
Friend of the Ood

Oh no, this is terrible news. He was really one of the heroes of Who, always contributing everywhere he could to the Doctor Who universe. Don't worry your work hasn't gone unappreciated,                           R.I.P. Christopher Barry






WhoFanNo565
WhoFanNo565

RIP Christopher, you were one of classic who's best directors and you shall be immensely missed.

SamuelTurn
SamuelTurn

I shall watch "Brain of Morbius" in his memory today.

The Eternal
The Eternal

Rest in Peace, a wonderful career, and a fantastic run on the show.


Very sad news, my thoughts are with him and his family.



Ash Smith
Ash Smith

I had the pleasure of meeting Christopher Barry at a locally run DW Convention near the end of 2012. He was a very warm, welcoming man who told many interesting stories of the early days of Doctor Who. He will be sadly missed. RIP Mr Barry.

DC815
DC815

RIP Mr. Barry. My thoughts are with your friends and family in this trying time :( 



samdrub
samdrub

 I still remember the Brain of Morbius after all these years, great work.  My condolences to his family and friends. 



Sir James Bond
Sir James Bond

He may have gone, but no-one ever truly leaves. His friends and family will always feel his spirit and his strength close by. And we Whovians, who may not have known personally, will always have his contributions to 'Doctor Who' to enjoy. Its a comfort to think that as our diverse family of fandom grows, develops and continues, so too will the admiration for this man's work. 


mwanderson
mwanderson

Oh, that is sad to hear. His contribution to Doctor Who cannot be underestimated. The Daemons is one of my all-time favourites. My condolences to his family; he will be missed by many, and loved for as long as Doctor Who is in our minds.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

He did excellent work in trying to make his stories resemble the films of the era, with The Daemons in particular being similar to some of the better Hammer Horrors. It's astounding to see the results he got with such meager resources.

edoe101
edoe101

Damn, I meant Directed. Silly me.


ashkershaw130
ashkershaw130

@lino1712 I've met him and asked this question, he said he would do more in a flash but hasn't been asked under the new producers since 2010.

But I agree, all the best episodes Classic and New have been under Graeme.