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David Bradley enjoying DWM 541. Photo © David Bickerstaff.

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Christopher Barry was one of Doctor Who’s greatest directors. Last issue Doctor Who Magazine celebrated the contribution he made to the series in the 1960s and 70s.


► MIKE SUNDERLAND I have read Doctor Who Magazine since 1994, but until now have never felt compelled to share my views in these pages. I received DWM 541 yesterday and wanted to tell you how very much I enjoyed the feature on Christopher Barry. The essays on each of his directorial contributions to the series were insightful and have encouraged me to revisit these stories.

I became a fan in the 1990s when Doctor Who was available on VHS cassettes, issued in no particular order by BBC Enterprises. I therefore experienced stories like The Daleks [1963-64] and The Dæmons [1971] as packages to be consumed in a morning or afternoon and completely overlooked how seminal, technically demanding and, for the original audiences, suspenseful they were.

Christopher Barry (bottom left) directs The Savages in May 1966.

It was a real pleasure to see snippets from Christopher Barry’s notebooks, showing how extensively he searched for the right actors to fill the parts he had to bring to life. The extracts from his correspondence offered a rare glimpse into the world of television production, and the recollections of his children and grandchildren placed his work on Doctor Who in the centre of a fascinating life. I appreciated this feature very much.

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In DWM 542, today's Doctor Who writers pay tribute to the series' pioneers. Featuring exclusive contributions from: Paul Cornell, Sarah Dollard, Matthew Graham, Peter Harness, Pete McTighe, Steven Moffat, James Moran, Rona Munro, Robert Shearman and Toby Whithouse. This issue also includes: • Exclusive interviews with Billie Piper and Camille Coduri ahead of Big Finish’s new audio series Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon. • The Robots of Ravolox – investigating Robert Holmes final mystery. • Bonnie Langford answers questions from the TARDIS tin. • 1980s script editor Eric Saward reflects on the troubled production of The Trial of a Time Lord. • The Trial of a Time Lord on trial: could it be Doctor Who’s most underrated story? • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2008 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Ood. • An exclusive preview of Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 23. • Part Three of Power of the Mobox, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!