The best directors of "Doctor Who"

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1.
David Maloney
Director, Doctor Who
David Maloney was a popular director of television drama who became closely associated with the BBC's science-fiction output, directing many episodes of Doctor Who as well as producing Blake's 7 and The Day of the Triffids. An evacuee during the Second World War, he was educated at Blue Coat school and King Edward VI grammar school...
“ Serials:
The Talons of Weng-Chiang (9.5/10)
The Deadly Assassin (9.5/10)
Genesis of the Daleks (9.5/10)
The War Games (8.5/10)
Planet of Evil (8.5/10)
The Krotons (8.5/10)
Planet of the Daleks (8/10)
The Mind Robber (7.5/10)

Episodes:

The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Two (10/10)
Genesis of the Daleks: Part Six (10/10)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (9.5/10)
The Deadly Assassin: Part Two (9.5/10)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Four (9.5/10)
Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (9.5/10)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Six (9.5/10)
The Deadly Assasin: Part Four (9.5/10)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Five (9.5/10)
The Deadly Assassin: Part Three (9.5/10)
Genesis of the Daleks: Part Four (9.5/10)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Three (9/10)
Planet of Evil: Part One (9/10)
Genesis of the Daleks: Part Five (9/10)
Planet of Evil: Part Three (9/10)
The War Games: Episode Nine (9/10)
The Deadly Assassin: Part One (9/10)
Genesis of the Daleks: Part Two (9/10)
The War Games: Episode Eight (9/10)
Genesis of the Daleks: Part Three (9/10)
The Mind Robber: Episode 1 (9/10)
The War Games: Episode Ten (8.5/10)
The War Games: Episode Seven (8.5/10)
The War Games: Episode Three (8.5/10)
Planet of Evil: Part Two (8.5/10)
The War Games: Episode One (8.5/10)
The War Games: Episode Six (8.5/10)
The War Games: Episode Five (8.5/10)
Planet of the Daleks: Episode One (8.5/10)
The Krotons: Episode Four (8.5/10)
The War Games: Episode Two (8.5/10)
The War Games: Episode Four (8.5/10)
The Krotons: Episode Two (8.5/10)
Planet of Evil: Part Four (8/10)
Planet of the Daleks: Episode Five (8/10)
Planet of the Daleks: Episode Two (8/10)
Planet of the Daleks: Episode Three (8/10)
Planet of the Daleks: Episode Six (8/10)
Planet of the Daleks: Episode Four (8/10)
The Krotons: Episode One (8/10)
The Krotons: Episode Three (8/10)
The Mind Robber: Episode 2 (7.5/10)
The Mind Robber: Episode 3 (7.5/10)
The Mind Robber: Episode 5 (7.5/10)
The Mind Robber: Episode 4 (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
2.
“ Serials:
The Seeds of Doom (9/10)
Terror of the Zygons (9/10)
The Crusade (9/10)
The Invasion (9/10)
Inferno (8.5/10) with Barry Letts
The Web of Fear (8.5/10)
The Time Meddler (8.5/10)
The Dalek's Master Plan (8.5/10)

Episodes:

The Wheel of Fortune (10/10)
Destruction of Time (9.5/10)
The Seeds of Doom: Part Five (9.5/10)
The Invasion: Episode 6 (9/10)
The Invasion: Episode 8 (9/10)
Terror of the Zygons: Part Three (9/10)
Terror of the Zygons: Part Two (9/10)
The Web of Fear: Episode 4 (9/10)
Terror of the Zygons: Part One (9/10)
Terror of the Zygons: Part Four (9/10)
Volcano (9/10)
The Lion (9/10)
The Invasion: Episode 7 (9/10)
The Watcher (9/10)
The Seeds of Doom: Part Three (8.5/10)
The Invasion: Episode 2 (8.5/10)
Escape Switch (8.5/10)
Inferno: Episode 2 (8.5/10)
Infero: Episode 1 (8.5/10)
Checkmate (8.5/10)
The Knight of Jaffa (8.5/10)
The Traitors (8.5/10)
The Web of Fear: Episode 1 (8.5/10)
The Web of Fear: Episode 5 (8.5/10)
Counter Plot (8.5/10)
Coronas of the Sun (8.5/10)
Golden Death (8.5/10)
The Web of Fear: Episode 3 (8.5/10)
The Abandoned Planet (8.5/10)
The Invasion: Episode 1 (8.5/10)
A Battle of Wits (8.5/10)
The Invasion: Episode 5 (8/10)
The Invasion: Episode 4 (8/10)
The Web of Fear: Episode 6 (8/10)
The Invasion: Episode 3 (8/10)
The Nightmare Begins (8/10)
The Web of Fear: Episode 2 (8/10)
Day of Armageddon (8/10)
The Warlords (8/10)
The Meddling Monk (8/10)
Devil's Planet (7.5/10)
The Feast of Steven (7/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
3.
“ Episodes:

Kill the Moon (9.5/10)
Last Christmas (9.5/10)
Mummy on the Orient Express (9/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
4.
Fiona Cumming
Director, Doctor Who
Fiona Cumming began her career as an actress. She started out at the Royal Scottish Academy and went on to a variety of theatre and television work, including a spell at Border Television in the dual role of announcer and features interviewer. Then, deciding that she would prefer production work, she moved to London and in 1964 gained a post as an assistant floor manager at the BBC...
“ Serials:
Enlightenment (9.5/10)
Snakedance (9/10)
Castrovalva (9/10)
Planet of Fire (8.5/10)

Episodes:
Enlightenment: Part Two (10/10)
Enlightenment Part One (9.5/10)
Snakedance: Part One (9.5/10)
Enlightenment: Part Four (9.5/10)
Castrovalva: Part Two (9/10)
Castrovalva: Part Three (9/10)
Enlightenment: Part Three (9/10)
Snakedance: Part Three (9/10)
Snakedance: Part Two (9/10)
Planet of Fire: Part Three (9/10)
Castrovalva: Part Four (9/10)
Planet of Fire: Part Two (9/10)
Castrovalva: Part One (8.5/10)
Planet of Fire: Part One (8.5/10)
Snakedance: Part Four (8.5/10)
Planet of Fire: Part Four (8/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
5.
Graeme Harper
Grame Harper was originally a child actor, appearing in adaptations of The Pickwick Papers and The Silver Sword among other productions, before becoming a floor assistant at the BBC in 1965 and then an assistant floor manager in 1969. He worked on the serials Colony in Space: Episode One, Planet of the Daleks: Episode One and Planet of the Spiders: Part One during the Jon Pertwee years...
“ Episodes:

The Caves of Androzani: Part Four (10/10)
The Caves of Androzani: Part One (10/10)
The Caves of Androzani: Part One (10/10)
The Caves of Androzani: Part One (9.5/10)
The Stolen Earth (9.5/10)
Revelation of the Daleks: Part Two (9/10)
Revelation of the Daleks: Part One (9/10)
Journey's End (9/10)
The Waters of Mars (9/10)
Doomsday (9/10)
Utopia (9/10)
Army of Ghosts (8.5/10)
Turn Left (8.5/10)
Planet of the Ood (8/10)
The Age of Steel (8/10)
42 (8/10)
Rise of the Cybermen (8/10)
The Unicorn and the Wasp (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
6.
Paddy Russell
Director, Z Cars
Paddy Russell attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and started her career as an actress. She left acting to become a stage manager because it paid more money. She progressed from being director Rudolph Cartier's floor manager to becoming a director herself, becoming one of the first two women directors in BBC television...
“ Serials:
Pyramids of Mars (9.5/10)
Horror of Fang Rock (9.5/10)
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve (8.5/10)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs (8.5/10)

Episodes:

Pyramids of Mars: Part One (9.5/10)
Pyramids of Mars: Part Four (9.5/10)
Pyramids of Mars: Part Two (9.5/10)
Pyramids of Mars: Part Three (9.5/10)
Horror of Fang Rock: Part One (9.5/10)
Horror of Fang Rock: Part Two (9.5/10)
Horror of Fang Rock: Part Three (9/10)
Bell of Doom (9/10)
Horror of Fang Rock: Part Four (9/10)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part Six (8.5/10)
Invasion: Part One (8.5/10)
The Sea Beggar (8.5/10)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part Two (8.5/10)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part Five (8.5/10)
The Priest of Death (8/10)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part Three (8/10)
War of God (8/10)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part Four (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
7.
“ Episodes:

Deep Breath (9/10)
Into the Dalek (9/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
8.
Toby Haynes
Director, Doctor Who
Toby Haynes is a film and television director. In 2014 he directed and exec. produced all seven parts of an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, for Cuba Pictures and BBC1. Prior to that he directed the opener of the BBC's reworking of The Musketeers...
“ Episodes:

The Pandorica Opens (9.5/10)
A Christmas Carol (9/10)
The Big Bang (9/10)
The Impossible Astronaut (8.5/10)
Day of the Moon (8.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
9.
“ Serials:
The Ark in Space (9.5/10)
The Sontaran Experiment (9/10)
The Masque of Mandragora (8.5/10)

Episodes:
The Ark in Space: Part Three (10/10)
The Ark in Space: Part Four (9.5/10)
The Ark in Space: Part Two (9.5/10)
The Ark in Space: Part One (9.5/10)
The Sontaran Experiment: Part Two (9/10)
The Masque of Mandragora: Part One (9/10)
The Sontaran Experiment: Part One (8.5/10)
The Masque of Mandragora: Part Two (8.5/10)
The Masque of Mandragora: Part Three (8.5/10)
The Masque of Mandragora: Part Four (8/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
10.
“ Episodes:

The Name of the Doctor (9.5/10)
A Town Called Mercy (9/10)
The Snowmen (9/10)
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (8.5/10)
The Crimson Horror (8/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
11.
“ Episodes:

The Parting of the Ways (9.5/10)
Dalek (9.5/10)
Bad Wolf (8.5/10)
Boom Town (8.5/10)
Father's Day (8/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
12.
“ Episodes:

Forest of the Dead (10/10)
The Girl in the Fireplace (9.5/10)
Silence in the Library (9.5/10)
The End of Time: Part Two (9/10)
The End of Time: Part One (8.5/10)
Tooth and Claw (8.5/10)
The Unquiet Dead (8.5/10)
The Runaway Bride (8/10)
The End of the World (8/10)
The Idiot's Lantern (7.5/10)
Fear Her (7/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
13.
“ Episodes:

Asylum of the Daleks (10/10)
The Day of the Doctor (9.5/10)
The Angels Take Manhattan (8.5/10)
The Girl Who Waited (8/10)
The God Complex (8/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
14.
“ Episodes:

The Doctor Dances (9/10)
School Reunion (9/10)
The Empty Child (9/10)
The Christmas Invasion (8/10)
New Earth (8/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
15.
“ Serials:
The Ribos Operation (9/10)
Image of the Fendahl (9/10)

Episodes:
The Ribos Operation: Part Three (9.5/10)
Image of the Fendahl: Part One (9/10)
The Ribos Operation: Part Four (9/10)
Image of the Fendahl: Part Two (9/10)
The Ribos Operation: Part One (9/10)
The Ribos Operation: Part Two (9/10)
Image of the Fendahl: Part Three (8.5/10)
Image of the Fendahl: Part Four (8.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
16.
Farren Blackburn
Farren Blackburn recently completed production on the psychological thriller 'Shut In' with Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton and Jacob Tremblay. In 2012 Blackburn won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series for "The Fades." He went on to direct the season debut of "Daredevil" for Netflix/Marvel...
“ Episodes:

The Rings of Akhaten (9/10)
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (8/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
17.
James Strong
Director, United
“ Episodes:

The Satan Pit (9.5/10)
Voyage of the Damned (9/10)
The Impossible Planet (8.5/10)
Planet of the Dead (8/10)
Partners in Crime (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
18.
“ Serials:
The Brain of Morbius (9.5/10)
The Power of the Daleks (9/10)
The Daemons (9/10)
The Rescue (8.5/10)
The Romans (8.5/10)
The Savages (8/10)
The Daleks (8/10) -with Richard Martin
Robot (8/10)
The Mutants (8/10)
The Creature from the Pit (8/10)

Episodes:

The Power of the Daleks: Episode 5 (9.5/10)
The Brain of Morbius: Part Three (9.5/10)
The Brain of Morbius: Part One (9.5/10)
The Daemons: Episode Two (9.5/10)
The Daemons: Episode One (9.5/10)
The Power of the Daleks: Episode 2 (9.5/10)
The Power of the Daleks: Episode 6 (9/10)
The Power of the Daleks: Episode 1 (9/10)
Desperate Measures (9/10)
The Brain of Morbius: Part Two (9/10)
The Power of the Daleks: Episode 4 (9/10)
The Power of the Daleks: Episode 3 (9/10)
Inferno (9/10)
The Ambush (9/10)
The Brain of Morbius: Part Four (9/10)
The Daemons: Episode 3 (8.5/10)
Robot: Part One (8.5/10)
The Savages: Episode 2 (8.5/10)
The Daemons: Episode Five (8.5/10)
The Rescue (8.5/10)
All Roads Lead to Rome (8.5/10)
The Daemons: Episode Four (8.5/10)
Conspiracy (8/10)
The Savages: Episode 4 (8/10)
The Escape (8/10)
The Powerful Enemy (8/10)
Robot: Part Two (8/10)
The Savages: Episode 3 (8/10)
The Dead Planet (8/10)
The Creature from the Pit: Part One (8/10)
The Mutants: Episode 4 (8/10)
The Mutants: Episode 3 (8/10)
The Savages: Episode 1 (8/10)
The Mutants: Episode 1 (8/10)
The Mutants: Episode 6 (8/10)
The Slave Traders (8/10)
Robot: Part Four (8/10)
The Survivors (8/10)
The Creature from the Pit: Part Three (8/10)
Robot: Part Three (7.5/10)
The Mutants: Episode 5 (7.5/10)
The Mutants: Episode 2 (7.5/10)
The Expedition (7.5/10)
The Ordeal (7.5/10)
The Creature from the Pit: Part Two (7.5/10)
The Creature from the Pit: Part Four (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
19.
“ Episodes:

The Doctor's Wife (9.5/10)
Gridlock (9.5/10)
Night Terrors (7.5/10)
The Lazarus Experiment (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
20.
Alice Troughton
Director, Cucumber
Alice Troughton is a director and writer best known for her work on Silk, Doctor Who and In The Flesh. She has also directed five episodes of the show Atlantis and worked on four series of Merlin. Alice has directed acclaimed episodes of Torchwood and Doctor Who, including the multi BAFTA-winning Midnight, and was nominated for a BAFTA as lead director on The Sarah Jane Adventures.
“ Episodes:

The Doctor's Daughter (8.5/10)
Midnight (8.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
21.
“ Serials:
Spearhead from Space (9/10)
The Evil of the Daleks (9/10)
The Ice Warriors (8.5/10)
The Tenth Planet (8/10)
Galaxy 4 (7.5/10)

Episodes:
Spearhead from Space: Episode 4 (9.5/10)
Spearhead from Space: Episode 3 (9/10)
Spearhead from Space: Episode 2 (9/10)
The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 7 (9/10)
The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 2 (9/10)
The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 6 (9/10)
The Ice Warriors: Episode 4 (9/10)
The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 5 (9/10)
Spearhead from Space: Episode 1 (9/10)
The Ice Warriors: Episode 2 (9/10)
The Ice Warriors: Episode 1 (9/10)
The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 4 (8.5/10)
The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 1 (8.5/10)
The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 3 (8.5/10)
The Tenth Planet: Episode 4 (8.5/10)
The Ice Warriors: Episode 6 (8.5/10)
The Ice Warriors: Episode 5 (8.5/10)
The Ice Warriors: Episode 3 (8/10)
The Tenth Planet: Episode 1 (8/10)
The Tenth Planet: Episode 2 (8/10)
Air Lock (8/10)
The Exploding Planet (7.5/10)
The Tenth Planet: Episode 3 (7.5/10)
Four Hundred Dawns (7.5/10)
Trap of Steel (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
22.
Peter Grimwade
Miscellaneous Crew, Doctor Who
“ Serials:
Earthshock (9.5/10)
Kinda (9/10)
Logopolis (8.5/10)
Full Circle (7.5/10)

Episodes:
Earthshock: Part One (9.5/10)
Earthshock: Part Two (9.5/10)
Kinda: Part Three (9.5/10)
Earthshock: Part Four (9.5/10)
Earthshock: Part Three (9/10)
Kinda: Part Four (9/10)
Logopolis: Part One (8.5/10)
Logopolis: Part Four (8.5/10)
Logopolis: Part Two (8/10)
Logopolis: Part Three (8/10)
Full Circle: Part One (8/10)
Full Circle: Part Two (7.5/10)
Full Circle: Part Four (7.5/10)
Full Circle: Part Three (7/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
23.
“ Serials:
The Claws of Axos (9/10)
The Seeds of Death (8.5/10)
The Ambassadors of Death (8/10)
The War Machines (7.5/10)

Episodes:

The Claws of Axos: Episode Four (9/10)
The Seeds of Death: Episode Four (9/10)
The Claws of Axos: Episode Three (9/10)
The Claws of Axos: Episode Two (8.5/10)
The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 5 (8.5/10)
The Seeds of Death: Episode One (8.5/10)
The Claws of Axos: Episode Four (8.5/10)
The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 4 (8.5/10)
The Seeds of Death: Episode Two (8.5/10)
The War Machines: Episode 1 (8/10)
The Seeds of Death: Episode Five (8/10)
The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 1 (8/10)
The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 7 (8/10)
The Seeds of Death: Episode Three (8/10)
The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 6 (8/10)
The Seeds of Death: Episode Six (8/10)
The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 2 (8/10)
The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 3 (8/10)
The War Machines: Episode 4 (7.5/10)
The War Machines: Episode 3 (7.5/10)
The War Machines: Episode 2 (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash
 
24.
Barry Letts
Producer, Doctor Who
Barry Letts started his career as an actor. He began in repertory in York whilst also working for a local radio station in Leeds. After a chance meeting with BBC producer/director Rex Tucker, he started working with him first on radio and then on television. His first television appearance was in a 1950 production of "Gunpowder Guy," about Guy Fawkes...
“ Serial:
Carnival of Monsters (9/10)
The Enemy of the World (9/10)
Inferno (8.5/10) with Douglas Camfield
Terror of the Autons (8.5/10)
Planet of the Spiders (8/10)
The Android Invasion (7.5/10)

Episodes:
The Enemy of the World: Episode 6 (9.5/10)
Carnival of Monsters: Episode Four (9/10)
Inferno: Episode 6 (9/10)
Carnival of Monsters: Episode Three (9/10)
The Enemy of the World: Episode 1 (9/10)
Carnival of Monsters: Episode One (8.5/10)
Planet of the Spiders: Part Six (8.5/10)
Inferno: Episode 3 (8.5/10)
Terror of the Autons: Episode 3 (8.5/10)
Carnival of Monsters: Episode Two (8.5/10)
The Enemy of the World: Episode 5 (8.5/10)
The Enemy of the World: Episode 3 (8.5/10)
Inferno: Episode 7 (8.5/10)
The Enemy of the World: Episode 2 (8.5/10)
Inferno: Episode 4 (8.5/10)
Planet of the Spiders: Part Two (8.5/10)
Terror of the Autons: Episode 4 (8.5/10)
The Enemy of the World: Episode 4 (8.5/10)
Terror of the Autons: Episode 1 (8/10)
Planet of the Spiders: Part One (8/10)
Infero: Episode 5 (8/10)
Planet of the Spiders: Part Four (8/10)
The Android Invasion: Part One (8/10)
Terror of the Autons: Episode 2 (8/10)
Planet of the Spiders: Part Five (7.5/10)
The Android Invasion: Part Two (7.5/10)
The Android Invasion: Part Three (7.5/10)
Planet of the Spiders: Part Three (7.5/10)
The Android Invasion: Part Four (7.5/10) ” - JohnSlash