The best directors of "Doctor Who"

by JohnSlash | created - 29 Dec 2013 | updated - 06 Feb 2015 | Public

In order from greatest to least.

1. David Maloney

Producer | Blake's 7

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 (1963) as well as producing Blake's 7 (1978) and The Day of the Triffids (1981).

An evacuee during the Second World War, he was educated...

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)

2. Douglas Camfield

Director | Danger UXB

Douglas Camfield was born on May 8, 1931 in England as Douglas Gaston Sydney Camfield. He is known for his work on Danger UXB (1979), The Sweeney (1974) and Paul Temple (1969). He was married to Sheila Dunn. He died on January 28, 1984 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England.

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)

3. Paul Wilmshurst

Director | Jamestown

Paul Wilmshurst is an Emmy-winning, BAFTA-nominated director, specializing in high-end drama, with a special interest in challenging and provocative stories and a background in documentary film-making. Over the years he has directed on hit drama series Jamestown, Indian Summers, Doctor Who, Strike ...

Episodes:

Kill the Moon (9.5/10) Last Christmas (9.5/10) Mummy on the Orient Express (9/10)

4. Fiona Cumming

Director | The Omega Factor

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, ...

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)

5. Graeme Harper

Director | Doctor Who

Graeme Harper was originally a child actor, appearing in adaptations of The Pickwick Papers (1952) and The Silver Sword (1957) 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 Doctor Who: Colony in ...

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)

6. Paddy Russell

Actress | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

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...

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)

7. Ben Wheatley

Director | Free Fire

Ben Wheatley was born in May 1972 in Billericay, Essex, England. He is a director and writer, known for Free Fire (2016), Kill List (2011) and Down Terrace (2009).

Episodes:

Deep Breath (9/10) Into the Dalek (9/10)

8. Toby Haynes

Director | Sherlock

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.

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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)

9. Rodney Bennett

Director | The Legend of King Arthur

Rodney Bennett was born on March 24, 1935. He was a director and writer, known for The Legend of King Arthur (1979), The House of Eliott (1991) and Great Performances (1971). He died on January 3, 2017.

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)

10. Saul Metzstein

Director | Late Night Shopping

Saul Metzstein was born on December 30, 1970 in Glasgow, UK. He is a director and assistant director, known for Late Night Shopping (2001), Dredd (2012) and The Snowman (2017).

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)

11. Joe Ahearne

Writer | Trance

Joe Ahearne was born on November 23, 1963. He is a director and writer, known for Trance (2013), The Replacement (2017) and B&B (2017).

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)

12. Euros Lyn

Director | Doctor Who

Euros Lyn was born in 1971 in Wales. He is a director and producer, known for Doctor Who (2005), Y Llyfrgell (2016) and Torchwood (2006).

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)

13. Nick Hurran

Director | Girls' Night

Nick Hurran was born in 1959 in London, England. He is a director and producer, known for Girls' Night (1998), It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006) and Doctor Who (2005). He is married to Michele Buck. They have two children.

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)

14. James Hawes

Director | Black Mirror

James Hawes is a director and producer, known for Black Mirror (2011), The Challenger Disaster (2013) and The Alienist (2018).

Episodes:

The Doctor Dances (9/10) School Reunion (9/10) The Empty Child (9/10) The Christmas Invasion (8/10) New Earth (8/10)

15. George Spenton-Foster

Producer | Out of the Unknown

Had a drink problem which led to his early death.

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)

16. Farren Blackburn

Director | The Fades

With a number of award winning shorts, tv dramas and feature films to his name, Farren is considered one of the most sought after UK directors working today. Most recently he was lead director and Executive Producer on brand new Netflix Original, The Innocents. He directed the psychological ...

Episodes:

The Rings of Akhaten (9/10) The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (8/10)

17. James Strong

Director | Vanity Fair

James Strong is a director and producer, known for Vanity Fair (2018), Liar (2017) and Broadchurch (2013).

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)

18. Christopher Barry

Director | Nanny

Christopher Barry was born on September 20, 1925 in London. He was a director and producer, known for Nanny (1981), Moonbase 3 (1973) and The Tripods (1984). He died on February 7, 2014 in Oxfordshire, England.

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)

19. Richard Clark

Director | Innocent

Richard Clark is a director and writer, known for Innocent (2018), Versailles (2015) and Outlander (2014).

Episodes:

The Doctor's Wife (9.5/10) Gridlock (9.5/10) Night Terrors (7.5/10) The Lazarus Experiment (7.5/10)

20. Alice Troughton

Director | Cucumber

Alice Troughton is an internationally acclaimed director working between the US and the UK. She is best known for her work as lead director on The Living and the Dead, the multi-award winning Cucumber and the BAFTA-winning Doctor Who episode Midnight. Her most recent work includes the Netflix's new...

Episodes:

The Doctor's Daughter (8.5/10) Midnight (8.5/10)

21. Derek Martinus

Director | Blake's 7

Derek Martinus was born on April 4, 1931 in Essex, England. He was a director and actor, known for Blake's 7 (1978), Doctor Who (1963) and Quick Before They Catch Us (1966). He was married to Eivor. He died on March 27, 2014 in the UK.

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)

22. Peter Grimwade

Writer | Doctor Who

Peter Grimwade was born on June 8, 1942 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland as Henry Peter Grimwade. He is known for his work on Doctor Who (1963), The Omega Factor (1979) and The Onedin Line (1971). He died on May 15, 1990 in Maida Vale, London, England.

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)

23. Michael Ferguson

Director | The Sandbaggers

Michael Ferguson was born on June 14, 1937 in New Malden, Surrey, England. He is a director and producer, known for The Sandbaggers (1978), Casualty (1986) and ITV Playhouse (1967). He has been married to Jana Shelden since 1986.

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)

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...

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)



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