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Doctor Who director dies after escalator fall

Chris Barry, 88, who worked on the BBC show for 16 years, fell in the shopping centre in Banbury, Oxon.

Published 15/02/2014 | 19:47

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A former Doctor Who director has died aged 88 after falling down the escalators at his local shopping centre.

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Chris Barry was rushed to hospital after his fall but suddenly stopped breathing and doctors were unable to revive him.

The veteran director was popular among the legions of Doctor Who fans, and worked on the BBC programme for 16 years, until 1979.

He was also involved with other British television greats from the '60s to the 1980s - including Z-Cars, Poldark, The Onedin Line, All Creatures Great and Small, and The Tripods.

He died after falling down the escalator in a shopping centre in Banbury, Oxon, on February 7.

News of his death emerged when Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter opened and adjourned an inquest into his death.

Mr Salter said: "On February 7 this year, he died at Horton Hospital, in Banbury, having been admitted there earlier that day.

"At 6.15pm he was formally pronounced dead.

"Official notes from the hospital refer to an 88-year-old man who fell down an escalator while in a shopping centre in Banbury."

Medical staff noted that the patient arrived at the hospital and "suddenly stopped breathing."

A post mortem examination revealed he had suffered a fractured pelvis. The pathologist also noted the veteran director had heart disease.

Mr Salter said: "I have no further information on the circumstances of this fall or the whereabouts."

Having opened the inquest, he formally adjourned it for a full hearing on June 5.

Mr Barry, who was born in East Greenwich in September 1925, lived a few miles from Banbury in the village of Hook Norton, with his wife Venice.

Telegraph.co.uk

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