Veteran Doctor Who designer Barry Newbery
has died at the age of 88.
Barry Newbery was one of the most prolific designers of Doctor Who, working on more episodes of the classic series than any other designer in its 26 year history. His contribution ranged from the very first story An Unearthly Child
in 1963 through to The Awakening
in 1984, a total of 62 episodes across 14 stories.
Barry Newbery joined the BBC in the late 1950's after working as a freelance designer in London, overseeing window displays and designing exhibitions. Early work for the Corporation included Comedy Playhouse
and The Last Man Out
, a 1962 period drama starring Barry Letts
In 1963 he found himself attached to the new science fiction programme, planned by the BBC, Doctor Who. He was one of two designers drafted in to replace original designer Peter Brachacki
, who had left the series following disagreements with the series producer Verity Lambert
. Brachacki had designed the sets for the original pilot, but had left the show by the time the first episode was reshot, leaving Newbery to recreate the original Junkyard and School set, which had been destroyed following completion of the pilot.
For the majority of Doctor Who's first two years Newbery would share the design work with Raymond Cusick
, with Cusick taking the Science fiction stories, while Newbery worked on the historical adventures. After creating a stone age settlement for An Unearthly Child, he was tasked with creating the court of Kubla Khan in Marco Polo
, the city of Tenochtitlan in The Aztecs
, the cities and deserts around Jaffa in The Crusade
and Saxon England in The Time Meddler
In 1965 he worked on the first Doctor Who Christmas episode, The Feast of Steven
, before completing the remaining 5 episodes of the The Daleks' Master Plan
. He voyged into the future with The Ark
before returning to the historicals, recreating the town of Tombstone, Arizona in the story The Gunfighters
In 1968 he worked on his one Second Doctor story, The Dominators
and in 1970 his one Third Doctor story The Silurians
. He completed three Fourth Doctor stories, The Brain of Morbius
and The Masque of Mandragora
in 1976, followed by The Invisible Enemy
His final credit for Doctor Who came in 1984 when he designed the Fifth Doctor story The Awakening
Outside of Doctor Who Newbery worked on vast range of projects, being involved in some of the most iconic television series of the time. He wroked on historical dramas including The Onedin Line
, Prince Regent
, The Citadel
and The Shadow of the Tower
as well as more modern dramas such as Z Cars
, Softly Softly
and The Expert
. He ventured into comedy with shows such as Dad’s Army
In 1979 Newbery won an RTS Television Award for his work on The Lost Boys
and the following year he received a BAFTA nomination for Prince Regent
Newbery took a great many behind-the-scenes photographs during his time on Doctor Who and a large selection were published in The Barry Newbery Signature Collection
, published by Telos Publishing Ltd. in 2013.
Barry Newbery died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday morning.