Doctor Who director Derek Martinus has died, aged 82!

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It is a sad day for Doctor Who lovers, as we have the regretful duty to report the death of one of the shows dearest directors, Derek Martinus!


Martinus, who was a pinnacle player in British television in the 1960’s and 70’s and who worked with the first three Time Lords’ in Doctor Who, passed away on 27 March 2014 from natural causes at the age of 82.

Throughout his career Martinus was the man behind a total of 26 Doctor Who episodes, including Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown, The Tenth Planet, The Evil of the Daleks, and The Ice Warriors, to name but a few.

Away from the hugely popular family sci-fi series, Martinus also helmed TV shows such as Z-Cars, What Maisie knew, The Black Tulip, A Little Princess, A Legacy and the miniseries Penmarric.

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Also for ITV Martinus directed a series of four plays: House in Regent Place with Jenny Agutter The Paper Lads, winner of the Pye Award for best children’s drama The army drama series Spearhead and Spearhead in Hong Kong, several series of the children’s drama Dodger, Bonzo and the rest which also won the Pye Award.

Our sincerest and heartfelt sympathy goes out to Derek’s friends and family at this very sad time.

Watch a clip of his work, with the first ever Doctor Who regeneration, below:

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