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Born in England, UK
Died in Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK
Birth NameDouglas Gaston Sydney Camfield

Mini Bio (1)

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), Paul Temple (1969) and Blake's 7 (1978). He was married to Sheila Dunn. He died on January 28, 1984 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England.

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Sheila Dunn (? - 27 January 1984) ( his death)

Trivia (8)

He served as a Second Lieutenant in the British Army.
He directed the eight-part Doctor Who (1963) serial Doctor Who: The Invasion: Episode One (1968), which became the most expensive Doctor Who (1963) serial up to that time due to an unprecedented amount of location filming.
He suffered from a heart ailment for many years. He became ill during the recording of the Doctor Who (1963) serial Doctor Who: Inferno: Episode 1 (1970) and the remaining studio scenes were directed by the series' producer, Barry Letts, but he was still credited for these scenes.
He declined the offer to become producer of Doctor Who (1963) in 1969 after the departure of Derrick Sherwin. Fellow director Barry Letts was appointed instead.
In an interview on Can You Hear the Earth Scream (2006), Terrance Dicks recalled a conversation in which Camfield lamented the fact that he wanted to make more artistic work like Antonioni (Michelangelo Antonioni) or Godard (Jean-Luc Godard), but that people tended to think of him as Don Siegel. Dicks told him "There's nothing wrong with being Don Siegel!".
He was one of only three directors (the others being Christopher Barry and Lennie Mayne) to direct episodes of Doctor Who (1963) starring all of the first four actors to play the Doctor in the series (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker).
A freelance director, known for being especially good at action and realistic drama, he was the only person to direct episodes of both Doctor Who (1963) for the BBC and The Sweeney (1974) for ITV. He cast John Challis in both series.

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