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March 17th, 2012 15 comments

Memoir – Who is Michael E. Briant?

Who is Michael E. Briant?: A Memoir by the Doctor Who Director

Michael E. Briant directed numerous episodes of classic TV series throughout the 1970s such as Blake’s 7, Secret Army, Warship and most famously Doctor Who.

Many of his Doctor Who stories (The Sea Devils, The Green Death and Robots of Death) are regarded as all-time greats by fans of the series.

Briant reminisces about his career, including his early years on Doctor Who in the Sixties, while he was working his way up in the TV profession, and William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton were at the TARDIS controls.

Illustrations: B&W photos.


Categorised under: Autobiographies and biographies, Books


  • Doctor Who Crazy Ross Muscroft

    April 13th, 2012 - 1:27pm

    I have the Voc robot, and both of the Cybermen. I got the Ice Warrior figure yesterday 😀

  • thedoctorwhositeisamazin

    April 13th, 2012 - 8:17am

    i have all of them but the voc robot

  • thedoctorwhositeisamazin

    March 25th, 2012 - 6:11pm

    i got all the figures on there

  • cyber robert

    March 19th, 2012 - 5:33pm


  • cyberking3

    March 17th, 2012 - 9:33pm

    He directed two of my favourite story’s the sea devils and the robots of death.

    • McGann is the Doctor

      March 19th, 2012 - 9:11am

      And the Green Death ?

      I dislike the sea devils purely because of the music, which ruins it. 🙁

    • Scott

      March 19th, 2012 - 7:39pm

      I love the Sea Devils but I agree the music drives me mad two keys being repeated over and over again

    • The Monitor

      March 24th, 2012 - 6:53am

      Over the last 3 months or so, I am surprised at how many, presumably younger fans have The Sea Devils as their favourite. However, I think this a good thing. Recently watching it, I would put it in the Pertwee top 5 along Inferno and Spearhead. I am always mindful of the experimental music but it always turns out ok for me. There is so much action in some of the Pertwee stories that we certainly need some sort of music.

      There are five key areas of incidentental music in classic Who and Sea Devils is the start of one.

  • The Monitor

    March 17th, 2012 - 5:36pm

    Thanks Booboo. I have a lot of regard for Michael E Briant. I agree with your write-up on his classic stories; he helped to make Robots of Death the superb piece of television it is.

    I am a particular fan of Revenge of the Cybermen, and whilst there are some budget-limiting moments in it (rolling planet) there are some truly superb bits of direction throughout.

    • booboo

      March 17th, 2012 - 5:38pm

      I like all of his stories, they are some of the best

  • Joe

    March 17th, 2012 - 2:10pm

    have you seen on the master figure his skin tone is quite bright compared to the ‘actual one’?

    • The Silent Silent

      March 17th, 2012 - 2:12pm

      Maybe light of camera or customized

    • Joe

      March 18th, 2012 - 10:06am

      probably the first version/prototype.

  • The Silent Silent

    March 17th, 2012 - 2:07pm

    I wish I had those figures 🙂 🙁

    • Joe

      March 25th, 2012 - 6:42pm

      they’re all from the stories he directed.

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