John Crockett (31 January 1918-11 October 1986[1]) directed "The Wall of Lies", the fourth episode of the Doctor Who television story Marco Polo. He also directed the whole of The Aztecs.

After studying art at Goldsmith's College, Crockett became an actor and director, founding the Compass Players in 1944. The touring company often performed at churches and school halls before closing in 1952. Crockett's brief television directing career saw him helm episodes of Suspense (1963) and Compact (1964). He later taught at Downside School, a Roman Catholic school near Bath from 1969-76. (INFO: "The Warriors of Death")

He enjoyed his experience on historical Doctor Who episodes so much that he submitted story ideas to story editor David Whitaker. Though it's unclear whether his suggestions prompted any production, many of his ideas were in fact produced — mostly during the Hartnell era.

Medium Crockett's idea Story produced
Produced Television Richard I and the Crusades[2] The Crusade
Viking raids on Britain[2] The Time Meddler
Cornish smugglers[2] The Smugglers
Bonnie Prince Charlie[2] The Highlanders
Audio Boadicea[2] The Wrath of the Iceni
Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada[2] The Flames of Cadiz
Unproduced[3] the Peasants' Revolt[2]
Australian convict settlement[4]
Unknown Romans in Britain[4][5]
  1. Doctor Who Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 DWM 266
  3. as of February 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 INFO: The Aztecs Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "info" defined multiple times with different content
  5. This is such a broad notion, it's unclear what he might have meant by it. The Wrath of the Iceni deals with "Romans in Britain", so it might be said to be the production of this idea.

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