Assistant Oxfordshire Coroner Nicholas Graham yesterday ruled the death of a former Dr Who TV director was an accident.

Christopher Barry, 88, of East End, Hook Norton – who directed the first four series of the science fiction drama – fell down an escalator at the Debenham's department store at Banvury's Castle Quay shopping centre in February, an inquest held in Oxford heard.

The cause of death was recorded as a fractured pelvis and heart disease.