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Ernie Vincze

Vincze, as he appeared on the set of The Unquiet Dead. (CON: TARDIS Tales)

Ernest A. Vincze, BSC, GBCT[1] — usually credited as Ernie Vincze, BSC — has been the director of photography (DP) of more Doctor Who stories than any other person. This distinction applies even when counting lighting directors, the closest thing to a cinematographer in the 1963 version of the programme. He was the first (and, until Simon Archer worked on Matt Smith's first series, only) DP of televised Doctor Who who was a member of the prestigious British Society of Cinematographers at the time of their work on Doctor Who. He is also a member of the highly selective Guild of British Camera Technicians, making him by far the best-credentialed DP to work on episodic Doctor Who[2]. Vincze was the exclusive director of photography for the Christopher Eccleston series. He alternated production blocks with Rory Taylor after David Tennant's hiring. This arrangement continued until the end of the 2009 specials, where Vincze's final contribution to Doctor Who was The Waters of Mars.

Vincze was named the "Best Director of Photography" by the members of the Welsh chapter of the British Academy for Television Arts for his work on Voyage of the Damned. Consequently, he is one of only two cinematographers (or lighting directors) of Doctor Who universe shows — along with Torchwood's Mark Waters — to have won any sort of BAFTA for their work.

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  1. Vincze's listing on Kemps, an industry website
  2. The only Doctor Who DP who rivals Vincze in terms of "accreditation" is the 1996 tele-film's Glen MacPherson, who was then a member of the Canadian cinematographers' society. John Wilcox, the Dalek movies' DP, was also a member of the BSC, but his work was not for a production generally considered to be part of the Doctor Who canon.

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