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A grip is a member of the production staff tasked with ensuring the proper movement of the cameras during principal photography. He or she may have to lay dolly track, physically move or shake the camera, organise the use of cranes and perform any number of additional tasks so the camera operator can perform safely and accurately.

Though the position was never formally credited during the 1963 version of the show, grips would certainly have been needed to push the Television Centre's massive video cameras around. The leader of the grip team, known as the key grip has been credited in every live-action adventure since the 1996 telemovie, although in the BBC Wales version the key grip has been credited as a "grip". (Due to the differences between the North American and British film industries, however, the grip staff on the movie likely had to provide some of the electrical rigging work which is exclusively the province of the gaffer in British productions.)

Perhaps because of this slight difference in terminology, only the TV movie and Torchwood: Miracle Day have specifically credited a "key grip", making Dave Gordon the lone person to receive that credit in the history of Doctor Who. Only Miracle Day's Isaac Chee has received the credit in the 21st century DWU family of shows. It can be safely assumed that the BBC Wales on-screen credit of "grip" refers to the head of the grip department. The key grip reports directly to the director of photography and is roughly equal in production hierarchy to the gaffer. He or she generally has a best boy grip, who serves as the day-to-day administrator of the department, and will have an especially close working relationship with the gaffer's assistant, the best boy electric. However, the best boy grip has never been credited on screen in any Doctor Who production. The simplified on-screen credit of "best boy", a regular feature of the BBC Wales credit roll, refers exclusively to the best boy electric.

The work of grips hasn't often been highlighted by Doctor Who Confidential or Torchwood Declassified. However, grips can be seen working in the Confidential which accompanied School Reunion. There, viewers witness the grips laying dolly track for the pivotal poolside confrontation between the Tenth Doctor and Finch. Their work was also featured in the Confidential that accompanied The End of Time, Part Two, where director Euros Lyn describes how he achieved the "shaking" effect of Gallifrey descending upon the Earth.

Grips by story Edit

Story Grip Key grip
42 (TV story) John Robinson
The Age of Steel (TV story) John Robinson
Aliens of London (TV story) John Robinson
The Almost People (TV story) Gary Norman
Amy's Choice (TV story) John Robinson
The Angels Take Manhattan (TV story) Gary Norman
Army of Ghosts (TV story) John Robinson
Asylum of the Daleks (TV story) Gary Norman
Bad Wolf (TV story) John Robinson
The Beast Below (TV story) John Robinson
The Bells of Saint John (TV story) Gary Norman
The Big Bang (TV story) John Robinson
Blink (TV story) Clive Baldwin
The Blood Line (TV story) Isaac Chee
Boom Town (TV story) John Robinson
The Categories of Life (TV story) John Robinson
Clive Baldwin
Isaac Chee
Children of Earth: Day Five (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Children of Earth: Day Four (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Children of Earth: Day One (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Children of Earth: Day Three (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Children of Earth: Day Two (TV story) Clive Baldwin
A Christmas Carol (TV story) Gary Norman
The Christmas Invasion (TV story) John Robinson
Closing Time (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Cold Blood (TV story) John Robinson
Cold War (TV story) Gary Norman
Combat (TV story) Dai Hopkins
Countrycide (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The Curse of Clyde Langer (TV story) John Robinson
The Curse of Fatal Death (TV story) Darren Quinn May Hall
The Curse of the Black Spot (TV story) Gary Norman
Cyberwoman (TV story) Dai Hopkins
Dalek (TV story) John Robinson
Daleks in Manhattan (TV story) John Robinson
Day One (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The Day of the Clown (TV story) Clive Baldwin
The Day of the Doctor (TV story) Gary Norman
Day of the Moon (TV story) Gary Norman
Dead of Night (TV story) Isaac Chee
Death of the Doctor (TV story) John Robinson
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (TV story) Gary Norman
The Doctor Dances (TV story) John Robinson
Doctor Who (TV story) Dave Gordon
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (TV story) Gary Norman
Doomsday (TV story) John Robinson
The Eleventh Hour (TV story) John Robinson
The Empty Child (TV story) John Robinson
The Empty Planet (TV story) John Robinson
End of Days (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The End of Time (TV story) Clive Baldwin
End of the Road (TV story) Isaac Chee
The End of the World (TV story) John Robinson
Enemy of the Bane (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Escape to LA (TV story) Isaac Chee
The Eternity Trap (TV story) John Robinson
Everything Changes (TV story) Dai Hopkins
Evolution of the Daleks (TV story) John Robinson
The Family of Blood (TV story) John Robinson
Father's Day (TV story) John Robinson
Fear Her (TV story) John Robinson
The Fires of Pompeii (TV story) John Robinson
Flesh and Stone (TV story) John Robinson
Forest of the Dead (TV story) John Robinson
The Gathering (TV story) John Robinson
Clive Baldwin
Isaac Chee
Ghost Machine (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The Gift (TV story) John Robinson
The Girl Who Waited (TV story) Gary Norman
The Girl in the Fireplace (TV story) John Robinson
A Good Man Goes to War (TV story) Gary Norman
Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (TV story) John Robinson
Greeks Bearing Gifts (TV story) Dai Hopkins
Gridlock (TV story) John Robinson
Hide (TV story) Gary Norman
Human Nature (TV story) John Robinson
The Hungry Earth (TV story) John Robinson
The Idiot's Lantern (TV story) John Robinson
Immortal Sins (TV story) Isaac Chee
The Impossible Astronaut (TV story) Gary Norman
The Impossible Planet (TV story) John Robinson
Invasion of the Bane (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (TV story) Gary Norman
Journey's End (TV story) John Robinson
The Last Sontaran (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Last of the Time Lords (TV story) John Robinson
The Lazarus Experiment (TV story) John Robinson
Let's Kill Hitler (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The Long Game (TV story) John Robinson
Lost in Time (TV story) John Robinson
Love & Monsters (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The Mad Woman in the Attic (TV story) John Robinson
The Man Who Never Was (TV story) John Robinson
The Mark of the Berserker (TV story) Clive Baldwin
Meat (TV story) John Robinson
The Middle Men (TV story) John Robinson
Clive Baldwin
Isaac Chee
Midnight (TV story) John Robinson
Mona Lisa's Revenge (TV story) John Robinson
The Name of the Doctor (TV story) Gary Norman
New Earth (TV story) John Robinson
The New World (TV story) John Robinson
Clive Baldwin
Isaac Chee
The Next Doctor (TV story) John Robinson
Night Terrors (TV story) John Robinson
The Nightmare Man (TV story) John Robinson
Nightmare in Silver (TV story) Gary Norman
Out of Time (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The Pandorica Opens (TV story) John Robinson
The Parting of the Ways (TV story) John Robinson
Partners in Crime (TV story) John Robinson
Planet of the Dead (TV story) John Robinson
Planet of the Ood (TV story) John Robinson
The Power of Three (TV story) Gary Norman
Random Shoes (TV story) Dave Logan
The Rebel Flesh (TV story) Gary Norman
Rendition (TV story) Isaac Chee
The Rings of Akhaten (TV story) Gary Norman
Rise of the Cybermen (TV story) John Robinson
Rose (TV story) John Robinson
The Runaway Bride (TV story) John Robinson
The Satan Pit (TV story) John Robinson
School Reunion (TV story) John Robinson
Secrets of the Stars (TV story) Clive Baldwin
The Shakespeare Code (TV story) John Robinson
Silence in the Library (TV story) John Robinson
Sky (TV story) John Robinson
Sleeper (TV story) John Robinson
Small Worlds (TV story) Dai Hopkins
Smith and Jones (TV story) John Robinson
The Snowmen (TV story) Gary Norman
Something Borrowed (TV story) Allan Hughes
The Sound of Drums (TV story) John Robinson
The Stolen Earth (TV story) John Robinson
The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (TV story) Dave Holliday
They Keep Killing Suzie (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The Time of Angels (TV story) John Robinson
The Time of the Doctor (TV story) Damian Roberts
To the Last Man (TV story) John Robinson
Tooth and Claw (TV story) John Robinson
A Town Called Mercy (TV story) Gary Norman
Turn Left (TV story) Dave Holliday
The Unicorn and the Wasp (TV story) John Robinson
The Unquiet Dead (TV story) John Robinson
Utopia (TV story) John Robinson
The Vampires of Venice (TV story) John Robinson
The Vault of Secrets (TV story) John Robinson
Victory of the Daleks (TV story) John Robinson
Vincent and the Doctor (TV story) John Robinson
Voyage of the Damned (TV story) John Robinson
The Waters of Mars (TV story) John Robinson
The Wedding of River Song (TV story) Dai Hopkins
The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (TV story) John Robinson
World War Three (TV story) John Robinson
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