Doctor Who star Mary Tamm dies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 July 2012
Mary and Tom in the TARDIS

Mary Tamm with Tom Baker in the TARDIS

Former 'Doctor Who' star Mary Tamm has died at the age of 62 after losing her 18-month battle with cancer

Former 'Doctor Who' star Mary Tamm has died at the age of 62.

The actress - who played Romana, the companion of Tom Baker's Doctor in the 1978-79 'Key to Time' series - passed away this morning (26.07.12) after losing her 18-month battle with cancer.

Her long-time agent Barry Langford said: "She had a great zest for life. She was a fantastic actress - she played stage parts of such range, parts that would take your breath away. She could play any role, and do so wonderfully."

Barry also revealed that Mary had been saddened by the recent deaths of her contemporaries Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in 'Doctor Who', and Angharad Rees, who died last weekend.

He said: "All of these people who she knew were going."

Mary was incredibly popular among 'Doctor Who' fans for her portrayal of Time Lady Romana - who is one of only two members of the Doctor's own race (the Time Lords) to travel with him in the classic series.

Following her part in the BBC One sci-fi series, Mary had lead roles in many shows, including 'The Treachery Game', 'The Assassination Run' and sitcom 'The Hello, Goodbye Man'.

She also starred in 'Brookside' from 1993 to 1996 as Penny Crosbie, and in 'EastEnders' as Orlenda for a week-long storyline in 2009.

She leaves behind husband Marcus Ringrose, daughter Lauren and seven-year-old grandson Max.

Tributes have flooded in for Mary from the 'Doctor Who' community in the wake of her passing.

Colin Baker - who played the Sixth Doctor - wrote on twitter: "Shell-shocked to hear Mary Tamm is gone. A funny, caring, talented, lovely and down to earth lady. My heart goes out to Marcus and Lauren."

'Doctor Who' writer Gareth Roberts - whose most recent episode was last year's 'Closing Time' guest-starring James Corden - tweeted: "Such sad news about Mary Tamm. #RIPMaryTamm (sic)"

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