Tom Baker pays tribute to 'darling companion' Mary Tamm

Tom Baker has described his late 'Doctor Who' sidekick Mary Tamm as a "darling companion" after she lost her 18-month battle with cancer yesterday (26.07.12) aged 62

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Mary and Tom in the TARDIS

Tom Baker and Mary Tamm

Tom Baker has praised his late 'Doctor Who' sidekick Mary Tamm as a "darling companion".

The 78-year-old actor paid tribute to Mary - who played Romana, the companion of his Fourth Doctor in the 1978-79 'Key to Time' series - after she lost her 18-month battle with cancer yesterday (26.07.12) aged 62.

He said: "She was a darling companion and wonderfully witty and kind. I'm so sorry to hear of her death."

The late actress' friend Helen Lederer said: "Mary was such an energised, talented woman with a great twinkle in her eye and she was so very beautiful."

Nicola Bryant - who played the Time Lord's American companion Peri Brown from 1984 to 1986 alongside Fifth and Sixth Doctors Peter Davison and Colin Baker - also paid tribute to Mary, taking to her twitter account to describe her as a "fantastic actress".

She tweeted: "Just heard the terrible news that Mary Tamm has died. Completely shocked. Very sad. Thoughts go to Marcus & Lauren. RIP Mary. (sic)"

As well as starring in the BBC One sci-fi series, Mary had lead roles in a number of shows, including 'The Assassination Run', 'The Treachery Game' and sitcom 'The Hello, Goodbye Man', as well as playing Penny Crosbie in 'Brookside' from 1993 to 1996.

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

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