R.I.P. Mary Tamm (1950-2012)

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Doctor Who TV is saddened to report the passing of Mary Tamm, who played the first incarnation of companion Romana in the classic era of Doctor Who.

The BBC confirms that Tamm died in hospital at the age of 62 following a battle against cancer.

Tamm first appeared alongside 4th Doctor Tom Baker in 1978’s The Ribos Operation. She remained in Doctor Who until 1979, leaving in The Armageddon Factor. Tamm also reprised the role for several Big Finish audio dramas in recent years.

Tom Baker said in a statement: “She was a darling companion and wonderfully witty and kind. I’m so sorry to hear of her death.”

Update: Steven Moffat added:

“I remember Mary Tamm’s first appearance so vividly – the ice Queen on the TARDIS. The Time Lady who thought the Doctor was HER companion. Perfectly brought to life by Mary, with such style and wit, you always thought she could have kicked the Doctor out of the time machine and got on with the adventure herself. A generation of little girls threw away the idea of being an assistant, and decided to fly the TARDIS for themselves.”

R.I.P. Mary Tamm.