Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm (Romana) Dies Aged 62

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Louis Trapani - Posted on 26 July 2012

I am sadden to report that once again we have lost someone in the Doctor Who community. A month after the news of Caroline John (Liz Shaw) passing, we have lost another actress that played a companion on Doctor Who, Mary Tamm. You will remember her for her role as the original Romana in the Tom Baker era. She introduced us to the Time Lady companion, Romana in 'The Key to Time' series of 1978 to 1979. 

Mary Tamm in 1984Mary Tamm in 1984

The Mirror reports that she lost her long battle against cancer this morning. She was only 62 years old. 

Mary Tamm dead: Doctor Who actress loses battle against cancer - Mirror Online: "As well as Doctor Who, she starred in films The Odessa File and The Likely Lads and had recurring roles in soaps Brookside and EastEnders.

Tamm leaves husband Marcus Ringrose, daughter Lauren and seven-year-old son Max. She had been suffering from cancer for 18 months.

Mr Langford, her agent of 22 years, 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.'

Tamm, who lived in Battersea, south London, trained at Rada. Her first professional job was at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where she worked alongside Derek Jacobi, Joan Sims and Ronnie Barker. From there she moved on to television work and film, her first feature film being Tales That Witness Madness with Kim Novak.

She recently starred in Wire In The Blood, Paradise Heights and Jonathan Creek, with stage work including Amanda in Private Lives and Beverley in Abigail's Party. Her autobiography was published three years ago."

(Via Mirror Online)

Mary Tamm in 2006Mary Tamm in 2006

I was just alerted to this sad news by @johnrivers and once again taken by shock and disbelief. If I am not mistaken, Mary Tamm was the first person I had the pleasure of meeting in person who was directly connected to the series back in the 1980s. Her warm and to borrow the term, 'zest' had swiftly invited me into the world of DW personalities. I was looking forward to seeing her again at some point. It's with a heavy heart that I learn of yet another one of the DW family is gone now. 

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A correction to the quote from The Mirror article above which I have been alerted to by @paul_scoones is that seven year old Max is the grandson of Mary Tamm, not her son.

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BBC's website has posted a gallery of images from the tenure of Mary Tamm's time on "Doctor Who". It mainly includes pictures from the six stories she was in which were:

The Ribos Operation

The Pirate Planet

The Stones of Blood

The Androids of Tara

The Power of Kroll and

The Armageddon Factor.


You can see the gallery here:


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It's still hard to believe. Thanks, Troy for the heads up on the gallery.



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Babelcolour has done it again...

...they've created a tribute for Mary Tamm, who we know as the first Romana in the 16th season of "Doctor Who".

Here is the video…

[Note: Comment edited to embed the video within it — Louis]

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Thanks Troy,

The video is now embedded into your comment. A very fitting tribute. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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