Doctor Who luminaries past and present have paid tribute to Mary Tamm, the actress who starred opposite Tom Baker as Romana from 1978 until 1979, and who died on Tuesday aged 62.
“She was a darling companion and wonderfully witty and kind,” said Baker of his co-star. “I’m so sorry to hear of her death.”
Current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat shared his memories of the actress with the official BBC Doctor Who site, writing: “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.”
Actress Louise Jameson, who played Leela in the series, and preceded Mary as the Fourth Doctor’s companion, wrote on Twitter: “I knew Mary for 44 years. Beautiful, highly intelligent, ambitious, multi-talented and funny, oh so funny… Darling woman RIP”
Sixth Doctor Colin Baker also took to the micro-blogging site, saying: “Shellshocked to hear Mary Tamm is gone. A funny, caring, talented, lovely and down to earth lady.” In reference to Tamm’s husband and daughter, he added: “My heart goes out to Marcus and Lauren.”
Nicola Bryant, who played Peri Brown alongside Colin Baker, echoed his remarks, tweeting: “Just heard the terrible news that Mary Tamm has died. Completely shocked. Very sad. Thoughts go to Marcus & Lauren. RIP Mary.”
Later, Bryant said: “Still can’t take in today’s news about Mary.”
Frazer Hines, who accompanied Patrick Troughton’s Doctor as kilt-wearing companion Jamie, remembered Mary from the times he met her at Doctor Who conventions. “I’m still reeling from the shock of Mary passing away!always a smiley friendly person whenever we met at cons,” he tweeted.
Anneke Wills, who first appeared in Doctor Who as William Hartnell’s companion Polly in 1966, wrote: “Mary Tamm – How sad! A brave, beautiful woman, she will be greatly missed. I’m grateful to have known her.”
And Mary’s husband Marcus Ringrose paid tribute to her “sheer talent,” saying: “On set and offstage, her earthy northern humour and self-deprecating wit brightened every occasion. She was a consummate actress, and immensely popular in the profession.
“Mary was born in Bradford, the daughter of impoverished refugees, and through sheer talent and hard graft got herself to Rada, starred opposite Jon Voight in The Odessa File, and found a form of immortality as the Time Lady Romana opposite Tom Baker in Doctor Who.