It is with heavy heart that I have read that Mary Tamm, who was the first person to play companion Romana in Doctor Who, has passed at the age of 62 after an 18 month battle with cancer.
The character of Romana was introduced during the reign of Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, in the show’s 16th season. She left at the end of this season, but as her character was a Time Lord, she regenerated into Romana’s second self, played by Lalla Ward.
Her loss is sad news, especially in a period of 18 months which has also seen the loss of other Doctor Who legends, Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen. She leaves behind a husband, daughter and grandson. Our thoughts are with them.