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Caroline John 1940 – 2012 Video Tribute

Caroline John (liz Shaw) 1940 – 2012

From BBC Twitter

It’s with great sadness that we confirm the death of Caroline John who played companion Liz Shaw in 1970. She passed away on the 5th June.

Caroline John Played Liz Shaw opposite the 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee until “Inferno”. She was introduced to The Doctor in the story “Spearhead from Space” playing a scientist.

Like many other past Doctor Who Companions she continued playing her roll in several Big Finish productions and attended numerous conventions.

She also appeared in The Five Doctors and Dimensions in Time plus several independent BBV stories. Caroline John was married to Geoffrey Beevers who played the Master in The Keeper of Traken.

Babelcolour Tribute: Farewell Elizabeth Shaw…



  • The Supreme Dalek

    June 22nd, 2013 - 7:55pm

    Oh my, I didn’t know about this! I only started liking her companion, she’s my second favourite overall! RIP Caroline John. 😥

    PS: I posted this so late because I only found out when I was looking at episodes of Doctor Who. 🙁

    • The Supreme Dalek

      June 22nd, 2013 - 8:00pm

      But actually, I just a comment of mine a year ago. I didn’t know who she was back then, so that’s why I forgot. 🙁

  • craig

    June 24th, 2012 - 6:39pm

    If she died on the fifth why are people only starting to talk about it now ?

    • booboo

      June 24th, 2012 - 6:41pm

      because i assume her family wanted (or indeed her wishes) to not make it public until after her funeral

    • KKobusK

      June 24th, 2012 - 7:40pm

      Her funeral was on the 20th and then the announced it the day after on the 21st. I surpose they just wanted to moarn her in private for the time being :'(

  • commander strax

    June 24th, 2012 - 4:59pm

    R.I.P caroline john you will be missed

  • Ibberman

    June 24th, 2012 - 1:39pm

    I just finished watching her episodes a couple af weeks ago, she was a great companion. RIP

  • NguMadman10000

    June 24th, 2012 - 11:32am

    R.i.p the sadness has rised again.

  • Georgia-doctor

    June 24th, 2012 - 9:28am


    She died the day after my birthday…

  • the 13th Doctor

    June 23rd, 2012 - 7:45pm

    R.I.P 🙁

  • DoctorWho4eva

    June 23rd, 2012 - 2:04pm

    RIP Caroline

  • timelord273

    June 23rd, 2012 - 10:56am


  • Hector Sandler

    June 23rd, 2012 - 10:16am

    Well she was great actor. When her time in DR,Who the TARDIS was out of Order. After she left never was to be mentioned again. Jon Pertwee recalled Katy Maning his favourite companion.

    • Hector Sandler

      June 24th, 2012 - 8:29am

      I renew my coments: she was great. That all I got to say. 🙁

  • doctor who 19

    June 23rd, 2012 - 10:12am

    really sad i have nevere seen an episode with her in

  • The Time Lord of Doom

    June 23rd, 2012 - 7:50am

    RIP 🙁

  • ParadigmDalek

    June 23rd, 2012 - 5:56am

    I saw one episode with her in it-Spearhead From Space. RIP Caroline John/Liz Shaw

  • THEDW11

    June 22nd, 2012 - 9:07pm

    it is a shame good actoruss RIP

  • Will

    June 22nd, 2012 - 8:21pm

    Dose anyone know how she died?

    • booboo

      June 22nd, 2012 - 9:54pm

      i dont think so be she had been ill for a while

    • Liason Ice

      June 23rd, 2012 - 6:52am

      She died of cancer, a lot of people are doing that now days

    • booboo

      June 23rd, 2012 - 9:32am

      Yes this was confirmed yesterday


    June 22nd, 2012 - 6:14pm

    Lost of people have left us this year. Although I have never seen an episode with her in it, Rest In Peace Caroline. i will definitely have a look for one. Rest In Peace.

    • booboo

      June 22nd, 2012 - 6:15pm

      I would get spearhead from space, its her’s and Jon Pertwee’s first story and its a good watch

    • Will

      June 22nd, 2012 - 8:22pm

      and watch Inferno its her last one

    • kit

      June 22nd, 2012 - 11:15pm

      just watch all of them, they’re all great

  • biggest doctor who fan

    June 22nd, 2012 - 4:45pm

    Great shame too many losses of recent first Nick then Liz and now Caroline and just a year before the 50th you will be missed.
    RIP Caroline John

  • Tardis’nt

    June 22nd, 2012 - 3:34pm

    R.I.P Caroline John. Another sad loss to her family and friends and to the world of doctor who. 😥

  • booboo the third

    June 22nd, 2012 - 3:14pm

    R.I.P caroline R.I.P

  • Smeads

    June 22nd, 2012 - 11:38am

    I was really really sad when I heard that Caroline John had passed away. She was brilliant as Liz Shaw. I remember her wonderful first scene with the Brigadier where she is huffy and sarcastic with him for being summoned to UNIT. She is equally off with Jon Pertwee’s Doctor when they first meet, but over the next few stories she softens towards him and becomes a loyal friend. Also when she is attacked in the barn by the Sillurian, and you can see the Doctor is genuinely worried and concerned for her. Such great scenes with her and Jon. I also loved her in Inferno playing her alto ego in the parallel universe. Sad sad news, another great actress from the Doctor Who universe has been lost. I guess like me, every fan is keenly awaiting the release of Ambassadors of Death on DVD so that they have the set of all her stories on DVD. My thoughts go out to her family.

  • Dalek Sec

    June 22nd, 2012 - 8:08am

    She was brillant on Doctor Who, she wasn’t the companion who was just the Doctors assistant. I heard she was the person who kept the Doctor who going, as it was going to be cancelled back in the 60s. She was one of the best people on the show. RIP


    June 22nd, 2012 - 6:40am


  • Andrew Blakey

    June 21st, 2012 - 10:09pm

    This is awful to read. Caroline was a great companion even if she wasn’t around long. it is sad that she has passed away.

    the world of Doctor Who has lost many great cast memebers over the years.

    Rest in Peace Caroline

  • gary

    June 21st, 2012 - 9:45pm

    An absolutely amazing actress. Such a shame she has passed away, she was such a lovely lady.


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