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June 23rd, 2012 70 comments

Caroline John 1940 – 2012 Video Tribute

Caroline John (liz Shaw) 1940 – 2012

From BBC Twitter

Itโ€™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…


  • Jonathan

    June 21st, 2012 - 9:34pm

    I think it’s very sad we have lost another Who companion.
    I’m very shocked that she’s gone just like I was with Liz and Nick
    R:I:P Caroline

  • Will

    June 21st, 2012 - 8:59pm

    RIP Caroline John (Liz Shaw) 1940-2012

    List of Appearances:
    Spearhead from Space
    Dr Who and the Silurians
    The Ambassadors of Death
    The Five Doctors

    Gone but not forgotten ๐Ÿ™
    but at least she can be with Jon Pertwee (Dr Who) and Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier)

  • dalek eternal

    June 21st, 2012 - 8:07pm



    June 21st, 2012 - 7:30pm

    I think it shows how great she was that Liz has a large number of fans and got many chances to use her great voice to full effect in the Big Finish Companion Chronicle range. Caroline was an amazing woman and the many stories prove that. My thoughts are with her family. Rest in peace.

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    June 21st, 2012 - 6:57pm

    R.I.P Liz. Favourite of yours was Inferno.

  • the 13th Doctor

    June 21st, 2012 - 5:36pm

    My most sincere condonlences. she was fantastic. R.I.P

  • Dtron Wunder

    June 21st, 2012 - 5:35pm


  • Jason doctorwhoone

    June 21st, 2012 - 5:00pm

    Rest in piece Caroline ๐Ÿ™ xx

    Along with Jon and Nick, she helped Doctor Who begin it’s time in the 1970’s, especially when it finally went into full colour, something to be proud off I’m sure.

  • the TARDIS

    June 21st, 2012 - 4:34pm

    This really took me by surprise reading it on the Doctor Who website, I expected it to be another happy birthday thing. Hopefully, they won’t kill her off in the TV series like they did the Brigadier. Such a shame, classic Doctor Who is losing so many great names from the long list of companions. I loved her companion chronicles and her short era on TV. I hope she gets a good tribute in DWM like Elisabeth Sladen and Nicholas Courtney. It really is amazing how such a short-lived companion can have such a resonance, she will be greatly missed.
    RIP Caroline John, long live Liz Shaw.

    • duckter who

      June 21st, 2012 - 8:59pm

      u forgot Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee

    • Dalek Sec

      June 22nd, 2012 - 8:12am

      Time really passes, even for the Doctor.

    • the TARDIS

      June 22nd, 2012 - 3:48pm

      Duckter Who it’s not that I forgot them, but the others have all died so lately! It’s such a shame, but now seems a bad time for classic Who

  • Give me a Dalek any day

    June 21st, 2012 - 4:22pm

    So sad! ๐Ÿ™ R.I.P Caroline John

  • Proffesor When

    June 21st, 2012 - 4:22pm

    They should have a tribute thing like the brigadiar in The Wedding Of River Song.
    RIP caroline, you will always be remembered.

  • 4thdoctorforever

    June 21st, 2012 - 4:19pm

    RIP to one of the best and most underrated companions this show has ever had.

    Another sad loss to the Doctor Who universe ๐Ÿ™

  • kit

    June 21st, 2012 - 4:18pm

    it is indeed very strange to have an autograph from someone who is no longer with us, she was a great companion

  • Anon

    June 21st, 2012 - 4:14pm


  • DW2012

    June 21st, 2012 - 4:10pm

    Why does this happen, I only saw the five dr who episodes with Liz Shaw in and they were Spearhead from Space, Dr Who and the Silurans, Inferno, The five Doctors even Dimensions in Time so RIP Caroline and your story will carry on and on

  • Cyberdevil

    June 21st, 2012 - 4:07pm


    A great actress and great companion. Condolences to her family

  • crazy guy

    June 21st, 2012 - 3:55pm

    unfortunately i never saw the episodes with her in
    but i knew she was a wonderful women so rest in piece

  • blobfish

    June 21st, 2012 - 3:55pm


  • Ryan

    June 21st, 2012 - 3:54pm

    A Companion who is usually forgotten. But in reality, she will never, ever be forgotton… A True hero from the history of Doctor Who…

  • happiness will prevail

    June 21st, 2012 - 3:44pm

    Rest in peace

  • Blink

    June 21st, 2012 - 3:37pm

    I will miss her so much. She will always live in the pantheon of doctor who companions. Now there is only Katy Manning to remind us of the UNIT golden years. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ™

    • Proffesor When

      June 21st, 2012 - 4:32pm

      Indeed, so sad that they are all gone…
      but they will never truly be gone, the memories, the faces…
      And I think Katy will be sticking around for a while. Maybe the writers will start to see how important it is to not only create, but return to old places.
      RIP Caroline, Elizibeth and nicolas

  • Anonymous

    June 21st, 2012 - 3:26pm

    we will miss you Caroline

  • CG

    June 21st, 2012 - 2:42pm

    RIP Caroline. A great loss. ๐Ÿ™

  • marky

    June 21st, 2012 - 2:01pm

    Another sad loss to the world of Doctor Who. Even sadder when she read the audio version of Liz Sladen’s autobiography last year. RIP Ms John.

  • gordon

    June 21st, 2012 - 1:13pm

    Caroline john has passed away. The pertwee era has lost another legend RIP

  • Alan Dobbie

    June 21st, 2012 - 1:13pm

    Very sad to hear of the news of the passing of Caroline John. It will be strange hearing her on the DVD commentary on Ambassadors later in the year with Nick Courtney. I shed a little tear on the Planet of Spiders DVD hearing Liz, Nick and Barry Letts โ€“ the same will certainly happen again. RIP Caroline and thank-you

    • Galifrayforever97

      June 23rd, 2012 - 8:40pm

      Is Ambassadors being realesed on DVD ???

    • Gordon

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:58am

      It all exists. Why would it not get released on dvd?

  • Stormageddon

    June 21st, 2012 - 12:54pm

    I cant belive it ! I was privillaged to meet her at a convention a couple years back and she was amazing ! As I got to the front of the que the stewards wanted to move things along faster but she said VERY firmly “NO ! These people have come to see me and I WILL chat with them !” Go caroline ! She was a lovely lady who always spoke VERY fondly of her time on Dr Who. RIP Caroline John, gone and missed but NEVER forgotten !

  • the doctor

    June 21st, 2012 - 12:46pm

    She wasn’t in it for long bit a great impact.

  • Si

    June 21st, 2012 - 12:45pm

    we have lost so many recently, condolences to her family

  • Cyberleader

    June 21st, 2012 - 12:44pm



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