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Mary Tamm ( Romana ) 1950 – 2012

Mary Tamm ( Romana ) 1950 – 2012

Doctor Who star Mary Tamm, who played companion Romana alongside Tom Baker, has died aged 62. She stared in the 1978 story arc Doctor Who:The Key to Time.

Stories include The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, and The Armageddon Factor.

Mary Tamm returned to the roll in the Big Finish production Gallifrey and other titles. She is also in the cast list for several upcoming 4th Doctor stories.

Married to Marcus Ringrose, she has one daughter. Her autobiography, First Generation was published in September 2009 by Fantom Films. Mary Tamm was born in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire,



  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    August 9th, 2012 - 7:08pm

    I just heard that her husband died just after her funeral of a heart attack, very sad. R.I.P to both of them.

  • K-Kobus-K

    August 9th, 2012 - 2:53pm <- This is such tragic news. My thoughts go out even more now to Lauren and Max <3

  • Hector Sandler

    August 1st, 2012 - 9:55am

    She was good. I seen her in The Return of the Saint. Jane Erye opposite 4th 007 & End of Times Timothy Dalton.

  • NotADalek

    July 31st, 2012 - 1:24pm

    Sad news, RIP. Nicholas Courtney, Elisabeth Sladen, Roy Skelton, Caroline John and now Mary Tamm, all within 17 months. I really hope we don’t lose somebody else soon.

  • alex

    July 30th, 2012 - 5:40pm

    2012 has been a bad year for dr who RIP Mary.

  • cyberman2

    July 29th, 2012 - 2:32pm

    cancer is going too far im donating in all the dr.who acters and actresses to stop this damn desease R.I.P Mary Tamm

  • the TARDIS

    July 29th, 2012 - 1:09pm

    Another great loss to the Doctor Who family. RIP Mary and farewell to the noblest Romana of them all.

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    July 28th, 2012 - 1:45pm

    I was shocked to hear this news yesterday. Caroline John has recently died, and now Mary Tamm.

    I had seen her Key to Time stories last year and was planning to get her audio stories with the Doctor, which presumably take place after the events of that season.

    I really am shocked to hear this news. And even though I always preferred Lalla Ward’s Romana, I am saddened by this news because Mary was so beautiful and so very smart . I really hope no more of my beloved heroes are going to fall victim to this disease. 🙁

  • THEDW11

    July 28th, 2012 - 8:37am


  • daleksean

    July 27th, 2012 - 9:53pm

    Even though she was in six stories she was my favourite classic series companion and she will be sadly missed

  • Timey-winy-wibble-wobby

    July 27th, 2012 - 1:46pm

    Tell this is not happening, why does this happen? Whose next? She was a great actor. we will miss you Mary RIP

  • Esterath

    July 27th, 2012 - 9:59am

    Anyone notice everyone is dying before the 50th anniversary?!

    • Jonathan

      July 27th, 2012 - 10:35am

      I noticed that and they are all really iconic characters that could have returned for the 50th

    • Anonymous

      July 28th, 2012 - 10:22am

      Exactly, Liz, Nic , Carry…
      and three doctors!

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      July 28th, 2012 - 1:36pm

      Those three Doctors died years ago, before the year 2000.

  • commander strax

    July 27th, 2012 - 9:14am

    RIP mary tamm

    • Commander Strax

      July 27th, 2012 - 10:37am

      You will be missed.

  • Doctordredd67

    July 26th, 2012 - 10:17pm

    Yet another tragic loss from the doctor who family. RIP Mary. So sad that you lost your battle with cancer.

    I am lucky enough to have won my battle with cancer so my sympathy goes out to her family and friends to another lost shining star.

    • simon

      July 26th, 2012 - 10:59pm

      I know your feeling I won my battle with cancer myself im now in my 8th year in the all clear.

    • Anonymous

      July 27th, 2012 - 7:43am

      My friend’s dad had cancer and was battling with it for 9 years! unfortunatly he did not win his battle.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      July 28th, 2012 - 1:38pm

      My grandfather died of it, age 85. Had it not been for the cancer he would have kept on going, his spirit was strong, he never gave up on life.

      I’m just sad he had to go that way, cancer is a painful thing to go through. Atleast now he is at peace.

  • KKobusK

    July 26th, 2012 - 10:12pm

    This has shocked me so much! I’ll really miss her. R.I.P Mary

  • simon

    July 26th, 2012 - 8:26pm

    Im in shock. R.I.P. Mary Tamm You will be missed. I was very lucky to get a signed photo back only a couple of months ago. I thank you for that and for giving us all Romana.

  • Blink

    July 26th, 2012 - 7:45pm

    R.I.P. Mary Tamm. May she rest in peace.

    • Blink

      July 26th, 2012 - 7:59pm

      Sinve she is dead i will definatly buy the big finish season thatstars her.

    • Blink

      July 26th, 2012 - 8:02pm

      Sorry About that wonky comment I am usinga cery old computor most of the key bord keys are in thewrong plave

  • Andrew Blakey

    July 26th, 2012 - 7:29pm

    Farewell Mary. you were the noblest Romana of them all. R.I.P


    July 26th, 2012 - 6:54pm

    I haven’t seen her in an episode before, but I new she was well respected and loved!

    Rest In Peace

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

      July 28th, 2012 - 10:13am

      Neither have I, but R.I.P.

  • Dalek Strategist

    July 26th, 2012 - 5:52pm

    RIP Mary Tamm, who played a great Romana. William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Elizabeth Sladen, Roy Skelton, Caroline John, Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt, Jacqueline Hill, Michael Wisher, Ian Marter, Anthony Ainley, Robert Holmes, Peter Hawkins, John Nathan-Turner, Sydney Newman, and now Mary Tamm… *Sigh*


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