Doctor Who star Mary Tamm (aka Romana) dies aged 62 after cancer battle
Doctor Who star Mary Tamm has passed away at the age of 62.
The late actress is probably best known as for her time on Doctor Who, as she starred opposite the iconic Tom Baker in the 1978–1979 story arc The Key to Time, taking on the role of Romana.
Tamm later revealed that she was initially determined not to accept the offer made by Doctor Who bosses, as she believed that the role was merely that of the “damsel in distress” and wouldn’t be at all challenging or interesting for her.
She was persuaded to change her mind when producers promised that her alter ego Romana would be a member of the Doctor’s own race and therefore as capable, powerful and enigmatic as he.
Tamm only appeared in one series of the hit show though, as she felt that by the end of her run the role had reverted to that of the normal Doctor’s assistant and could be developed or explored no further.
In a 2007 interview, Tamm revealed that she had made it known to new bosses that she was happy to film a regeneration sequence to allow a smooth transition between her tenure and that of a new actress, but was never taken up on her offer.
Mary starred in many other shows after her sci-fi run, taking leading roles in two BBC1 dramas, The Treachery Game (1980) and its sequel The Assassination Run (1981) alongside Malcolm Stoddard. She also appeared in BBC two’s The Hello, Goodbye Man opposite Ian Lavender in 1984.
In recent years, Tamm played Penny Crosbie in Channel 4′s Brookside from 1993 to 1996, Yvonne Edwards in the BBC drama Paradise Heights (2002) and she returned to her Doctor Who roots when she took on the role of Patience in the second series of the Gallifrey audio plays.
In August 2009, Tamm made a brief one-week appearance as Orlenda in EastEnders.
Tamm’s death was confirmed by her agent Barry Langford, who said she had a ‘zest for life’ and an ability to ‘take your breath away’ with her performances.
‘She was a fantastic actress,’ he stated this morning, adding:
‘She played stage parts of such range, parts that would take your breath away. She could play any role, and do so wonderfully.’
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