Mary Tamm, Doctor Who’s “Romana”, Dies at 62

By: Chad Sweely - July 26, 2012

If you are familiar with the old/classic Doctor Who series with Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor), I am pretty sure you will remember Mary Tamm, the actress who portrayed Romana (first generation). This was the role that Mary Tamm was mostly well-known for.

Mary Tamm’s character in Doctor Who, Romana (short for Romanadvoratrelundar) was introduced in the “Key to Time” series of Season 16 during the reign of the Fourth Doctor. During her character development on the well-known British sci-fi show, Tamm did not agree with the direction of her character and resigned, giving the role of Romana to Lalla Ward in Season 17.

Apart from her involvement with Doctor Who, Tamm starred in various other films, such as: The Odessa File, The Likely Lads, and Amazons and Gladiators. (Source: IMDb).

The official Doctor Who Twitter account of the BBC announced Mary Tamm’s death in the tweet provided below:


Mary Tamm was 62 years old when she died on July 26th of 2012 after battling an 18-month stretch of cancer. Various fans of Tamm posted their condolences via Twitter:






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Chad SweelyChad Sweely is a contract writer for WebProNews, and previously was the Support Analyst for iEntry. Chad is also interested in classic Doctor Who, social dancing, and web design.

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