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Published on June 22nd, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Tributes to Caroline John

It has been a sad week for Doctor Who fans both old and new as the BBC confirmed that Caroline John – known to millions as Dr Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Shaw – has passed away.

Former cast members have taken to twitter to share their thoughts and memories of the actress who was more than a foil for John Pertwee’s Third Doctor.

The Sixth Doctor Colin Baker offered his condolences to her husband Geoffrey Beevers (The Keeper of Traken) and their family at this difficult time:

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And it was a sentiment shared by Anneke Wills – who appeared as Polly opposite both the First and Second Doctor:

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A clearly emotional Nicola Byrant – who played Perpugilliam “Peri” Brown – offered a brief comment on her passing:

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Steven Moffat shared his memories of John’s legacy during her time on the show via the official Doctor Who page:

“Caroline was a brilliant actress and in her role as Liz Shaw, a tremendous co-star for Jon Pertwee in his first year as the Doctor. She was not just a sidekick but a scientist in her own right and a match for the universe’s number one know-all. The Doctor’s companions should never be his assistants – they’re the people who keep him on his toes, and that’s what Caroline did. From everyone at the show, our thoughts go out to Caroline’s family.”

Caroline John passed away 5th June and is survived by her husband Geoffrey Beevers and three children.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

One Response to Tributes to Caroline John

  1. avatar zer0 says:

    A sad loss. I wonder if she saw her character’s namesake in a role clearly inspired by Liz in Prometheus?

    My condolences to her family.

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