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:
And it was a sentiment shared by Anneke Wills – who appeared as Polly opposite both the First and Second Doctor:
A clearly emotional Nicola Byrant – who played Perpugilliam “Peri” Brown – offered a brief comment on her passing:
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.”