Doctor Who Tom Baker and Mary Tamm as the Doctor and Romana

Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

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Tom Baker on Mary Tamm

Tom Baker and Mary Tamm as the Doctor and Romana

It was with heavy hearts last week that we reported the untimely loss of Mary Tamm – who succumbed to a cancer-related illness, aged just 62.

It was a shock to all who had enjoyed her confident, warm performance as Time Lady Romanadvoratrelundar or who had the pleasure to meet her in person at numerous conventions; none more so than her former Doctor Tom Baker, who has posted this lovely tribute to the actress on his website.

Here’s Tom’s tribute in full:

“The dreadful news of Mary Tamm’s death amazed me. I had no idea she was ill. We got on terribly well and I admired her wit and style and warmth. We used to meet at different Who conventions and sometimes had time for a little chat. I remember meeting her at Heathrow in the 1st class section: her section, of course. She was flicking through a magazine and sipping a beer: the epitome of cool style.

When we first worked together her tales of her background (she’s from Estonia) kept me very amused. I think they spoke Estonian at home. She used to do an impression of her aunt, I think, who had been an opera singer. She had a marvellous trick of rapid asides which often had nothing to do with the main story but which convulsed us. I tried to copy this trick behind her back but it eluded me as most tricks have eluded me all my life. And that she is dead seems incredible.

Fate is capricious and quite indifferent to our fears. Lovely girls: Elisabeth Sladen, Caroline John and now Mary Tamm: all dead. And here am I closing in on eighty and all I’ve had was whooping cough! It’s not fair, is it? Actually, I also have a creaky knee. And probably a creaky brain.

I never met Mary’s daughter and hardly ever met Marcus, her husband. But I send them from the bottom of my old heart sincere condolences. To have known her consoles me a little: poor darling Mary, poor us.”

 

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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.




2 Responses to Tom Baker on Mary Tamm

  1. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    Tom has such a lovely way with words. He really does. What a touching tribute.

    • avatar Stormageddon says:

      Yep have to agree, Tom’s a wordsmith of the highest degree (Wish I could PREACH as well as he talks ! lol !) and this is such a lovely tribute to the sadly missed Mary Tamm

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