its true you never forget your first doctor, and for me my first was the 4th doctor, Tom Baker, somewhere around 5 years ago when my husband and i were just friends at the time, he introduced me to a little show from England, called Doctor Who. All he said about it was “just watch 1 episode, just one. If you dont like it i wont push it any further” i was hesitant to say the least, i was still trying to wrap my head around the whole “how old is this show” concept, so we watched my first episode, The Ribos Operation. its here where i got to see Mary Tamm as Romana I (Romanadvoratrelundar)she was Beautiful, Strong and best of all, A TIME LORD (or lady) she had everything the doctor had, just….. better. sure the doctor was quirky but she brought him around. she was exactly what he needed. its then when my spark of doctor love ignited into a small flame which grew into the love i feel for the alien today. I then went on to listen to the cds of Doctor Who, the storys contained in the books that seemed to be written just for me.
she later was regenerated into Romana II and with her a new younger looking time lord, but for me- she sparked something that to this day will not be extinguished. sure you can argue there have been plenty of Time Ladys (im still looking forward to seeing if Susan Foreman comes back regenerated) but for me you can keep your River, You can keep your Donna Nobel (but she is a very kick ass woman) for me Romana will always be Mary Tamm.
today is not a sad day, just think… Mary is just Regenerating….
Anglophenia’s Fraser McAlpine wrote it better than any of us could:
I’m writing this on behalf of every Doctor Who fan who finds it hard to know what the appropriate response may be when one of the many actors who gave their favorite show life, loses theirs. I’ve never met the actress Mary Tamm – whose death from cancer at age 62 was announced today – most likely very few people reading this have, and yet, ever since her stint as the first Romana in the last ’70s, playing an impossibly glamorous Time Lady opposite Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, she (or rather Romana) has been a very real part of my mental landscape.