She had played Timelady Romana alongside Tom Baker

Doctor Who star Mary Tamm has died at the age of 62.

The actress played Timelady companion Romana, alongside fourth Doctor Tom Baker in 1978-79 story arc dubbed ‘The Key To Time’.

Tamm fought a long battle with cancer, and passed away in a London hospital, according to BBC News. Her agent Barry Langford said she had a “zest for life”. On hearing the news, Baker said: “She was a darling companion and wonderfully witty and kind. I’m so sorry to hear of her death.”

Writing on Twitter, sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker added: “Shellshocked to hear Mary Tamm has gone. A funny, caring, talented, lovely and down to earth lady.”

Tamm’s stage and screen career also included films The Odessa File and The Likely Lads, as well as recurring roles in EastEnders and Brookside.

Langford added: “She was a fantastic actress. She played stage parts of such range, parts that would take your breath away. She could play any role, and do so wonderfully.”

Also from The Doctor’s home planet of Gallifrey, her character Romana appeared in the six interlinked stories in ‘The Key To Time’ series alongside Baker’s Doctor, and robot dog K-9. The character later regenerated into a version played by Lalla Ward.