A beautiful tribute video to Caroline John by the always awesome Babelcolour.
The BBC have confirmed that Caroline John, the actress who made her name playing Liz Shaw opposite Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor in 1970, died on June 5. She was 72.
Caroline had a long and varied career, including a stint in the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre, before taking on the role of Doctor Liz Shaw, a scientific rival for the pompous and boffiny Third Doctor, in the first color series of Doctor Who.
She took the companion role in such definitive Who stories as Spearhead from Space, The Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death & Inferno. After leaving the show, she also briefly appeared in the 20th Anniversary special The Five Doctors and the Children in Need special Dimensions in Time, as well as several of the more recent audio adventures.
Hats off to whichever Doctor Who script-writer who came up with the idea of exiling the Doctor to Earth and having him work for UNIT at the beginning of his third incarnation. Especially the Third Doctor. The First would simply not have put up with the indignity, the Second would probably rather have wandered off to learn an eccentric circus skill after a few days on the job, whereas the charmingly superior Third rather suits his capacity as scientific advisor to the Brigadier.
The only trouble is, the job had already gone to someone else, and another doctor, to boot. Enter Dr. Elizabeth Shaw – played by Caroline John – expert in meteorites, physics and medicine, who has arrived hot-foot from Cambridge university to assist the taskforce in their dealings with extra-terrestrial forces.
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