Tributes to actress star of Doctor Who

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Tributes have been paid to actress Caroline John who starred as Doctor Who’s assistant Liz Shaw in the BBC show and who has died of cancer.

Ms John appeared opposite Jon Pertwee’s timelord in the 1970 series. The show’s current supremo, Steven Moffat, said: “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.” Agent, Christina Shepherd, said Ms John, 72, who passed away on 5 June, had been ill for several years. Her funeral was held yesterday.