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Who was Dr Who's Liz?

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QUESTION Watching repeats of Dr Who brought back thoughts of my schoolboy crush on the doctor female assistant Liz Shaw, played by actress Caroline John in the early seventies. What happened to her after the series ended?


CAROLINE JOHN appeared as Cambridge scientist Liz Shaw for the first four stones of Jon Pertwee's Dr Who in 1970: Spearhead From Space, Dr Who And The Silurians, The Ambassadors Of Death, and Inferno.

When the production team that had created Liz changed, it was decided that a super-intelligent character wasn't suitable as the doctor's foil, and in the first story of the eighth season it was explained she had returned to Cambridge.

Caroline's third story, The Ambassadors Of Death (not in the current BBC repeat run due to the lack of a suitable colour copy) was something of a family affair because it also starred her future husband, Geoffrey Beevers, as a UNIT soldier while the production manager was her brother Nick John.

In 1983. Liz made a cameo appearance in the 20th anniversary story, The Five Doctors, and In 1994 in a video drama, The Zero Imperative.

Since leaving Dr Who, Caroline has appeared on television in the likes of The Hound Of The Baskervilles, A Pattern Of Roses, The Harry Enfield Television Programme and Dangerfield. She has a healthy stage career and is touring in Ibsen's The Master Builder.

Richard Bignell, Rainham, Kent


Caption: Sci-fl sidekick: Caroline John was Or Who's toll. Inset: In Inferno

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