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DR. WHO'S pretty, dark-haired assistant is stepping out of the Tardis for the last time.

Mary Tamm, the actress who has spent the past year seeing TV's Dr Who through his adventures, is quitting.

AS Dn. WHO (BBC-1, 6.25) celebrates Its 500th show, Mary will set off on her final interplanetary adventure in a new story, "The Armageddon Factor".

"I am leaving the programme—in fact I have already left," she said at her London home.

"I have now made. twenty-six 'Dr Who', programmes. Six of them which make up the new series are still to be shown."

Mary has played Romana to actor Tom Baker's amazing doctor for a year and is now starting work on a new play "Action Replay" for the theatre.

"This time I have a complete change of character," she said. "I play a fairly unpleasant woman in the play ... instead of the goodie I've played on TV."

BBC chiefs wanted her to stay longer in "Dr Who". "But I am a very restless person and when I started acting I never really wanted to work in TV," she said.

Mary is one of nearly twenty girl companions who have partnered Dr Who—played in turn by actors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker—since the series started fifteen years ago.

MOVING ON: Mary Tamm.

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