Adrienne Hill

Adrienne Hill (22 July 1937 – 6 October 1997) was an English actress.

Adrienne Hill
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Born(1937-07-22)22 July 1937
Plymouth, Devon, England
Died6 October 1997(1997-10-06) (aged 60)
London, England
Notable work
Katarina in Doctor Who

In 1965 she was cast in the regular role of Sandra Orlando for the BBC soap opera 199 Park Lane, but the series was cancelled within a fortnight, after only 18 episodes on air.[1]

Shortly after, she appeared in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who as Katarina, a companion of the Doctor—who at that time was played by William Hartnell.

Doctor Who was Hill's first work in television.[2] and her tenure in the role was brief. Katarina was the first companion to be killed in the series, appearing in only five episodes over two serials: The Myth Makers and The Daleks' Master Plan. The deletion of several scenes prior to recording meant that of the 93 lines originally scripted for her character only 78 made it into the final programmes[1] with her character's final death scene being the first shots to be recorded.[3] Due to the BBC's wiping policy in the 60s and 70s, only one episode to feature her still exists in the BBC archives (episode two of The Daleks' Master Plan; "Day of Armageddon").

Following her appearance in Doctor Who, Hill acted in several small roles prior to moving to the Netherlands and subsequently to the United States.[3] After returning to Britain she retrained to be a drama teacher and worked in London.[3]

She participated in the 1985 Children in Need programme along with other Doctor Who actors. Her last known acting role was a library assistant in an episode of City Life (a New Zealand soap opera), which was broadcast in February 1998 after her death.

Her obituary was published in Doctor Who Magazine issue 261, which stated she died of cancer on 6 October 1997.[4]


  1. ^ a b The Cutting Room Floor Doctor Who Magazine Issue #525 Jun 2018. UK: Panini. Retrieved 17 June 2018
  2. ^ "Adrienne Hill (1986)". Doctor Who Interview Archive.
  3. ^ a b c "Hunt on for lost tapes starring Doctor Who's Plymouth companion Adrienne Hill". Plymouth Herald. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  4. ^ Gallifrey Guardian Doctor Who Magazine Issue #261 Jan 1998. UK: Panini. Retrieved 27 May 2018

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