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Elisabeth
Sladen
1948-2011

Published at: April 19, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

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Elisabeth Sladen, who first played journalist and “Doctor Who” companion Sarah Jane Smith when she was 25 and recurred in the role on and off until last year (as the star of “Who” spin-off “The Sarah Jane Adventures”), was claimed by cancer Tuesday at age 63.

Over the years she appeared with at least four incarnations of the Doctor, the ones played by Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, David Tennant and Matt Smith.

“R,” a reader who alerted us to the actress’ passing, writes:

She was by far the best companion in the entire 48 years that Doctor Who has been around, debuting in 1973 with the third Doctor and staying on through the early years of the fourth. She then reappeared on the new Doctor Who series with the tenth Doctor, David Tennant.

She was the companion when I first discovered Doctor Who, on a fuzzy black and white TV watching Canadian television from my home in Detroit.

Find the BBC’s obituary here.

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  • April 19, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    first

    by FrankBooth93

    bitches!!!

  • April 19, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    good actress

    by Stifler's Mom

    and what a looker back in the day

  • April 19, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    She will be missed

    by LordMaker

    She was such fun. May her soul rest in peace.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Met her in the 80's, she was real nice to the fans.

    by islander

    I met Elisabeth Sladen at an Atlanta sci-fi convention in the 80's. She was real nice to all the fans. She will be missed.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Damn, 63 is too young to stop chopping.

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    I've enjoyed her work over the years. I'm very sorry to hear this.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    What a cutie!

    by The Krypton Kid

    I've never seen an episode of Doctor Who, but she was adorable. Rest in Peace.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    there are times i hate my nick this is one i mean no disrespect i loved the character sarah jane

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    The woman will be missed but her work lives on

  • April 19, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    RIP. This news sucks.

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

  • April 19, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I have to admit

    by Rumpel Tumskin

    I like the Sarah Jane Adventure, Ms. Sladen made them very enjoyable. I was hoping she would get to take another ride in the TARDIS some day.

  • To me she is as iconic as Tom Baker himself, she is THE companion. You will be missed, Sarah Jane...

  • April 19, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Bollocks

    by MonkeyFunker

    My Fave Companion to my 2 fave Doctors. RIP.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Fettster_uk

    Saw this news unfold on Twitter and Facebook earlier. Couldn't believe it and still find it hard. She was without a doubt the best companion for the Doctor ever. Elizabeth, I saw you once but never met or spoke to you, but you made so much of an impact on me for many years. When I saw her back with the Dr it made me cry for the first time in ages. Thank you Elizabeth. Sleep well.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    I'm shocked

    by Mutley26

    and speechless...

  • April 19, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    This truly truly sucks.

    by Joe Mannix Jr.

    She was my first companion to my first and favourite Doctor. I feel physically ill and am now depressed. I had no idea she was ill. Kept up on SJA a little. She seemed fine. I think I'll have drink with no supper and put "Robot" on. And maybe even tear up a bit. Piss.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Sarah Jane was always my favorite Who girl...

    by Ronald Raygun

    She was definately the cutest. She was kinda helpless though. She always being captured, in need of rescue or put under some sort of spell by the episode's villian. R.I.P

  • April 19, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    DR WHO ROYALTY

    by Rob

    I have looked at AICN for years and never signed in, never left a comment but I really wanted to add my condolences here - Lis was a great part of what made/makes Dr Who so magical - she leaves us with some great stories/memories.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Farewell to the best companion ever

    by Kenny8

    I've been watching since the beginning. No disrespect to who went before, but Liz Sladen was one of the show's best treasures. Will be sadly missed here.....and my elderly parents are devasted by the news too. We've all lost a member of "our" family.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Met her at a convention in the early 80's

    by disfigurehead

    Nice person. Rest in peace.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Far too young

    by Collin

    I was first introduced to Dr.Who as Tom Baker. He still stands out in my mind as the best incarnation but a lot of that probably has to do with the rose colored glasses of my youth. Tennant and Smith are wonderful as well although I'm partial to Smith, probably cause he reminds me of Baker. I would watch Tom Baker reruns on PBS followed by The Third Eye on Nickelodeon all from underneath my couch, the only safe place to be watching scary shows when you're 6. These nights made up some of my fondest movie or TV memories from childhood. She was one of my first television crushes and no companion will ever replace her in my heart or in the hearts of many other Doctor fans.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Time for a Sarah Jane marathon at my household.

    by DoctorWho?

    "Eldrad must live!"

  • April 19, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    No Words...

    by Pogue__Mahone

    I'm sure my fellow 'Docbackers' will agree. She was in irreplacable treasure. Another huge part of my youth is gone and I feel a little bit older tonight. I have nothing else to type other than my heart is kind of breaking, right now... I didn't even know she was all. Thank you, Lis... or should I say Sarah Jane... for so many wonderful memories.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    It's so unreal

    by UnicornsExist

    I can't believe in less than a few weeks, two major icons from my childhood (Nicholas Courtney) have passed on. Sarah Jane Adventures was actually a really good series, because it never spoke down to kids. Russell T.Davis really found his calling with the show, and Elizabeth was always fantastic in it. She was always a great professional, and a star that has become iconic for two generations of television viewers. Her legacy will live on, and she will be missed. I believe they completed 3 episodes of the newest Sarah Jane Adventures series, so I hope we get to see what was filmed in some shape or form. It would be such a shame to see the footage go to waste, and it could make for a great tribute to one of the greatest women in television history.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Damn, I didn't even know she was ill.

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Thought she was still making those Sarah Jane shows for CBBC.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Oops...

    by Pogue__Mahone

    "I didn't even know she was all" should read... "I didn't even know she was ill" - hard to type through the tears.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    That being said

    by UnicornsExist

    I hope they devote the first episode of the new season to her and Nicholas Courtney. Though I may sob like a little kid.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Good Night, Elisabeth

    by PreciousRoy

    Thanks for some great memories. Great character, wonderful actress.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Met her at a Trek con'

    by lead_sharp

    It was like sci fi royalty. Absolute tragedy.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    What can you say?

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Elisabeth Sladen was AWESOME. R.I.P. You brought a lot of people — and countless children — endless joy with your work. Many thanks. :)

  • April 19, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Her return in School Reunion was magic.

    by DoctorWho?

  • April 19, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I had sent this to Harry but just after I sent it this was up.

    by cushing1967

    Elisabeth Sladen - 1 February 1948 – 19 April 2011 "No. The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it's a world, or a relationship... Everything has its time. And everything ends." - Sarah Jane Smith [School Reunion} Another piece of my childhood and Doctor Who history was taken from us today. Elisabeth Sladen died today of Cancer at the age of 63. Less than two months since the death of The Brigadier we lose Sarah Jane Smith. She was perhaps the most iconic of all of the Doctors companions, and that is not meant to denigrate any of the companions before her or after her, but Sarah Jane just seemed to encapsulate everything that made a companion great. She was there for what is arguably the finest era in Who history and appeared alongside Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. She was by turns a damsel in distress and an intrepid adventurer and she was beautiful. Sarah Jane was so important to the world of Doctor Who that it is telling that she was the first companion to reappear in the new series with David Tennant, she was the companion who starred in not one but two spin-offs and, in my mind, she was the companion who will never really be beaten. Her popularity was enough that the Eleventh Doctor also appeared in her show. Her status as the most loved companion was largely down to Elisabeth Sladen's magnificent portrayal - she brought warmth, intelligence, vulnerability and courage to a character who was often just there to ask the Doctor what was happening or there to be rescued from a fat worse than death at the hands of so many iconic villains. The triumvirate of The Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry Sullivan not only recaptured the essence of the sixties dynamic but, in my opinion surpassed it – Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and the wonderful, still sadly missed Ian Marter was unmissable Doctor Who. Like many of the actors who have played such important roles in Doctor Who she seemingly came from nowhere and then seemingly vanished (though she did semi retire in 1985 after the birth of her daughter). Her CV outside of Doctor Who doesn't seem to be so impressive, with various guest starring roles in various British television shows but perhaps that was because she had become so firmly ingrained in the public conscious as Sarah Jane. She held her own beautifully while playing against the forces of nature that were Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker and she stood out and became as important a cultural icon as The Doctor did during her time on the show. I remember the last episode she appeared in with the Doctor, where she left the TARDIS and I felt that the show would never quite be the same and it wasn't. The talent that Elisabeth Sladen brought to the show had been honed through years in repertory theatre and playing roles in Shakespeare, her Desdemona is said to have been one of the finest played on stage. She was only twenty five when she joined the cast and from then on her career seemed to have been mapped out - she would forever be Sarah Jane Smith. She remained devoted to the character and to the fans and Sarah Jane continued in fan made productions and then in Audio and finally back where she belonged, on television. And she would continue to play the part beautifully - so much so that the Sarah Jane Adventures on BBC children's television stands out as one of the few shows that starred an older woman (there were teenage assistants but Sarah Jane was never sidelined and in a culture where everything is being skewed towards young casts this is a testament to her popularity and ability) I actually feel quite numb at her death - when Nicholas Courtney died I was incredibly sad, but he was a man who had lived a full life - Elisabeth Sladen was only 63 and that makes her death shocking and tragic. As we head into a new series of Doctor Who it is hard to imagine that in 2040 any of the new companions will have had as lasting an impact as Sarah Jane did (and again that is not in any way a slight on any of the actors who have played in the new series). Sarah Jane was and will always be the quintessential companion and that is down to Elisabeth Sladen.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    kevin_costners_recycled_piss

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Same here ... Just assumed she was still working on more shows. Gutted.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Sarah Jane is unstuck in time

    by Noddy93

    and space.<br><br> and so it goes

  • April 19, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Just started SJA Series 3 LAST NIGHT! Damn and damn again ...

    by zacUpquark

    The first DW I EVER saw on NE Public TV in '74 had Sarah Jane Smith in it. I had a TOTAL crush on her, and it never really went away. Now I have to go watch the rest of Sarah Jane Adventures and they'll look ENTIRELY different, and not in a good way. Damn.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Very sad news

    by Spiderwalk

    Elisabeth Sladen was one of my biggest crushes as a boy, such a shame. Also sad about Michael Sarrazin's passing, loved his portrayal of Frankensteins monster... and who doesn't love The Gumball Rally.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    My First Dr.Who Companion

    by lochkray

    And just as Tom Baker was my first Doctor, she will always be the best, the real thing. I am very saddened to hear this. I loved seeing her in the new Dr.Who episodes. Hell, I loved seeing her in the Five Doctors back in 1983, and in the K9 and Co. pilot. My condolences to her friends and family, and her fans like me.

  • April 19, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    shit.

    by dengreg31

    She was just great to the fans, and easily the best companion... wow.. my own mortality just punched me in the face... RIP Sarah Jane... dammit...

  • April 19, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    MY FAVORITE COMPANION

    by gus4u2c

    RIP Sara Jane Smith, my favorite companion.

  • April 19, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Pogue - Agreed

    by frozen01

    I loved the Brig and was sad at Courtney's passing, but this hit hard. She was far too young. Have to agree with a friend of mine who posted on FB... it feels like we've lost a friend...

  • April 19, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    childs

    by frozen01

    Very well put. What a great role model she was, a strong, bright woman in both intellect and personality... wish I could have known her as a child. Would probably be better for it today :(

  • April 19, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    She was awesome RIP :,(

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Best companion hands down.

  • April 19, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Sladen and Baker ftw!

    by darthderp

    Sad news indeed-Sarah Jane, Harry Sullivan and the Fourth Doctor were my intros to the Who universe. May the Tardis be bringing her anywhere, everywhere, and back again. RIP dear lady.

  • April 19, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Agh!

    by bubcus

    I spent the past three months watching the Doctor Who box sets. This is depressing news. RIP.

  • April 19, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Goodbye Our Sarah Jane Smith.

    by shutupfanboy

    She was my first companion and the only one who was willing/needed to come back for the new series. She stole every scene she was in with the new cast and was the conduit for the past fan. A truly great actress on a kiddie show that is now the best import TV out there thanks in part of her contribution. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed and Dr. Who will never be the same.

  • She really was amazing to multiple generations of fans

  • April 19, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    of not os

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

  • April 19, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Goodbye, my Sarah Jane...

    by Randy_of_AFTimes

    "The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it's a world, or a relationship... Everything has its time. And everything ends."

  • April 19, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    The only middle aged female action hero on TV

    by the_box_drone

    The Sarah Jane Adventures was a pretty awesome show as far as low-budget TV sci-fi for kids goes. I don't think I would watch it on my own, but I enjoyed the hell out of most of the episodes I watched with my kid. I've been racking my brain and I can't think of another middle aged woman who had her own sci-fi action show... like, ever. She was a super-cutie in the 70's, and though she may have been past her prime, you gotta admit she looked fucking great for somebody with terminal cancer (I didn't even know!).

  • April 19, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    That's a bummer.

    by Anti-fanboy

    She was the first companion I saw, with Tom Baker. Really enjoyed her work.

  • I'm getting really, really sad. First, Nicholas Courtney a few months back now Elisabeth Sladen. Too cruel indeed. They better give her and Nic a dedication Saturday night as both of them were inseparable from this great series. My first experience with the Doctor, Sarah Jane and the Brig was the first episode of Tom Baker's run, Robot, on KDNL here in St. Louis in the early morning hours before school back in the early eighties. And then over to KETC after that every Sunday night at 10:30pm. That's how the Doctor became a part of my life...

  • April 19, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Just so unexpected.

    by thedarklingthrush

    I thought she was just recently working...

  • April 19, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    RIP Elisabeth :o(

    by D o o d

    by everyones count, you've had an amazing life! :o)

  • ...and really, looking at these pictures of her, and having seen one episode featuring her, it's not hard to see why.

  • April 19, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Props to all for the fan support in here...

    by DickBallsworth

    Saddened by the news of her passing, but glad to know that there are so many who appreciated her contribution to Whodom. Godspeed, Sarah Jane Smith.

  • April 19, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    Sucks

    by adml_shake

    I was a fan of The Sara Jane Adventures as well as my young niece. It's the show that got her into other scifi works. She will be missed beyond measure.

  • April 19, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    :'(

    by Trancer

    No words...

  • April 19, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    THE WHONIVERSE HAS LOST ITS COOL AUNT

    by Mullah Omar

    I always considered her to be the greatest and purest champion of WHO over the years, basically willing to go all-in with her professional life because she was having so much fun with this role. This is a big loss for the Whoniverse.

  • April 19, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Sarah Jane Forever!

    by timesfool

    Read this here today and couldn't believe it. Don't think it was ever announced that she was fighting cancer. A brave woman who made alot of people very happy, thrilled even, by her performance as Sarah Jane Smith. Here's some tributes I've found: http://blogs.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2011/04/19/elisabeth-sladen-sarah-jane-from-doctor-who-has-died-at-63/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13137674?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/04/elisabeth-sladen-doctor-whos-sarah-jane-smith-has-passed-away/ http://dijeratic.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/sarah-jane-forever/

  • Very sad indeed. That school reunion episodes going to absolutely devastate me the next time I watch it, and at the end Tennant looks at her with so much devotion and smiles while holding back tears "Sarah Jane!" She seemed by all accounts as sweet a woman as the character she portrayed. 63 is far far too young.

  • April 19, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    My first companion too

    by solvseus

    And the best IMO. She'll be missed. They better do something for her. Show the last of the Sarah Jane adventures, find someway to end it properly, even if it has to be on the main Who series, tacked on at the last minute. I'm sure they'll mention it at the end in a tribute, but it just doesn't seem like it's enough.

  • April 19, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Where's the respect for Michael Sarrazin? Obit anyone? Bueller?

    by I Max U Mini

  • April 19, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    I don't mind dying now; I'll get to hang out with Elisabeth Sladen.

    by Bob Cryptonight

    :(

  • April 19, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I thought the Matt Smith deal was a reboot or something.

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 19, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    BTW - has there ever been a REALLY unpopular Dr.?

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 19, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I can't tell you how sad this makes me...

    by Cap'n Jack

    I loved her.

  • April 19, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    She Was The Best Companion

    by DeckardB26354

    She was so great, so like-able, this is really sad.

  • April 19, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Never heard of her.

    by PRESIDENT BALTAR

  • April 19, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    This news ends a particularly bad day...

    by JillianneSix

    R.I.P. Liz. Devastated is the closest word to say how I feel.

  • April 19, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Hey, juansanchez

    by D Bone

    Yeah, Colin Baker, the 6th Doctor was unpopular but that was mostly because they wrote him as a complete douche bag.

  • April 19, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    She was so very special

    by SmokingRobot

    I've just adored her forever. So sad she's gone and so young.

  • April 19, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Toast to the life of Sarah Jane by Toking from Mary Jane!

    by Tim

    And watch the Doctor Who BBC America premier Saturday.

  • April 19, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    So sad... RIP Lis Sladen!!

    by wtriker1701

    A true treasure sunken much too early, under conditions far too grim.

  • April 19, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Like a lot of U.S. Who fans...

    by Oknight

    I started with the Tom Baker years when it became of staple of U.S. public television in a time when there were only 3 major networks and PBS.<P> Sarah Jane was the first companion to me and others and always my favorite. It was an absolute joy when Davies brought her back into modern Who and Elizabeth Sladen had lost absolutely nothing of the character in the decades between. <P> She was always a delight to watch and contributed to my enjoyment of life. I am devastated to hear of her death-- far, far too soon.

  • April 19, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    um...

    by Noddy93

    what about K-9? even robot dogs gotta eat. (i jest cuz i'm sad)

  • April 19, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Heartbroken

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Just awful. Part of my childhood died with her, and so did part of my adulthood. Part Diana Rigg, Part Sesame Street. Her screen charisma is legendary. My appreciation for her has only grown. Truly a sad sad day. I think I'm going to cry now.

  • April 19, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    The Reunion Ep with David Tennant

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    ... that made me cry a bucket. I'm a total swooner for Sarah Jane Smith.

  • April 19, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    She was the first Dr Who companion to many of us I see

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    "Companion"... That uniquely Whovian term... at once platonic and ambiguous... not to mention inadequate. All the subsurface crushes and yearnings between the characters (as well as those the audience members bore for those characters) are contained within that single, emotionally loaded word. Sarah Jane Smith was the most painfully intimate of all these companions, an innocent and sweet person you identified with, felt connected to, and wanted to know... even wanted to "marry" in that juvenile sense, even as she was being threatened by ridiculous monsters in unconvincing rubber suits. But they were being mean to Sarah Jane Smith, so they were scary. There is a strange yearning for her that seems to transcend age groups and genders. Young boys, however, truly loved her like an aunt, a teacher, a heroine and a would-be first girlfriend. A special entry for the Dr Who sense of the term "companion" belongs in the Oxford English Dictionary. Sarah Jane Smith was the gold standard. Not even Rose Tyler can compete. RIP Lis Sladen.

  • April 20, 2011, midnight CST

    Feel bad for the kids that watch her show

    by FrodoFraggins

    That's a real bumm r.

  • April 20, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Oh no.

    by Rhuragh

    I'm absolutely gutted. So long, and thanks for all the fish, Ms. Sladen.

  • April 20, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    God Bless ya, Liz Sladen, we will miss you.

    by Red43jes

    Like several people have said here, I, too, was introduced to Doctor Who with her being one of the Doctors companions. Loved it when they brought her back for Tennant (always wondered why the Doctor didn't bump into some of his other old companions form time to time-Tegan, anyone? THAT would be a blast!) Elisabeth Sladen, aka Sarah Jane Smith, if time could only stand still for a little bit longer for you...XOXO

  • April 20, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    She brought hours of joy to many of us

    by Creative1

    She set the bar pretty high for companions.

  • April 20, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Amazing person

    by Dreamfasting

    She was such an amazing person, so generous to her fans, so respectful of the legacy she embodied. As an actress, she did such a wonderful job of stepping back into Sara Jane after so many years and breathing a whole new life into her character a generation later. I am always in awe of people who work right up to the end when fighting cancer.

  • April 20, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    RIP Ms. Sladen

    by freerangecelt

    You will be missed!

  • April 20, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Goodnight Sarah Jane

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    Rest in peace. I'm very, very sad to hear this news. Very sad indeed.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    I had a crush on her when I was like 6

    by kafka07

    That sucks she died at only 63. Fuck cancer.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Sucks. Big time.

    by Gabba-UK

    Along with Perry and Teagan, Sarah Jane was my favourite companion of the old style Who and I was so pumped for her to show up in Nu Who. 63 is far too young. RIP Sarah Jane.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Add me to the kid crush list...

    by Zardoz

    R.I.P. Ms. Sladen. You were the hottest of the Doctor's companions!

  • April 20, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    That's come out of the blue. Sad and frightening.

    by siouxfire

  • April 20, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Aw fuck.......

    by sam jacksons wig

    This is just a HUGE heap of fucking bullshit!!! What a fucking deep shame this has happened. I am fucking stunned. THANK YOU- you were my favourite companion and may I say without a hint of shame, early wank fodder for me!!! Good night and god bless you.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by Marat

    I've been really derogatory on some of the Who talkbacks as I'm no fan of the series in general. However, I know this woman was a special part of the Dr Who series and may she rest in peace. 63 is way too early. Fuck cancer. I hope they give her a proper sendoff or/tribute worthy of her and the fans. Peace.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    She was just such a lady.

    by OhWhatTheFeckEver

    I had a crush on Lis Sladen from a very early age. From Jon's time through the high times of Tom, then again when she returned in the Five Doctors, K9 and Company, School Reunion and the Sarah Jane Adventures. You just couldn't take your eyes off her when she was onscreen, it was like the lighting crew put out their best work just for her. She also appeared on some uk talk shows latterly and she came across as inteligent, thoughtful, friendly and funny. I was devestated at the news and, usually, I don't get emotionally involved with people I don't really know, but I cried at the news. The best companion, beautiful all her life and a lady. Our Sarah Jane. She will never be forgotten. "A tear, Sarah Jane?"

  • April 20, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Lis....

    by blackflowerX

    Total shock....

  • April 20, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    SHOCKED. Horrible. What about SJA???

    by Barrymore

    Unbelievable. Sarah Jane and the Brig within months of each other??? Did anyone know she was sick????

  • April 20, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    The Sara Jane Adventures...

    by Kelvington

    They have four in the can for next year, which I assume they will complete and air in a short final series for the show. Only the producers and family knew she was ill according to RTD. It's truly a sad day.

  • April 20, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    She was the best companion Dr Who had, this is awful news.

    by Keith Maniac

    There had been a number of companions prior to Elisabeth, but her performance as Sarah Jane was the game changer. Smart, fearless, quick witted and dash pretty to boot. Only Sarah Jane could make an ankle length, Victorian dress sexy, but in Pyramids of Mars she did, heres a pic http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vKkO-Vg3VbQ/TMQZrLX6_HI/AAAAAAAAA-U/TwcF5KU1X9Y/s1600/sarahjane014.jpg You never do forget people who meant something to you.

  • April 20, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST

    I bet Harry Knowles is like 'Who's she?'

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Well, Harry. Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction show in the world. It is a tv of HUGE significance not just in the UK but the whole world. Elizabeth Sladen was part of the reason it was so bloody great. She was 'my' companion and today, I am very sad.

  • April 20, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    A tear, Sarah Jane.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Just read Mark Gatiss' twitter page. Brought a lump to my throat.

  • April 20, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    She is an icon. The Doctor and Sarah Jane forever.

    by Ecto-1

  • April 20, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    New fan

    by mike

    As a discoverer of the Doctor with the new series, I don't have memories of her when she was young. However, in School Reunion, through the acting of David Tennant and Sladen, and the writing of Davies, (if he wrote that episode) I was struck with the feeling that she was immensely important to my Doctor. And it has stuck with me. Definitely am going to watch the first two seasons of Sarah Jane. Was very much hoping to see her in more Who episodes. It's so much more sad when someone who still has so much to give passes on. At least now she can actually travel the universe

  • April 20, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks for all the great childhood memories Elisabeth...

    by Red

    Sad when someone you watched and admired on TV as a kid pass into the sands of time. So many great memories of watching Doctor Who on PBS with my Dad back in the early 80's. You will be missed.

  • April 20, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Double dose of sadness....

    by The Chebb

    losing both Nicholas and Elisabeth, you will live on in our memories & hearts!!!!

  • April 20, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Farewell Miss Sladen

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    Thank you for all the great shows.

  • April 20, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Losing Lis Sladen is like seeing the end of an era...

    by spud_mcspud_returns

    She defined the term English Rose - demure, beautiful, classy, feisty, smart, brave, and unfailingly optimistic. I never met Lis Sladen, but everything I ever saw of her in interviews etc showed me a woman utterly in love with life - suffused by it, buoyed up by it. Naturally happy, and luminously beautiful because of it. Enthusiastic. Hopeful. Always taking time for her fans. And the Lis Sladen we've caught glimpses of in the interviews and behind-the-scenes docs built into the character of sarah Jane Smith, giving us the greatest Companion the Doctor has ever had. You can't imagine any other Companion getting their own series, and rightly so. Because only Sarah Jane Smith could inspire Who fans to that level of devotion and love after all the years since she left the Fourth Doctor. And the fact that she saw in the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors... Fitting for a character so great that she's worked with four of the eleven incarnations. RIP Lis. You personified a childhood for those of us lucky enough to grow up in the late 70s and early 80s. You gave us the greatest heroine in British SF TV. And you were - and will always remain - our Sarah Jane Smith. Thank you always. Our sincerest condolences to Lis's family and friends. I hope they can take comfort from the love being shown by all of Lis's fans and colleagues today.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST

    SJA

    by HornOrSilk

    I can imagine the show continuing without Sarah -- if they do it right. They can work her death into it, and have it named after her in her honor while the kids, as they have grown up, are now able to investigate in her honor and to do what she taught them to do. Or, they could bring back other Doctor Who companions who will work with them. Jo Grant, for example... But what I would do is have them almost get torn apart because of Sarah's death, and have the Doctor bring them back together and show them that they can continue on, that they are meant to continue on...

  • April 20, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    And yes.. Lis was a class all her own

    by HornOrSilk

    I met her in 1993. Sadie was still young, and it was a rare thing for Lis to go to conventions in the US because of it; yet, this was a special convention (30th anniversary of Doctor Who), and they were able to get Lis there. What I was impressed is how her family was more important than her career.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Sad News

    by hst666

    Definitely the best companion I have seen. I even enjoyed her Sarah Jane Adventures even if they were directed toward the younger set. And she still looked good for a pensioner.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST

    :(

    by hiperaktiv

    Been watching the Tom Baker shows recently...she always was an awesome character and actress. RIP

  • April 20, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST

    God..Too soon..

    by steverogers5

    Want very much to write something elegant. But still too choked up to do so. She always seemed so ageless, which makes this seem somehow all the more shocking. Couldn't believe it when I read it. Still in shock. I really always did think of her as the absolute best companion, not just saying that now. Goodbye Sarah Jane. And RIP Elisabeth Sladen. You were one classy lady.

  • April 20, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Thank You...

    by Pogue__Mahone

    ... it warms my heart to see so much love and respect in the 'Docback' here. Nary a rude comment - even from nonfans like Marat. And Cushing1967? That was lovely. After posting last night I went on Amazon and spent far too much money on some Sarah Jane dvds - even all of the new series. I've watched a few episodes and I KNOW it's more kid-centric but I have many friends with kids (and my own nephews and niece) that I can't wait to share them with. Old and new I hope they fall in love with the wonderful Miss Sladen as much as we all did. Her grace and her legacy deserves that. Thank you all.

  • April 20, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Teared up when I saw this

    by Chris

    It's just not right. Like many others, I had a crush on Liz as a child. She has always been the best companion. Still looked great on the SJA. She will be missed. R.I.P.

  • April 20, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Twitter

    by Pogue__Mahone

    'Sarah Jane' and 'Elisabeth Sladen' are also trending huge in the Twitterverse. It's nice to see she's touched so many people. I hope her friends and family are aware of all this love and support.

  • April 20, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Great Loss

    by PrivateIron

    There is a certain member of the Sevateem who is dearer to my childhood memories, but Sarah Jane was my first Companion and one of the best. The scenes at the end of the Hand of Fear still stands out for me as an emotional hightlight for the entire franchise, along with Pertwee's lonely ride away from The Green Death and Eccleston's dance. She also starred in three of my top ten eps: Seeds of Doom; Ark in Space; and Brain of Morbius. I hated how Russell Davies used her in the news series, but it did get her work and her own show. She and the Brigadier are too much for one year. I used to pretend Genesis were singing for her: Me and Sarah Jane We had a special thing going... A time of love and laughter In the rain

  • April 20, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    very sad news

    by Righteous Brother

    Glad she had a chance to shine so brightly again recently in Dr Who and The Sarah Jane adventures.

  • April 20, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    'Till we meet again Sarah...

    by Master Bruce

    Lis, many thanks for being a part of introducing me to the world of Doctor Who via your wonderful performance as Sarah Jane Smith. I've been a fan ever since Britain's Time Lord arrived in the colonies back in '78 right up to the Sarah Jane Adventures. Many companions came before & after, but you were truly without equal. Thanks for all the entertainment, & Godspeed.

  • April 20, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    She's gone. She's going. She's just arrived...

    by V'Shael

    That's right, you're going. You've been going for ages. You're already gone. You're still here. You've just arrived. I haven't even met you yet. It all depends on who you are and how you look at it. Strange business, time. I always saw that quote as being an indication of how the Doctor sees death. How can Vincent Van Gogh, or Shakespeare, or Sarah Jane, ever really be dead? When he can just pop back and see them whenever he wants? Then I think about 10's goodbye to Sarah. Was that for her benefit, or for his?

  • April 20, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Unpopular Doctor and SJA continuing

    by shutupfanboy

    I would think the 8th Americanized Doctor has to be the one people would like to forget about. I do not think we will see the 4 episodes of SJA air unless they already had an out for her character. Personally, I would like to see the kids grow up and do their own thing if they do decide to continue. If anything, this would one of those times you call Matt Smith off the bench and do an episode to acknowledge her death as well as help move the kids along. Yet, I can see them just ending with season 4 then do an episode in Season 7 this fall wrapping it up like X-Files did with Lone Gunmen without too much pissing off the fanbase like X-Files did.

  • April 20, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Unpopular Doctor?

    by V'Shael

    Colin Baker gets short shrift, because of what the showrunners did to him. But the man is fantastic. He's never been overly bitter about what happened, and has been as gracious as hell to fans for decades. He's also been fantastic in the audio adventures, as well as The Stranger video series. In a way, I'd say the same for Paul McGann. While he'll always be Marwood to me, he continued to do Doctor Who audio adventures, and he's been great in those. There's a large segment of fandom that would love to see him appear in nu-Who as an 8th Doctor cross over. And he'll probably be forever remembered, not as the Fox-TV doctor, but as the one who fought the Time War, and killed the Time Lords, and regenerated into Ecclestone's Doctor.

  • April 20, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Wow...... Sad News....

    by apna

  • April 20, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Choked up

    by reaper28

    I don't have a fraction of the eloquence needed to comment here, nor frankly do I have the ability to put into words just how unbelievably sad I feel right now ... Spud's post was as beautiful as Liz herself I know my wife, daughter and I are going to be crying like babies when they dedicate that first ep to Nick and Liz on Saturday.

  • April 20, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Spamming an obit?

    by reaper28

    Classy ... I hope karma takes note and reciprocates

  • April 20, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    A Sad Day.

    by proper

    It's rare that a character can return & have an impact on a new generation.Condolences to her family,The Lady did good work & will be remembered fondly for the rest of time..........

  • April 20, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Jeez, get rid of the spammer already

    by orcus

  • April 20, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Orcus was truly saddened by this one

    by orcus

    Cancer. Dear god, she wasn't that old either

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  • It was one of the highlights of the new series for me. I'll have to check out the Adventures of Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 now.

  • Of all the things to rip on Russell T. Davies for, the decision to bring back Elisabeth Sladen to reprise her role as Sarah Jane Smith certainly isn't one of them. I'm so glad she received a new generation of fans with her recent DOCTOR WHO appearances and her spinoff series THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES. Thanks for the wonderful memories, Lis. Rest In Peace.

  • April 20, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    R.I.P

    by Smitty

    Thank you for your years of service in the Whoineverse. We lost two.. they say people die in threes.. Tom Baker isn't looking to healthy.. :/

  • April 20, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by Nearside

    Liz was a part of so many British childhoods. I think that for men of a certain age, she was a first crush and certainly one of the most positive female role-models around in those days. I read that she and Tom Baker had planned on recording some Doctor Who audio players together. Very sad that we'll never get to hear those now. My sympathies goes out to her husband and daughter.

  • April 20, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    This will be an EPIC Obit TB...

    by benlinus

    One for the ages... I dont think in the 10 years ive been coming here Ive ever posted on an obit TB but I will now. When I read this this AM at work, my first thought was "who??" I had no idea who this person was. Then when I saw that big beautiful picture and I immediately started welling up. I hid behind my monitor and reached for the tissues and hid behind my monitor because I didnt want people to see me. Like everyone here, 30 years ago Dr Who was a FORCE in my childhood. It would run for about 3 hours (or 6 "parts") every Sunday I believe on WOR Chanel 9 in New York City. Tom Baker will ALWAYS be my Dr and SJ will always be his #1 companion (Leela was pretty good too). She was shy, pretty, all the things a 10 year old boy loves in a woman. "She seemed invincible. The same woman who enchanted my childhood, enchanted my time on Doctor Who and enchanted generations who have watched her and fallen in love with her, just like I did" Well said Mr. Tenant, well said.... "Those sweet memories of happy days with Lis Sladen, the lovely, witty, kind and so talented Lis Sladen. I am consoled by the memories. I was there, I knew her, she was good to me and I shall always be grateful, and I shall miss her" -Tom Baker We will ALL miss you Lis. Rest in Peace

  • April 20, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Very sad

    by ByTor

    As with others here, Sarah Jane was my first Who companion. Sure, I had a crush on her! She was wonderful in so many ways. And I never got into SJA; as good of a kids' show as it is, it's still very much a kids' show. Too cutesy. Sonic lipstick, super-smart kids, etc. But it was clearly a cut above the normal Nickelodeon/etc. fare, and I'd watch it occasionally (mostly the crossover episodes). Lis, of course, was brilliant. This is very sad. To those asking about the status of SJA: the first four episodes (2 stories) and the final two (1 story) are done. Since the episodes tend to be self-contained, they could theoretically just run those as-is. They had apparently halted filming due to her health. Alternatively, they could look at re-doing the "middle" stories with just the kids, or maybe with another adult (Katy Manning?). A bit of RTD flim-flam and you've got a story reason for SJ not being there. Of course, they could continue with Katy or someone else. It's been a very successful show for CBBC. But I suspect they will not.

  • April 20, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I was too young to catch her first time round...

    by ChickenStu

    And was only introduced to the character and her when she starred opposite David Tennant. An older friend of mine who I was watching it with filled me in on the history of who she was and all that. One thing we were surprised about was how much of a hottie she still was! Great actress too. Real shame. But she'll be remembered for sure.

  • April 20, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Frankbooth93

    by Mr_P

    Using an obituary to post "First, Bitches" What an utter utter crass cretinous tool of an individual. Assuming the 93 suggests a date of birth I would have thought much younger - still a virgin and will be for a very a long time I suspect!

  • April 20, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Amen, benlinus!

    by Stabby

    She was THE quintessential Doctor Who companion! Fortunately, for me, my GF kind of looks like her.

  • April 20, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Unpopular Doctor...

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Usually a Doctor is just unpopular with certain groups of fans, but I don't think anyone has been universally disliked. I was not a big fan of Peter Davison---but I loved him on All Creatures Great And Small...so that's kinda weird. Some people prefer the more humorous Doctors (me) and others prefer the more serious ones. But it's always cool to see the SAME CHARACTER get a new personality, so that tends to draw you into the show, regardless.

  • April 20, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Btw, check out Tom Baker's remarks about her:

    by Bob Cryptonight

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2011/04/20/doctor-who-actor-makes-moving-tribute-to-elisabeth-sladen-91466-28554213/

  • April 20, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    My first TV crush...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...she is missed already.

  • April 20, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    :(

    by MoffatBabies

    :(

  • April 20, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    The Celestial Toymaker, the Brig, now Sarah Jane...

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

    I did not see this coming. She looked fantastic, seemed so full of life. I thought she had two or three decades left. Tom Baker said just last week he'd signed on to do some Big Finish audio plays with her. We'll never see that or an episode with her written by Steven Moffat. I'm glad Russell T. Davies brought her back with the Doctor, and I'm glad she was happy to come back to that universe. I watched "School Reunion" last night... I'll probably watch "Robot" and the stories immediately after it today.

  • April 20, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Rest In Peace

    by CrusherJen

    As so many others have said here, Sarah Jane Smith was my first companion, and my favorite. Spirited and beautiful, as a young girl, I wanted to be just like her. One of the few New-Who eps I've managed to see was School Reunion. Her bittersweet interactions with Ten moved me so much that I actually cried after the episode was over. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to meet Ms. Sladen, (though I am glad and not in the least suprised to hear how wonderful she was from those who met her in person,) but I will always remember fondly her contribution to one of my childhood's favorite series and sci-fi entertainment in general. @privateiron: for me her song was Hall & Oates' "Sarah Smile."

  • April 20, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    She will be missed.

    by WickedChicken37

  • April 20, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Sad, sad, sad day

    by Tindog42

    AH.... time does pass all too quickly. Had the good fortune to meet both her and Jon Pertwee. It's a sad to realize we no longer share the world with them, only their memory. I've always claimed Pertwee as "my Doctor". A big part of that I contribute Elisabeth Sladen’s portrayal of Sarah Jane Smith. She took what could have been a standard helpless damsel type and gave her depth, humor and intelligence. She is missed. I must admit, as I think back, one of the reasons I first took notice of my wife was her resemblance to Sarah Jane.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Never one for the cult of celebrity

    by 2LeggedFreak

    So I am a bit confused as to why I am so upset about this. Speaks volumes of the personality of Lis that shone through her roles in Who. Condolences to her family and friends.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I love you, Sarah Jane.

    by Seph_J

    And I always have.

  • April 20, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    The best of the Doctor's companions is gone...

    by rkhalloran

    I first saw her in Tom Baker's episodes on the local PBS station back in the day, then saw she'd held her own with Jon Pertwee before that. Of all the companions from the original show, she was the only one brought back for the new series for a reason. My grandkids fell in love with the Sarah Jane Adventures spinoff, enough for me to get the Tom Baker episodes for them to see her in her prime. The news today hit me like a brick. You'd have never known she was ill from her performance in SJA. She was simply, the best of them, past or present. My sympathies to her family. She will be missed as greatly as she was loved. And damned if I didn't tear up when Dork Tower gave their tribute to her in today's comic: http://www.dorktower.com/images/comics/DorkTower942.gif

  • April 20, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    The number of obituaries on this page says it all ...

    by unclemonty666

    Elizabeth Sladen / Sarah Jane Smith was an intrinsic, inseparable part of Doctor Who ... she made the low-budget 70s episodes more than watchable, and she made the high-camp new episodes more down to earth. She may not have been a 'superstar' (nor wanted to be), but she was absolutely fabulous. She filled her role with emotion and I've been full of emotion all day since hearing the news; it's like hearing a friend or relative has died. I always hoped there could have been a future episode where she was reunited with the 'Tom Baker' Doctor Who, via another dimension, or something ... that would've been tv heaven. Absolutely gutted by this news.

  • April 20, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    shutupfanboy

    by frozen01

    ... and those people are being grossly unfair. The TV movie was absolute shit, but Paul McGann is a fantastic Doctor... actually, one of my favorites. He's wonderful in the audio dramas, a real natural.

  • April 20, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    She Will Be Missed

    by Darkocity

    It would have been great to have seen her on the current Doctor Who at least just once, but alas... don't mean to be inappropriate or of topic in the obituary talkback, but seriously... why couldn't it have been that idiot fascist asshole ambush bug instead?

  • April 20, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Good to see the love for Sarah Jane here

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    She wasn't a big movie actress or a visionary director but she was as much a part of the DW universe as the blue box, the sonic screwdriver or the Daleks. Tom Baker's Doctor is still one of the most well-known of the character's incarnations, and a large part of that was due to Sarah Jane. A fantastic character, embodied by a great actress; she will be sorely missed. RIP Elisabeth Sladen

  • April 20, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    such a classy and beautiful woman

    by oisin5199

    watched her as a kid, was so moved by her return recently. Saw the first season of SJA, though they never showed anything else here in the US. I'll have to get these dvds and watch with my daughter. Some elegant remarks here: I especially like seven of borgnine's discussion of the 'companion' term. I am deeply saddened by this loss. We'll miss you, Sarah Jane!

  • April 20, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    A small, if stupid tale

    by david starling

    One of my earliest memories of any kind of media (in addition to James Bond and The Beatles) was Doctor Who. I remember at the age of four, running out of the living room screaming, because Jon Pertwee has just regenerated into Tom Baker!! Much to the amusement of the rest of the family around me!! Of course, if Pertwee was good, then the Baker era was cracking. Genesis of the Daleks and the Pyramids of Mars were my favourites, and both featured the most essential of Doctor Who companions - Sarah Jane. Unlike Leela, Romana (Mary Tamm era), Teegan or later Peri, she didn't need to exude sexiness in order to escape being a piece of scenery. And unlike latter-era Romana, she wasn't mawkish and gawky. She had her own stride so to speak, and she was entirely original in her role. She was attractive, sure, but it was never ever overplayed, it was just there, and you accepted that. She was solid and reliable, as the Doctor could be eclectic and erratic. All due in part really, thanks to Elisabeth Sladen's portrayal of the role. You'll be missed for sure. Dare I say it, but back to my early viewing of Doctor Who (and yes, I always ran behind the couch, frightened - damn it!!) the Doctor and Sarah Jane are possibly my perfect paring of Doctor and companion. Like Connery as Bond, in my mind it was perfection. Its a shame Bravo isn't around anymore - they used to do those brilliant Doctor Who marathons!! Maybe Dave'll do one instead.

  • April 20, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Totally in shock about this....

    by CloneRanger

    ..with Nick Courtney I was desperately sad for days, felt like the death of an uncle or something, but here I am still in a state of shock – will probobly hit me over the next few days, just don’t want to believe it right now. She was so young for her age & there was never any indication that she was unwell. Bloody cancer. Just watched Planet of the Spiders DVD that was relaesed this week & now listening to the commentary track with her on, so weird hearing her voice knowing she is no longer with us. I remember the first Who story I watched was The Sontaran Experiment, she made a big impact on me with Tom in my early years - she was feisty & just so darn cute. My 8 year old niece is very upset too, as is a big fan of The Sarah Jane Adventures - she even has her figure on display that I bought for her birthday - it's amazing how she could touch different generations. Sleep peacefully Liz, we will miss you dearly - I just hope there is a dedication to both her & Nick on Saturday’s ep....I will probobly tear up.

  • April 20, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Dedication for Saturday's Episode Confirmed!

    by CloneRanger

    From http://www.doctorwhonews.net/ Doctor Who Magazine via Twitter have also reported that there will be a dedication to the actress at the start of Saturday's episode, The Impossible Astronaut. http://twitter.com/#!/DWMtweets/statuses/60765509355978752

  • April 20, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    "Don't forget me"

    by Sue

    Sarah Jane said that to Tom Baker's doctor when she left. Doctor Who fans will never forget her.

  • April 20, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Still can't believe this.

    by ComputerGuy68

    Click on my morning news site today and see a small headline - 'Doctor Who' actress dies at 63 - whom could that be? Had to see the story - then my heart sunk - CAN'T BE TRUE After checking other sites, the confirmation was there to see. No idea she was even sick! My nine year old daughter was asking me the other week when the new "SJA" was too start. I had a lump in my throat when I had to tell her today that there will probably not be any more to see. Sarah was my "first" companion as well - you will be missed :(

  • April 20, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    I've never read such beautiful respectful posts on AICN...

    by Cap'n Jack

    ...I think that speaks to just how much Elisabeth Sladen was loved. She was my first and best crush. No one could ever love anyone more than my eight year-old self loved Sarah Jane Smith.

  • April 20, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    A true member of Dr Who royalty...

    by Dark Doom

    I can still remember watching Tom Baker's Dr Who on NYC's wnet channel 13, and she stands out in my mind as the finest companion. She will always be my favorite Dr. Who companion, and she will be missed. Mrs. Sladen had her own series on BBC, and reprised her role with both the Tenant, and Smith as the latest doctors in 2006 and 2010. Think I'll go watch "School Reunion," and cry a little. RIP traveler, our hearts go with you...

  • April 20, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Bitter Sweet

    by Bry Mack

    I was overjoyed when Sarah Jane Smith was brought into the newer episodes of Doctor Who. It was like the best of the past being transported to the future. True time travel indeed. To hear of her passing caused me to create an account just to say how brilliant I thought she was. The little kid in me is a bit less happy today. But we did get to have her again in rare form, having the time of her life before her death. And that is the most brilliant of all.

  • April 21, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    Bye love

  • April 21, 2011, 1:44 a.m. CST

    I am fucking INSENSED at the spamming cunts on this TB!!!

    by sam jacksons wig

    Hoi- shoe selling cunts! Have you no fucking respect? Sitting on your arse in some fucking korean flea pit pitching your cheap shitty fucking merchandise1 Go fuck yourselves! What, did you almost egage your tiny isignificant brains and think that someone here would click the link to your poxy site? Vomit blood for eternity and die of a pox for soiling the memory of someone who's SHOES you aren't even fit to lick!!! A beautiful lady has died and you're trying to make a buck out of it? CUNTS!!!!! I hope you rot in the deepest pits of hell for eternity!!!

  • April 21, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Super weaksauce....

    by SG7

  • April 21, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST

    chickenstu- shame you didn't catch her earlier.

    by sam jacksons wig

    She was smart, sext, sassy and intrinsic to the Who universe; so much so that it would be impossible to have what we have now without her. All of the Doctors companions pale into insignificance compared to her- that's how fundamental she was. She was my Doctors companion, and she was my companion- a very special lady indeed. My eyes lit up with joy (and my stomach clenched with symptoms of a crush my mind knew would never be fulfilled) whenever I saw her. Her stint in nu-who brought tears of complete joy to my eyes. God speed her and keep her memory and spirit safe.

  • April 21, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    This obit will go down in my memory along with Edward Woodward

    by V'Shael

    as one of the most universally respectful and positive talkbacks I've ever read. And I've been coming to this site since the late 90's.

  • April 21, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Lis Sladen 1948 - 2011

    by shibleybc

    All, firstly i can only agree with V'shaels last comment, some beautiful words above and i can only echo everyone's sentiments! as a child i was lucky to watch Tom and Lis just before Lis left and i can still remember the moment she did and how sad it made me feel. whatever people may say about RTD his decision to invite Lis back into nu Who was a truly inspired choice, no-one could have tied together the two disparate worlds of Who together more perfectly. Her beauty like her acting was terribly understated and was all the more stunning because of it, Her passing will leave a legion of 40 ish year old men and small boys and girls alike awash with tears. "Scool Reunion" has been watched twice since the sad news came and the scene where Lis sees the tardis for the first time is a truly emotional one, her dawning recognition and then apparent horror fades to anger and sorrow all in a matter of moments, as i said understated but brilliant! I wish her family and friends all the best in this difficult time and also to everyone like me who will miss her greatest achievement in becoming the quintessential Who companion, whatever decade it is she will always be the best. Rest in Peace Lis, Rest in Peace Sarah, you will both be missed x

  • Everything everyone has say so far is how I feel. She played the perfect companion. I realize SJA was not everyone;s cup of tea, but, to me, it was Old-Who in the Nu-Who world. You will be missed, Mrs. Sladen.

  • April 21, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    RIP Lis Sladen

    by Yukon Cornelius

    I'm still kind of in shock over this one. Tom Baker was MY Doctor and Lis Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith was MY Companion. They were the first ones I ever watched as a kid and they remain the pinnacle of Doctor Who at it's very peak, as far as I'm concerned: Ark in Space, Genesis of the Daleks, Pyramids of Mars, Terror of the Zygons. Just the best of the best. Like many others of a certain age have mentioned already, I also had a bit of a pre-pubescent crush on Lis Sladen as SJS--and was still floored by her in the recent "School Reunion". There was just something about her--beautiful, obviously, but she had a bit of girl-next-door down to earthness about her too. She had a sense of humor and though she was playing a present day journalist and not a scientist or from the future, she was highly intelligent, not just a screaming damsel in distress--there was a depth to her that wasn't always there in some Doctor Who companions, and she could always hold her own with the Doctor. She was truly one of a kind and she will be missed. My deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues and all her fans around the world.

  • April 21, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    I will always love Elisabeth Sladen...

    by gamerawangi

    ...and I will always hate cancer. It's taken so many people, both relatives and people I respected. I'll always remember you, Sarah Jane.

  • April 21, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    My Favorite Companion

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    I've been watching the Tom Baker Whos recently. Now I need to go back and watch the Pertwee ones she was on. She was, as the Brits say... Brilliant.

  • April 22, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    sg7

    by DoctorWho?

    Fuck off. <p> Im going to assume sg stands for Stargate validating your douchebag status.

  • April 22, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Feeling the Love

    by PrivateIron

    Also glad to see how few people are going offtopic or trolling on this thread. With regard to her return on Nu Who, I loved seeing her come back. I did not like RD using her as the ultimate proof that every companion was in love with the Doctor romantically. He already controlled the prospective perception of the show; now he wanted to go back and retcon his vision into the classic series? Not cool. It was great to see her receive new recognition and what little of SJA I got to see here in the U.S. looked like it was pitched to the kids who were actually supposed to be served by the flagship show--so again another great thing she did for the Whoniverse. A classy, beautiful lady in an old fashioned, down to earth, understated way. I did not have a "crush" on her, but she would probably have been the best Companion to meet in real life and pal around with. I hope the outpour of love from the fans gives her family some small measure of comfort in this dark time or at least when they look back they will know how much she meant to the world. How many can say that?

  • April 22, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Rich

    by frozen01

    For all of SJA's faults, she was not one of them. Not one smidgen, dot, or iota. I wasn't a huge fan of SJA (you know that, although most of what I say is simply teasing) but when I read of her death (sometimes my addiction to Facebook has a downside) I think it took about two hours before I allowed myself to believe it was true :( I kept thinking "nah, this is just some nasty internet rumor, they'll retract it shortly. She was so lively and vibrant, no way she's gone!" Oh, how I wish that turned out to be true! :( I think I said this before, but I'll say it again: I wish I had grown up with her on my TV. What an intelligent, beautiful, and kind person. I would have been honored to call her my role model :(

  • April 22, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Frozen Renee, I know what you mean..............................

    by axcel1

    I couldn't believe it either. As for SJA, like the so called, "Bad" Who we got from RTD and the Moff, I look past the "Bad" and enjoy what the actors do with what they are given. That's why I always say, I hope you all enjoy the next episode of Doctor Who, I already know I will.

  • April 22, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Rich

    by frozen01

    Indeed, same here. All packed and ready to go, heading to the airport in about a half hour, wheels leave the ground in about five hours :) Enjoy the premiere! :)

  • April 23, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    BBC tribute now on website/Iplayer:

    by CloneRanger

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0112hzr/My_Sarah_Jane_A_Tribute_to_Elisabeth_Sladen/

  • July 31, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by tunji

    Never really met her but have few of her movie.The industry will really miss her as we the fan are really gonna miss such an ANGEL...RIP