In The Year Two Hundred Forty Two Thousand, She's Alive And Well And Fighting Daleks

Until then, I'll miss Elisabeth Sladen, who passed away after a long fight with cancer this morning.

Fans of Doctor Who know Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, who accompanied the Doctor in the series' first golden age, while Tom Baker was playing the character in the early and mid-1970s.  The character, and the actress who played her, was so appealing that alone among the cast in the series' "first" 25 year run, Sladen was brought back in the series' modern, second run.  Where she was just as enjoyable, so beloved that she was brought back for her own, children's oriented series, in which she still starred.

Au revoir Ms. Sladen.


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  1. CarLitGuy says

    The Baker years was my first introduction to Dr. Who, and to some extent, Sci Fi television in general (as opposed to westerns in space). Feel like part of my youth just passed away.

  2. says

    A sad day for any Whovian, looks like the new season will be dedicated to Lis Sladen though.. still wont be the same without her.

    35yrs of her being the longest running actor that has played a part throughout all of Doctor Who I grew up peeking through my fingers in fear and amazement at Jon Pertwee's frilly necked shirt and a gorgeous Ms Smith who with her cheekiness, smile, and amazing flair for handling the best and worst of the universe. Davros was no match for her ;) Led me into the period of Tom Baker with his jelly babies, Scarf and weirdness. and then departed leaving me with a longing for my own K9 and adventures.

    Though then returned to make me laugh, remember, and be that kid again in the newest series all over again.



  3. Ian says

    A part of me has died with her. Dr. Who was my first introduction to "real SF" versus Star Trek campiness (which I loved also, BTW – sharing a birthday with Mr. Shatner does that to a guy). Sarah Jane Smith was my first TV crush I think. Tom Baker is still the man I think of when I think of the Doctor (even tho I love David Tenants doctor). The man with the scarf and the delightful SJS will always be treasures of my childhood.