Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Farewell Sarah Jane

Out of the blue I learned just a few minutes ago that actress Elizabeth Sladen, Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who, has passed away today at age 63. She had apparently been battling cancer for some time. If you're a fan of the original series of Doctor Who, Sladen began her time on the show with the third Doctor, John Pertwee, but really hit her stride as companion to the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker. More recently she appeared in season two of the revived Doctor Who, reprising her role as reporter Sarah Jane Smith. This led to a spin off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, where she battled mostly earthbound threats to the galaxy. I wasn't aware of her struggle with cancer, so I was somewhat stunned by the news of her death.
Sarah Jane was my favorite companion from the classic Doctor Who years, and I really enjoyed her new series and her appearances on the new Doctor Who. Elizabeth Sladen was a lovely, charming woman who brought a great deal of vivacious character to every show she appeared in. She'll be missed.

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