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Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen mourned by fans and co-stars

21 April 2011 1:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former Doctor Tom Baker joins thousands of fans to pay tribute to late Sarah Jane Smith actor Elisabeth Sladen

Elisabeth Sladen dies age 63

The premature death of Elisabeth Sladen has prompted heartfelt tributes from her former Doctor Who colleagues as well as two generations of viewers – those who remembered her as companon Sarah Jane Smith in the 70s, and those still enjoying her performance in the Sarah Jane Adventures which came to screen in 2006.

Tom Baker, who was the second actor to play the Doctor alongside Sladen, wrote on his website: "She can't be dead. But she is, she died yesterday morning. Cancer. I had no idea she was ill; she was so private, never wanted any fuss, and now, gone. A terrible blow to her friends and a shattering blow for all those fans of the programme whose lives were touched every Saturday evening by her lovely heroic character. »

- Guy Clapperton

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Elisabeth Sladen obituary

21 April 2011 1:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor whose role with Doctor Who brought her new audiences through The Sarah Jane Adventures

The actor Elisabeth Sladen, who has died aged 65 of cancer, was for many a favourite companion of BBC television's great time traveller, Doctor Who. But though her character, Sarah Jane Smith, was much missed when her three years of voyaging in the Tardis came to an end in 1976, there was still more to come.

An inquisitive, independent, feminist journalist, Sarah Jane provided a somewhat bolder sidekick than previously. The producer Barry Letts had seen hundreds of candidates for the part: many had shown the necessary vulnerability, and others bravery, but only Sladen displayed both. When Russell T Davies revived Doctor Who in 2005, he wanted to show Billie Piper's character, Rose, that she was not the only person to have travelled with the Doctor, and it was Sladen he turned to. Working with her proved »

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Elisabeth Sladen: 1948-2011

20 April 2011 2:03 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Today it is with a heavy heart that all of us at Shadowlocked bit a fond farewell to one of science fiction’s finest, Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in the long-running series Doctor Who. She passed away on April 19, 2011 of cancer. She was 63.

While Elisabeth did some film work, she primarily worked in theater and television. It wasn’t until Katy Manning – Jo Grant on Doctor Who – was preparing to leave, that Z-Cars producer Ron Craddock gave a rousing recommendation to Who producer Barry Letts to hire Sladen. She would become Third Doctor Jon Pertwee’s companion in The Time Warrior, and then go on for several series with Tom Baker, finally leaving after The Hand of Fear.

During her time in the Tardis, Sladen got to go up against Cybermen, meet Davros and see the beginnings of the Daleks. In 1981, she filmed a pilot for a spin-off series, »

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Elisabeth Sladen dies aged 63

19 April 2011 11:48 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who starred in Doctor Who and spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures has died of cancer

The actor Elisabeth Sladen best known for her role as Doctor Who's time travelling companion, has died of cancer, aged 63. Sladen played many roles over the years, but was defined by her portrayal of tough-talking journalist Sarah Jane Smith in the BBC series, and later went on to star in her own spin-off programme, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Former producer Russell T Davies, who revived her character, said: "I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith and the world was lucky to have Lis."

Current producer Steven Moffat said: "Never meet your heroes, wise people say. They weren't thinking of Lis Sladen."

Sladen is widely regarded as the most beloved companion in the show's 48-year-history, appearing »

- Dan Martin

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Beloved 'Doctor Who' companion passes away...

19 April 2011 7:12 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Ms. Sladen began her acting career in 1965, but is best know in the science fiction world by her character Sarah Jane Smith, an investigative journalist who first appeared in 1973 in the British science fiction series ‘Doctor Who’. She continued the role for three and a half years, leaving the series in 1976. The role never left her as she reprised it for an failed attempted spin-off called ‘K-9 and Company’ in 1981 and again for the 20th anniversary Doctor Who episode (aptly titled ‘The Five Doctors’). As the series apparently faded from the collective consciousness during the ‘dark-times’ of the late eighties up until the 2005 re-launch, Ms. Sladen was still involved in the ‘Doctor Who’ universe, participating in the 1993 Children in Need Special ‘Dimensions in Time’, the independently produced video ‘Downtime’, and several audio plays based on her character produced by Big Finish Productions. In 2005, with »

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Elisabeth Sladen, 1948-2011

19 April 2011 1:50 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

The BBC reports that Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen, who joined the television series in 1973 as Doctor Who’s assistant Sarah Jane Smith and starred in the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, has died from cancer at the age of 63.

Elisabeth Sladen was born on February 1, 1948 in Liverpool, England. She attended drama school for two years before joining the local repertory theatre in Liverpool. She met actor Brian Miller during her first production there, they married in 1968. Early television work included appearances on “Coronation Street”, “Doomwatch”, “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em”, “Public Eye”, and “Z Cars”. Between 1974 and 1976, she had a regular role on Doctor Who as Sarah Jane Smith opposite Jon Pertwee and later Tom Baker, a part she reprised in K-9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend in 1981, “Doctor Who: The Five Doctors” in 1983, the radio serials The Paradise of Death & Doctor Who and »

- Glenn Hauman

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