Skip to comments.'Doctor Who' star Elisabeth Sladen dies at 63
Posted on 04/19/2011 4:36:01 PM PDT by arderkrag
(04-19) 16:06 PDT LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) --
Elisabeth Sladen, a star sidekick of the "Doctor Who" series and a popular children's show actress, has died of cancer Tuesday, the BBC said. She was 63.
Sladen joined the broadcaster in 1973 as Doctor Who's assistant Sarah Jane Smith, an investigative journalist-turned-intrepid time traveler whose on-screen energy and tongue-in-cheek delivery eventually gave her career an unlikely second act in her own spin-off series, "The Sarah Jane Adventures."
"Sarah Jane Smith was everybody's hero when I was younger, and as brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories," Steven Moffat, the series's lead writer, said in a statement. "Many years later, when I met the real Sarah-Jane Lis Sladen herself she was exactly as any child ever have wanted her to be."
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Every saturday afternoon was the time spent on Dr.Who.
I think I may have had a crush on her when I was a teen. However, I think I may have had a crush on everything that wore a skirt back then, too.
awh, man, I loved that old show. I watched it Saturday nights with a geeky college girlfriend of mine.
Bet that ended the first time you went to Scotland.
I wonder if she did and it was worked into the series
I would tend to agree. So far, I like David Tennant better than Matt Smith from the more modern era.
Tennant was really good, if he would have stuck around longer I think he could have given Tom Baker a run for his money as best Doctor. I wasn't terribly impressed with Matt Smith at the start of last season, but by the end he was starting to grow on me, I think he has potential, time will tell. Probably the one I liked to least was the first one of the new generation (don't even know his name). He just didn't fit the character well, kind of looked like Bruce Willis in Die Hard, not exactly how I picture the Doctor.
May Sarah Jane RIP along with the recently departed Brigadier.
My husband (avid Dr. Who fan) agrees with you!
So does mine.
That was an intro/crossover epi or two for The Sarah Jane Adventures.
They even brought back K9.
Great line by Billie Piper's BF talking to SJ: "OMG- I'm the tin dog!"
She was in a David Tennant episode. i thought she looked great. i’m very surprised to know that she had cancer. You would never have known it by looking at her unless this was a ver recent fast cancer.
One of the best episodes of Tennant’s era. It really dissected the relationship of The Doctor/Sarah/Rose. You also see the the Doctor highly tempted to side with the bad guys, and it is Sarah Jane who pulls him back to his senses. I liked that episode a lot.
Funny how that works.
I thought Tennant was totally over the top and totally unsuited to the role, too energetic, whooping a lot and bigging himself up.
Matt Smith goes for the “understated eccentric boffin who’s not of this world” deadpan and it works for me.
It’ll be interesting to see if Matt Smith can convince you that the Doctor is a harmless pacifist eccentric AND a ruthless, dispassionate and war strategist who’s committed genocide, in the next.
Both Tennant and Eccleston failed dismally.
All the Doctors since Peter Davison have tried to do the Doctor’s dark side, and for my money the only one who’s ever managed to do it convincingly was Sylvester McCoy (who I think is shamefully underrated given that three of the best DW stories from the 80s came from Season 26 and McCoy was just starting to do the Cartmel stories with real teeth to them, when the show got cancelled).
Shame about Liz Sladen, but what a trooper, eh? She did look a bit gaunt in the last series of TSJA.
Three actually: "School Reunion", "Stolen Earth", Journey's End". Since 2007 she sha been playing the character on her own series "The Sarah Jane Adventures", working until the end. The fifth season was half completed on her death.
38 years playing the character (1973-2011) working alongside four doctors. She will be missed.
Not her. That was Mary McDonnell, a different actress.
Or was she? Noöne ever saw them together.
They don’t really look all that much alike.
That F#$*ing sucks! What a Hot woman!
Ah, but that’s an old ham trick. The “lonely god / tortured soul” schtick is a very ham-fisted way of oversimplifying the Doctor as a generally nice person who is a hostage to fate and is haunted by his actions.
The original Cartmel plan conceived in the mid 80s was to go right back to the roots of Hartnell’s arrogant and ambiguous Doctor and expand on the question: who is the Doctor?
Why is he always getting caught up in conflicts if he’s (a) fundamentally opposed to war and violence and (b) could easily avoid those situations if he wanted to? Why do his own people think he’s unpredictable and dangerous, and not to be trusted? How can someone who’s not averse to abandoning loyal companions, but gives someone like the Master endless get-out-of-jail-free cards, be considered loyal to anything or anyone? Can someone as supremely intelligent and learned as him, really be a hostage to fate?
To some extent, the new series took all that right on board, but it’s still missed the point. The Doctor’s concept of morality, and ours, aren’t entirely the same. He’s always got the bigger picture in mind. Even when he feels conflicted, they are not the exact same conflicts a human would have.
Remembrance of the Daleks has some really interesting stuff on that level - McCoy was an utterly scheming and ruthless manipulator about to commit premeditated genocide, AND a concerned pacifist begging Davros not to commit mass murder - in the same scene.
And the sheer fact he was able to do it without doing the either the tortured guilt/angst routine or the “kind face/game face” cliche, was for me what made him the only Doctor so far to really get it.
The Doctor, in that story, point blank refuses to show either pity or mercy. By the end it’s apparent he not only engineered the entire Hand of Omega situation, he was actually waiting for decades for the Daleks to take the bait...
At the end, Ace is sufficiently conflicted to question whether they did the right thing, and the Doctor merely says “time will tell”.
That’s what made McCoy a genius - with him, you still think the Doctor’s a benign force rather than a “lonely god” or angry megalomaniac, even when you’ve just sat through ninety minutes of drama indicating that the Doctor’s mindset is more along the lines of, “I set someone up to explode a populated solar system, and it killed billions, but I’m not conflicted about it, at all, ‘cos I can see the big picture and you lot can’t.”
I didn’t see enough of the Mccoy stuff to have a real judgement about him. I just recall not understanding what he was mumbling. I think I saw ‘Battleground’? It was awful. Tenannt was very expressive. Something like ‘Waters of Mars’ had considerable moral ambiguity. You agree with this then...