Skip to comments.Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen dies aged 63
Posted on 04/19/2011 1:57:44 PM PDT by the scotsman
'Doctor Who star Elisabeth Sladen, who was also in spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, has died aged 63.
Sladen appeared as Doctor Who assistant Sarah Jane Smith in the BBC television sci-fi series between 1973 and 1976 opposite Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.
In more recent times the Liverpool-born actress went on to appear in four series of The Sarah Jane Adventures on children's channel CBBC.
BBC entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba said she had had cancer for some time.'
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Ahh, the Doctor’s assistant of my youth. She will be missed.
RIP Ms. Sladen
“Sarah Jane” of Doctor who famed has died.
I loved the episodes in recent years where she reprised her role as Sarah Jane. Really good!
Personally, I could never sit thru a full episode of Dr Who... within minutes I was channel surfing again.
Oh, no. Agreed, it was good to see her reprise the role one last time before she left us. How sad. She was so wonderful.
Why? The new one or the old one?
The ‘Adventures’ for reprised for children. She was very good with children ...
The ‘Adventures’ were reprised for children. She was very good with children ... sorry about the double post, not seeing really clear right now.
ANY one. Just not my cup of tea, you might say.
Is it just the Brit stuff?
No, loved Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Are you Being Served (some were better than others). Hated Benny Hill... and Dr Who.
Blake’s Seven? Red Dwarf?
Loved Red Dwarf . . . see a little of the cat in meself. Dave was ok, but curry? . . . please!
And certainly, when I needed an intellectual aside, always turn to Holly.
Incidentally, Craig Charles, who plays Lister on the show, has stated that Red Dwarf will be shooting a new series in 2011 that will be aired some time in 2012. UKTV confirmed on 10th of April 2011 that a new series of Red Dwarf, entitled Red Dwarf X will be on Dave once production has been agreed
I did not care much for the Red Dwarf: Back to Earth.
Red Dwarf Ping!
What will K-9 do now? No more Mistress.
Such a shame. Prayers for the repose of her soul and for her friends and family.
She will be missed.
I was amazed at how young she still looked in the new Dr. Who series.
I was privileged to watch all of the old series after I got married. Sometimes, branching out into a new experience can be fun.
And we just lost the Brigadier recently, too.
rest in peace.
I hope someone adopts K-9, I'd hate to see him end up at the pound.
I like Monty Python, The Benny Hill Show, Dr Who (Chris and David), and Peep Show. I saw a couple of episodes of Fawlty Towers.. It was ok..
Aww, my favorite companion died. This is a sad day. We’ll miss her.
I never watched the Old Doctor Who but have throughly enjoyed the new episodes that began in 2005.
The newest guy (Matt Smith) playing “The Doctor” is a hoot.
The new season begins this Saturday with a line of stories set (and filmed) in America.
Give it a shot as the new showrunner (Stephen Moffet) is a sharp and clever writer.
OK, I’ll give it a try again.
The original K-9 is with Romana (II) Leela Ward in E-Space. Ward and Baker were married for a while.
We don’t have cable and have to wait for it to come out on Netflix. I absolutely LOVE Dr. Who! I hate waiting.
I’m sorry she’s gone and so young still! Darn cancer. Takes so many good people.
And since 2007 she has been playing the character on The Sarah Jane Adventures for 5 seasons, defending Ealing from alien invasion (and the unstable black hole in her attic).
Elisabeth Sladen was working until the end.
I’ve never seen any old ones but I saw her in couple Tennant episodes. Wouldn’t have guess she was over 60.
Sad, she was my favourite of the classic series companions by far, and clearly a contender for best ever companion in my book. When The Doctor pushed her out the door so abruptly it shocked me, and then wind up leaving her someplace other then Croydon was funny and worrying too (what if it wasn’t even Earth?)
I hated what RTD did with her, she was never some love sick girl hoping for the Doctor to notice her. Totally wrong, and I wish The Moff had a chance to treat her right. I would have had the Doctor throw that whole ‘and boy I hate that sonic screwdriver rant’ back in her face when she complained about being shown the door.
I hope she gets a proper send off, put something in an episode or a dedication or something.
The early years are wonderful simply because of how horrible they were. Bad sets, bad “special” effects, and some(not all) horrible stories. It was definitely a character driven show back then, and she was one of the best of them.
I saw that on FB yesterday, how sad! I never knew she had cancer, sounds like she had to deal with it for awhile. My tweenie loved her “Sarah Jane Adventures” and I remember her from DW when I was younger, as well as some of her stuff on the current series. :*( Condolences to her family and friends on their loss!
You will be remembered and cherished, Liz.
I am deeply saddened. Sarah Jane has to be on everyone’s list as one of the top, if not the top, companion for the Doctor throughout the whole run of the show.
It is *still* a character driven show, one of the best I’ve ever seen! (And I’m 50 this year!)
I agree. But the writing and effects of today makes it less dependent, than 35 years ago.
Just OK? It’s like an episode of Threes Company on steroids. It’s fantastic, IMHO.
I grew up watching her with Tom Baker in the 70s. By far my favorite companion. I even liked "The Sarah Jane Adventures" oddly.
I commented to a fellow Whovian many times on how good she looked for her age. She actually started the show with Jon Pertwee at age 17 (I think - maybe 16).
Kind of FYI for anyone reading this thread.
Doctor Who is similar to Pixar movies in that it is designed to be family friendly and give ‘scary’ monsters for the kids to hide their eyes, but at the same time, be witty and entertaining enough for adults to be pleased as well.
If you looking to promote good family entertainment, consider giving this show a go.
She was 25, and only the second "older" Companion (in that she played her actual age - most previous had been early 20s actresses playing mid-teens).
RIP Sarah Jane.
Just saw this, I missed it earlier. Sarah Jame Smith was my favorite companion. RIP Elisabeth...
Whoops! Oh, well. That's what I get for believing what I hear. Thanks for the info. Someone told me years ago that she started Dr. Who in her teens.