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Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen dies aged 63
BBC News ^ | 19th April 2011 | BBC News

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.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: doctorwho; elisabethsladen; sarahjane; sladen

1 posted on 04/19/2011 1:57:46 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Ahh, the Doctor’s assistant of my youth. She will be missed.


2 posted on 04/19/2011 1:59:57 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: the scotsman; KevinDavis

Ping

RIP Ms. Sladen

3 posted on 04/19/2011 2:01:37 PM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

“Sarah Jane” of Doctor who famed has died.


4 posted on 04/19/2011 2:03:59 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: RabidBartender
Sarah Jane? ... Noooo. Tom Baker will be inconsolable.
5 posted on 04/19/2011 2:03:59 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: SengirV

I loved the episodes in recent years where she reprised her role as Sarah Jane. Really good!


6 posted on 04/19/2011 2:04:17 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: the scotsman
Oh, that's too bad. Sleep well, Ms Sladen.

Personally, I could never sit thru a full episode of Dr Who... within minutes I was channel surfing again.

7 posted on 04/19/2011 2:05:28 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: the scotsman

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.


8 posted on 04/19/2011 2:13:16 PM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: theDentist

Why? The new one or the old one?


9 posted on 04/19/2011 2:15:51 PM PDT by Borges
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To: McKayopectate

The ‘Adventures’ for reprised for children. She was very good with children ...


10 posted on 04/19/2011 2:16:12 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: McKayopectate

The ‘Adventures’ were reprised for children. She was very good with children ... sorry about the double post, not seeing really clear right now.


11 posted on 04/19/2011 2:16:57 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Borges

ANY one. Just not my cup of tea, you might say.


12 posted on 04/19/2011 2:20:51 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist

Is it just the Brit stuff?


13 posted on 04/19/2011 2:25:59 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

No, loved Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Are you Being Served (some were better than others). Hated Benny Hill... and Dr Who.


14 posted on 04/19/2011 2:35:33 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist

Blake’s Seven? Red Dwarf?


15 posted on 04/19/2011 2:39:09 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

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.


16 posted on 04/19/2011 2:56:24 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Pilgrim's Progress; camle; Alkhin; Professional Engineer; katana; Mr. Silverback; MadIvan; ...
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

Red Dwarf Ping!

17 posted on 04/19/2011 3:01:58 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 817 of our national holiday from reality. - What 3 AM phone call?)
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To: the scotsman

What will K-9 do now? No more Mistress.


18 posted on 04/19/2011 3:10:02 PM PDT by AceMineral (World peace is the hog slop of philosophy.)
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To: the scotsman

Such a shame. Prayers for the repose of her soul and for her friends and family.
She will be missed.


19 posted on 04/19/2011 3:23:41 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: the scotsman

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.


20 posted on 04/19/2011 3:36:10 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: the scotsman

And we just lost the Brigadier recently, too.


21 posted on 04/19/2011 3:37:06 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: All

rest in peace.


22 posted on 04/19/2011 3:41:24 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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23 posted on 04/19/2011 3:54:56 PM PDT by KevinDavis ( Anyone who backs Trump is a chump..)
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To: the scotsman
Awww rats, she will be missed.

I hope someone adopts K-9, I'd hate to see him end up at the pound.

24 posted on 04/19/2011 3:55:24 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: theDentist; All

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..


25 posted on 04/19/2011 3:58:31 PM PDT by KevinDavis ( Anyone who backs Trump is a chump..)
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To: the scotsman

Aww, my favorite companion died. This is a sad day. We’ll miss her.


26 posted on 04/19/2011 4:04:14 PM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of freedom only to see fascism elected at home.)
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To: theDentist

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.


27 posted on 04/19/2011 4:06:33 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: eddie willers

OK, I’ll give it a try again.


28 posted on 04/19/2011 4:11:11 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist
Here's a very good 3 and 1/2 minute video that can tell you almost all you need to know. It's scenes from the upcoming season with quick comments from the actors and the writer/producer.

Doctor Who promo via youtube

29 posted on 04/19/2011 4:45:20 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: AceMineral

The original K-9 is with Romana (II) Leela Ward in E-Space. Ward and Baker were married for a while.


30 posted on 04/19/2011 4:47:20 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: eddie willers

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.


31 posted on 04/19/2011 5:07:19 PM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: the scotsman

RIP.


32 posted on 04/19/2011 6:56:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: McKayopectate
More than one last time. Three episodes of Dr Who.

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.

33 posted on 04/19/2011 8:48:09 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Radioactive plume to hit USA. President Obama and family fly to Brazil)
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To: SengirV

I’ve never seen any old ones but I saw her in couple Tennant episodes. Wouldn’t have guess she was over 60.

RIP.


34 posted on 04/19/2011 9:35:47 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: the scotsman

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.


35 posted on 04/20/2011 6:04:36 AM PDT by Grig
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To: Impy

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.


36 posted on 04/20/2011 6:31:27 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: the scotsman

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!


37 posted on 04/20/2011 7:12:01 AM PDT by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: the scotsman
Oh no... :-(

You will be remembered and cherished, Liz.

38 posted on 04/20/2011 7:37:02 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: theDentist
Obviously you haven't seen the current version that began in 2005!! It's FANTASTIC! BRILLIANT!! Watch and you'll be shouting GERONIMO!! ;-)

"I...AM...TALKING!!"
39 posted on 04/20/2011 7:50:36 AM PDT by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: the scotsman

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.


40 posted on 04/20/2011 7:51:52 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Winning The Future" = WTF = What The F*** / "Kinetic Military Action" = KMA = Kiss My A**)
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To: SengirV

It is *still* a character driven show, one of the best I’ve ever seen! (And I’m 50 this year!)


41 posted on 04/20/2011 7:53:41 AM PDT by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: pillut48

I agree. But the writing and effects of today makes it less dependent, than 35 years ago.


42 posted on 04/20/2011 9:41:07 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: KevinDavis

Just OK? It’s like an episode of Threes Company on steroids. It’s fantastic, IMHO.


43 posted on 04/20/2011 9:53:10 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: the scotsman
RIP Sarah Jane...

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).

44 posted on 04/20/2011 10:57:45 AM PDT by America_Right (The best thing about the Obama Presidency: McCain isn't the President!)
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To: pillut48; All

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.


45 posted on 04/20/2011 11:35:08 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: America_Right
She actually started the show with Jon Pertwee at age 17 (I think - maybe 16).

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).

46 posted on 04/20/2011 5:01:29 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Radioactive plume to hit USA. President Obama and family fly to Brazil)
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To: the scotsman

RIP Sarah Jane.


47 posted on 04/20/2011 8:58:36 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.)
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To: the scotsman

Just saw this, I missed it earlier. Sarah Jame Smith was my favorite companion. RIP Elisabeth...

:(


48 posted on 04/22/2011 5:53:38 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Oztrich Boy
She was 25

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.

49 posted on 04/22/2011 9:56:33 PM PDT by America_Right (The best thing about the Obama Presidency: McCain isn't the President!)
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