Elisabeth Sladen RIP 1948-2011

This is a tough one: we’re terribly sad to relay the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, star of The Sarah Jane Adventures and one of Doctor Who’s most enduring stars following her partnership with the Third and Fourth Doctors from 1973-1976.

Usually we try to keep the obituaries as balanced as possible, but I have to admit to a soft spot for Sarah Jane Smith, one that has often prompted me to feel that her partnership with the Fourth Doctor was perhaps the high point of the series’ long history. This was obviously down to a great working relationship between Lis Sladen and Tom Baker, and was one of those casting miracles that Hollywood producers try to buy on a daily basis, and fail.


As I write this I think it is too early for a full obituary. In the meantime James McLean and I have recorded a few words that hopefully relate how important Lis Slden was to Doctor Who and fandom.

Until our obituary is ready, please consider this collection of YouTube clips of some great Sarah Jane moments as a sufficient tribute to Elisabeth Sladen until I can pull myself together and address this news with the subtlety it requires.

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Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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