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Published on May 4th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

SJA Series 5 Completion: Update

Some press reports have indicated that the BBC intends to complete the fifth series of the hit show The Sarah Jane Adventures despite the sad passing of Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith, from cancer last month.

However new information has come to light thanks to Twitter that this is not the case.

A source close to the matter stated to The Sun that although the writers and production staff were unsure whether to continue on with production in the wake of Sladen’s passing; however the tabloid claims that the scripts could be re-worked in such a fashion that the season did not have to be abandoned

However despite the fact that this would be great news in many ways, it isn’t as simple as all that. Speaking on Twitter this morning, series writer Phil Ford summarised the situation in the following fashion:

The Sun: “Writers will find a way to complete the series without Sarah.” The show’s lead writer said, “Bollocks will they.”

Many thanks to The Sun for causing another pointless Whoniverse storm. Additionally, thanks to Digital Spy, a website that often forgets that it is nothing more than a very jumped-up fansite (albeit a fansite of EVERYTHING) that nevertheless remains unable to either correctly cite sources or check their facts.

We got caught out with this; sorry for any confusion caused.

(Via Digital Spy | thanks to Nicola)

The BBC have issued this press release:

The BBC confirmed today that following the death of Elisabeth Sladen there are no plans to film further episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Elisabeth Sladen first played the role of Sarah Jane in Doctor Who in 1973 and following her return to the show in 2006, played the eponymous lead in the award-winning CBBC series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, from 2007 onwards.

The full statement regarding the future of the series is below:

“Contrary to press reports today we can confirm that no new episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be filmed following the tragic death of actress Elisabeth Sladen in April, 2011. As a tribute to Elisabeth the six episodes that were recorded with her last year will be broadcast on CBBC at a date to be confirmed.”

Hopefully this will serve to clarify the situation for everyone concerned.


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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+.

5 Responses to SJA Series 5 Completion: Update

  1. avatar YorkshireNed says:

    Phil Ford has denied this story on his Twitter account already:!/philfordesq/status/65735357701959680%3E

    Come on, guys, it’s The Sun for crying out loud. It’s toilet roll.

  2. Cheers YorkshireNed, we were updating this post when your comment came in

  3. avatar 23skidoo says:

    Do people over in the UK ever actually bother going after these idiots when they post such obvious made-up garbage? (Referring to the Sun, of course). What’s annoying is if you check the Sun story you’ll see people commenting as if it were true and giving the BBC knocks unnecessarily.

    The one good thing to come out of this is the BBC has officially confirmed that 6 episodes remain to be aired, as some media coverage of Lis’s death suggested this wasn’t going to happen.

  4. avatar mabtycoon says:

    Um…. “a website that often forgets that it is nothing more than a very jumped-up fansite”
    Words to live by there Kasterborous….

    • @mabtycoon – perhaps you should make your point clearer. Digital Spy purports to be a professional organ, yet point blank refuses to credit sources or do anything approaching journalism. DS rose from nothing, hence the description.

      Kasterborous isn’t a jumped-up fansite. It is simply fansite, relying on the goodwill of Doctor Who fans who contribute. Occasionally, as in the case with this article by Tom, we don’t get the facts 100% right, owing to trusting the source material.

      After all, we all trust the press, don’t we? We don’t expect that people paid to do a job properly would print lies, untruths or poorly researched work.

      It would be appreciated if you could make your comments more constructive in future.

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