We all knew her as the Doctor’s best friend Sarah Jane Smith, travelling with the Third and Fourth Doctors from 1973 to 1976 and becoming thought of as the model companion, a position she still holds today, helped in part by her successful return to the Whoniverse in School Reunion in 2006 and then of course in The Sarah Jane Adventures, a series Sladen was still working on when she died of cancer in April. Following the loss of Nicholas Courtney a few months earlier, this came as a big shock to fans.
Remarkably Lis Sladen was in the top ten list of actresses that were mentioned in Tweets sent from computers, tablets, mobile phones and entertainment systems throughout 2011.
Actually, it’s not all that remarkable is it? After all, we all loved her, completely and utterly. It’s testament to Elisabeth Sladen and Sarah Jane Smith’s enduring popularity among fans young and old.