Doctor Who star Elisabeth Sladen, has sadly died of Cancer aged 63. She 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. The Liverpool-born actress also appeared in four series from 2007 of The Sarah Jane Adventures on children’s channel CBBC. She had been battling cancer for some time and leaves actor husband Brian Miller and daughter Sadie.
And Tributes from the BrokenSea Doctor Who Team :-
“Lis was the Companion when I first started watching Dr. Who as a child. This wonderful lady touched so many souls, and will always have a special place in my heart. The Whoniverse has lost a true legend here, and one it’s brightest and warmest of stars. The TARDIS feels so much emptier today. Goodnight Sarah Jane. You’ll be hugely missed.”
- Stevie K. Farnaby (AKA SKiFfle) – Producer / Director
“Just like Tom Baker was my first Doctor, Lis Sladen was my first companion. I was fortunate to have met her once at Chicago’s old Granada Theater in the mid-’80s and she was a lovely lady. In fact, I won a copy of the TARDIS Technical Manual in a raffle that day and she presented it to me on stage. Young fool that I was, I was so shocked that it never occurred to me to have her autograph it for me. While I’m sure Jon and Nick will be delighted to be with her again, it’s particularly sad for me when one of the major cast passes away. It’s like losing a childhood friend.”
- Mark Kalita – The Doctor
“Sarah Jane was one of my top 2 favorite companions in all of Doctor Who. She was tough and awesome and was an amazing character portrayed by an amazing actress. Ms. Sladen, you will be deeply missed.”
- Robin Carlisle – Companion, Amanda Waterfield