Elisabeth Sladen – 1948 to 2011

Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) - 1948 to 2011

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

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3 Responses to Elisabeth Sladen – 1948 to 2011

  1. Just as Tom Baker was the iconic Doctor in many people’s minds, Lis Sladen was the quintisential Companion. You can’t think of the Fourth Doctor without Sarah Jane–particularly if you’re an American Whovian who was weaned into Who fandom via those early Baker/Sladen stories. I was so thrilled not only to see her return in the new series, but to FIANLLY get the long-awaited spin-off. She was taken too soon from our screens and our hearts. She will be missed dearly.

  2. Jessica Peach says:

    I was so shoocked when i heard this. liz was such a talent and woman i could relate to on many levels. it will be a great loss to have lost such a legend.and I was also thrilled not only to see her return in the new series, but to FIANLLY get the long-awaited spin-off. She was taken too soon from our screens and our hearts. She will be missed dearly. my praryers and throughts are with her family. i understand what they are going through as i have lost my grandad recently. Goodnight Liz Rest in peace love.

  3. Sandy H. says:

    I am saddened to hear of Ms. Sladen’s death. She was one of the first companion’s that I ever saw. Being the U. S., I don’t have access to BBC. However, I recently found the Sarah Jane Adventures online! I still loved her character and I hope that she knew how much joy she still brought her fans.

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