Sunday, 24 April 2011
On the 19th April 2011 Elizabeth Sladen passed away from cancer aged 63. Best known for portraying Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and the Sarah Jane Adventures she will be missed by many people all over the world. I was devastated when I heard the news and have only recently started to come to terms with the loss. So here is my tribute to Sarah Jane.
Elizabeth Sladen A.K.A Sarah Jane Smith
Elizabeth first played Sarah Jane in 1973 as companion to the Third Doctor. She remained companion to the Fourth Doctor until 1976 and returned for the 20th anniversary episode 'The Five Doctors' .
A favourite companion of many she returned to the new series alongside Tenth Doctor David Tennant in the episode School Reunion (2006) and was a main part of the end of Series 4 finale 'The Stolen Earth/Journey's End. She also featured in David Tenant's last episode 'The End of Time'.
Liz was so successful and memorable that she was given her own spin off series 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' which ran for four series until her death part way through the filming of a fifth series. Both the 10th and 11th Doctor's had an episode in this programme.
Sarah Jane in the Episode Planet of Evil 1975
Sarah Jane and K9
Sarah Jane and the Tenth Doctor
Sarah Jane, Eleventh Doctor and Jo Grant
Cast of Sarah Jane Adventures
Almost phophetically the last episode Elizabeth Sladen acted in was called 'Goodbye Sarah Jane Smith'.
So I want us all to remember the memorable person that was Elizabeth Sladen.