Elisabeth Sladen Has Passed Away. I'm Devastated and Stunned.
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures) has died at the age of 63 I am so sad to report…
I was stunned and dismayed when read the news of passing of Elisabeth Sladen today from a tweet from Gallifrey One. I am at a lost for words. This news came to me very unexpected as I am sure it does for all Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures fans. I don't know what to say at this point. Writer Paul Cornell and actress Nicola Bryant have also confirmed the news by tweeting their sentiments as well. BBC News has also confirmed it in a short statement (now a full obituary).
Details will be forthcoming, but needless to say this news comes completely unexpected for many including myself. Her enthusiasm and energy seen surrounding her own show, The Sarah Jane Adventures seemed unlimited. In fact, her energy seemed to surpass those of her much younger co-stars on the series. She's been battling cancer for some time according to BBC Entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba.
She leaves behind husband Brian Miller, an actor as well and Sadie, her daughter.
Doctor Who fans were first introduced to her in her role as Sarah Jane Smith, the Doctor's companion in the series starting with the 3rd Doctor, Jon Pertwee and continuing on with the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker. She starred in Doctor Who's first spin-off, K9 and Company, a pilot episode for a new series which was never produced in the early 1980s. The opportunity came again after Doctor Who was relaunched in the 21st series and once again she was starring in a new spin-off series, this time, The Sarah Jane Adventures. She appeared in Doctor Who again as the character in the episode 'School Reunion' this time with David Tennant as the 10th Doctor. He later guest starred on her series as well as the current incarnation of the Doctor, Matt Smith.
There is an autobiography by Elisabeth Sladen titled "Who's That Girl" which is due to be published in the UK later this year.