Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen dies at 63
RIP Sarah Jane Smith
Elisabeth Sladen has died at the age of 63, the BBC reports.
The Liverpool-born actress had been "battling cancer for some time". A BBC spokesman said: "It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning."
Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith from 1973 to 1976, alongside Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.
She subsequently did the one-off K9 and Company in 1981, before returning to Doctor Who opposite David Tennant. Spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures launched on CBBC in 2007, and ran for four series.
Her agent Roger Carey said: "She was so positive about life and her natural energy was intoxicating. She couldn't believe her luck when her career was resurrected in her own series."
CBBC controller Damian Kavanagh said: "Lis brought joy, excitement and a sense of wonder to her many fans in her role as Sarah Jane Smith. She was adored by our young audience and I know all of them will miss her as much as I will."
Russell T Davies, who created The Sarah Jane Adventures, said: "I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith, the world was lucky to have Lis."
My first crush
I shed a few tears when I heard this news this morning. I've grown up with Sarah Jane and this is a reminder that we're all getting older. I will miss her. :,(
A tear for Sarah Jane
There's not many people who can resurrect a character from 30-odd years ago AND make a successful go of it.
She follows the Brig to a better place...
She will be remembered
I've read The Register for well over 10 years, and have never sent any feedback nor made any comment before, but I wanted to today after hearing the news.
Like many I'm sure, I was enraptured by Ms Sladen's portrayal of Sarah Jane Smith as a boy, and I was very pleased to see her involved in the new Doctor Who. It's very sad that she died before what we now expect our time to be, and I extend my sympathies to her family. I'm glad she is imortalised in the fabric Doctor Who which has a unique place in British Culture.
I hope the BBC dedicates the upcoming Doctor Who episode to her, and though I always have the remote control ready to turn away from the spoiler at the end, I will make an exception this time if needed.