Sarah Jane Smith and the Fourth Doctor…
When I first heard that the BBC was bringing back Doctor Who a few years back, I had my doubts. My first glimpse of Christopher Eccleston didn’t calm my trepidations.
However, once I saw some of the new episodes of that new Doctor, I was pleasantly surprised (even with the re-introduction of the Autons) – doubly so once I saw the Doctor after that, David Tennant (Matt Smith I’m still working on, but I have a feeling that the upcoming America episodes will do it for me), though I am still getting used to the whole idea of Doctor Who with real special effects.
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 first appeared as Sarah Jane alongside the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, and stayed for three-and-a-half seasons, also working with the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker.
Her character, a journalist, was renowned for being inquisitive and stronger than some of the Doctor’s other assistants.
After her time in the Tardis, Sladen returned to her native Liverpool where she worked in theatre.
She returned to the role on several occasions over the years and was given her own spin-off series on CBBC in 2007, in which she appeared with the most recent two Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith.
In 2006, ahead of rejoining Doctor Who, Sladen said of the programme: “I think it has lovely layers and I’d defend the programme to anyone.
It is late, and I am sad. I now must retire to my TARDIS for the evening.
So long Sarah Jane.