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Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) Dies at 63

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the lifetime-pass dept.

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Doofus writes "NPR reports that Elisabeth Sladen, who played the Doctor's assistant Sarah Jane, has died at 63. Sladen played opposite Jon Pertwee and then Tom Baker, and eventually earned her own show. BBC stories here, including a picture with K9, and here."

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Good Bye Sarah Jane (5, Insightful)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877162)

Way before her time. She will be missed!

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877202)

She's a fox. I bet she was a good fuck, even in her ripe old age. Do you think that she ever fooled around with that canine?

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#35881606)

She's a fox. I bet she was a good fuck, even in her ripe old age. Do you think that she ever fooled around with that canine?

63 is hardly a ripe old age, you silver tongued charmer.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (5, Insightful)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877288)

She will be missed indeed. I was very suprised at how much this saddened me. She was but one actor in such a long running show, and yet it is amazing how her character's impact is still felt today (at least for me). I think it was because she was on for so long, and because she had such a warm connection with the Doctor. You could tell they cared for each other, more than with other companions (and without all the stupid sexual angst that the modern series displays).

When she reprised her role in the modern series, it was such a delight to see her again; it was like seeing an old friend. It was nice that this feeling was also displayed by the Doctor, who referred to her fondly as "my Sarah Jane".

I have been watching The Sarah Jane Adventures recently. A lot of the stories are understandably juvenile, but there have been some in the later seasons that really quite good. I still haven't finished watching the show, but it is going to be very sad to do so knowing that Elisabeth Sladen has passed away. I hope that this last season has a fitting finale with which to bid her goodbye.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (4, Interesting)

Ciggy (692030) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877322)

Perhaps like me she would have been one of the first (most likely the first) assistants you remembered as I started watching Dr Who in the early '70s.

Even after watching later, and pre (on video), incarnations of Dr Who, Jon Pertwee + Elizabeth Sladen will always be the doctor and his assistant to me.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (4, Interesting)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877408)

My first would have been Liz Shaw, although she never had much impact for me. Jo Grant was a bigger hit with me as a kid because she was more familiar to me since she acted like a big kid. Plus I thought she was the hottest woman on TV at the time.

But Sarah Jane was such a strong character, more forthright and proactive than the other two companions I had seen. She also was the first one (for me) to cross the border of regeneration. I think that the warmth of Tom Baker's Doctor may have coloured how I saw Sarah Jane. Perhaps they really weren't as close as I imagined; it is just that their relationship post-regeneration seemed friendlier.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (2)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877666)

I'm a bit shocked that she died so young (63!!), but comments like yours indicate that she will live for a long time yet in the hearts of her fans (yeah, I know that sounds corny and is probably a bit of a cliché, but it's true). We will all die. The legacy we leave is worth a lot; in some instances it leads to immortality.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (3, Insightful)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877736)

I'm a bit shocked that she died so young (63!!)...

Cancer sucks...

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (2)

Spacelem (189863) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878172)

Cancer sucks...

I know. My dad died of cancer this time last year aged 58, so I'm feeling rather upset about her death.

Sarah Jane Smith was one of my favourite assistants, from my favourite era of Doctor Who. I'll miss her :(

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (2)

asdf7890 (1518587) | more than 3 years ago | (#35880206)

She didn't show the 63 years either. OK so she was obviously no spring chicken, but she was in very good mental and physical condition compared to many 63 year olds.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

asdf7890 (1518587) | more than 3 years ago | (#35880274)

(other than the cancer, of course)

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35879224)

I met Her once at a con several years ago, during a break.
A very lovely Woman for whom the (true science fiction) world will be a little sadder at Her passing.

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=%22sarah+jane+smith%22

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

Swampash (1131503) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877704)

Yep. I remember Jo but Sarah Jane will always be THE Companion in my mind. RIP.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878022)

The first companion I remember was Susan Foreman. Now, get off my lawn!

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

murdocj (543661) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878782)

It's funny how the first Doctor that you see is "The Doctor". For me it's Tom Baker... I must have started watching in the late 70's or early 80s and to me Tom will always be "The Doctor". I did love Sarah Jane Smith, she really had far more "character" than a lot of the other companions.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

Spacelem (189863) | more than 3 years ago | (#35881316)

Well, I suppose I do hold a certain nostalgia for Sylvester McCoy, as he was the first Doctor I remember seeing, however having gone through and watched almost all the classic series, it's now Tom Baker, and with Tom Baker it's a tough call between Sarah Jane Smith and Leela. Bonnie Langford on the other hand...

Not that I'd want to try to rank the actors, as they all do great things and add something unique to the role, and I'm happy to watch any of the Doctors (although sometimes the scripts and directing have had their low points).

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (2)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#35881670)

Well, I suppose I do hold a certain nostalgia for Sylvester McCoy

Mrs McCoy will be glad to hear that the number of her husband's fans has just doubled.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

markhb (11721) | more than 3 years ago | (#35879400)

For those of us in the US who watched the show in college, we saw a lot of her. Apparently Lionheart, the BBC marketing arm at the time, had a policy that for every run of a Doctor Who series a PBS station bought -- Pertwee, Davison, Hartnell and Troughton once they started syndicating those, etc. -- they also had to buy a full run of Tom Baker. So we saw lots of Sarah Jane (not to mention every third week was a rerun of Robot).

As the GP said, Elisabeth has left us far too soon. Thank heavens they filmed School Reunion; nuWho would have been far poorer without it.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877386)

I finished watching The Sarah Jane Adventures last week. The last episode is a fitting end to the fourth season, and now the series.

The episodes were a lot less juvenile that I thought they would be. Season 3 Episode 7 is the scariest new Doctor Who / spin-off episode since "Blink".

Farewell Sarah Jane. You are now embarking on the endless journey through time and space.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 3 years ago | (#35879872)

I can see how you would be saddened I am as well. I mean it's Sarah Smith who I will miss. I am sorry for the family's loss, she has alot of fans that will miss her as well.

Way before her time? (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877732)

Really? Can't tell with time travel, could be after her time.

I will check that a little bit more sometime 2 weeks ago.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877778)

lol no she won't. good fucking riddance to yet more british scum.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877930)

good fucking riddance to yet more british scum.

When I waved good bye to the Mayflower on that uneventful day in 1620, I just wished them luck and quietly lamented their loss of reason to absurd religious pecadillo.

But I guess there's some value in being blunt.

Re:Good Bye Sarah Jane (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35878792)

But I guess there's some value in being blunt.

Very true - it speaks volumes about the ignorant cunt who employs it.

So long Sarah Jane (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877170)

If only she could regenerate like the Doctor :( She will be missed by millions of fans.

What? (3, Funny)

Laebshade (643478) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877188)

Who?

Re:What? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877216)

That's Doctor Who, to you, sir.

Re:What? (4, Informative)

bluemonq (812827) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877272)

That's The Doctor to you.

Re:What? (0)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877752)

"Who" cares?

Re:What? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35880718)

either YOU cared about her, or you just cared about people listening to you.
so either you care or you're just an arrogant piece of shit who thinks people give a damn about your self-involved opinions.

unfortunately, i think i'm wrong on both counts. not that you think we care.... just that we don't.

you are just one of those pointless people who 'have to say something' rather than 'have something to say'

i'd hate to sound like a hater..... but.... american? by any chance?

either way, you sure sound like it.

have a nice day.

Re:What? (1)

anotheryak (1823894) | more than 3 years ago | (#35881874)

That's really unfair to assume that the poster must be American, since Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen were the team that introduced Doctor Who to the USA, and are still the most beloved here by most viewers.

I'm not a huge Tom Baker fan (Peter Davision was my favorite, because he had better stories), but Elisabeth Sladen was my favorite companion. I recall at 13 having tears in my eyes when she left the Tardis.

To me, Elisabeth Sladen will always be Sara-Jane Smith.

I could go on a rant here about the English always complaining how awful all Americans are, and then talk about one of my grandfathers getting half his head blown off saving your nation (and a great uncle got gassed saving it 30 years earlier when y'all started the previous war you then wanted us to bail you out of), but this is not the place for it.

And, you *DO* sound "like a hater".

Bad things Happen in 3's (4, Informative)

supertrinko (1396985) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877206)

The Brigadier, died in February. The Celestial Toymaker, died in March. Sarah Jane Smith, died in April. I hope it ends here.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (3, Insightful)

iced_773 (857608) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877250)

Tom Baker's getting up there in years...God I hope it doesn't happen

Spoiler Alert! (2)

metalmaster (1005171) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877318)

Dont read below this line if you do not wish for the story to be spoiled....

...everyone dies eventually

In an somewhat related note, this is one of the issues I had with the most recent Dynasty Warriors game. The campaign mode followed each of the prominent officers and generals until their death; untimely or not. It really put a damper on things.

p.s I wanted to put more space before the big spoiler alert, but slashdot's junk filter caught on

Re:Spoiler Alert! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877332)

it's a good filter, but not good enough, apparently. Some of your post still got through.

Re:Spoiler Alert! (1)

iced_773 (857608) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877340)

Easy now, I meant I hope it doesn't happen in May.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877590)

If it does, he'll be replaced by Peter Davison.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (2)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878154)

:)

When he turns into Sylvester McCoy I'll leave the room.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (1)

memojuez (910304) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878218)

He'll have to go through Collin Baker first.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878238)

You're right, I'd have left the room already.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (0)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35881480)

LOL, too right. Although, be honest, you didn't at the time, even though you knew you should.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877312)

The Brigadier, died in February.
The Celestial Toymaker, died in March.
Sarah Jane Smith, died in April.
I hope it ends here.

Sadly I think not even if this cluster ends. Most of the actors were between 20 and 40 at the time of the original Dr Who's (and some where older) between 1960 and the mid 1980s. They aren't going to live forever. Men and women in their 80s and 90s will die. The actors of the original Dr Who series are aging and dying. That's just the way life works. It's even less nice when a lady in her 60s dies, but that too happens. Life expectency in the UK is just short of 80.

http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=wb-wdi&met=sp_dyn_le00_in&idim=country:GBR&dl=en&hl=en&q=life+expectancy+united+kingdom [google.com]

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (4, Insightful)

Fractal Dice (696349) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877442)

You know you've been following a show for a long time when you start to tune in for the obituaries

:_(

Goodbye Sara Jane.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (2)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878070)

Life expectency in the UK is just short of 80.

And, if you ignore deaths of infants and young children, has not increased by much since WW1. We somewhat overestimate the efficacy of modern healthcare at prolonging adult life (though it can do great things for improving quality of life) - the best policies involve mostly simple rules about good nutrition, sanitation and observation.

Yet we are crap at implementing programmes for detecting cancer early. It is only partly a tech problem - the main stumbling block is the requirement for a socialised solution: free and frequent testing. The UK is in the process of privatising its health service, and is pretty much a lost cause if the current coalition government does not collapse.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (1)

Grygus (1143095) | more than 3 years ago | (#35879838)

Sorry, but saying that life expectancy hasn't advanced much if you ignore all the people who didn't die young doesn't really seem to be much of a statement at all.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (1)

crakbone (860662) | more than 3 years ago | (#35880358)

There is a difference in the average adult life span and average child life span. Average life span of a human that makes it to adult has not changed much at all. But the average life span of a child making it to adult has quite a bit. That can skew how you look at numbers quite a bit if you look at average life span of humans in general. Take for example the average adult life expectancy in 1900 was 47.2 while in 1996 it was around 76. This did not mean at about 50 years most of your adults were kicking the bucket, but that most children died within in the first ten years of life. A lot of adults in 1900's still made it to 76 years old.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 3 years ago | (#35881374)

Sorry, but saying that life expectancy hasn't advanced much if you ignore all the people who didn't die young doesn't really seem to be much of a statement at all.

It's a very strong statement, if one is considering how much longer an adult might continue to live. To put it bluntly, reductions in infant mortality don't help *me* live any longer, since I'm not an infant.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (1)

Butterspoon (892614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35880028)

I know it's fun to claim that the National Health Service is being privatised - but that doesn't make it true and it's not.

There is currently a strong focus in cancer care in the UK on early detection, which saves lives as well as money, though in some cases aggressive screening programmes have been found to do neither.

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (2)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35881624)

I know it's fun to claim that the National Health Service is being privatised - but that doesn't make it true and it's not.

Perhaps when you were studying the government's plans you skipped over the privatisation of management (including resource allocation) and use of private healthcare providers. Worse, perhaps you're so young that you forget what it was like before the proto-marketplace of "trusts".

The NHS is a (1) national (2) health (3) service. Trusts eroded (1) but the GP consortia plan destroys the notion entirely. (3) does not apply if the government merely allocates funds but does not actually provide a service. As for (2), good health is primarily about good nutrition, good sanitation and good observation. They are social goals - the first two countering the "squalor" of Beveridge's five giants, the last countering "ignorance" - not goals for individuals.

There is currently a strong focus in cancer care in the UK on early detection, which saves lives as well as money

There is currently a strong focus on early detection for specific cancers for specific risk groups.

though in some cases aggressive screening programmes have been found to do neither

You're probably thinking of a problem like this one [timesonline.co.uk] which manifests itself particularly in the fashionable alarm-inducing cancers. Unfortunately, certain groups are misinterpreting (and I use that word inappropriately generously) the problem as being one of too much screening, rather than an understanding that sometimes the best approach is watch and wait rather than immediately aggressively treat. IOW, the aggression is in the response to screening.

Aside from breast, do you have any other "aggressive screening programmes" you have on your mind to criticise?

Re:Bad things Happen in 3's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35880846)

real life expectancy has increased, but we are very good at counter-acting this with cigarettes, booze and partially hydrogenated food-like substances from fast food "restaurants". also, mobile phones, cars, pre-prepared foods........

Even in the new series... (4, Informative)

ndogg (158021) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877302)

Even in the new series, she was awesome. She'll be sorely missed.

Neil Gaiman tweeted about this video, and it seems apropos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1QgCx1CIaQ&feature=youtu.be [youtube.com]

Re:Even in the new series... (1)

Isaac-1 (233099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877492)

This is sad news, I was just watching her Sarah Jane Adventures skit for Comic Relief last year on youtube a couple of hours ago.

Re:Even in the new series... (3, Interesting)

RDW (41497) | more than 3 years ago | (#35879084)

Tom Baker on the news:

http://www.tom-baker.co.uk/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=159 [tom-baker.co.uk]

'Sarah Jane dead? No, impossible! Impossible. Only last week I agreed to do six new audio adventures with her for Big Finish Productions...She can't be dead. But she is: she died yesterday morning. Cancer. I had no idea she was ill; she was so private, never wanted any fuss, and now, gone. A terrible blow to her friends and a shattering blow for all those fans of the programme whose lives were touched every Saturday evening by her lovely heroic character, Sarah-Jane Smith.'

Re:Even in the new series... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35881052)

she was so private, never wanted any fuss

which is why she was actually worth mourning, unlike most of the pap 'celebrities' who pass out of the zeitgeist with very little concern, but mass amounts of publicity.

the day she was arrested for being a loudmouthed, drunk, drugged, halfwit self-obsessed fuckwit never happened.

K9 (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877314)

John Kovalich summed it up nicely: http://www.dorktower.com/images/comics/DorkTower942.gif

Re:K9 (3, Informative)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877550)

Parent link really is worth the trouble to follow.

Re:K9 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35878136)

Re:K9 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35878166)

+1 Beautiful?

Re:K9 (1)

fremsley471 (792813) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878512)

Beautiful indeed, elicited a tear from this middle-aged man.

Re:K9 (1)

Trapezium Artist (919330) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878316)

Oh, good grief: I managed to hold it together until I saw that. I know it's utterly daft, but I'm on the verge of tears now ... :-(

You will be greatly missed, Elisabeth.

Re:K9 (1)

rkhalloran (136467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35880058)

You and a few thousand other Whovians, friend, myself included.....

Re:K9 (1)

dufachi (973647) | more than 3 years ago | (#35880650)

Same here and I am still struggling not to burst into tears and have my family wondering wtf I am bawling about. :/

Re:K9 (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35878528)

John Kovalich summed it up nicely: http://www.dorktower.com/images/comics/DorkTower942.gif

Fuck you... stop slicing onions....

Sad news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877356)

This news on an evening spent watching four hours of the fourth Doctor, thats a weird feeling!

May she rest in peace.

She goes way back for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877468)

I discovered The Doctor when she was playing The Companion so she has always been the defining example when I think of companions for the Doctor. To see her go at such a young age really hit me and brought back my earliest memories of the characters and show. We can only hope she is still traveling. One of the great icons of scifi.

SORELY missed (4, Informative)

Unka Willbur (1771596) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877526)

Like so many folks, she was my first "Doctor Who Girl" and I've had a crush on her all these years. I got to interview her in the early 80s and a nicer, kinder and more friendly person I have never met. A great actress and good person. She's the first celebrity whose death I have wept for in I don't know how long. She will be sorely missed and always remembered.

Re:SORELY missed (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877808)

Did you weep for Diana?

Re:SORELY missed (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#35879426)

what season was she on?

WTF is this? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877542)

WTF is with the news these days? Last time I check Slashdot wasn't some Hollywood gossip blog.

Editors, stop trying to please every market and learn to apply some QC.

Re:WTF is this? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877622)

How about you just go fuck yourself and die.

Re:WTF is this? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877822)

you first, faggot.

Culture (4, Insightful)

k2r (255754) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877684)

> Last time I check Slashdot wasn't some Hollywood gossip blog.

1) What Hollywood? She wasn't American.
2) Doctor Who is a cultural phenomenon most British and many internatonal readers of Slashdot grew up with. Hell, I was born in the year Elisabeth Sladen became the compagnon and though I'm not even British I know her.
Slashdot is about culture and those things are part of geek culture.

Re:WTF is this? (4, Funny)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877768)

Hollywood?
HOLLYWOOD?

Gimme your Geek Card...


NOW mister!

Goodnight.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877558)

...sweet prince.

This news struck a chord for me (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877654)

There is more to life than 80-hour weeks on a software project.

Don't assume you'll have "all those years in retirement" to enjoy the World.

Get out there and live before your bell rings.

Give your wife a kiss now and tell her you love her.

Re:This news struck a chord for me (2)

Plammox (717738) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877696)

With the amount of people turned into minced meat on the road, these days, the amount of people receiving a verdict of terminal cancer, stress-induced heart disease, being here, right now is as good as it gets. Some people tend to ignore that. There is really no need to post as AC with a message like above, is there?

This is very sad (0)

IntentionalStance (1197099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877694)

as there were a few hints that she might have been learning to act ;)

Goodby Liz! (2)

NetMassimo (1490357) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877712)

I'm generally a lurker here at Slashdot but Sarah Jane was my first companion so I find Elisabeth Sladen's death particularly sad, also coming not long after Nicholas Courtney's death. It's like the end of an era is coming. :-(((

Farewell (1)

Alan R Light (1277886) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878040)

Just adding my farewell. Sarah Jane was always my favorite Dr Who companion.

to a grate woman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877870)

she was a caring woman but she is now left she was the grate wonder my baby sis who is 2 cried for 1hour from her death she will be mist good bye Sarah Jane we all love you so much good bye she is on racsacalagofalabetoreas she never could say that.

Nooooooooo! Why her?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35877888)

I only started watching Doctor Who with the start of the new show in 2005 but i also started watching a lot of old episodes especially with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, Sarah Jane was by far my favorite character ever. I simply love that women. I can't believe she is gone now. She looked so great in her own show still even after all those years. It truly is a sad day. Elizabeth Sladen you will be missed. Sarah Jane well it's Doctor Who, who knows what they'll do.

Goodbye old friend (1)

Nov8tr (2007392) | more than 3 years ago | (#35877932)

Having watched Doctor Who since the seventies, she will be sorely missed. I have enjoyed so many hours watching her beside 2 doctors and then through her own series. Which she very much deserved and I very much enjoyed. So many of the people I have enjoyed in my life have gone away and now another one leaves me behind. Goodbye my friend.

au revoir (2)

symes (835608) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878002)

Living round the corner from Sarah Jane's house it feels like we've lost a mildly eccentric neighbour - there's always a buzz when they film here, particularly so for the local children. I feel Elisabeth Sladen created an engaging character that went beyond the Dr Who franchise - that dotty sixty something year old women had a lot of fun and life in them, unusual for what is still a very male dominated genre.

Good bye forever!! :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35878034)

I'll miss her forever alonge with lots of over fans. So this is my last good bye, goodbye! :(

oh no its sooo sad! :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35878076)

i remeber when they showed the last series of sarah jane smith with the new doctor who matt smith. i was sad that it was the last series i think they showed it this year or last year

and now i just found out that she's DEAD!!!!!

R.I.P

GOODBYE SARAH JANE :(

Mistress (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35878128)

K9 shall go on in the void looking for his mistress

Well done, Liz... (1)

beaverdownunder (1822050) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878160)

Great career, great achievements... great life. Well done.

Who ? (-1, Troll)

OneSmartFellow (716217) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878308)

Seriously, Who Cares ?

She was a two-bit actress, not Elizabeth Taylor, or Mae West. She was barely known within England, within the minuscule circle of people who watched Dr. Who, she certainly wasn't known in the larger world.

The insincerity of people who are "deeply saddened" makes me want to puke.

Re:Who ? (2)

ratbag (65209) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878394)

At the risk of feeding the troll: the people who are deeply saddened are "within the miniscule circle of people who watched Dr. Who". They are sharing their grief, in a natural, human way.

Your mealy-mouthed quotes ("deeply saddened") are unnecessary - many people are genuinely saddened to see another part of their childhood gone. That more than anything is what gets me thinking.

I am not as saddened by her passing as I was by the death of my father last year of cancer, aged 67, but the parallels are all too plain for me, and I suspect others who have posted here and in other forums.

Feel free to go and puke, we'll carry on without you quite happily.

Re:Who ? (1)

Jerry Smith (806480) | more than 3 years ago | (#35880660)

Well spoken, sir.

Goodbye... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35878340)

I'm still fairly new to the series, only having watched since the 9th Doctor, but when I saw Sarah Jane, I knew she was special. I researched as much as I could, watched some of the older eps (and some of SJA), and I can say I will deeply miss her.

Way too early (1)

itsanx (1534709) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878380)

While not having two hearts like a time lord, she demonstrated that humans can indeed carry great depths of warmth and wisdom. RIP Elisabeth Sladen.

Saddened by the news (1)

realsilly (186931) | more than 3 years ago | (#35878826)

She was my First Doctor's (Tom Baker) assistant (Elisabeth Sladen). It was the way that her chemistry bounced off of Tom Baker and the great adventures they went on together that drew me into Dr. Who. I was hooked.

In the last year or so, I've been re-introduced to Dr. Who and was delightfully surprised when she appeared on some more recent episodes with David Tennant (I think it was David).

She was wonderful and fun and I hope her spirit lives on beyond her. Good bye Sarah Jane.

Re:Saddened by the news (1)

Chaos Incarnate (772793) | more than 3 years ago | (#35879186)

She appeared on the main show with David Tennant, while both David Tennant and Matt Smith appeared on her show.

Loss of a friend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35879622)

Like many of you, I'm saddened at the loss of Lis Sladen, and feel almost like I've lost a friend. Not just because her Sarah Jane Smith character was so fabulous, but because Lis herself always seemed so genuine and nice. Every interview I've ever watched or read with her, she just seemed like she embodied many of Sarah Jane's finest qualities--except Lis was a bit smarter and more grounded. I'm sorry I never got to meet her and express my appreciation for her work. She seemed like a really good person.

RIP Sarah Jane (1)

rkhalloran (136467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35880090)

Like many here, she was the first Companion I saw, with the Tom Baker episodes from the 70s. Unlike most of them before or since, she held her own with Baker (as I later saw she had with Pertwee). Of all the companions to bring back to the new series, she was the obvious choice, and my grandkids have enjoyed the spin-off Sarah Jane Adventures, which led to them now watching the Tom Baker episodes as well.

She will be missed as much as she was loved by fans worldwide. Requesicat in pace, Elisabeth.

Good-Bye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35880346)

My Sarah Jane....

Cue sad Goodbye Doctor music.

Will be missed (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35880950)

Elisabeth Sladen's portrayal of an intelligent and competent woman had a direct positive influence on how I learned to look at women and view relationships. While the rest guys my age were ogling teh bewbs of Farah Fawcett, I along with the other young geeks had Sarah Jane Smith with brains (and yes good looks too).

She will be missed

you are my idle xxx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35881156)

i will mis you i hope you have a grate time in another world. god rest your sole xxxx

Elizabeth Sladen (1)

whitroth (9367) | more than 3 years ago | (#35881886)

Way too young. However, either the wikipedia article or all the news stories are wrong. If she was born in '46, she was 65.

                  mark

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