OT: Sad news....
- Elisabeth Sladen, Sarah Jane from 'Doctor Who,' Has Died at 63
Wicks Posted: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
News confirms that Elisabeth Sladen, the brown-haired beauty who
played <http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctorwho>Doctor Who companion
Sarah Jane Smith over the course of 40 years, has died of cancer. She was 63.
Sladen first appeared as Sarah Jane on Doctor Who in 1973, becoming
an iconic companion under both Jon Pertwee's and Tom Baker's Doctors
in the long-running sci-fi series. She left in 1976, making recurring
appearances in Doctor Who-related projects over the years. However,
to the delight of longtime fans, she reprised her role in the modern
series in 2006 opposite David Tennant's Tenth Doctor. Her return
proved so successful that she received her own spinoff series, The
Sarah Jane Adventures, in 2007.
UPDATED: BBC's official statement:
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. She was 63.
Lis first appeared as Sarah Jane in Doctor Who in 1973 alongside the
Third Doctor Jon Pertwee and stayed for three and half seasons
working alongside Jon and the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker. She returned
to the role on numerous occasions over the years and, in 2007, was
given her own spin-off series on CBBC - The Sarah Jane Adventures -
where she would appear alongside new Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith.
The Sarah Jane Adventures brought Lis a whole new generation of fans
who grew up to love her alien-busting adventures. The series was
hugely popular with fans young and old and won this year's RTS Award
for best children's drama.
Controller of CBBC Damian Kavanagh said tonight: "I'm deeply saddened
and shocked by the news of Lis' untimely death. 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."
The creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures Russell T Davies 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."
Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's Lead Writer and Executive Producer said:
"'Never meet your heroes' wise people say. They weren't thinking of Lis Sladen.
"Sarah Jane Smith was everybody's hero when I was younger, and as
brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories. But
many years later, when I met the real Sarah-Jane - Lis Sladen herself
- she was exactly as any child ever have wanted her to be. Kind and
gentle and clever; and a ferociously talented actress, of course, but
in that perfectly English unassuming way.
"There are a blessed few who can carry a whole television show on
their talent and charisma - but I can't think of one other who's done
it quite so politely. I once showed my son Joshua an old episode of
Doctor Who, in which Lis appeared. "But that's Sarah Jane," he said,
confused "In old Doctor Who. From years ago. How come she always look
exactly the same?" It's not a comfort today, of course, but children
will still be saying that fifty years from now."
Keith Jones, Director, BBC Cymru Wales, said: "The Sarah Jane
Adventures has been one of the most successful children's programmes
on television in recent years - and without Elisabeth Sladen it would
not have happened. A brilliant presence on screen and on set, she
brought the excitement and energy of the Doctor Who family of
programmes, of which we are very proud at BBC Wales, to a whole new
generation. She will be missed by all at BBC Wales who worked with her."
Roger Carey, who represented Lis for many years, said. "She was
not just a client, but a dear friend. 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."
Lis had been suffering from cancer. She leaves behind a husband,
actor Brian Miller, and her daughter, Sadie
I found myself surprisingly? choked up over this. She was only 63 and
while it wasn't widely known - she'd battling cancer for some time
and quite ill.
Elisabeth was a woman of uncommon grace and good humor from all
accounts and the world will be a little less bright with her passing.
'Precious and rare all Love is, gender matters not.'
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