Wednesday, April 20, 2011

R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen

Elisabeth Sladen (1st February 1948, Liverpool, England - 19th April 2011)

She was one of the most popular companions of all-time, and one of my favorites. Her long-time co-star Tom Baker expressed what a lot of us are feeling.

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.

It sad that she's gone, but she'll always live on in the hearts of her fans.


Löst Jimmy said...

An excellent post Jerry. I read the news late last night via the BBC news page. Sad news. I am somewhat in shock. I for one grew up with Lis Sladen's Sarah Jane. I remember her fondly in Genesis of the Daleks, Planet of the Spiders and the Peladon storyline, the title of which escapes me. If the truth be told I was even enjoying her reprise in the Sarah Jane series

Jerry Cornelius said...

It was very sad news to wake up to. I think you could argue that her run on the show was something of a high water mark for the series. I'm afraid I didn't watch her new series because I wrote it off as a kiddie show, but now I'll watch every episode I can.

Löst Jimmy said...

I agree with your sentiments of her time on the show being a peak in the franchise. If you can accept the fact that the storyline in the SJ Adventures has the younger audience in mind, it is really quite watchable.
Have a good weekend.