I’ve just found out, via the BBC website, that Elisabeth Sladen has died. I shouldn’t think many people recognise the name, but for all Doctor Who fans, especially those of my generation, she’ll be remembered for her role as Sarah Jane Smith.
She played the role of assistant to Doctor Who for three and a half years, spanning both the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker eras. As a young teenager, I’m sure I wasn’t alone in having a massive crush on Sarah Jane Smith!
She reprised the role when the series returned, appearing in a number of episodes when David Tennant was playing the Doctor.
She also starred in the spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which had guest appearances from both David Tennant and the latest Doctor, Matt Smith.
Having grown up with Doctor Who, I’ve been a big fan since the 1970s and Sarah Jane Smith was my favourite companion by far. Now my daughter’s a Doctor Who fan and she was quite upset on hearing the news.
She was the last surviving member of the main cast from, what I consider to be the golden era of Doctor Who, the Jon Pertwee era.
She entertained and enthralled two generations of my family and was the object of my first crush.
RIP Elisabeth Sladen (Forever Sarah Jane Smith)