It’s fair to say I wasn’t expecting this.
I glanced at Twitter before bed last night and learned that Elisabeth Sladen, Sarah-Jane Smith in Doctor Who had passed away. It’s unbelievable really, so close to the passing of Nick Courtney. And, of course, she was a much loved part of both Doctor Who’s history and present, so the outpouring of shock and sadness has been palpable.
She first played Sarah-Jane alongside Jon Pertwee, continuing into the Tom Baker era and cementing her status as the iconic companion, so much so that she reprised the role alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith and took the lead in The Sarah-Jane Adventures.
I guess the greatest tribute that can be paid is the acknowledge how many people remember Liz as being a beloved figure from their childhood, and how as adults they weren’t disappointed by her modesty, talent and kindness. Loved by children and adults – that’s what Doctor Who is all about, and is a fitting tribute for Elisabeth Sladen.
Rest in peace, Sarah-Jane.