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Goodbye Sarah-Jane

I was thinking of some Who related posts to crank it up before the fixed point in spacetime that is April 23rd. They were going to be upbeat, jokey, amusing. But then I read the news today…

It’s not long since Nick Courtenay (The Brigadier) died so I shall watch the first episode with an even heavier heart having just heard about the death of Elisabeth Sladen.

Paying tribute, Russell T Davies, who created The Sarah Jane Adventures [and re-jigged The Who], 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, added: “‘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 would 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.”

My wife once met someone who had worked with Lis Sladen. She said pretty much exactly the same.

It’s extremely sad, she was only 63 for a start, but we have the DVDs and those in themselves are a sort of time travel. I know that is cold comfort to the friends and family of Lis Sladen but for a Whovian who only knew Sarah-Jane Smith and never saw it was bigger on the inside it is fitting.

No. The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it’s a world, or a relationship… Everything has its time. And everything ends.

- Sarah-Jane Smith, School Reunion, 2006.

See you in the Medusa Cascade, Sarah-Jane!


  1. Paul Marks says:

    Yes – all very true Nick.

  2. Angry Exile says:

    That’s bloody sad. 63 is no age these days.

  3. Lynne says:

    A very sad day indeed.

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