She had so much more to give and could have had so many more appearances in doctor who, and a whole load of more series of the Sarah Jane Adventures. Lis was so talented and has and will always be one of the most loved and treasured members of the doctor who family. RIP Elisabeth Sladen, our Sarah Jane Smith.
It’s going to be a beautiful tribute.
It made me so upset to think that Elisabeth had cancer while filming this episode. She still gave it her all, acted amazingly and looked so beautiful! Oh, I love you Lis, come back.
A long time ago, in a lounge room not so far away actually …
A young lad watched Doctor Who, mesmerised by how this alien (who looked remarkably like us) could defeat the most impossible of threats. But no, the young lad didn’t just watch the show, he was there - experiencing it.
This was by channelling himself through the Doctor’s companion - someone who was always scared to begin with (because who wouldn’t be when a severed hand is making its way towards you through a quarry) … but would summon the courage to help defeat the imminent disaster / invasion / attack.
The Doctor’s companions have always been the person we could aspire to be - and while this generation have had some brilliant companions to love and admire, for me there can only be one: Sarah Jane Smith.
Elisabeth Sladen was obviously a magnificent actress, she could portray a childish fear followed by a level-headed maturity within a single scene. She was The Doctor’s (and therefore my) best friend.
I’m finding it hard to hold back the tears as I type this. I hope Elisabeth’s family knows just how lucky they were to have been part of Elisabeth’s life, just as much as the Whovians of this planet (and beyond) were lucky enough to have shared the artistic output of this truly wonderful woman.
RIP Lis. You were my companion.