First the Brig and now Sarah Jane. Elizabeth Sladen dead at 63

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First the Brig and now Sarah Jane. Elizabeth Sladen dead at 63

4 days short of the start of Sea­son 6 of the New Doc­tor Who. Some crush­ing news for fans of Doc­tor Who:

Sladen had been suf­fer­ing from can­cer, BBC enter­tain­ment reporter Lizo Mzimba said. It had not been widely known that the actress was in ill health.

He said: “She was one of the most pop­u­lar Doc­tor Who com­pan­ions of all time, and one of the peo­ple who man­aged to do both old Doc­tor Who and Doc­tor Who when it came back.”

She has been active in the Doc­tor Who series since 1973 star­ing oppo­site the 3rd Doc­tor Jon Per­twee, Stayed on two years with Tom Baker, appeared with the 5 doc­tors spe­cial with 5th Doc­tor Peter David­son, Appeared in audio adven­tures for Big Fin­ish (includ­ing Zagreus with the 8th Doc­tor) and in the Dimen­sions in Time Spe­cial along with Doc­tors 37, Came back tri­umphantly in the Sec­ond Series of the New doc­tor Who series appear­ing 4 times with David Ten­nant, and dur­ing the run of her cur­rent series the Sarah Jane Adven­tures appeared oppo­site both Nicholas Court­ney (the Brigadier) Katy Man­ning (Jo Grant) and 11th Doc­tor Matt Smith. If she had lived there is no doubt the series would have con­tin­ued as long as she did.

No per­son has been more closely asso­ci­ated with the series or more uni­ver­sally loved by fans of the show. Tens of mil­lions will mourn her.

Update: At Big Fin­ish Nick Briggs reveals that she was going to be doing new audio adven­tures with Tom Baker at Big Fin­ish if she had lived, how won­der­ful those would have been.

4 days short of the start of Season 6 of the New Doctor Who. Some crushing news for fans of Doctor Who:

Sladen had been suffering from cancer, BBC entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba said. It had not been widely known that the actress was in ill health.

He said: “She was one of the most popular Doctor Who companions of all time, and one of the people who managed to do both old Doctor Who and Doctor Who when it came back.”

She has been active in the Doctor Who series since 1973 staring opposite the 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee, Stayed on two years with Tom Baker, appeared with the 5 doctors special with 5th Doctor Peter Davidson, Appeared in audio adventures for Big Finish (including Zagreus with the 8th Doctor) and in the Dimensions in Time Special along with Doctors 3-7, Came back triumphantly in the Second Series of the New doctor Who series appearing 4 times with David Tennant, and during the run of her current series the Sarah Jane Adventures appeared opposite both Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier) Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and 11th Doctor Matt Smith. If she had lived there is no doubt the series would have continued as long as she did.

No person has been more closely associated with the series or more universally loved by fans of the show. Tens of millions will mourn her.

Update: At Big Finish Nick Briggs reveals that she was going to be doing new audio adventures with Tom Baker at Big Finish if she had lived, how wonderful those would have been.