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Elisabeth Clara Heath Sladen (February 1, 1946 -- April 19, 2011), frequently and fondly called "Lis", was a widely beloved English actress best known for her role as perennial favourite ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion [[Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions Sarah Jane Smith]].

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Elisabeth Clara Heath Sladen (February 1, 1946 -- April 19, 2011), frequently and fondly called "Lis", was a widely beloved English actress best known for her role as perennial favourite ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion [[Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions [[Characters/DoctorWhoSarahJaneSmith Sarah Jane Smith]].


Sladen joined ''Doctor Who'' in 1973 as the new companion to Third Doctor Creator/JonPertwee, following the departure of Katy Manning as Jo Grant. She remained with the programme for three and a half seasons (making her the second longest lasting companion in the show's entire history, and the longest by number of episodes), finally leaving two years into Creator/TomBaker's run as the Fourth Doctor at the end of the serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear The Hand of Fear]]''. Her departure made front-page news; this was unprecedented, as until Sladen only a change of Doctors was announced in such a way.

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Sladen joined ''Doctor Who'' in 1973 as the new companion to Third Doctor Creator/JonPertwee, following the departure of Katy Manning as Jo Grant. She remained with the programme for three and a half seasons (making her the second longest lasting companion in the show's entire history, and the longest by number of episodes), seasons, finally leaving two years into Creator/TomBaker's run as the Fourth Doctor at the end of the serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear The Hand of Fear]]''. Her departure made front-page news; this was unprecedented, as until Sladen only a change of Doctors was announced in such a way.


She got her start in primary school, although at the time her interest was ballet; in fact, she danced in one production with the famed Royal Ballet Company. Eventually, however, her sights turned to acting, and she made her first stage appearance as a corpse at the Liverpool Playhouse. She was subsequently scolded for [[{{Corpsing}} giggling while onstage]] because the actor playing a doctor - one Brian Miller - [[MeetCute whispered "respiration nil, Aston Villa two" in her ear]]. Incidentally, she [[RomanceOnTheSet married]] that young actor in 1968; they had one daughter, Sadie Miller.

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She got her start in primary school, although at the time her interest was ballet; in fact, she danced in one production with the famed Royal Ballet Company.Ballet. Eventually, however, her sights turned to acting, and she made her first stage appearance as a corpse at the Liverpool Playhouse. She was subsequently scolded for [[{{Corpsing}} giggling while onstage]] because the actor playing a doctor - one Brian Miller - [[MeetCute whispered "respiration nil, Aston Villa two" in her ear]]. Incidentally, she [[RomanceOnTheSet married]] that young actor in 1968; they had one daughter, Sadie Miller.


That same show would see her meet not just the Tenth Doctor again (in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith"), but the [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh]] (in "The Death of the Doctor"); she also made a return to DW proper in the two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], which was the first and only major three-way crossover between ''Doctor Who'', ''Sarah Jane'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. And "Enemy of the Bane" would see her reunited with good friend and fellow ''Who'' co-star Creator/NicholasCourtney, the dear old [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] himself, Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, in that wonderful man's last appearance as his iconic and still-beloved character. Sladen made her final appearance on ''Doctor Who'' in [[DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time Part Two"]] in 2010 as she made a cameo appearance to say goodbye to Tennant's Doctor.

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That same show would see her meet not just the Tenth Doctor again (in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith"), but the [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh]] (in "The Death of the Doctor"); she also made a return to DW proper in the two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], which was the first and only major three-way crossover between ''Doctor Who'', ''Sarah Jane'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. And "Enemy of the Bane" would see her reunited with good friend and fellow ''Who'' co-star Creator/NicholasCourtney, the dear old [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] himself, Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, in that wonderful man's last appearance as his iconic and still-beloved character. Sladen made her final appearance on ''Doctor Who'' in [[DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time Part Two"]] 2"]] in 2010 as she made a cameo appearance to say goodbye to Tennant's Doctor.


Incidentally, after her death two fans known only as Gemma and Karen set up a [=JustGiving=] page to donate to Cancer Research UK in Lis Sladen's name. Within two weeks after her death, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming donations had topped £6,000 ($10,000)]].

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Incidentally, after her death two fans known only as Gemma and Karen set up a [=JustGiving=] page to donate to Cancer Research UK in Lis Sladen's name. Within two weeks after her death, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming donations had topped £6,000 ($10,000)]].
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'''Elisabeth Clara Heath Sladen''' (February 1, 1946 -- April 19, 2011), frequently and fondly called "Lis", was a widely beloved English actress best known for her role as perennial favourite ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion [[Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions Sarah Jane Smith]].

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'''Elisabeth Elisabeth Clara Heath Sladen''' Sladen (February 1, 1946 -- April 19, 2011), frequently and fondly called "Lis", was a widely beloved English actress best known for her role as perennial favourite ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion [[Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions Sarah Jane Smith]].


It has since been confirmed that, just prior to her death, Sladen had agreed to reunite with Tom Baker for a series of audio dramas for Big Finish Productions, with Davies giving the necessary approval, but her health never recovered. According to ''Doctor Who Magazine'' there was also a proposal for Baker to appear (as a character other than the Doctor) in a possible Halloween special episode of ''Sarah Jane''.

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It has since been confirmed that, just prior to her death, Sladen had agreed to reunite with Tom Baker for a series of audio dramas for Big Finish Productions, with Davies giving the necessary approval, but her health never recovered. According to ''Doctor Who Magazine'' ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' there was also a proposal for Baker to appear (as a character other than the Doctor) in a possible Halloween special episode of ''Sarah Jane''.


''And the story goes on... '''forever.'''''

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''And the story goes on... '''forever.''''''''''
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->''What a legacy! That wonderful woman... the quintessential ''Series/DoctorWho'' girl. I give her that title with absolutely no qualms at all.''

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->''What ->''"What a legacy! That wonderful woman... the quintessential ''Series/DoctorWho'' girl. I give her that title with absolutely no qualms at all.''"''


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At the time of her death, Sladen had completed filming of the first half of Series 5 of ''The Sarah Jane Adventures''. The production hiatus was ''not'' (as originally reported) due to her health issues as these were not known (even by Sladen) at the time, but due to budget. Upon her death, UK media reported that the BBC was considering continuing the series without her, but it was rapidly realized this was unacceptable and the BBC announced soon after that ''Sarah Jane Adventures'' was cancelled. The six episodes Sladen completed aired in October 2011, bringing the series to a close.

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At the time of her death, Sladen had completed filming of the first half of Series 5 of ''The Sarah Jane Adventures''. The production hiatus was ''not'' (as originally reported) due to her health issues as these were not known (even by Sladen) at the time, but due to budget. Upon her death, UK media reported that the BBC was considering continuing the series without her, but it was rapidly realized this was unacceptable and the BBC announced soon after that ''Sarah Jane Adventures'' was cancelled. The six episodes Sladen completed aired in October 2011, bringing the series to a close.
close. Ironically, the last episode to air during Sladen's lifetime was titled "Goodbye Sarah Jane Smith".


In 2006, ''Doctor Who'' showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies made Sladen an offer she couldn't refuse, and Sarah Jane Smith at long last returned to ''Doctor Who'' proper in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]]. (PromotedFanboy Creator/DavidTennant, who had grown up loving Sarah Jane, could hardly contain his glee.) Sarah Jane was given the proper "goodbye" she had been waiting three decades for, and as fanboys and fangirls everywhere wept, the episode was paving the way for yet another generation of children to adore Lis Sladen. The success of the episode all but singlehandedly spawned ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', an ostensibly LighterAndSofter SpinOff centered on Sarah Jane as she protects the world from an attic located in a rather lovely house on 13 Bannerman Road, [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs Ealing]], London, with the help of a gang of intrepid [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers]]. The show managed to gain incredible critical and commercial success -- and not just among its target audience.

That same show would see her meet not just the Tenth Doctor again (in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith"), but the [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh]] (in "The Death of the Doctor"); she also made a return to DW proper in the two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]. And "Enemy of the Bane" would see her reunited with good friend and fellow ''Who'' co-star Creator/NicholasCourtney, the dear old [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] himself, Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, in that wonderful man's last appearance as his iconic and still-beloved character.

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In 2006, ''Doctor Who'' showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies made Sladen an offer she couldn't refuse, and Sarah Jane Smith at long last returned to ''Doctor Who'' proper in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]]. (PromotedFanboy Creator/DavidTennant, who had grown up loving Sarah Jane, could hardly contain his glee.) Sarah Jane was given the proper "goodbye" she had been waiting three decades for, and as fanboys and fangirls everywhere wept, the episode was paving the way for yet another generation of children to adore Lis Sladen. Her appearance alongside K-9 in the episode served to end speculation that had divided fandom as to whether or not the revived series was indeed a continuation of the original show. The success of the episode all but singlehandedly spawned ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', an ostensibly LighterAndSofter SpinOff centered on Sarah Jane as she protects the world from an attic located in a rather lovely house on 13 Bannerman Road, [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs Ealing]], London, with the help of a gang of intrepid [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers]]. The show managed to gain incredible critical and commercial success -- and not just among its target audience.

That same show would see her meet not just the Tenth Doctor again (in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith"), but the [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh]] (in "The Death of the Doctor"); she also made a return to DW proper in the two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]. End"]], which was the first and only major three-way crossover between ''Doctor Who'', ''Sarah Jane'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. And "Enemy of the Bane" would see her reunited with good friend and fellow ''Who'' co-star Creator/NicholasCourtney, the dear old [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] himself, Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, in that wonderful man's last appearance as his iconic and still-beloved character.
character. Sladen made her final appearance on ''Doctor Who'' in [[DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time Part Two"]] in 2010 as she made a cameo appearance to say goodbye to Tennant's Doctor.



At the time of her death, Sladen had completed filming of the first half of Series 5 of ''The Sarah Jane Adventures''. The production hiatus was ''not'' (as originally reported) due to her health issues as these were not known (even by Sladen) at the time, but due to budget. Upon her death, UK media reported that the BBC was considering continuing the series without her, but it was rapidly realized this was unacceptable and the BBC announced soon after that ''Sarah Jane Adventures'' was cancelled. The six episodes Sladen completed aired in October 2011, bringing the series to a close.

It has since been confirmed that, just prior to her death, Sladen had agreed to reunite with Tom Baker for a series of audio dramas for Big Finish Productions, with Davies giving the necessary approval, but her health never recovered. According to ''Doctor Who Magazine'' there was also a proposal for Baker to appear (as a character other than the Doctor) in a possible Halloween special episode of ''Sarah Jane''.



Her autobiography, titled simply ''Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography'', was released on 7 November 2011, with a foreword by Creator/DavidTennant.

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Her autobiography, titled simply ''Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography'', was released on 7 November 2011, with a foreword by Creator/DavidTennant.
Creator/DavidTennant. Sladen was in the final stages of finishing the manuscript when she died and the work was completed by her family.


After her departure from ''Who'', Sladen made several one-off appearances as Sarah Jane, including charity specials, ''Series/{{K-9 and Company}}'' (a pilot for proposed series) and the Creator/BigFinish audio series ''Sarah Jane Smith''. She also did a considerable amount of theatre work, but went into semi-retirement following the birth of her daughter, restricting her work to occasional guest appearances on various television programmes.

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After her departure from ''Who'', Sladen made several one-off appearances as Sarah Jane, including charity specials, ''Series/{{K-9 and Company}}'' ''Series/K9AndCompany'' (a pilot for proposed series) and the Creator/BigFinish audio series ''Sarah Jane Smith''. She also did a considerable amount of theatre work, but went into semi-retirement following the birth of her daughter, restricting her work to occasional guest appearances on various television programmes.





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In 2006, ''Doctor Who'' showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies made Sladen an offer she couldn't refuse, and Sarah Jane Smith at long last returned to ''Doctor Who'' proper in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]." (PromotedFanboy Creator/DavidTennant, who had grown up loving Sarah Jane, could hardly contain his glee.) Sarah Jane was given the proper 'goodbye' she had been waiting three decades for, and as fanboys and fangirls everywhere wept, the episode was paving the way for yet another generation of children to adore Lis Sladen. The success of the episode all but singlehandedly spawned ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', an ostensibly LighterAndSofter SpinOff centered on Sarah Jane as she protects the world from an attic located in a rather lovely house on 13 Bannerman Road, [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs Ealing]], London, with the help of a gang of intrepid [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers]]. The show managed to gain incredible critical and commercial success -- and not just among its target audience.

That same show would see her meet not just the Tenth Doctor again (in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith"), but the [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh]] (in "The Death of the Doctor"); she also made a return to DW proper in the two-parter "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]". And "Enemy of the Bane" would see her reunited with good friend and fellow ''Who'' co-star Creator/NicholasCourtney, the dear old [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] himself, Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, in that wonderful man's last appearance as his iconic and still-beloved character.

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In 2006, ''Doctor Who'' showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies made Sladen an offer she couldn't refuse, and Sarah Jane Smith at long last returned to ''Doctor Who'' proper in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]." [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]]. (PromotedFanboy Creator/DavidTennant, who had grown up loving Sarah Jane, could hardly contain his glee.) Sarah Jane was given the proper 'goodbye' "goodbye" she had been waiting three decades for, and as fanboys and fangirls everywhere wept, the episode was paving the way for yet another generation of children to adore Lis Sladen. The success of the episode all but singlehandedly spawned ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', an ostensibly LighterAndSofter SpinOff centered on Sarah Jane as she protects the world from an attic located in a rather lovely house on 13 Bannerman Road, [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs Ealing]], London, with the help of a gang of intrepid [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers]]. The show managed to gain incredible critical and commercial success -- and not just among its target audience.

That same show would see her meet not just the Tenth Doctor again (in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith"), but the [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh]] (in "The Death of the Doctor"); she also made a return to DW proper in the two-parter "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E12TheStolenEarth The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]".Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]. And "Enemy of the Bane" would see her reunited with good friend and fellow ''Who'' co-star Creator/NicholasCourtney, the dear old [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] himself, Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, in that wonderful man's last appearance as his iconic and still-beloved character.



[[TearJerker The fandom's collective hearts were almost audibly broken when, after fighting cancer, she died suddenly on 19 April 2011,]] barely two months after Creator/NicholasCourtney fell to the same disease. She is survived by her husband and her daughter, and will be missed by millions of fans worldwide. The BBC dedicated the premiere of Series 6 of ''Doctor Who'' to her, and produced a special tribute to her: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycxBiGX8T64 My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen]].

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[[TearJerker The fandom's collective hearts were almost audibly broken when, after fighting cancer, she died suddenly on 19 April 2011,]] barely two months after Creator/NicholasCourtney fell to the same disease. She is survived by her husband and her daughter, and will be missed by millions of fans worldwide. The BBC dedicated the premiere of Series 6 of ''Doctor Who'' to her, and produced a special tribute to her: [[http://www.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycxBiGX8T64 My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen]].
Sladen]]''.


In 2006, ''Doctor Who'' showrunner RussellTDavies made Sladen an offer she couldn't refuse, and Sarah Jane Smith at long last returned to ''Doctor Who'' proper in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]." (PromotedFanboy Creator/DavidTennant, who had grown up loving Sarah Jane, could hardly contain his glee.) Sarah Jane was given the proper 'goodbye' she had been waiting three decades for, and as fanboys and fangirls everywhere wept, the episode was paving the way for yet another generation of children to adore Lis Sladen. The success of the episode all but singlehandedly spawned ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', an ostensibly LighterAndSofter SpinOff centered on Sarah Jane as she protects the world from an attic located in a rather lovely house on 13 Bannerman Road, [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs Ealing]], London, with the help of a gang of intrepid [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers]]. The show managed to gain incredible critical and commercial success -- and not just among its target audience.

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In 2006, ''Doctor Who'' showrunner RussellTDavies Creator/RussellTDavies made Sladen an offer she couldn't refuse, and Sarah Jane Smith at long last returned to ''Doctor Who'' proper in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]." (PromotedFanboy Creator/DavidTennant, who had grown up loving Sarah Jane, could hardly contain his glee.) Sarah Jane was given the proper 'goodbye' she had been waiting three decades for, and as fanboys and fangirls everywhere wept, the episode was paving the way for yet another generation of children to adore Lis Sladen. The success of the episode all but singlehandedly spawned ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', an ostensibly LighterAndSofter SpinOff centered on Sarah Jane as she protects the world from an attic located in a rather lovely house on 13 Bannerman Road, [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs Ealing]], London, with the help of a gang of intrepid [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers]]. The show managed to gain incredible critical and commercial success -- and not just among its target audience.

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