RIP: Elisabeth Sladen

The actress who played Sarah Jane Smith on the Tom Baker Doctor Who’s has passed. Sladen was 63 and had cancer. She was a fan favorite and returned to the character in recent years. Hers were the first Doctor Who’s I saw. I was living in the UK when I was in the Air Force and saw the very first Tom Baker episodes when they aired. Sladen started playing the role with the previous doctor. No matter how camp or silly a Doctor Who story was, she always played it believably.

She will be missed.

UPDATE: Tom Baker writes this tender rememberance.

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