Elisabeth Sladen -- better known as Sarah Jane Smith of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures series -- has died today at the age of 63. There are few details concerning her passing, but the BBC is reporting she had had cancer for sometime. Obviously, Doctor Who fans old and young are in mourning for the woman who played the Doctor's most arguably popular companion and certainly one of the series' most popular characters for 38 years...
Here I am, a grown man with tears in his eyes for a woman he never met. It still feels like I've lost an old and dear friend.
Elizabeth Sladen was part of everything that was great about DOCTOR WHO, Sarah Jane Smith was a part of my childhood and thanks to the revived series and THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES she is one of my daughter's heroes. That couldn't have been possible if not for the magic Elizabeth Sladen brought to the role.
Rest In Peace