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April 28th, 2011 374 comments

Elisabeth Sladen [1948-2011]

Elisabeth Sladen [1948-2011]

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Andrew Skilleter

Tom Baker…

Sarah Jane dead? No, impossible! Impossible. Only last week I agreed to do six new audio adventures with her for Big Finish Productions. She can’t be dead. But she is: she died yesterday morning. Cancer.

You can read the full tribute Here.

Matt Smith…

“What struck me about Lis was her grace. She welcomed me, educated me, and delighted me with her tales and adventures on Doctor Who. And she also seemed to have a quality of youth that not many people retain as they go through life. Her grace and kindness will stay with me because she had such qualities in abundance and shared them freely. I will miss her, as will the world of Doctor Who and all the Doctors that had the good pleasure to work with Lis Sladen and travel the universe with Sarah Jane.”

David Tennant…

I just can’t believe that Lis is gone. She seemed invincible. The same woman who enchanted my childhood, enchanted my time on Doctor Who and enchanted generations who have watched her and fallen in love with her – just like I did. I feel very honoured to have shared a TARDIS with Sarah Jane Smith, and I feel very lucky to have shared some time with Lis Sladen. She was extraordinary.

Russell T Davies…

“I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith, the world was lucky to have Lis.”

Nicholas Briggs…

We are all so shocked and so very sad at the news of the death of Lis Sladen. Only yesterday I was filming a DVD extra in which I was talking with such heartfelt passion about how she was so ‘luminous’ on screen and how brilliant she was as Sarah Jane Smith.

Please bear in mind some comments on this site are from very young and upset people. This news as come as a great shock to many fans, old and new.

David Tennant on Elisabeth Sladen – BBC Breakfast…


  • Black Rose

    April 25th, 2011 - 1:34pm

    I was upstairs taking a bath when my little brother screamed that Sarah Jane’s Lis Sladen had “gone”. At first, I thought he was referring to an episode of SJA, but when I came downstairs, I was shocked to see the Yahoo! article that stated her death. I was so heartbroken, and outraged when they only gave her a 15 minute tribute on CBBC. And the new Doctor Who episode that aired on Saturday only gave her memory. She was a wonderful person, that much I can guess, and she will definetly hold a place in her fans’ hearts. Lis Sladen was and always will be remembered! RIP forever after!

    • Sarah (Jane) Holmes

      April 25th, 2011 - 7:02pm

      I was so shocked and saddened to hear the news about Elisabeth Sladen, I was named after her character in Doctor Who because she was my big sister’s favourite character and my parents let her name me (it was the 70s so I was lucky that she loved Sarah Jane so much and I wasn’t named after a Dalek!)because of this, she has always been a part of me – it was so great to see her back on tv with the Sarah Jane adventures – she will be very fondly remembered by a great deal of people!!

  • viraj

    April 24th, 2011 - 10:18pm

    I woke up on the 20th at about 8:00 before Me and My Monsters on CBBC and Newsround was on. I watched it and Ricky Boleto the presnter said that Elisabeth Sladen had died and me and my mum were so shocked!!!!Elisabeth’s left us like Nicholas who played the Brigadier. I think
    There should be a proper tribute instead of just a 15 min programme. I cant believe I was on holiday in caravan when i got the news

    • Anon

      April 19th, 2012 - 4:58pm

      i was playing crush the castle, my sister screamed to me that shed died and i pulled up her wikipedia article which stated her death but with no cause. for the next few days i couldnt think straight as id been watching her in dr who since i was 3. R.I.P Lis, you will be missed.

  • holly

    April 24th, 2011 - 6:59pm

    RIP, you were my favorate actor and i cant beleve you died.. i know you dont know me at all but, i watched doctor who and i loved it, then i found out you you did the sara jane adventures so i watched evry episode ever since…one of my best mates has died resently and hopefully you will see her, ripx

    • Eleanor

      April 25th, 2011 - 3:45am

      She was my favourite actress too and my sadness is indescribable.
      Sorry to her about your friend!

  • Anthony Segal

    April 24th, 2011 - 6:08pm

    RIP Liz/Sarah Jane. One of the best, if not the best assistant. Uncanny that planet of spiders released shortly before her passing.

  • jessica

    April 24th, 2011 - 3:55pm

    It was really sad that she died, it was shocking to.
    She was an amazing actress on Sarah Jane Adventures, SHE WAS BRILLIANT!
    she will always be an fantastic star,
    of the memory of Elisabeth Sladen.
    Rest in good peace.

  • Scott

    April 23rd, 2011 - 11:55pm

    She was a great companion who faced Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarons, Slitheen and the Bane. She had her own show which was a hit sucess and amazing. It was a sad shocking death. She is one of the greats she will be missed by alot of people.

  • Jonathan Turner

    April 23rd, 2011 - 10:35pm

    I was just about to get over it but after seeing that lovely tribute I started crying all over again and can’t stop

    • April

      April 23rd, 2011 - 10:38pm

      Thankyou for your kindness

  • April

    April 23rd, 2011 - 10:33pm

    I am only 13 and my birthday was one day after
    Liz s death . I hope one day
    Maybe I could be an actor however i know it would not
    Be a scratch on her skills I will mis her as the SJA was
    My fav tv program all my love Sarah Jane and Elizabeth sladen
    April xx

    • April

      April 23rd, 2011 - 10:39pm

      Sorry ment to put actress

    • booboo

      April 24th, 2011 - 6:49pm

      No worries

    • Angel Tim

      April 24th, 2011 - 6:55pm

      My birthday was the actual day she died!!

  • jeff

    April 23rd, 2011 - 7:24pm

    I can remember when i was young seeing Sarah Jane my heart goes out to her family,we will all miss you. R.I.P

  • George

    April 23rd, 2011 - 5:23pm

    OMG i just cant belive it i cant get my head around it that shes gone wonder whats going to happern about sarah jane smith adventures

  • Ameila

    April 23rd, 2011 - 2:41pm

    I was on holiday when i found out- my mum came in to tell me and i was so shocked. It took a few moments to sink in! RIP Sarah Jane Smith. RIP Elisabeth Sladen. You will truely be missed xx

  • ilovedocterwho

    April 22nd, 2011 - 9:24pm

    OMG when I heard yesterday she died I cried even though i never saw her only on tv matt smith david aka my faverioute docter and all the orthers will miss her

    I will always remeber you

  • riversong:)

    April 22nd, 2011 - 6:59pm

    we all know elizabeth was an amazing actress.
    and she was an amazing companion to the doctor.. and played a brilliant part in her tv series.
    children to adults growing up with her on the tv. its just so sad to see her go now..
    a woman of her age, she did well..
    and she wont be forgotten..
    all of us ‘doctor who’ and ‘ sarah jane’ fans,
    we all wish you a good rest in peace elizabeth.

  • Bradley

    April 22nd, 2011 - 5:10pm

    I woke up on Wednesday morning to find my mum sitting at her computer. She called me over and I couldn’t believe what was on the screen. Elisabeth Sladen Dead! It just seems impossible. R.I.P Elisabeth Sladen. Forever in our hearts. And another thing I think they should make the tribute to her longer. At least half an hour or a quarter of an hour. I also nearly cried writing this. And as I said earlier R.I.P Elisabeth Sladen. Forever in our hearts.

  • kaykay

    April 22nd, 2011 - 3:28pm

    I cant believe sarah jane has died i always watched the sarah jane adventures and I loved it, i am so sad to see her go may she rest in peace she will be dearly missed

    Yours sincerly
    Sarah jane fan

  • Nicholas

    April 22nd, 2011 - 10:36am

    • alyx jones

      April 19th, 2012 - 7:38pm

      sooo sad sja was a really good kiddy programme

  • Nicholas

    April 22nd, 2011 - 10:19am


    • Bradley

      April 22nd, 2011 - 5:13pm

      Yes the worst enemy is death itself.

  • Nicholas

    April 22nd, 2011 - 10:17am


    • bailey

      April 22nd, 2011 - 1:10pm

      im going to cry

  • Sean Worsley

    April 22nd, 2011 - 6:51am

    very sad news, my heart goes out to her family, and her extended family. farewell Lis, heavens Tardis awaits you.

  • DoctorWho2011-Liz(1948-2011)

    April 22nd, 2011 - 12:09am

    I Hope No One Esle Dies Next It Could Be Slyvester McCoy Or Tom Baker Coz They Are A bit Old I Hope They Dont Die

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      April 22nd, 2011 - 8:49am

      Cant stop people from dying mate, Tom and Sylvester will be gone someday themselves, but fingers crossed not for an awefully long time, i would hate to see them go so soon, but like William, Patrick and Jon, when all the Actors who have played the Doctor have passed away, their incarnations of the Doctor will allways live on, as long as we watch Doctor Who, after all, as Elisabeth Sladen said last year as Sarah Jane Smith ” With friends like us, his NEVER going to die !! ” 😀

  • DoctorWho2011

    April 21st, 2011 - 9:43pm

    Hey I Bey Liz Is With William Hartnell, Pathick Trougton,Jon Pertwee,Nicholas Courtney,Barry Letts And The Others

  • robert

    April 21st, 2011 - 9:10pm

    that is vere said she was vere good in doctor who and sarah janes adventures and she will be missed

  • forever dalek 1323

    April 21st, 2011 - 8:37pm

    she will be missed by all. she is truley a doctor who legend. goodbye…

    • jake hearn

      April 21st, 2011 - 10:39pm

      i can’t believe there will be no more sarah jane adventures. she will be missed all the fans who wacth the sarah jane adventures. she is a true legend who made doctor who and the sarah jane adventures come to live.

  • roo slitheen

    April 21st, 2011 - 7:56pm

    i am just so very sad about this. won’t someone get braniy enoph to find the stupid cure for cancer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David

    April 21st, 2011 - 7:53pm

    What a beautiful tribute by Andrew Skilletter.

    Still difficult to believe that Elisabeth has gone.

  • roo slitheen

    April 21st, 2011 - 7:50pm

    i am in tears just reading this! i was so sad about her death. the memory of lis sladen will live through time and space forever. R.I.P lis sladen.we will miss you.

  • Doc Kal

    April 21st, 2011 - 6:49pm

    truly shocked that liz has passed away, my daughter was celebrating her 18th birthday on the 19th & is deeply upset that her favorite character is no longer with us. she was the best ever doctor who companion ever. series 6 of doctor who should be dedicated to liz & nic & i also think that there death should be marked by tv funerals of their characters as a final act of dedication for their life long association with the show. lis has broken many hearts so R.I.P.

    • Juddon Platoon

      April 22nd, 2011 - 9:21am

      They shouldn’t really kill them off in the show because that’s not what Lis wanted she said so in one of her interviews

  • SJA News

    April 21st, 2011 - 6:40pm

    it i soo sad, but i think they should play the half of the series as hs been filmed and then start up another series like Rani Chandra investigates or something set maybe a year or two after the whoniverse sarah jane death and follow her as an investigative journalist living in 13 bannerman road like she was in the mad woman in the attic in 2059

  • DuckandGrouse

    April 21st, 2011 - 6:14pm

    She was only 63, anyone but her, please!

  • Jonathan Turner

    April 21st, 2011 - 6:13pm

    I miss Elisabeth Sladen loads she was my idol and a true inspiration to me she helped me so much through various stages of my career. I am losing sleep over this and haven’t stopped crying since I heard this on the 19th. I never got to meet her although I do have three autographs from her I wish I did meet her.
    Don’t worry Lis we’ll never forget you and I look forward to seeing you in heaven when my time comes.


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