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Sarah Jane Adventures – BBC Statement

The Sarah Jane Adventures

From the BBC

04th May 2011

The BBC confirmed today that following the death of Elisabeth Sladen there are no plans to film further episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Elisabeth Sladen first played the role of Sarah Jane in Doctor Who in 1973 and following her return to the show in 2006, played the eponymous lead in the award-winning CBBC series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, from 2007 onwards.

The full statement regarding the future of the series is below:

Contrary to press reports today we can confirm that no new episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be filmed following the tragic death of actress Elisabeth Sladen in April, 2011. As a tribute to Elisabeth the six episodes that were recorded with her last year will be broadcast on CBBC at a date to be confirmed.”



  • Dan

    October 27th, 2011 - 10:38pm

    i almost felt like crying when i found out that she died and that there werent going to be any more episodes, we’ll miss you Elizabeth. xx 🙁 they just brought sky into the series and its unfortunate they have to end, i would spend an hour or 2 watching sarah jane episodes every day. what am i going to do now? Goodbye Sarah.x

  • tyler

    July 29th, 2011 - 10:36pm

    i think the bbc should put ace[who appered with the senventh doctor]in where sarah jane is and about sarah jane she should disapear.

    • tyler bolton

      August 6th, 2011 - 2:32pm

      i love sarah jane and doctor who it so cool im so sad that she died

  • Dalekdude

    May 28th, 2011 - 6:26pm

    i was devestated when elizebeth sladen died… still, i cant wait for the episodes. i would really like sarah, luke, clyde and rani face something like the daleks or the cybermen 😀

  • SJA is the best

    May 22nd, 2011 - 3:56pm

    I think we are all going to miss the Sarah Jane Adventure but there is the new series to look forward to so that should cheer up us fans a bit.

    • Anonymous

      May 31st, 2011 - 6:55pm

      its nor cheering me up….:(

  • Sarah Jane’s Number 1 Fan

    May 22nd, 2011 - 3:54pm

    I think that everyone will miss

  • Professor River Song

    May 12th, 2011 - 7:33pm

    It’s sad to think that this series will just end.
    I hope they release the scripts to the remaining 6 episodes.

    • Jonathan Turner

      May 17th, 2011 - 5:06pm

      Hopefully they’ll bring them out in a special book

    • SJA is the best

      May 22nd, 2011 - 3:57pm

      Hopefully though I doubt it

    • 2doctors2000

      May 23rd, 2011 - 5:40pm

      they are coming out in episodes. not books or scripts.

    • The Doctor

      August 9th, 2011 - 4:41pm

      They won’t be episodes.

  • somebloke

    May 11th, 2011 - 2:59pm

    @biggest doctor who fan

    What you said about another former companion taking over may be quite good. Someone like jo grant because (I dont know if you know about the show) But in the 80’s show blakes 7, the original charcter blake left the show before the last series and they continued on with out him so yeah not a bad idea

    • Jonathan Turner

      May 17th, 2011 - 5:06pm

      It wouldn’t work cause the ratings would drop dramaticlly as everyone loves Lis

  • Jak

    May 9th, 2011 - 6:26pm

    in six episodes does that man the whole series or the first three including the parts? im glad they’re not filming more cos they would use another actor and that would be rubbish

  • biggest doctor who fan

    May 8th, 2011 - 3:58pm

    I think the show should still continue
    I love the show and do not want it to end
    An old companion could take up the reins or luke, clyde & rani just continue on their own
    There’s just got to be a way to keep the show running
    IT CAN’T GO 🙁

    • Black TARDIS

      May 9th, 2011 - 7:08pm

      Well they obviously can get rid of it. It would be a crime to continue it and it would not be respective to the fact that Elizabeth Sladen was a great actress, simply by replacing her to create a replicate. Also, with luke, clyde or Rani to continue it would still be difficult. For one: they’re teenagers and has always relied on SJS to save the world as she has had the experience from 3 doctors from the regular series (4 if you count Dimensions in Time). It also would be setting a bad example, say if the trickster invaded earth while Luke, Clyde and Rani were at School/Uni. They would effectively be commiting truancy (Bunking off school)

    • Jonathan Turner

      May 9th, 2011 - 9:41pm

      I agree with you there it wouldn’t work with Rani, Luke and Clyde or having someone else take over the lead role

  • NotADalek

    May 7th, 2011 - 6:59pm

    Well, at least the filmed episodes will air later this year. It is a shame that such a popular series had to come to such an abrupt end…probably, what do people around here make of the Jo Grant Adventures or the Luke, Clyde and Rani Adventures?

  • Anon

    May 7th, 2011 - 5:10pm

    i think that in a few years they should make a new spin off when luke clyde and rani are grown up and dey fite aliens .

  • Fox Mulder

    May 4th, 2011 - 8:03pm

    Cant wait, and yes I think there should be an episode to explain her Onscreen death or dissapearence . Rani,Clyde amd the Doctor could team up to find out what happened to Sarah Jane.

    • David

      May 4th, 2011 - 8:18pm

      This is a really difficult one, i’m inclined to think they should leave Sahara Jane out there somewhere

    • Jonathan Turner

      May 4th, 2011 - 8:58pm

      I would like to be able to think that Sarah Jane’s still on Bannerman Road fighting aliens with Clyde and Rani because that’s how we normally would be left to remember things at the end of the series

    • Fox Mulder

      May 5th, 2011 - 1:33am

      The actors that potrayed ian and Barbra wright from 1st doctor who 1963-68 are dead BUT in the Whoniverse there still alive and well according to SJA, maybe ye are right

    • jedijim

      May 5th, 2011 - 3:02am

      Of course Sarah Jane is still on Bannerman Road,and the Brig is off on some UNIT business in Peru!

      Also,Sherlock Holmes is regaling Watson down on Baker Street and The Doctor is somewhere/when in Time And Space! The greats of fiction are immortal as long as people read and watch!

      It’s Nick and Lis and so many others we admire who we shall have to wait to see perform again upon Heaven’s Stage!

    • jedijim

      May 5th, 2011 - 3:06am

      “The actors that potrayed ian and Barbra wright from 1st doctor who 1963-68 are dead BUT in the Whoniverse there still alive and well according to SJA, maybe ye are right”

      Fox, when did William Russell die??? I missed that. JJ

    • Harry

      May 5th, 2011 - 7:24am

      He is still very much with us

    • Flobble2000

      May 5th, 2011 - 8:45pm

      In the whoniverse sarah jane dies in 2019 i think

    • Drsuperwho

      May 6th, 2011 - 1:23pm

      Erm, Bill Russle is still alive and well. Anyway back on topic, it is true the BBC should just leave it there. Srarah will live forever.

    • third doctor

      May 7th, 2011 - 2:21pm

      There should be no explaination of Sarah Jane smith. She will live on as the same as the Brigadier. Sarah jane smith is still living on Bannerman Road or might be travelling with the doctor again in the tardis with the tenth doctor fighting aliens. As shown in the Elisabeth Sladen Tribute Russell T Davies said he wants to keep Sarah alive so to keep thinking of what she’s doing to protect the earth from aliens.

    • tardistik

      May 7th, 2011 - 3:58pm

      i agree but i think it would be weird watching an episode without sarah jane at all

    • biggest doctor who fan

      May 8th, 2011 - 4:01pm

      I think that’s actually a really good idea
      Maybe amy and rory aswell

    • Fox Mulder

      May 20th, 2011 - 3:30am

      Sorry guy I didn’t known William russel was alive loops but yes characters are immortalized weather or not the actor is alive or passed on. RIP Lizzz

  • Jonathan Turner

    May 4th, 2011 - 7:04pm

    It’s good they are going to show the first three episodes in memory of her as it would have been a great shame not to and I think it’s great they’re not replacing her. RIP Lis

  • davros

    May 4th, 2011 - 6:22pm

    R.I.P liz <3 but in a few years maybe, the rose tlyer adevntures sound ideal. i mean, sj an rose were friends after all ?

  • I Love Cybermen

    May 4th, 2011 - 5:08pm

    Sad. I understand why but couldn’t they have set up ‘Jo Grant adventures’ or ‘Clyde Adventures’? Ok, might be a little soon…and thereby a little crass but, all the same, this news saddens me greatly.

    • JumpingDog

      May 4th, 2011 - 5:21pm

      Hmm “Clyde Adventures” sounds good but I think “Jo grant adventures” wouldn’t work. It would be funny If they had “martha jones adventures” or even “rose tyler adventures”.

    • DoctorWho2011

      May 4th, 2011 - 5:54pm

      or jumingdog the luke smith adventures

    • DoctorWho4Eva

      May 4th, 2011 - 6:17pm

      or ‘Doctor Who Adventures’ LOL. Wait a minute.

  • Viathevoid

    May 4th, 2011 - 5:07pm

    I think this is the right way to do it. Maybe do a new spin-off in a few years. I am glad that they are showing the 3 episodes they did. If there was a story arc I am sure they could edit it out.

    Maybe what they should do is release the stories they never made should be released on a audio read by one of the cast or novelise it like Target did for the 1985 series.

    • booboo

      May 4th, 2011 - 5:08pm

      I will look at the stats pages and see how many people are still looking

  • Greg

    May 4th, 2011 - 4:39pm

    This is all so sad, i want to see them but i hope they just her “out there” somewhere

  • YT

    May 4th, 2011 - 4:38pm

    I am really glad we will see the last episodes she did as a tribute

  • third doctor

    May 4th, 2011 - 4:15pm

    In THE SUN newspaper bbc have told that they want to show the last epsiodes of Elisabeth Sladen but they said the rest of the episodes have to be rewitten to explain how sarah jane is not in the rest of the series why cant the BBC just let them show the 6 episodes of Elisabeth Sladen and let the show lie to rest.I don’t think it would work trying to explain where sarah jane is. In my mind that Sarah has gone with the Tenth Doctor travelling in the tardis in space and time. Why Don’t the BBC and i think also Russell T Davies would agree let the fans imaginations run wild where Sarah Jane is Doing to Save the universe or Travelling with the Doctor. Elisabeth Sladen is a true and brillant Actress.

    • booboo

      May 4th, 2011 - 4:31pm

      The BBC seemed to have released this statement in response to the Sun’s article.

    • third doctor

      May 4th, 2011 - 5:53pm

      i know that BBC has released this statement to The Sun i’m just saying why can’t the BBC just show the episodes and not rewrite anymore episodes without sarah jane. I’m sorry if i’m being rude but it so tragic that Elisabeth has suddenly gone.

    • booboo

      May 4th, 2011 - 6:02pm

      But that’s what they are going to do,there not re-writing them its the sun that got it all wrong.

    • third doctor

      May 4th, 2011 - 6:42pm

      oh well typical Sun they get the wrong things round don’t they. I do apologize Booboo

    • booboo

      May 4th, 2011 - 6:55pm

      no worries


    May 4th, 2011 - 4:11pm

    So does this mean that there were no season 6 episodes filmed completly?

    • booboo

      May 4th, 2011 - 4:29pm

      I understand 3 stories (6 episodes) were finished, the 1st 2nd and the final

    • Dark Side of the Moon

      May 4th, 2011 - 4:48pm

      Well if its the 1st, 2nd and last story that ought to work well. As someone else said, having the last story seems very fitting….so unless there is some crazy story arc that was intended to be referred to in stories 3,4 and 5 then this should work quite nicely as a mini series. I changce SJA fans to say farewell to SJ properly and a tribute to the late great Elisabeth Sladen.

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2011 - 7:37pm

      No, the last Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition confirmed it was the first six.

  • Tom

    May 4th, 2011 - 4:02pm

    So the series 6 episodes that were filmed last year will be shown? I guess that’s a nice fitting tribute 🙂

    • Tom

      May 4th, 2011 - 4:03pm

      Sorry i meant series 5 🙂

    • booboo

      May 4th, 2011 - 4:03pm

      Yes agree, i think most people would want it this way

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      May 4th, 2011 - 4:08pm

      Indeed, a fitting tribute to the end of a fantastic Children’s Series, and an absolutely enjoyable Doctor Who Spin-Off since Invasion of the Bane. I was thinking that in the last episode, should the writers have decided to go with the idea of having Sarah suddenly not around, they could have had her suddenly appear infront of K9, Luke, Clyde, Rani and Mr Smith, who turn to the Door leading in and out of the Attic, seeing Sarah Jane, but all we would seen is a body double from behind their head, but i think alot of fan’s wouldint like that idea very much, but im really glad we will get to see Liz’s final day’s as Sarah Jane Smith 😀

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