No doubt there were companions who were more leggy, or companions who were perhaps more cerebral, but Ms. Sladen’s Sarah Jane exuded an unyielding spirit, a strong sense of self, and great charisma.
In short: the camera loved Elisabeth Sladen…and so did I.
News sources around the world are covering the untimely passing of this sci-fi legend, and the loss is all the more terrible because this remarkable actress was still young, and seemed so very vital. On such a sad day, I share her family’s grief, and again must pause to remember how lucky we truly all are to live in the age we do. In a real sense, performers such as Sladen experience immortality because we have — for all our lives — their works recorded for us on DVD. We can enjoy Ms. Sladen’s performances over and over again, and reflect on the joy, happiness and laughs she gave us on Doctor Who for the last thirty years.
I think that this weekend it’s time to see Sarah Jane and Elisabeth Sladen in action again, perhaps in “Genesis of the Daleks” or “Pyramids of Mars,” or maybe even in “The Ark in Space.”
We’ll miss you, Sarah Jane.