So Long, Sarah Jane

- Advertisement -


2011 has been a mixed year for Doctor Who fans.   Even though our Universe seems to be becoming larger than ever before, two of its brightest stars are no longer with us.  Following the loss in February of Nicholas Courtney, who played Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, Whovians were surprised to learn that Elisabeth Sladen passed away yesterday due to complications with cancer.

Amongst many roles, Sladen was best known for her role as the incomparable Sara Jane Smith on Doctor Who between 1973-1976.  It was a role that she would reprise time and again during the years, most notably on the 2006 episode of the new series School Reunion. Her performance there introduced her to a new generation of fans and led to her own spin off series The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2007.

A long time fan favorite, and believed by many to be the quintessential companion to The Doctor; Sladen portrayed the role of intrepid reporter Smith with a certain vulnerability and humour that was at the same time utterly fearless.  Her memorable performances lit up every scene she was in, and over the years she was universally hailed as one of the best ambassadors of the program. Sladen’s middle name, Clara, appropriately enough, means “clear, bright and famous”.

I like to think that as Whovians, we are all in our own way companions of the Doctor.  Yesterday, we lost the best of our number.  Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Elisabeth’s family and friends.   So long, Sarah Jane, you will be missed. There will never be another like you.

Derek Gladu





10 Different Types of Financial Aid
Top 10 Richest American Idols
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones: Ultimate Auditory Clarity
Business man watching business go bankrupt
25 Iconic Companies that Filed for Bankruptcy
Ice Cube at Straight Outta L.A. at Tribeca Film Festival in 2010
10 Best Ice Cube Movies When You Want to Watch Ice Cube
Luke Evans at the Los Angeles premiere of Beauty And The Beast held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
10 Best Luke Evans Movies (He did that?)
Football movie being filmed
The 25 Greatest Football Movies of All Time
12 Different Types of Cellos
4 Different Types of Cauliflower (Plus Health Benefits)
12 Different Types of Pecans
28 Different Types of Pineapple
20 Different Types of Limes
10 Different Types of Tow Trucks
Electric mountain bike on the trails
18 Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Bike
Side and rear view of black 2017 Audi A7
23 Things to Know Before Buying an Audi A7
Motorhome on highway going through Bryce Canyon in the USA
13 Types of RV’s (Recreational Vehicles) for All Kinds of Vacation Fun
13 Different Types of Dumbbells
15 Awesome Alternatives to Skateboards (Plus Interesting Facts)
Baseball player hitting ball
10 Types of Baseball Bats that Rip the Leather Off the Ball
16 Types of Barbells for All Types of Lifts and Workouts
Camera, lenses and other photography equipments.
45 of the Best Online Photography and Camera Stores
9 Different Types of Website Hosting
5 Different Types of Pulleys (Plus Examples in Daily Life)
Apple Wallet icon on iPhone
15 Things to Know Before Setting Up Apple Pay
Natural herbal vitamins.
10 of the Best Online Vitamin Stores
>