I have just learned the sad news of the untimely death of actor Elisabeth Sladen best known for her role as Doctor Who traveling companion as well as having her own series where she played tough talking journalist Sarah Jane Smith in the Doctor Who spin off The Sarah Jane Adventures.
According to the Guardian:
Her character was introduced in 1973 alongside Jon Pertwee's Doctor as a feminist antidote to the traditional "Who girl" who asks dumb questions and screams a lot. Sladen ran with the role and helped pioneer a new genre of female hero in British drama – the feisty yet vulnerable female. She stayed with the show for two years after Tom Baker replaced Pertwee, and returned for the 20th anniversary reunion show The Five Doctors and a short-lived spin-off, K-9 and Company.
She was a true role model. She was there with the Doctor, saving the world along side and not just running down corridors and screaming. She had heart and soul and spunk and she will be greatly missed.
She leaves behind her faithful robot dog K9 as well as hosts of fans and women who grew up to ask questions and not just be eye candy. Women who could be beautiful—inside and out-- while saving the world.
Goodnight Sarah Jane Smith. May you be travelling the stars and be at peace.