The news of Elisabeth Sladen’s death yesterday came as a bit of a shock to me. More than a bit, if you really want to know, especially following so closely on the heels of Nicholas Courtney’s passing a few weeks ago. The Whoniverse is in deep mourning.
As Sarah Jane Smith, companion to Doctors number three and four, Lis was a major role model for me growing up. She was my introduction to the archetype of the intrepid girl reporter. She was spunky, stubborn, smart, outspoken, and brave.
When Russell T. Davies brought Sarah Jane back in the new series, for the episode School Reunion, I went into paroxysms of fangirlish delight. In fact, I squeeeeed so much during the airing that I had to watch it more than once to make sure I’d heard all the dialogue.
I saw the first few episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures a while back, and the rest have been on my to-be-watched list for some time now. I’m going to have to move those up in the queue. And Netflix is going to see a whole lot of Classic Who requests from me in the next few weeks.
We’re going to miss you, Lis.