RIP Elisabeth Sladen

Me with Lis, Tommy and Danny

Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures has died at the age of 63.

The photograph above was taken in November 2008, when I finally got to meet Lis. She was every bit as wonderful as you’d expect. My friend Steve and I were lucky enough to win a competition where we were able to listen to Lis read from Sarah Jane books, with a meet and greet afterwards. I don’t regret a second of the unabashed fandom. I don’t do heroes as a general rule, but Lis Sladen was my heroine. An absolutely beautiful person and great actor.

Elisabeth Sladen, 1948-2011. MY Sarah Jane. Gutted.

(BBC News story)
(Official website tribute/press release)
(Tributes from Russell T Davies, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Steven Moffat, Keith Jones, Roger Carey and Damian Kavanagh)