Doctor Who star Elisabeth Sladen, who was also in spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, has died aged 63.My introduction to "Doctor Who" was in the early '80s, when the local PBS station ran the show. They only had Tom Baker, a little of John Pertwee, and less of Peter Davison in the lineup; I might have seen all of Baker's run twice. Sarah Jane Smith was my favorite companion.
Sladen appeared as Doctor Who assistant Sarah Jane Smith in the BBC television sci-fi series between 1973 and 1976, opposite Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.
The Liverpool-born actress appeared in four series from 2007 of The Sarah Jane Adventures on children's channel CBBC.
Sladen had been battling cancer for some time and leaves actor husband Brian Miller and daughter Sadie.
There's a very bittersweet homage to her at The Dork Tower.