Elisabeth Sladen
Dies From Cancer

Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen has died at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer.

Elisabeth Sladen has died at the age of 63, reports the BBC. The actress is best known for her role as the assistant Sarah Jane Smith in the BBC television show Doctor Who. She first was seen on Doctor Who in 1973, and worked with both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker in the popular sci-fi series.

Elisabeth Sladen dies

Sladen, who was born in Liverpool, was given her own spin-off series in 2007 called The Sarah Jane Adventures, in which she worked with David Tennant and Matt Smith.

Doctor Who Magazine made the announcement, tweeting: "With great sadness, DWM must report the loss of our beloved Sarah Jane, actress Elisabeth Sladen. The best of best friends. Too, too sad."

Paul Cornell, writer of Doctor Who, has also made a statement over her death. "Very sorry to hear about Elisabeth Sladen, a great actor, special to everyone of my generation and a whole new one."

Very few details are known at the time concerning her death, however, BBC is reporting that she was battling cancer and leaves behind a husband, actor Brian Miller, and her daughter Sadie.

"I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith; the world was lucky to have Lis," said Russell T. Davies, creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

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Comments on "Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen dead at 63"

Doctoir April 23, 2011 | 7:33 PM

Lis Sladen and Tom Baker were probably the best Dr/Companion pairing in a show about Dr/Companion pairings that has lasted for over 30 years total. What this says about Lis Sladen's ability eclipses far more than mere co-actor chemistry, because she was the one who was supposed to stand around admiring, and yet who among us didn't look forward to turning in every week as much for Lis Sladen as the Doctor or anyone else. What a huge talent, and great, amazingly natural screen presence. Even if she had not worked on-screen all these years after, the world would still be a little less bright and fun knowing Lis Sladen isn't causing some fun somewhere on it. RIP.

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