Elisabeth Sladen passed away today and I was really sad to hear it. When I was 13–14, I used to watch Doctor Who reruns during the summer and she was my favorite part of the show. When I started watching the new series in 2006, I was really excited to see Sarah Jane coming back to the show. All of a sudden, I had that same, familiar feeling that so many other people who grew up with Doctor Who had. The BBC Doctor Who site has a nice piece about her here.
Sarah Jane was kind, smart and capable—exactly the sort of lady you’d want traveling around the universe with you. By all accounts, so was Elisabeth Sladen.