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Elizabeth Sladen, 1948-2011 [Apr. 19th, 2011|11:12 pm]
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Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (our Sarah Jane Smith)

Bloody hell. I don't usually "do" celebrities or mourn people I've never met, but somehow Elizabeth Sladen has made herself an exception. I read just a few minutes ago of her death and, as I read, found myself chanting out loud, "Oh no ... Oh no ... Oh no."

Sarah Jane Smith was one of the best of Doctor Who's many companions — brash and spunky, brave and creative — but she came into her own as a marvel, dare I say, a role-model, as a woman very nearly classified as a senior.

For those of you who don't know, Sarah Jane Smith was an alien-hunter, an action hero of sorts, who, as with the Doctor (and apologies to that talk-show host — Craig something?), made knowledge and intelligence sexy in a culture that all too often celebrates brute force and cruelty above all else.

I never met you Lis, but I'll miss you.

(The details up at the Beeb. Bloody, bloody hell. I imagine I'll have something more to say later, but for now, this will have to do.) This entry was originally posted at http://ed-rex.dreamwidth.org/217729.html. Comment there using OpenID, or here as per normal.
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[User Picture]From: bukabe16
2011-04-20 08:06 am (UTC)
=( Oh no. I like actors that are good, but quiet and don't bother the public with their private affairs. I didn't follow her series, but I saw her on Doctor Who and liked her. Definitely a loss.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-04-20 02:13 pm (UTC)

Class act

She did seem to carry herself with an unusual degree of dignity. Since you liked her on Who I feel pretty confident you'd enjoy The Sarah Jane Adventures, too. Not quite as scary as Who, it is every bit as imaginative and adventurous and frankly, to my mind it has on the whole been better-written than much of post-Series 3 Who.
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[User Picture]From: bukabe16
2011-04-20 04:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Class act

Series 3 of the NewWho? Or the Classics?

Maybe I will, but I'm horribly swamped in work right now, so maybe someday I have my life back.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-05-17 03:24 am (UTC)

Re: Class act

Good god! Sorry for the delayed answer! My inbox has been a little out of control lately!

I meant Series 3 of the NewWho. OldWho had too many ups and downs to say anything so definitive!
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2011-04-20 10:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I am not one to post about celebrity deaths as a general rule, but...I want to be Sarah Jane Smith when I grow up, and so of course I'm going to mourn the premature death of the talented woman who played her.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-04-20 02:16 pm (UTC)

Role model

I hate trying to sell a bloody entertaining teevee show and character by its political virtues, but strong, semi-action hero women of 60 are so close to non-existent it can't be ignored.

Little girls especially, but little boys too, deserve to have had more of that character to counter the hyper-sexualized female personae that are so often thrust upon them.

You can still be her when you grow up, mind you ...
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[User Picture]From: talktooloose
2011-04-20 12:05 pm (UTC)
This is affecting me so much! Especially after watching a bit of vintage footage. Bye bye, Sarah Jane.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-04-20 02:19 pm (UTC)

I think I need a re-watch

Funny thing is, I missed (or almost missed; there might have been a re-run or two, because she seemed familiar when I saw some of the old Who episodes as an adult) her when I was a kid. I came to Who with Leelah's second serial (or so I recall).

So I mostly know her via The Sarah Jane Adventures, which I think was marvelous work.

But yeah, I'm not sure the death of an actor has ever hit me like this.
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[User Picture]From: talktooloose
2011-04-20 10:38 pm (UTC)

Re: I think I need a re-watch

I started watching Doctor Who on TVO in the John Pertwee days, and so watched the entirety of her young run. I remember even thinking up a plotline for her after he drops her off on the wrong road that last time. I imagined that she finds out she's on a parallel earth where nefarious things (different nefarious things) abound, and she is trapped there, having to become a hero in her own right.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-04-21 11:05 pm (UTC)

Re: I think I need a re-watch

I've only recently had the pleasure of discovering Pertwee — and it has been a pleasure.

Your plotline, as it turned out, wasn't so far off at all, was it?
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From: vonandmoggy
2011-04-20 09:45 pm (UTC)
*sigh*

Very well said.

And...

*sigh*
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[User Picture]From: talktooloose
2011-04-20 10:37 pm (UTC)
From "School Reunion" (series 2):

Sarah Jane to the Doctor: The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss define us as much as much as happiness and love.
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