Young Geoffrey (ed_rex) wrote,
Young Geoffrey

Elizabeth Sladen, 1948-2011

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 Comment there using OpenID, or here as per normal.
Tags: doctor who, elizabeth sladen, the sarah jane adventures

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