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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2011
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    Utterly bummed by the news. My previous exposure to the TV version of Doctor Who had been some near-midnight screenings of episodes where Katy Manning played the companion. Jo Grant was cute, but didn't leave that much of an impression.

    When my local public television station started screening The Doctor's adventures again, Sladen had joined the cast. Her Sarah Jane was different. Maybe it was the fact that she was the first actively feminist companion, but I definitely appreciated the fact that she had a nice blend of intelligence and likeability.

    Goodbye, Ms. Sladen. You will not be forgotten by this veteran Whovian.
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    oh.

    ohmg.

    Oh, I really might cry.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2011
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    A friend's comment . . .
    I had such a crush on her when I was a young'un.

    And yet Dick Cheney continues to stalk among us shootin' people in the face. There is no justice.

    . . . made me smile for the first time today.

    *SIGH*

    I have three or four episodes of the Sarah Jane Adventures left unwatched on my DVR. I'm going to save them for special occasions.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2011
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    I met her at a Con in 1994 (maybe 1993). A very open and natural woman. Sweet little daughter, too.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2011
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    I'm shocked and saddened.
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    Shot. I hope they dedicate the next season to her.
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    @Rach I did cry a little.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2011
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    I'm seriously shocked. Last time I saw her (which, admittedly, was a couple of years ago), she looked fine...
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2011
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    Will the Doctor Who creative team acknowledge that Sarah Jane is no more? There are some brutal dramatic possibilities there.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2011
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    I think a viewing of Genesis of the Daleks might be in order this evening.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2011
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    It was a real gutpunch when I heard about this yesterday. She's going to be missed.
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    Tom Baker writes about Elisabeth Sladen:

    Sarah Jane dead? No, impossible! Impossible. Only last week I agreed to do six new audio adventures with her for Big Finish Productions.

    She can't be dead. But she is: she died yesterday morning. Cancer. I had no idea she was ill; she was so private, never wanted any fuss, and now, gone. A terrible blow to her friends and a shattering blow for all those fans of the programme whose lives were touched every Saturday evening by her lovely heroic character, Sarah-Jane Smith.

    continued HERE.

    It's breaking my heart to know that they were going to preform audio dramas for Big Finish together. It'd have been so wonderful to hear them together again.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2011
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
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    ^Ya know what? I'm not a teary person. I haven't cried in years. But honestly, I'm welling up now...bastard...
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
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    Damn you fookwit.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
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    • CommentAuthorDronecraft
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
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    • CommentAuthorGordon
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2011
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    Such a sad, sad loss. In interviews she seemed like a wonderful woman with a great love of life.