Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who, Passed Away

Mark Warbington, my friend and a Doctor Who expert, sent me an email earlier today about the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played one of the most well-known and loved Doctor Who companions Sarah Jane Smith. Sladen established the companion as a more important role in the Doctor Who universe than a didactic role. Her popularity also led to her reprising her role as Sarah Jane Smith beyond her first work in the Doctor Who universe as companion to the third and fourth Doctors (Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, respectively) from 1973-1976. She played Sarah Jane Smith in subsequent Doctor Who television and radio dramas, and she starred in the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures. Sladen will be missed.

The Wikipedia articles on Sladen and Sarah Jane provide a wealth of information on her life and work. Naomi Alderman has a nice reflection on Sladen in the Guardian here. Dan Martin contributed her obituary in the Guardian here.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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