“The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it’s a world, or a relationship… Everything has its time. And everything ends” – Doctor Who, School Reunion.

It has been tragically announced that Elisabeth Sladen, much loved member of the Doctor Who family, has passed away this morning (19th April 2010). It is believed that she has been battling with cancer for quite a while, however has yet to be confirmed whether this is linked to her death.

Known for her portrayal of the fun and firey companion of the Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Sladen entranced her audience since her first appearance back in 1973 as the companion of the Third Doctor. Sladen will be missed by the cast, the crew, and the thousands of Doctor Who fans who have adored her in the role.

Our thoughts go out to Sladen’s family in this sad time <3

Elisabeth Sladen (1948-2011)