Monday, 1 February 2010

Happy Birthday Elisabeth Sladen!

Sarah Jane Smith
Turns 62 today

Born in Liverpool in 1948. She is best known for her role as Investigative Journalist Sarah Jane Smith - companion to the third and fourth incarnations of the Doctor (1973-1976). Sarah Jane Smith is 3 years younger than Elisabeth Sladen herself (born May 1951 in the village of Foxgrove).

Reprising the role on screen for the 20th anniversary story - 'The Five Doctors', Peter Davison as the Doctor. A spin off pilot was commissioned in 1981 - 'K9 & Company'. This did not go on to become a series. 1993 Children In Need special -' Dimensions In Time', 1995's independently produced 'Downtime', alongside Nicholas Briggs (Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewert) and Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield), before returning to Doctor Who in 2006's - 'School Reunion'. Where she meets a rather young looking incarnation of the Doctor (David Tennant). Elisabeth Sladen returned again in the 2008 Series two part finale - 'The Stolen Earth' & 'Journey's End'. New Years Day 2010 saw her return for a possible final time to Doctor Who as a

New Years Day 2007 saw a new spin off - 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' which went on to 3 series and a fourth in production and to be aired later in 2010.
Sladen played Sarah Jane in several audio plays. Two of them were produced for BBC Radio, The Paradise Of Death (Radio 5, 1993), and The ghosts Of N-Space (Radio 2, 1996), together with Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney. Big Finish Productions has also produced two series of Sarah Jane Smith audio adventures set in the present day, released in 2002 and 2006. Her daughter Sadie has also appeared in the audios.
Below - Third Doctor & Sarah Jane battling a Sontaran, Sarah Jane & Forth Doctor in secondary Console Room, The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Tenth Doctor with his Children Of Time.

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