Reports have come in that actress Elisabeth Sladen who portrayed Doctor Who companion Sarah Jane Smith during the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker years has passed away at the age of 63. During her original three year appearance as Sarah Jane Smith she has become a fan favorite, if not THE definitive Doctor Who companion. And recently Sladen reprises her role as the sonic lipstick wielding Sarah Jane Smith in her own Doctor Who spin off ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures‘. According to BBC Sladen has been battling cancer for a while which resulted in the postponing of season five of ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’. She will be missed by many.
[Source: BBC's Doctor Who]