Archive for ‘Elisabeth Sladen’
October 29th, 2012

Russell T Davies was interviewed on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show over the weekend about his new series, Wizards Vs Aliens, which starts on CBBC today (Monday).

During their chat, he fondly looked back on his time making The Sarah Jane Adventures saying he “loved every second”. The show ended when its lead actress Elisabeth Sladen lost her battle with cancer on 19th April 2011. Russell said that it came as “a terrible, terrible shock” when he heard she’d passed away because he and everyone else “adored” her.

“We were about to begin filming new stories when Lis told me she was ill,” he explained. “She needed some time off, but she very much kept herself to herself as she didn’t want people to know how ill she was. It was an absolute shock when she passed away and we immediately abandoned the show. Its heart had gone. Without Lis, it all ceased to exist.”

He added that he’ll always be tremendously proud of the legacy created for Lis through the 50 episodes which introduced her character to a new generation. He explained: “She has a huge legacy, and I know how much she adored making it. I loved Sarah Jane as a child and to see her return and be adored was a great solace when the bad news came.”

April 19th, 2012

Today, it is one year since Elisabeth Sladen passed away.

Although she is gone, she is certainly not forgotten, and she still lives on in our hearts as one of the Doctor’s most loved companions, Sarah Jane Smith. Joining the series in 1973, Elisabeth’s adventures through time and space went on to span decades, and they are are sure to continue on in our memories for decades to come. In 2007, she was introduced to a new generation in The Sarah Jane Adventures, proving life on Earth can be just as exciting.

Relive one of many classic Sarah Jane moments, and share your best memories, below.

Elisabeth Sladen: 1946-2011

November 11th, 2011

The Doctor Who Experience will be hosting a special event to launch Elisabeth Sladen’s autobiography later this month.

On Saturday 26th November, the tribute will be held for the late actress, who passed away in April. In attendance will be her daughter, Sadie Miller, the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, and Doctor Who writer/producer, Terrance Dicks.

The launch event will be hosted by Ben Lawrence from TV Choice magazine.

The event is free for Doctor Who Experience ticket holders, but there’s a limited number of spaces available, so book in advance if you’d like to attend (book 12.30pm, 1pm or 2pm time slot, Saturday 26th November). The autobiography is out now, priced £18.99.

October 18th, 2011

It’s the end of an era this afternoon, as the final ever episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures airs on the CBBC Channel.

On 19th April 2011, it was confirmed that Elisabeth Sladen had passed away following a battle with cancer, and today, for one last time, we return to 13 Bannerman Road for Sarah Jane and the gang’s final adventure – part two of The Man Who Never Was. Her adventures might be coming to a close, but both Sarah Jane and Elisabeth will be remembered forever by fans young and old.

Although it’s a sad day, it’s also important to remember the amazing times, and remember that the most wonderful thing about the universe is that there’s always something more amazing to come! The final episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures airs today at 5:15pm.

October 16th, 2011

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, #440, is a special tribute issue dedicated to Elisabeth Sladen, who passed away in April this year.

The issue looks back across the amazing life and career of the late actress, who will be remembered forever for her portrayal of Sarah Jane. It also includes contributions from Tom Baker, David Tennant and Matt Smith, who each share their personal memories of working with Elisabeth. It will be released this Thursday, 20th October, priced £4.99.

The final episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures air this week on the CBBC Channel.

October 1st, 2011
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

The CBBC Sarah Jane website has been revamped ahead of the new series premiere on Monday, and they also have two new videos to get us ready to go back to Bannerman Road!

First up is a new clip from the series opener, Sky, in which a beautiful woman appears out of thin air. After that you can watch coverage of the recent BFI screening, where Chris Johnson interviewed the cast!

Series 5 starts Monday at 5:15pm on the CBBC Channel.

September 30th, 2011

Last year’s series of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be out to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 31st October, and now you can check out its cover!

The 2-disc set contains all 6 stories from Series 4, including Death of the Doctor, which features special appearances by Matt Smith as the Doctor and Katy Manning as Jo Grant.

The 1975 serial Pyramids of Mars is also included in tribute to the late Elisabeth Sladen.

The final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures begins on Monday on the CBBC Channel.

See the latest Sarah Jane products on sale now via our merchandise section!

September 28th, 2011
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The BBC Press Office has released the press pack for the fifth and final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, which begins on the CBBC Channel next Monday at 5.15pm.

Beginning with an overview of the new series, the pack also contains interviews with the lead writer and co-producer, Phil Ford, and Sinead Michael, who guest stars in the opening story in the role of Sky.

Episode synopses for all 3 two-parters are also included.

September 21st, 2011
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The official Sarah Jane site has revealed an exclusive online trailer for the forthcoming series!

The preview features a selection of clips from the three new adventures (‘Sky’, ‘The Curse of Clyde Langer’ and ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’) which will form the fifth and final series of the spin off.

It’s also been confirmed that the first two-parter, Sky, will air on the CBBC Channel on 3rd and 4th October (see below).

SJA: Sky (Part 1) – Monday 3rd October, Time TBA, CBBC Channel
Alien investigator Sarah Jane Smith is back on CBBC with a fifth and final series of the award-winning The Sarah Jane Adventures, starring the late Elisabeth Sladen. In today’s episode, Sarah Jane finds a baby girl on her doorstep and tries to find out who abandoned her. At a nearby nuclear power station, a beautiful woman appears out of thin air and uses alien powers to take control. She’s looking for something – and realises that Sarah Jane may just have it…

SJA: Sky (Part 2) – Tuesday 4th October, Time TBA, CBBC Channel
Today, Sky has undergone an amazing transformation, but in doing so has triggered a countdown that no one can stop. As Sarah Jane and Sky find themselves trapped between the alien war fought by Metalkind and Fleshkind, Clyde and Rani face a race against time to stop the biggest bang in history…

Click here to read our recent exclusive interview with Rani Chandra actress Anjli Mohindra!

September 7th, 2011

Hyde Fundraisers will be celebrating the life of Elisabeth Sladen at Cineworld in Ashton-under-Lyne on Saturday 17th September.

As well as photo opportunities and a charity tombola with Doctor Who prizes, the event will include a screening of the episode School Reunion followed by selected episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures. Subject to work commitments, Daniel Anthony (Clyde) will also be attending to join them in remembering the well loved actress.

The event runs between 10.30am-2pm and tickets can be purchased from Cineworld. All proceeds will go to The Lymphoedema Support Network and Children in Need.

The Sarah Jane Adventures will come to an end in the autumn when the three stories filmed before Elisabeth Sladen passed away in April are broadcast in her memory.

With thanks to Hyde Fundraisers for the event details.

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