DOCTOR WHO MEME: 5/5 favorite companions: Sarah Jane Smith.
"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 MEME: 5/5 favorite companions: Sarah Jane Smith.

"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"

great-hair-and-a-pinstripe-suit:

30 Days of Summer Time Doctor Who

Day 2. Who is your favourite companion, either full time or one-off?

Sometimes good television doesn’t depend on money, it depends on imagination and good people directing, casting and doing the job with talented people.
-Elisabeth Sladen

Who is your favorite companion?

(Source: doctor-who-and-fairytales)

Happy birthday to Lis Sladen, otherwise known as Sarah Jane Smith!

Happy birthday to Lis Sladen, otherwise known as Sarah Jane Smith!

"When Russell pushed the script across the table I instinctively did what everyone in my profession does: I checked how many lines I’d have. How else do you know if you’re an important character or not? I thought I’d be rifling through for my own appearance but I couldn’t believe it: there I was virtually on every page! This wasn’t a cameo - this was a whole story….. Twenty-nine years after walking away, I was going back to Doctor Who.” - Elisabeth Sladen

(Source: ohmysarahjane, via )

stratosmacca:

This drawing has been getting a lot of response lately on my deviantART page for some reason. I wasn’t on Tumblr back in 2011 when I drew this piece after Elisabeth Sladen passed away, so I thought I’d post it here now. Kind of in a reflective mood tonight for various reasons.
I do really appreciate all the kind words about the drawing I’ve received these past couple years. It was something I needed to do out of a sense of emotion and a need to find closure. I’m glad others have enjoyed it.
(The blog I wrote about Lis Sladen’s passing in 2011 is here.)

stratosmacca:

This drawing has been getting a lot of response lately on my deviantART page for some reason. I wasn’t on Tumblr back in 2011 when I drew this piece after Elisabeth Sladen passed away, so I thought I’d post it here now. Kind of in a reflective mood tonight for various reasons.

I do really appreciate all the kind words about the drawing I’ve received these past couple years. It was something I needed to do out of a sense of emotion and a need to find closure. I’m glad others have enjoyed it.

(The blog I wrote about Lis Sladen’s passing in 2011 is here.)

bbcamerica:

Watch the Fourth Doctor Revisited special tonight at 8/7c on BBC America

2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors. This month, it’s Fourth Doctor TOM BAKER!

Don’t miss the Premiere of the fourth DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Fourth Doctor storyline “Pyramids of Mars” Sunday April 28 at 8/7c on BBC America.

Take an in-depth look at the fourth incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who quickly made the part his own, and with his eccentric style of dress and speech — particularly his trademark long scarf — immediately became a recognizable figure. Playing the role for seven consecutive seasons over a seven-year period, he’s the longest-serving actor in the part so far. With exclusive interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, producer MARCUS WILSON, companion LOUISE JAMESON and TOM BAKER himself!

Then, in the story “Pyramids of Mars,” the Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane Smith (ELISABETH SLADEN) attempt to free a pyramid imprisoned Egyptologist from his possession by Sutekh, the last of a powerful alien called the Osirans.

And if you missed the first three ‘Revisited’ specials, watch them on BBC America today beginning at 6:30/5:30c.

bbcamerica:

DOCTOR WHO Revisited: TOM BAKER - Apr 28 BBC AMERICA

2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors. This month, it’s Fourth Doctor TOM BAKER:

Take an in-depth look at the fourth incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who quickly made the part his own, and with his eccentric style of dress and speech — particularly his trademark long scarf — immediately became a recognizable figure. Playing the role for seven consecutive seasons over a seven-year period, he’s the longest-serving actor in the part so far. With exclusive interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, producer MARCUS WILSON, companion LOUISE JAMESON and TOM BAKER himself! 

“I didn’t play Doctor Who, I was Doctor Who.”

Then, in the story “Pyramids of Mars,” the Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane Smith (ELISABETH SLADEN) attempt to free a pyramid imprisoned Egyptologist from his possession by Sutekh, the last of a powerful alien called the Osirans.

Don’t miss the Premiere of the fourth DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Fourth Doctor storyline “Pyramids of Mars” *** Sunday April 28 at 8/7c *** only on BBC America.

(Source: youtube.com)

Doctor Who legends Tom Baker and Louise Jameson at the BFI
Pictured above: producer Philip Hinchcliffe with actors Louise Jameson and Tom Baker, who, of course, played companion Leela and the fourth Doctor.
Also in attendance, however, were Anneke Wills (1960s companion Polly), and Brian and Sadie Miller, husband and daughter of Elisabeth Sladen, who died almost exactly two years ago. Before her latterday success with The Sarah Jane Adventures, Sladen was a key figure in the Tom Baker period and, as a tribute, a clip was played of her in buoyant form at a BFI event from 2010.
Read more at Radio Times

Doctor Who legends Tom Baker and Louise Jameson at the BFI

Pictured above: producer Philip Hinchcliffe with actors Louise Jameson and Tom Baker, who, of course, played companion Leela and the fourth Doctor.

Also in attendance, however, were Anneke Wills (1960s companion Polly), and Brian and Sadie Miller, husband and daughter of Elisabeth Sladen, who died almost exactly two years ago. Before her latterday success with The Sarah Jane Adventures, Sladen was a key figure in the Tom Baker period and, as a tribute, a clip was played of her in buoyant form at a BFI event from 2010.

Read more at Radio Times

Russell T Davies and Katy Manning (Jo Grant) discuss their memories of Elisabeth Sladen in this exclusive commentary clip from Sarah Jane Adventures episode ‘Death of the Doctor’. Listen here: http://bit.ly/15cAw6D

Russell T Davies and Katy Manning (Jo Grant) discuss their memories of Elisabeth Sladen in this exclusive commentary clip from Sarah Jane Adventures episode ‘Death of the Doctor’. Listen here: http://bit.ly/15cAw6D

Happy Birthday Elisabeth Sladen (1February 1946 - 19 April 2011)

Every now and then we like to go back and browse the Elisabeth Sladen and Sarah Jane Smith tags on the Doctor Who Tumblr. Today is one of those days.

(Source: thesarahjanesmith)

my-raggedy-pond:

Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen 
1st February 1946 – 19th April 2011
Gone but never ever forgotten. 
“You’ve got to believe it. If you can make people believe, you’ve won.”  - Elisabeth Sladen
R.I.P x

my-raggedy-pond:

Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen

1st February 1946 – 19th April 2011

Gone but never ever forgotten.

“You’ve got to believe it. If you can make people believe, you’ve won.”  - Elisabeth Sladen

R.I.P x

(Source: itsdarkerthanfiction)

Doctor Who’s original Sarah Jane revealed | Radio Times

How it could have been: nearly 40 years later, the secret of who was  originally cast as Doctor Who’s Sarah Jane Smith has been revealed. It  was April Walker, best known for myriad guest roles in Fawlty Towers,  The Two Ronnies and Yes, Minister.
Pictured above left is Jon  Pertwee in the 1973 story The Time Warrior, which introduced Sarah Jane  Smith. Then, above right, is April Walker in a Two Ronnies sketch, The Attractive Barmaid, from the same year.
Doctor  Who producer Barry Letts cast Walker when Katy Manning left the role of  Jo Grant, the Doctor’s previous companion, and she worked in rehearsals  for The Time Warrior. But allegedly the pairing of Pertwee’s Doctor and  Walker’s Sarah Jane didn’t work: she was a tall and more obviously  strong character, along the lines of Pertwee’s first companion, Liz Shaw  (Caroline John).
It’s believed that Pertwee was unhappy with the  decision but it would ultimately have been Letts who recast the role.  Walker was reportedly paid for both The Time Warrior and the rest of  that series.

Doctor Who’s original Sarah Jane revealed | Radio Times

How it could have been: nearly 40 years later, the secret of who was originally cast as Doctor Who’s Sarah Jane Smith has been revealed. It was April Walker, best known for myriad guest roles in Fawlty Towers, The Two Ronnies and Yes, Minister.

Pictured above left is Jon Pertwee in the 1973 story The Time Warrior, which introduced Sarah Jane Smith. Then, above right, is April Walker in a Two Ronnies sketch, The Attractive Barmaid, from the same year.

Doctor Who producer Barry Letts cast Walker when Katy Manning left the role of Jo Grant, the Doctor’s previous companion, and she worked in rehearsals for The Time Warrior. But allegedly the pairing of Pertwee’s Doctor and Walker’s Sarah Jane didn’t work: she was a tall and more obviously strong character, along the lines of Pertwee’s first companion, Liz Shaw (Caroline John).

It’s believed that Pertwee was unhappy with the decision but it would ultimately have been Letts who recast the role. Walker was reportedly paid for both The Time Warrior and the rest of that series.

Why Elisabeth Sladen Vomited On Edwina Currie and 34 other facts we learnt from the sorely-missed actress’s autobiography

Elisabeth Sladen’s autobiography is released by Aurum Press on Monday, and it’s a fascinating read for any Doctor Who fan. Here’s [some of the] 35 things we gleaned from reading it.
Why was Elisabeth Sladen’s name spelt with an “S”? Whenever asked, her mother would explain, “the ‘S’ is for ‘star’”.
Two inspirations for Sarah Jane’s character were a young cousin of Sladen’s with “an indomitable attitude” and Who producer Barry Letts (for his “honesty and straightforwardness”).
The second time she met Jon Pertwee (who was still distraught about Katy “Jo Grant” Manning leaving) was in a hotel bar. He accidentally said, “What would you like to drink, Katy?”… then burst into tears!
Lis and Tom watched “The Android Invasion” episode three in a complete stranger’s living room, after Tom just knocked on the door and asked if they could come in.
Lis was so appalled by her farewell scene in “The Hand Of Fear” (as originally scripted) that she scrawled obscenities all over the script! She later gave the script to Russell T Davies, as a farewell gift when he left Doctor Who.
One of her leaving gifts was a key to the TARDIS. Years later, she passed it on to David Tennant when he left the show.

It’s a great list. Click the link for the rest. (thx, Anglophenia!)

Why Elisabeth Sladen Vomited On Edwina Currie and 34 other facts we learnt from the sorely-missed actress’s autobiography

Elisabeth Sladen’s autobiography is released by Aurum Press on Monday, and it’s a fascinating read for any Doctor Who fan. Here’s [some of the] 35 things we gleaned from reading it.

    • Why was Elisabeth Sladen’s name spelt with an “S”? Whenever asked, her mother would explain, “the ‘S’ is for ‘star’”.
    • Two inspirations for Sarah Jane’s character were a young cousin of Sladen’s with “an indomitable attitude” and Who producer Barry Letts (for his “honesty and straightforwardness”).
    • The second time she met Jon Pertwee (who was still distraught about Katy “Jo Grant” Manning leaving) was in a hotel bar. He accidentally said, “What would you like to drink, Katy?”… then burst into tears!
    • Lis and Tom watched “The Android Invasion” episode three in a complete stranger’s living room, after Tom just knocked on the door and asked if they could come in.
    • Lis was so appalled by her farewell scene in “The Hand Of Fear” (as originally scripted) that she scrawled obscenities all over the script! She later gave the script to Russell T Davies, as a farewell gift when he left Doctor Who.
    • One of her leaving gifts was a key to the TARDIS. Years later, she passed it on to David Tennant when he left the show.

      It’s a great list. Click the link for the rest. (thx, Anglophenia!)

      You have to look at the time I was in the show, and the Doctors I was paired with. That’s not me being bashful… You can have the most wonderful Romeo and the most wonderful Juliet, but if they don’t come together and match, you’ve got nothing. You’ve got to believe it. If you can make people believe, you’ve won.
      Lis Sladen on being voted “the greatest companion ever”

      Doctor Who Magazine 440 pays tribute to Elizabeth Sladen
The new, 100-page issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out and celebrates the life of Elisabeth Sladen, who died earlier this year. Among those tributes from friends, family and colleagues are my interviews with Doctors Tom Baker, David Tennant, and Matt Smith.
Click through for exclusive audio clips from those interviews.
via benjamincook.net

      Doctor Who Magazine 440 pays tribute to Elizabeth Sladen

      The new, 100-page issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out and celebrates the life of Elisabeth Sladen, who died earlier this year. Among those tributes from friends, family and colleagues are my interviews with Doctors Tom Baker, David Tennant, and Matt Smith.

      Click through for exclusive audio clips from those interviews.

      via benjamincook.net




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