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
“Oh, I had the most terrible dream”
“Well, first of all, I was blinded, then, I was attacked by a great claw thing that looked like it was made from butcher’s leftovers, and then (in unison) I was knocked down a flight of stairs. How did you know?”
“I was there.”
Don’t forget me.
Sarah Jane and her sonic lipstick.
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.
Three/Sarah Jane post. Nothing out of the ordinary for me. :) (I edited all of them, btw.)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
The Ones that Love Us
Never Really Leave Usthebananaqueen:
A tribute to the Companions of Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh (with an exception of Wilfrid Mott because I had no more space, I do apologize, darlings)
I was going to try to come up with something Christmassy, but then I realized that there’s a whole episode dedicated to Sarah Jane dressed up as a candy cane, so no need. And look, here she’s even opening a present! An evil and radioactive present, but nonetheless!
Docotr Who Christmas