Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Goodbye, Sarah Jane

Elisabeth Sladen has died at the age of 63. She was best known as Sarah Jane Smith, probably the most universally beloved of The Doctor's companions. She was the Doctor's match, and without her you would never have had Rose Tyler or Doctor Donna or Amy Pond.

Though Sarah Jane said goodbye to the Fourth Doctor, she was reunited with David Tennant's 10th Doctor in "School Reunion" and subsequent episodes, a lonely woman who had lived out 30 years chasing after the life she had lost when she returned to Earth.

You see, the truth is The Doctor always leaves his companions, because they grow old and die, and he does not. And you can see that in The Doctor's face when he is reunited with Sarah Jane, that he has suddenly remembered what he tried to forget, that fact that for all but him the hour grows late and time runs down and then we are gone.


  1. Are you saying she was better than Doctor Donna?

  2. Not to the Ood. But for my money, the only one who gives Sarah Jane a run for the money is Amy Pond. (and I know how fond you are of Amy Pond)

  3. Hey, what about Sol Saks? I thought you might want to acknowledge his passing, as well.
    We could always get into the best Darren conversation, too.