Elizabeth Sladen, I love you.
About five months ago an actress by the name of Elizabeth Sladen died of cancer. Sladen was in her sixties and still had a show in production called The Sarah Jane Adventures. Her death took me off guard in a way that nothing had for a long while.
When I was younger, I would watch re-runs of Doctor Who, wishing that I could be so lucky as to be chosen to see the universe like the Doctor’s companions, or to beas kind or as brave as they were. The one I felt most strongly about, though I love them all, was Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elizabeth Sladen. I would re-watch episodes she was in, laughing at her jokes and even being frightened for her life at times. To me, she was the most real, the person I idolized and wanted to become.
With her brains and bravery, Sladen’s Sarah Jane shined a new light on what women could or could not do, at a time when it was needed. She fought, tooth and nail, to show the public that women could be more than just a pretty face, though she had one of those too. Even as she grew older, she still tried to set examples of kindness, bravery, and perseverance.
Even though her body was being overrun by cancer, Elizabeth Sladen hardly ever missed a day of filming. She took her job and image seriously, never faltering, always seizing life by the horns. Though she is not dead, she had changed many people for the better and showed them a new way of thinking, including me. I will never forget Elizabeth Sladen, and as long as there are little girls with an infatuation with British television shows, she will continue to show the world how to be wonderful.
“I think they should carry on with the Sarah Jane adventures, but under a different name. Elizabeth was a massive fan of everything doctor who, and I think she would have preferred it, if the show had continued, as a tribute to her, rather than stop, because of her. R.I.P Elizabeth Sladen.”
I made another ‘cause I think they’re adorable.
It’s honestly a shame this isn’t canon. I’ve thought about how and why they’d be a good couple, though. Basically, in addition to both being intelligent and dealing with the supernatural/paranormal, they’re both alone in many ways and missing something in their lives as well. Giles was Buffy’s Watcher, and when she grew up and became more independent, he sort of lost his purpose/began kind of aimlessly living his life. Sarah Jane was the Doctor’s companion, and very abruptly lost his company and the ability to travel time and space. She was forced to readjust to everyday life, and, as evidenced by School Reunion, she took excitement where she could find it. Both of them were forced to deal with the loss of someone who meant the world to them, even while knowing that someone was still out there, living on (possibly happily) without them.
They could work together, her introducing him to the alien side of things and with him teaching her about witchcraft and demons and such. The perfect (English) supernatural and paranormal duo.
This would’ve been the greatest spin-off ever.