Sarah Jane Adventures to continue without Elisabeth Sladen

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 May 2011
Doctor Who star Elisabeth Sladen

Elisabeth Sladen

CBBC chiefs are planning to complete work on 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' in tribute to lead star Elisabeth Sladen, who died of cancer last month

'The Sarah Jane Adventures' is to continue, despite the death of Elisabeth Sladen.

The actress - who plays the titular character Sarah Jane Smith - died of cancer last month aged 63 before she had chance to film the final six episodes of the fifth series of the 'Doctor Who' spin off programme, but CBBC chiefs are planning to complete the season in tribute to her.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Writers will find a way to complete the series without Sarah.

"Fans will be thrilled to know it is returning."

Elisabeth first portrayed the investigative journalist in 'Doctor Who' from 1973 to 1976 alongside Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

She also reprised the character following the programme's return in 2005 starring in the Tenth Doctor story 'School Reunion' alongside David Tennant.

Elisabeth appeared in two-part series four finale 'The Stolen Earth'/'Journey's End' and had a cameo in David's last adventure 'The End of Time', as well as appearing alongside current Doctor Matt Smith in the show's episode 'Death of the Doctor'.

She holds the distinct honour of appearing on screen with seven different regenerations of The Doctor - she met five different versions at once when she returned to the part in the 1983 storyline 'The Five Doctors' to mark the show's twentieth anniversary.

'The Sarah Jane Adventures' was first screened in 2007.

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