The woman who faced down aliens and death on other worlds and in other times has succumbed to cancer. Especially given her reappearance opposite David Tennant (Doctor #10), Whovians everywhere will mourn.
Doctor Who star Elisabeth Sladen, who was also in spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, has died aged 63.
Sladen appeared as Doctor Who assistant Sarah Jane Smith in the BBC television sci-fi series between 1973 and 1976 opposite Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.
In more recent times the Liverpool-born actress went on to appear in four series of The Sarah Jane Adventures on children’s channel CBBC.
BBC entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba said she had had cancer for some time.