Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sad News

Very sad news news today. Elizabeth Sladen, who played female companion Sarah Jane Smith to John Pertwee and Tom Baker's 'Doctors' in Dr. Who from '73 to '83, has died of cancer.

Ms. Sladen recently re-appeared in 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' (a Dr. Who spin-off aimed at younger children) and guest starred in several episodes of the BBC's contemporary update of the show.

When I was very young, Sarah Jane was a regular visitor to my lounge room each weekday evening. She radiated a beautiful spirit, was smart, attractive, and very witty. Ms. Sladen also lent her talents to many of the Dr. Who DVD extras and came across as a friendly, warm, wonderful human being.

It's unfortunate that I'm noting her passing at 63.

Another tragic passing today is that of filmmaker/journalist Tim Hetherington.  A war correspondent, director, and cameraman for many years, Hetherington made the excellent Afghanistan-based documentary Restrepo. He died during a shelling in Libya.

He was truly a courageous guy who risked his life to bring some Truth to a world of lies and spin.

Unfortunately, Tim is gone, and the bankers, politicians, and lying mongrels of international big business who happily send everybody but their own children off to war (to fight for their own personal causes), are still with us. 


  1. How horrible, I hate to see any companion of any Dr. Who go. I thought she played a better companion than more current side-kicks, such as Rose.

  2. jervaise brooke hamsterApril 21, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Liz Sladen used to drive me wild back in the mid-70`s, i was so madly in love with that bird. Actually the bird was still pretty tasty when the bird was 55, but 35 years ago the bird was truly incredible. I dont think i ever had a wank about the bird, i was just totally and all-encompassingly in love the bird. I`ll always think of Liz as being one of the most incredible, sweetest and magical little darlin`s i`ve ever seen.

  3. Very sad news. Few have parlayed one role into such a long career. Sladen was sharp and sexy right up to the present.

    I'm not very familiar with Hetherington but it's a major blow when a good soldier for a real cause goes down.

  4. mandingo -- Very. There are better choices for death than these two.

  5. Cyndai -- I agree with you, C. Sladen rocked the companion stage.


    Hamster -- I always loved Sarah Jane and Jo (whose panties were visible for several seconds in one Pertwee show). I saw that when I was about ten and, viola!, here I am writing this lbog.

  6. d -- Yes, she was sexy and classy and smart right up 'til the end. She had tremendous spunk.

  7. jervaise brooke hamsterApril 22, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Phantom, you`re right about the bankers, politicians, and lying mongrels but i still think the world would be an even better place if Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand could be eradicated as well. By the way, which 1972 Katy Girl-ing episode was it ?.