Elisabeth Sladen tribute to be broadcast after this week’s Doctor Who

Fondly recalled Who actress to be remembered by BBC show

The BBC has announced its plans to mark the sad death of Elisabeth Sladen, who died this week after a battle with cancer, with a special programme to be broadcast on CBBC on Saturday, immediately after the Season Six premier of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut starts at 6.45 on BBC One.

The programme, My Sarah Jane: A Tribute To Elisabeth Sladen, will feature interviews with many of the actress’ friends and colleagues who worked with her, first on her original run as a companion from 1973 to 1976, and from 2006 onwards when she returned to the renewed series, and earnt her own, the children’s spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.

A reminder of the power of sci-fi to capture imaginations can be found in the moving tributes to Sladen left by children on the CBBC website.

“Elisabeth was inspiring”, commented 11-year-old Holly, “she showed me never to give up and I will miss her.”