I recently posted about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary and while that should be my sci fi quota for awhile all the while I was working on that piece something was bugging me. I’d done a short piece when my second favorite companion (the Brigadier played by Nicolas Courtney) passed away, I’d done nothing at all when my third favorite companion Sarah Jane Smith (as played by Lis Sladen) passed on. Re-watching things deciding what I wanted to include as links in the 50th I found a couple of things that really didn’t belong in the 50th post, but that I still wanted to share. So I decided to do a better late than never tribute post to Sarah Jane/Lis Sladen who understood and appreciated the value of the part, staying with it initially a long time and then returning for K-9 and Company spin-off, returning to the nuWho as the first character other than the Doctor himself to make the bridge, and finally in a second more successful attempt at her own spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures that were still really good despite being pitched for a younger audience (with less convincing monsters – I think purposely not to scare the kids). Sarah Jane was smart and courageous and wanted to do the right thing, but was smart enough to know when something was dangerous. Sarah Jane, as they say, showed everyone how you do this companion business while not even having to kiss the Doctor once to do it.
“My Sarah Jane: A BBC Tribute”:
David Tennant reads the forward he wrote for her autobiography
Sarah Jane Adventures episode “Death of the Doctor” which includes both Sarah Jane meeting Jo Grant for the first time and us finding out about her life, but also Sarah giving (a pretty unrealistic version in my opinion, but giving it none the less) a sort of whatever happened to of the other 20th century human companions that made it back to earth and a nice sum up that the people who traveled with the Doctor might have returned home, but they were still trying to “save the world” like the Doctor taught them.
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