British actress Elisabeth Sladen, remembered fondly by Doctor Who fans as the Doctor’s assistant Sarah Jane Smith, passed away after a fight with cancer early this morning.

Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith with K9

Elisabeth had been on Doctor Who from 1973 to 1976 and also appeared in the new Doctor Who show. She was the star of her own children’s series, the Doctor Who spin off the Sarah Jane Adventures. The show’s fifth season is currently still in production.

Elisabeth Sladen and Tom Baker Doctor Who

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