Am shocked saddened to hear of the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, ex-Doctor Who assistant (1973 – 1976) who latterly has been enjoying a new generation of fans as the titular Sarah Jane of CBBC’s superlative Sarah Jane Adventures. To say that at the age of 63 her death was untimely seems a huge understatement. Just as “Horrible Histories” is often described as a guilty pleasure for parents whose kids its aimed at, I am one of many who highly rates this show for its weaving together of history, sci-fi, humour in commendable genre-bending fashion. Sarah Jane was also a resident of Ealing, queen of the suburbs.
Here is a career recap from Blue Peter in 2007 in which Billie Piper is described as “a shock to the system”: