RIP Lis Sladen 1948-2011

It’s with great sadness that we announce the tragic death of Elisabeth Sladen. Lis had secretly been fighting cancer for quite some time. She died on 19th April.
She is survived by her husband Brian Miller, and daughter Sadie.

Lis was born in Liverpool in 1948, Elisabeth Sladen showed an interest in acting from an early age; she joined the Liverpool Playhouse repertory company.

In 1973 she was cast as the replacement companion Jon Pertwee’s, 3rd Doctor. Following in the footsteps of popular companion Jo Grant played by Katy Manning.
Her debut story was The Time Warrior and stayed for a further 3 golden years of Doctor Who alongside Tom Baker, an era including the story that always tops fan polls, Genesis of the Daleks.

Despite choosing to leaving the show in 1976, she returned to the role for the 1981 pilot, K9 and Company.

Sladen was re-united with “her” Doctor, Jon Pertwee, in the 1983 20th anniversary celebration The Five Doctors, and again during the early 90s for the two radio stories The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space, written and produced by Barry Letts – the two would also be joined by another, Who legend, Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier.
In 2005, a discussion with the revived Doctor Who’s head writer and long-term fan of hers, Russell T Davies, led to a guest appearance in the second series adventure School Reunion, which re-united Sarah and K9 with the 10th Doctor.
The character, and Sladen’s performance, was popular  and led to her own spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures; the CBBC series continued on from her re-introduction in Doctor Who as an independent investigator of alien activity. The series won over  a whole new generation of fans, It is also a testament to the strength of the show that it has been graced by the appearance of the both the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney), and the Doctor himself in both his Tenth incarnation in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (and David Tennant’s final performance as the Doctor), and Eleventh in the form of Matt Smith in Death of the Doctor – where Sladen performed with the actress she had taken over from, back in 1973, Katy Manning, aka Jo Jones

The series itself has gone on to win awards, including the Royal Television Society award for Children’s Drama last month.

At the time of her death there are still three stories of The Sarah Jane Adventures to be aired.

Her autobiography, Who’s That Girl is due out later in the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Torchwood news

Torchwood writer Jane Espenson has announced that John de Lancie will be joining the cast of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle Day. John de Lancie is probably best known for his role as Q, in Star Trek: The next generation

It hasn’t yet been announced which character De Lancie will play, but, it won’t be Q. Which is a shame really

B.W Reporter Martyn

Steven Moffat to appear on Graham Norton’s radio show

Executive Producer Steven Moffat will be a guest on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show on Saturday, 23rd April, just a few hours before the launch of the new series.
Moffat will be on the show around 1130 UK Time.
Radio 2 is available worldwide on the BBC iPlayer.

Graham is asking for emails to put to Moffat during the programme, which can be sent to graham.norton@bbc.co.uk

 

Steven Moffat open to Simm returning

Steven Moffat (The vast Toffee MN) said in a recent Doctor Who, screening in America, that he is open to the idea of John Simm reprising his role as The Master, at some point in the future.

“After his last appearance he’d been saying, ‘I think now that David’s left as the Doctor, I would have to leave the Master’.

“He later pulled me aside and said, ‘I didn’t mean that!'”

The new series of Doctor Who starts on April 23 on BBC One at 6pm

2|Entertain announce twitter comp

2|Entertain have announced a competition on Twitter for fans to contribute on commentaries for the final 7th Doctor adventures to be released on DVD, Dragonfire, The Happiness Patrol and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

To enter, fans should submit a question to the Classic Doctor Who Soundcloud group.
The favourites chosen will be featured as recorded on the related commentaries. Keep update to date with classic Doctor Who news, by following @classicdw on twitter

B.W reporter Imran

Torchwood Star Joins The Dark Night Rises

Former Torchwood actor, Burn Gorman has been cast in The Dark Knight Rises, which is potentially a career changing opportunity. Production is getting closer and closer. The film’s director Christopher Nolan has also added Daniel Sunjata and Diego Klattenhoff. They are joining a cast that now includes Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple and Josh Pence.

Sunjata will be playing “a courageous special forces operative” and Klattenhoff will be “a rookie cop who is looking to make a difference.” No word on who Gorman will play other than a supporting role in the film.

The Dark Knight Rises starts shooting in Pittsburgh, USA. This summer for a Summer 2012 release date

B.W reporter Martyn