Doctor Who’s Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat pay tribute to Elisabeth Sladen – who died from cancer aged 63

Russell T Davies has paid tribute to Elisabeth Sladen.

The 63 year old actress passed away earlier this evening, after her battle with cancer came to an end.

She was best known as Doctor Who’s Sarah Jane Smith and played the role of the timelord’s assistant on and off from 1973. Her last appearance on the main show was in 2010, when she was featured in a cameo appearance on David Tennant’s final episode ‘End Of Time.’

Davies worked with Elisabeth on Doctor who from 2006 and later on CBBC’s The Sarah Jane Adventures. He wrote the spin off show and she fronted it for four series, the fifth was half filmed and was supposed to air later this year.

Speaking about her death, Russell said:

“I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith, the world was lucky to have Lis.”

Sladen, who had a daughter, had been battling cancer for some time.

In a statement CBBC controller Damian Kavanagh admitted that he is “deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Lis’s untimely death”.

“Lis brought joy, excitement and a sense of wonder to her many fans in her role as Sarah Jane Smith. She was adored by our young audience and I know all of them will miss her as much as I will,” he said.

Her agent added:

“She was not just a client, but a dear friend. She was so positive about life and her natural energy was intoxicating.”

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat paid tribute saying:

“Never meet your heroes’ wise people say. They weren’t thinking of Lis Sladen.”

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