Sad news for fans of the Doctor Who spinoff, The Sarah Jane Adventures: the BBC has confirmed that following the death of the brilliant Elisabeth Sladen, no new episodes will be filmed. Fans of Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures know Elisabeth Sladen as the Doctor Who companion who truly paved the way for a much larger role for companions of the future.
Following the successful revival of Doctor Who in 2005, Sladen was invited by the show’s creator — Russell T Davies — to once again reprise the role of Sarah Jane in her own spin-off of a similar name. The show was wildly successful in the UK with young viewers and was filming its fifth series when the actress sadly passed away after a battle with cancer. Six episodes of the fifth series had been filmed prior to Sladen’s death, and the BBC has announced that they intend to air the final episodes as a tribute to Sladen and her incredible work in the Whoniverse.
“Contrary to press reports today we can confirm that no new episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be filmed following the tragic death of actress Elisabeth Sladen in April, 2011. As a tribute to Elisabeth the six episodes that were recorded with her last year will be broadcast on CBBC at a date to be confirmed.”