Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) dies

Boing Boing reader Angus Dunican says,

Noticing a fair amount of Doctor Who love on Boing Boing in recent times, I thought I'd take a moment to carry the sad news that Elisabeth Sladen – the actress who portrayed the indomitable Sarah Jane Smith – has passed away at the age of 63 due to complications arising from her cancer treatment. She was one of the most influential figures in my childhood as well as being the first companion in the show to espouse feminist view points and be given not one but two spin off series. Goodbye, Sarah-Jane.

(BBC News via BB Submitterator)